Here, urban meets suburban in the very best ways.
Consistently named among New Jersey’s best cities, Montclair is rich in cultural, recreational and outdoor activities. Our students have access to 175 acres of parks and rivers and a funky, eclectic downtown, complete with a robust arts scene and lots of great food!
Top 10 things Red Hawks love about Montclair.
1. Church St. and Montclair Center
Granted the Great American Main Street Award by National Main Street Center, Church Street in Montclair Center brings live music, shopping, restaurants, events and an all-around great vibe to people of all ages.
2. Montclair Film Festival
The Montclair Film Festival brings the best in narrative and documentary films to New Jersey with an exciting 10-day lineup of movies. The festival showcases filmmakers from a variety of countries while creating a cultural focal point for film fans.
3. Wellmont Theater
This completely refurbished venue originally opened in 1922. Today, this beautiful theater is a favorite destination for live music and comedy performances. It has hosted an impressive variety of performers, from The Goo Goo Dolls and Third Eye Blind to Snoop Dogg and Culture Club and many more. So grab your friends and enjoy!
4. Montclair Art Museum
This nationally acclaimed museum, which hosts unique permanent and changing exhibits, concerts and films, was a pioneer. It was one of the country’s first museums primarily engaged in collecting American art, including the work of contemporary, nonacademic artists, and it was among the first dedicated to the study and creation of a significant Native American collection.
5. Avis Campbell Gardens
Founded in 1952, this 7,000-square-foot floral oasis is a place of solitude and beauty. It’s free, always open and a real gift to the community. For you Instagram enthusiasts, make sure to bring your cameras!
6. Vanvleck House
Three generations of the Van Vleck family lived in the house and developed its gardens. Today, Van Vleck House is a nonprofit committed to the historic preservation of the house and its diverse gardens in which they offer concerts, garden parties and tours. This beautiful, quiet green space is in the heart of Montclair and is the perfect getaway to relax and study.
7. Red Bulls II
Red Bulls II, the USL reserve team of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls organization will make their home at Montclair State University in 2017.
8. The New Jersey Jackals and Yogi Berra Museum
This beloved professional minor league baseball team plays at Yogi Berra Stadium located on our campus! We’re also home to the Yogi Berra Museum where you can get a Yankee Stadium Tour and attend special events, like the Celebrity Golf Classic and Yankee Stadium Suite Night.
9. Studio Players
Since 1937, Studio Players has been providing quality entertainment at an affordable price. Each season delivers a variety of shows ranging from hit plays to original works to musicals and children’s plays.
10. Its Neighbors
Montclair State is just 12 miles from all the excitement of New York City. Hop a train from a campus station to catch a play, shop, visit a museum, or hit a hot new restaurant or club. And we’re minutes away from Hoboken’s amazing restaurants, concerts, festivals and nightlife.