10 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Sep 9


12 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

The three-day Charlie Parker Jazz Festival returns to Marcus Garvey Park—and more fun things to see and do this weekend.


Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Friday, August 27-Sunday, August 29; FREE

Central Harlem Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, Marcus Garvey Park, enter at Fifth Ave and 124th St

This three-day tribute to Charlie "Bird" Parker returns to Marcus Garvey Park with performances by the Donald Harrison Quartet, Willie Jones III, plus many others.


Fort Tryon Park Broadway Berm Beautification Day

Saturday, August 28 10am-1pm; meet at the Broadway/Arden Street entrance

Join the Fort Tryon Park Trust and NYC Parks for a morning of painting, planting, weeding, and more.


Yuma York exhibit closing reception

Saturday, August 28 6pm-8:30pm

Washington Heights Buunni Coffee, 213 Pinehurst Ave at 187th St

Come see the work of Washington Heights-based illustrating team Yuma York, shop their prints and magnets celebrating uptown life, have some wine—and even score a free sticker.



In case you missed it:


Faces of Harlem photo exhibit

Through October 31

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

One hundred portraits of Harlemites are spread across four Harlem parks—Morningside, Marcus Garvey, Jackie Robinson and Rucker—in this outdoor photography exhibit co-curated by Harlem's own Sade Boyewa El.


Goatham 2021

Through the summer

Morningside Heights Riverside Park between W 119th and W 125th Sts

Five goats return to a two-acre, fenced-in section of Riverside Park to help with the weeds.


The goats are back for the summer in Riverside Park.
The goats are back for the summer in Riverside Park.

Open Streets on Frederick Douglass Boulevard

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

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

Nine blocks of Frederick Douglass Boulevard are closed to traffic on the weekends through September. The stretch includes a long list of restaurants with expanded outdoor seating, including Melba's, BLVD Bistro, Lido, Vinateria, and more.


Traveling While Black: A Century of Pleasure & Pain & Pilgrimage

Through December 31; Tuesday-Thursday by appointment, walk-ins Friday & Saturday

Central Harlem Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd and W 135th St

Visit the Schomburg on Fridays and Saturdays without an appointment and see its two current exhibitions, including a show exploring a century of "traveling while Black."


Zaq Landsberg's  "Reclining Liberty" in Morningside Park.
Zaq Landsberg's "Reclining Liberty" in Morningside Park.

"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

Central Harlem 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.


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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