17 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Harlem and Beyond

Tours to the top of the 200-foot-tall Highbridge Water Tower—and more fun things to see and do this weekend.

Farm to Fork Market Bag Giveaway

Saturday, November 19 10am-1pm FREE

West Harlem Greenhouse and Education Center at Riverbank State Park, entrance to park at 137th St and 145th St and Riverside Drive

Stop by the gardens and fill up your own free market bag with freshly-picked organic produce, including squash, herbs, garlic, sweet potatoes, and onions.

Highbridge Water Tower Tour

Saturday, November 19 1pm-3pm FREE

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

Following a $5 million restoration that wrapped up last year, 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.

Uptown Perspectives Gallery Reception

Saturday, November 19 6pm-8pm; Tue noon-8pm, Wed-Fri noon-6pm

Washington Heights Recirculation Books, 876 Riverside Dr and 160th St

Washington Heights and Inwood through the eyes of local artists including YumaYorkNYC, Sara Poleman, Suzanne Russo, Jerise Fogel, and Francis Hsueh.


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Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off

Friday, November 11-January 8

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

Working with the theme "Winter in New York," bakers from across the five boroughs show off their neighborhoods with gingerbread displays that have been awarded prizes by a panel of bakers, curators and restaurant owners.

Harlem Shake Black Panther: Wakanda Forever menu

Friday, November 11-December 11

Central Harlem Harlem Shake, 100 W 124th St and Lenox Ave

Fuel up before going to see "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"—it's currently playing at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9—with this Black Panther-themed menu, including Shuri’s Chicken Sammi (peri-peri chicken tenders, Bush slaw, okra pickle), Slap fries with peri-peri mayo dip and the Vibranium shake (blackberry shake with vanilla ice cream and gold flecks).

Photo: Harlem Shake

Padoca Bakery pop-up at Bar Goyana

November 9-December 23; Wed-Sun 7am-noon

East Harlem Bar Goyana, 177 E 100th St between Third and Lexington Aves

Looking for a place to watch the World Cup early in the morning? This festive Brazilian bar is opening at 7am and serving up Padoca Bakery's pão de queijo bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, plus Brazilian coffee and fresh pastries (caipirinhas, too!).

Uptown Drag Brunch

Saturdays 1pm-3pm

Central Harlem The Porch, 750 St. Nicholas Ave between W 147th and W 148th Sts

This new smokehouse-style restaurant and live music venue is kicking off a new weekly drag brunch, hosted by Vivacious of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6, with special guests every week.

American Academy of Arts and Letters New Members Exhibition

October 29-December 4; Fri-Sun noon-6pm FREE (closed Thanksgiving weekend)

Washington Heights American Academy of Arts and Letters, 633 W 155th St and Broadway

Works by new members in Visual Arts and Architecture (elected between 2020-2022), including Laurie Anderson, Arthur Jafa, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Julian Schnabel, Carrie Mae Weems, plus many more.

Ice Skating at Riverbank State Park

Through March 12; Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat & Sun 1pm-4pm, 6pm-9pm

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

Ice skating is back for the season at Riverbank State Park.

Sin Autorización: Contemporary Cuban Art

October 21-January 15 Wed-Sun noon-6pm

West Harlem Wallach Art Gallery at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W 129th St between Broadway and 12th Ave

An exhibit exploring the contemporary art scene in Cuba since 2016.

The Limits of the Sky Elan Cadiz: A Solo Exhibition

October 22–November 20; Wed-Sun noon-7pm

Central Harlem Calabar Gallery, 2504 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 134th St

Artist Elan Cadiz plays "the role of family researcher, archivist and healer" in this new solo exhibition that references old family photographs.

Faces of Harlem in Morningside Park.

States of Becoming

October 14–February 26, 2023 Thu-Sun 11am-6pm

East Harlem The Africa Center, 1280 Fifth Ave and E 110th St

The work of 17 contemporary African artists who have lived in the U.S., exploring themes like relocation and assimilation.

Isaac Diggs & Edward Hillel: Time in Harlem

Through February 2023 Thu-Sat noon-5pm

East Harlem Hunter East Harlem Gallery, 2180 Third Ave at 119th St

Large-format photos of Harlem's iconic-but-changing 125th Street taken as part of a collaboration by Isaac Diggs and Edward Hillel between 2008 and 2011.

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.

Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures

Ongoing, Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm 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."

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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