(MAM) & Yard School of Art offer American, Native American, & contemporary art exhibitions, programs, & classes in NJ
Join us for Free First Thursday Nights at MAM every month from October through June,  5–9 p.m., and enjoy an evening of free art and dynamic programming.
Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by


Free First Thursday Nights are on summer break, returning October 5, 2017! Each evening includes:

  • Free general museum admission, 5–9 p.m.
  • Full-service bar with special Free First Thursday Night prices in partnership with Krug Catering at Orange Lawn Tennis Club. NJ Beer Co. is the exclusive beer of Free First Thursday Nights. MAM members receive a special discount on drinks at the bar! Cash and credit card accepted.
  • Draw Along Workshop–all ages are invited to get creative in a free drop-in session with a clothed model!
  • Teen Space–this new open studio is available just for teens! 7–9 p.m.
  • Live music
  • Tours
  • Food Vendors


Fall Special Programming:

October 5, 5–9 p.m.

  • Music: The Silver Fox Songs Quartet
  • Dance performance with The Moving Architects, 7 p.m.
  • Find out more about the upcoming Weather Week celebration October 15–22 in honor of Charles E. Burchfield: Weather Event with community partners Montclair Public Library, Essex County Environmental Center, Montclair Climate Change Lobby, Montclair State University Environmental Club, and Friends of Great Swamp.
  • Honor Disability Awareness Month with New Jersey Regional Support Planning Council #4 Essex. A sensory break room will be available on the Museum’s 3rd floor.
  • Celebrate the value of all the arts with Frontline for the Arts and New Jersey Performing Art Center.
  • Capture all the fun in the MAM Photo Booth, 8–9 p.m.
  • Food Trucks: Cheezen Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Thai Elephant

November 2, 5–9 p.m.

  • Music: Joel Zelnik Trio
  • Artist Meet and Greet with Philemona Williamson
  • Montclair Knitting Circle
  • Origami Demo with Edward Misretta, North Arlington High School student
  • Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning Holiday Card Show
  • Community partners include Montclair Public Library
  • Food Truck: Cheezen Gourmet Grilled Cheese

December 7, 5–9 p.m.

  • Music: Frank Sinatra Impersonator
  • Special a cappella performances by Newark Boys Chorus and Metropolitones
  • Origami Demo with Edward Misretta, North Arlington High School student
  • Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning Holiday Card Show



Save the dates:

  • NO January Free First Thursday Night
  • February 8, 2018*
  • March 1, 2018
  • April 5, 2018
  • May 3, 2018
  • June 7, 2018


*Please note that there is NO Free First Thursday Night in January and the February Free First Thursday Night will take place on the SECOND Thursday, to feature MAM's new spring exhibition Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist.




Have a creative business or activity you'd like to present at Free First Thursday Nights? Please email us a description at thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org.

We encourage you to bring groups to Free First Thursday Nights! We ask that groups of 10 or more RSVP to thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org. In return, we'll give your group a special mention on the Free First Thursday Nights webpage. 

Social Media

Visitors are encouraged to share their Free First Thursday Night experience on social media.

Find the Museum @MAMmontclair and share your posts with #MAMfftn.