10 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond


Open Streets returns to Frederick Douglass Boulevard.
Open Streets returns to Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

The return of Open Streets, live outdoor dance and music (much of it free), a not-to-be-missed documentary set in Harlem, and more fun things to do this weekend.


"Summer of Soul"

In theaters and streaming on Friday, July 2

Questlove's documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival in Marcus Garvey Park—bringing to light performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and more—is out this weekend. Watch it in theaters (including the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9), stream it on Hulu, or catch a free screening on 120th Street and Lenox Avenue on Friday, July 2 at 8pm.


NY Pops Up: A Weekend of Dance and Music

Friday, July 2 5:30pm-8pm; Saturday, July 3 1:30pm-8pm

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza, 125th St and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd

This free pop-up performance festival is bringing two days of live dance and music to the heart of Harlem.


Open Streets on Frederick Douglass Boulevard

Through Sept 30; Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-9pm

Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 111th to W 120th Sts

For the next three months, nine blocks of Frederick Douglass Boulevard will be closed to traffic on the weekends. The lively stretch includes a long list of restaurants with terrific outdoor seating, including Melba's, BLVD Bistro, Lido, Vinateria, and more.


Gospel Brunch at the Cecil

Saturday, July 3 2:30pm-5pm

The Cecil, 210 W 118th St and St. Nicholas Ave

Harlem's acclaimed Sing Harlem choir is taking you to church—on Saturdays.


The Funk of July

Saturday, July 3 at 8pm

Southwest corner of Lenox Ave and 120th St

The music of Parliament Funkadelic, performed live on a corner of historic Lenox Avenue.



In case you missed it:


"Reclining Liberty"

Through April 2022

Central Harlem Morningside Park, Morningside Ave and 120th St

Take a selfie with artist Zaq Landsberg's 25-foot-long sculpture, "Reclining Liberty," right above the entrance to the park at 120th Street.


Harlem Grown: Saturdays on the Farm

Saturdays through October

134th Street Farm, 118 W 134th St between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvds

Free workshops for children on farming (sample themes: pollinators, leafy greens, edible flowers) on Harlem Grown's urban farm. Registration is mandatory.


Alice Neel, Dominican Boys on 108th Street, © The Estate of Alice Neel

"Alice Neel: People Come First"

Through August 1

Upper East Side The Met, 100 Fifth Ave at E 82nd St

This career retrospective of Alice Neel includes a treasure trove of portraits and streetscapes from the 24-year period the painter lived in East Harlem.


Live jazz at the Grange

Sundays 6pm-9pm

Hamilton Heights The Grange Bar & Eatery, 1635 Amsterdam Ave at W 141st St

After a brief hiatus, the Grange has reopened and is back to hosting the Sam Taylor jazz trio on Sunday nights.



Estamos Bien - La Trienal 20/21

Through September 26; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

East Harlem El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave between E 104th and E 105th Sts

The culmination of two years of research and studio visits, this national survey takes a closer look at the work of 42 Latinx artists and collectives from the United States and Puerto Rico, exploring themes such as identity, structural racism, migration and more.


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