16 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Harlem and Beyond

The return of the Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park, the Blessing of the Animals at St. John the Divine—plus more fun things to see and do this weekend:

Movies Under the Stars: Encanto

Friday, September 30 7pm-10pm FREE

Washington Heights Pool Deck in Highbridge Park, Amsterdam Ave and W 173rd St

Bring a blanket to watch this instant Disney classic about la familia Madrigal under the stars.

Thomas J. Price: Witness

Closing October 1, 2022

Central Harlem Marcus Garvey Park at W 124th St

It's your last chance to grab a selfie with “Thomas J. Price: Witness,” a nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture by artist Thomas J. Price depicting a Black man casually looking at his cell phone. Presented by the Studio Museum in Harlem.

2022 Storytelling Festival

Saturday, October 1 10am-1pm

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

Bring the kids and enjoy expert storytellers as they recount fables from around the world.

Blessing of the Animals at Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Sunday, October 2 10:30am-2pm FREE

Morningside Heights Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112th St

This year's service honoring St. Francis returns to the Cathedral's nave. While there won't be a procession of animals, people and their pets are invited to the Pulpit Green for pet blessings immediately after the service. An afternoon fair with fun activities follows.

Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park

Sunday, October 2 11:30am-6pm FREE

Washington Heights/Inwood Fort Tryon Park

After a two-year hiatus, the lawn around the Met Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park is once again transformed into a medieval market town, complete with performers (musicians, jugglers and jesters) and guests wearing medieval costumes. Don't miss the joust between four knights on horseback.

Party on Park

Sunday, October 2 noon-4pm FREE

East Harlem Park Avenue Viaduct between 115th and 125th Sts

Enjoy a long list of fun activities along a car-free stretch of Park Avenue, including roller skating, free bike helmet giveaways, skateboarding clinics, plus a dance party on 125th.


In case you missed it:

Roller Skating at Riverbank State Park: Fall Schedule

Through October 16; Wed & Fri 6pm-9pm (18 and older only); Sat & Sun 1pm-4pm, 6pm-9pm

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

Lace up your skates and take a spin around the covered roller rink at Riverbank State Park.

Real Corporeal

Through October 15, Wed-Sun 10am-6pm

West Harlem Gladstone Gallery, 439 W 127th St between Amsterdam and Convent Aves

Gavin Brown's former Harlem gallery is now the Gladstone Gallery (Brown joined as a partner in 2020), where you'll find this group exhibition featuring the work of artist Arthur Jafa and others.

Robert Peterson: When You See Them, You See Me

Through November 5, Tue-Sat 11am-6pm

Central Harlem Claire Oliver Gallery, 2288 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 134th and W 135th Sts

Artist Robert Peterson's paintings of Black men are meant to "make sure that they get a chance to live forever through my works."

Fly Away Isles

Through November 5

Hamilton Heights Johnny Hartman Plaza, Hamilton Pl between W 143rd and 144th Sts

This new play installation from Lego was designed by artist Hebru Brantley together with youth development organization Brotherhood Sister Sol.

16 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Harlem and Beyond
"Faces of Harlem" in Morningside Park.

Faces of Harlem

Through November 30

Central Harlem Morningside Park, entrance at W 112th St and Manhattan Ave

A public art exhibition along the eastern edge of Morningside Park featuring portraits of Harlemites through the eyes of 10 contemporary photographers.

Hamilton Grange National Memorial Self-Guided Tours

Fridays-Sundays 10am-noon, 1pm-4pm FREE

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

Founding father Alexander Hamilton's historic uptown home has reopened after a two-year pause due to the pandemic. Schedule your self-guided tour by by emailing hagr_info@nps.gov or take a walk around the beautiful gardens any time the gates are open.

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Hamilton Grange National Memorial in St. Nicholas Park.

Open Streets on Frederick Douglass Boulevard

Through October 2; Saturdays & Sundays

Central Harlem Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 112th and W 120th Sts

Eight traffic-free blocks on Frederick Douglass Boulevard lined with a string of popular restaurants including Melba's, BLVD Bistro and Vinateria.

Open Streets in El Barrio

Saturdays noon-8pm 100th St & Lexington Ave

• Sundays noon-8pm 101st St & Lexington Ave

• Saturdays & Sundays 10am-5pm La Marqueta, 115th St under the Park Avenue Viaduct

Open Streets are back in East Harlem with two days of special events across three car-free locations.

Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures

Ongoing, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm FREE

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

This exhibit follows the rise of the Schomburg's Black Comic Book Festival through photographs, memorabilia and more—think cover art from "Harriet Tubman Demon Slayer."

"Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures" now at the Schomburg
"Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures" now at the Schomburg.

Live Music at Shrine

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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