10 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond



Harlem Fashion Week returns after a hiatus, a silent disco comes to traffic-free Frederick Douglass Boulevard, and more fun things to do this weekend.


Labor Day Weekend on Frederick Douglass Boulevard

Friday, September 3-Sunday, September 5

Central Harlem Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 113th and W 120th Sts

The FDB (Frederick Douglass Boulevard) Alliance is partnering with Stella Artois (look for its gold Airstream caravan) for a weekend of fun events along the traffic-free boulevard, including a silent disco, roller skating with beats by DJs Stormin Norman and Ted Smooth, yoga, as well as live music.


Opera in the Park

Friday, September 3 6pm-7pm; FREE

Central Harlem Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell, 85 Bradhurst Ave and W 148th St

Up-and-comers Olanna Goudeau, Nicholas Hudak and Phillip Bullock perform songs and spirituals alongside the Riverside Orchestra at this free outdoor concert in Jackie Robinson Park.


Harlem Fashion Week 2021

Friday, September 3-Sunday, September 5

Central Harlem Various locations

Harlem Fashion Week, culminating in three sets of runway shows in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, is back for its ninth season after a hiatus due to Covid-19. Tickets are still available for some events, including a BLM-inspired fashion exhibition.


Great East Harlem Stoop Sale

Saturday, September 4 1pm-5pm

East Harlem Open Street on 101st St between Lexington and Park Aves

Open Street neighbors will be selling their housewares, clothing, books and more at this afternoon stoop sale.



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.

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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