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26 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Harlem and Beyond


Flags on the Harlem State Office Building Plaza on 125th Street.

Oodles of Juneteenth celebrations, the 6th Annual Schomburg Literary Festival—plus more fun things to see and do this weekend.


Friday, June 14 7pm-8:30pm FREE

West Harlem West Harlem Piers, 125th and Marginal Sts

Join the Jazz Foundation of America All-Stars for this acoustic jazz concert led by drummer Mark Johnson and bassist David Colding.


Saturday, June 15 11am-7pm

Central Harlem Harlem State Office Building Plaza, 163 W 125th St and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd

This celebration of Black culture on the plaza features live performances, local vendors, plus giveaways from sponsors.


Saturday, June 15; parade starts at 11am, street fair noon-6pm

Central Harlem 116th St between Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave

New York's longest-running Juneteenth parade is followed by an all-day street fair with live entertainment and more.


Saturday, June 15 11am-6pm FREE

Central Harlem 515 Malcolm X Blvd and W 135th St

A day-long celebration of writers of African descent—both indoors and along 135th Street between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevards—featuring readings, panel discussions and writing workshops, plus a marketplace.


The Schomburg Center Literary Festival on 135th Street.

Saturday, June 15 11am-3pm FREE

Hamilton Heights St. Nicholas Park, 414 W 141st St between St. Nicholas and Convent Aves

Celebrating the Caribbean—where Alexander Hamilton was born—this event on the lawn of the founding father's house includes Caribbean cooking demonstrations, live music by Alva Anderson, and dance and music performances by the Garifuna Dance Theater. There are self-guided tours of the house, too.


Saturday, June 15 noon-4pm FREE

Central Harlem Bandshell at Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Ave and 148th St

This free outdoor celebration features music, storytime, double dutch and the Lindy Hop.


June 15-October 6; Saturdays & Sundays noon-9pm

Central Harlem Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 112th and W 121st Sts

Nine traffic-free blocks on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, featuring live music, food and more, kick off with NYC Kidsfest on Saturday, June 15 at 3pm.


Saturday, June 15 at noon FREE

Central Park Seneca Village, enter at W 85th St and Central Park West

Head to Seneca Village, once home to the largest community of African-American landowners, for a day of music, family-friendly activities, archaeological insights and lots more.


Saturday, June 15 noon-3:30pm FREE

Central Harlem St. Nicholas Ave betweeen W 114th and W 115th Sts

Congressmember Adriano Espaillat is hosting this block party featuring free books, face painting, a drum circle, and more.


Saturday, June 15 1pm-3pm FREE

Washington Heights Highbridge Park, W 174th St and Amsterdam Ave

Following a $5 million restoration, the 200-foot-tall Highbridge Water Tower—part of the Old Croton Aqueduct system—is back. Join the Urban Park Rangers for this free public tour up to the tippy top—179 steps in all.


Saturday, June 15 6pm-7:30pm FREE

West Harlem Montefiore Park, Broadway and W 138th St

This month-long outdoor jazz fest (concerts take place every Saturday evening, moving to Sunday if there's rain) continues with a performance by Durieux.


Sunday, June 16 noon-2pm FREE

Washington Heights Plaza de las Americas, W 175th St and Broadway

Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans Latin Jazz perform in the plaza right in front of the United Palace for the first of four free jazz concerts in June.


 

In case you missed it:


Various locations from W 125th to W 220th Sts

May 31-June 30

The 22nd Annual Uptown Arts Stroll, a monthlong celebration of the arts in West Harlem, Washington Heighs and Inwood, is here—and it's vast, stretching across 95 city blocks. From free outdoor jazz concerts to Lindy Hop classes to drawing at the Met Cloisters, there's something to see or do every day in June. Bookmark the Arts Stroll's calendar, then check back regularly.


June 8-August 18; Thu 1pm-5pm, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-3pm

Sugar Hill Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling, 898 St. Nicholas Ave at W 155th St

A handful of new summer exhibits are up at this beloved children's museum, including Conduit, featuring a series of egg tempera portraits of mothers by artist Douglas Safranek.


Through October 26; Saturdays 9am-3pm FREE

Central Harlem Harlem Grown 134th Street Farm, 116 W 134th St between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvds

Harlem Grown's 134th Street farm features free programming every Saturday through October, including student movement, adult morning yoga, cooking lessons, farm tasks, and more.


June 1-November 23; Saturdays 9am-3pm

Central Harlem St. Nicholas Park, St. Nicholas Ave and W 137th St

This seasonal farmer's market in St. Nicholas Park returns for its second year, featuring fresh produce, meat, seafood, a clothing drop-off and even a kid's "fun zone." Find more farmers markets in Upper Manhattan here.


Through September 29; Saturdays & Sundays noon-11pm

West Harlem Riverside Park, bottom of the 151st St Entrance (take the ramp or stairs down from Riverside Drive or cross the 151st St pedestrian bridge)

Look for this new seasonal concession, featuring food, drinks, games, and live music, at the bottom of Riverside Park's 151st Street entrance.


Through August 11 (Amalia Mesa-Bains) and Sept 1 (Carlos Martiel); Thu-Sun 11am-5pm

East Harlem El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave at 104th St

Two new exhibitions at El Museo include a retrospective of Chicana artist Amalia Mesa-Bains, known for her large-scale altares (home altars) and ofrendas (offerings to the dead), and a survey of performance artist Carlos Martiel's work exploring race, labor and migration.


May 7-July 28

Central Harlem The Apollo's Victoria Theater, 233 W 125th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Frederick Douglass Blvds, third floor

A coming of age story blending theater and hip hop by playwright NSangou Njikam.


Mon & Tues 4pm-7pm, Wed & Fri 5:30pm-8:30pm (18 and older only), Sat & Sun 12:30pm-3:30pm & 5:30pm-8:30pm

West Harlem Roller Skating Rink at Riverbank State Park, entrance at Riverside Drive and 145th St

Lace up your skates: roller skating season is back at the outdoor roller rink at Harlem's Riverbank State Park.


Thursday, April 18-Sunday, July 7; Thu-Sun noon-5pm

Washington Heights Hispanic Society Museum & Library, East Building, Broadway between W 155th and W 156th Sts

Contemporary Cuban-born painter Enrique Martínez Celaya's childhood notebook is the springboard for this exhibition of paintings both large-scale and small.



February 25-July 28; Fri & Sat 10am-9pm, Sun-Tues & Thu 10am-5pm

Upper East Side The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave and E 82nd St

This long-overdue exhibition shines the spotlight on the paintings, photography and sculptures of Black artists who portrayed life in Harlem and other cities during the flourishing early years of the Great Migration (1920s-1940s).


February 1-July 8 Mon-Sat 10am-6pm FREE

Central Harlem Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd and W 135th St

Photos by Griffith Davis document Langston Hughes' friendships with Black artists such as Zora Neale Hurston, Roy DeCarava and others.


Credit: Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives

Through July 21; Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Mon 10am-5pm

East Harlem The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at E 103rd St

This new exhibit explores all the ways the city has inspired storytelling in film, TV, music and more. Think Carrie Bradshaw's pink tutu, Sesame Street's green street sign, and more.


Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm FREE

Hamilton Heights 414 W 141st St between St. Nicholas and Convent Aves

Go on a free tour of founding father Alexander Hamilton's historic uptown home, including a stroll through the parlor, dining room and study.


Weekends until 3:45am

Central Harlem Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts

This gem of a live music venue kicks into high gear on the weekends with a mix of jazz, funk, blues, and even comedy—ending with DJ sets that run into the early morning.


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