20 Fun Things to Do Around Harlem This Pride Weekend


20 fun things to do around Harlem on this Pride Weekend

Harlem Pride is back this weekend with a big celebration along 12th Avenue, and more:


Pride Celebration at La Marqueta

Friday, June 24 5:30pm-8:30pm

East Harlem La Placita, E 116th St and Park Ave

Come celebrate Pride in East Harlem with "music, food and love."


Garden Day at the Met Cloisters

Saturday, June 25 10am-4pm

Washington Heights Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr

Explore the museum's beautiful gardens with tours, demos and more, including learning about medieval plants used for medicine, art and even magic.


Team Up to Clean Up West Harlem

Saturday, June 25 10am-1pm

Various locations in West Harlem and Central Harlem

Join your neighbors in this "massive effort to tackle trash in West Harlem and beyond." Register to choose your closest hub, where you'll meet other volunteers and pick up free cleaning supplies starting at 10am.


Harlem Kettlebell Club Grand Opening

Saturday, June 25 11am-2pm

East Harlem 1775 Madison Ave between E 116th and E 117th Sts

Come see what Harlem's new kettlebell studio is all about—check out the space, meet the coaches and sign up for memberships. There'll also be food, drinks and raffles.


Harlem Kettlebell Club owner Jah Washington

Harlem Pride 2022 Celebration Day

Saturday, June 25 noon-6pm

West Harlem 12th Ave between W 133rd and W 138th Sts

Harlem Pride's outdoor celebration returns to 12th Avenue with live performances, DJs, food vendors, face painting and drag queen story hour, medical testing and health screenings, and lots more.


Open Streets in El Barrio

Sat, June 25 noon-6pm 100th St & Lexington Ave

• Sun, June 26 1pm-5pm 101st St & Lexington Ave

• Sat, June 25 noon-5pm & Sun, June 26 1pm-2pm La Marqueta, 115th St under the Park Avenue Viaduct

Open Streets are back in East Harlem with two days of fun across three car-free locations, including a visit from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus on 100th Street, Uptown Vinyl Supreme on 101st St and Salsa Saturdays and Drag Queen Story Hour at La Marqueta.


Billion Oyster Project Presentation

Saturday, June 25 noon-2pm FREE

West Harlem The Baylander off the West Harlem Piers, 125th and Marginal Sts

Climb aboard this old warship moored in West Harlem and learn about the ambitious initiative to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor.


Pride Weekend on Open Streets on Frederick Douglass Boulevard

Saturday, June 25 at 1pm & Sunday, June 26 at 4pm

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

Head to eight traffic-free blocks on Frederick Douglass Boulevard for outdoor activities including games for adults and kids, salsa lessons, plus live music at Melba's courtesy of the Rakiem Walker Project. See the full schedule here.


 

In case you missed it:


Summer Exhibitions at the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling

Saturdays 10am-3pm

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

Three new exhibits are up at this beloved children's museum, including Geometries, a deep dive into shape, color and lines by artists Chris Bogia, Rico Gatson, Marisol Martinez, and Tariku Shiferaw.


Totally Kid Carousel Spring Season

Saturdays & Sundays June 4-July 3 1pm-6pm

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

Tis the season to enjoy this one-of-a-kind ride featuring funky flamingos, octopuses and other animals based on drawings by local elementary school students.


Baylander Steel Beach Reopening

Tue 3pm-9pm, Wed 3pm-9:30pm, Thu 3pm-10pm, Fri 3pm-10:30pm, Sat noon-10:30pm, Sun noon-9pm

West Harlem Baylander Steel Beach, West Harlem Piers, 125th St at the Hudson River

This waterfront bar and restaurant located on an old warship has reopened for the third season.


Roller Skating at Riverbank State Park

Spring schedule: Mon & Tue 4pm-7pm; Wed & Fri 6pm-9pm (18 and older); 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 because the outdoor roller rink at Riverbank State Park is back.


The roller rink at Riverbank State Park.

Been Seen

Ongoing, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm FREE

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

A new exhibition highlighting the work of Harlem-based photographer Austin Hansen (1910-1996) juxtaposed with seven contemporary photographers.


Live Jazz at Room 623

Fri-Sun

Central Harlem 271 W 119th St between Frederick Douglass Blvd and St. Nicholas Ave

Live performances are back at this speakeasy-style club below sister restaurant B2 Harlem, with both early and late sets. To find it, just look for the blue light.


African/American: Making the Nation's Table

Through July 17, Thu-Sun 11am-6pm

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

This exhibit celebrates African American food history, shining the spotlight on the contributions of Black farmers, chefs, and inventors over the last 400 years. Highlights include the 30-foot-long "Legacy Quilt" and the perfectly-preserved '70s Ebony Test Kitchen.


The '70s Ebony Test Kitchen at "Making the Nation's Table" in Harlem
The '70s Ebony Test Kitchen at "Making the Nation's Table"

Live Music at The Cloak Room

Fri & Sat at 9pm

Hamilton Heights 126 Hamilton Pl at 143rd St

A new cocktail bar hosting live jazz and more every weekend.


The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure

Through August 31, Thu-Sat noon-5pm FREE (reservations required)

Central Harlem The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 W 129th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves

Duke Ellington's grand piano meets "Soul" characters Joe Gardner and Dorothea Williams in this traveling exhibit inspired by the Disney movie.


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.


Thomas J. Price: Witness

Through Oct 1, 2022

Central Harlem Marcus Garvey Park at W 124th St

Come get your selfie with “Thomas J. Price: Witness,” a monumental sculpture depicting a Black man casually looking at his cell phone. The nine-foot-tall bronze piece by artist Thomas J. Price is presented by the Studio Museum in Harlem.


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