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12 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

12 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

The 5th Annual Women of the World Festival at the Apollo, a free three-week fitness sampler featuring Harlem's best studios, and more great things to see and do this weekend:

Saturday, March 20 10am-10pm & Sunday, March 21 11am-8:30pm; $20

Streaming on the Apollo Digital Stage

Back for its fifth year, this two-day event for and by women features conversations, workshops, and performances focused on the theme of "Black Women Transcending." Guests include Nikki Giovanni, Elaine Welteroth, and many others.

Through April 10; Wed-Fri, Sat & Sun noon-8pm

Central Harlem Kente Royal Gallery, 2373 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts

Bronx-based artist Daryl Myntia Daniels explores the stereotype of the "strong Black woman" in this solo exhibition of her vibrant paintings.

Neighborhood cleanups

• Saturday, March 20 at 11am

Friends of St. Nicholas Park Clean-Up, St. Nicholas Ave and 135th St

• Sunday, March 21 at 3pm

Hamilton Heights Community Clean-Up, 12th Ave and W 138th St

Help welcome the arrival of spring with these two community cleanups.

Sunday, March 21-Saturday, April 10; weekends at 10am, weekdays at 6pm; FREE

Via Zoom

Harlem's small fitness and wellness businesses have joined together to offer three weeks of free classes, including meditation, cardio, HIIT, yoga, and strength & conditioning.


In case you missed it:

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 by the museum's curators, 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.


Central Harlem AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9, 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 124th St

Starting March 5, NYC movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity (mask-wearing is mandatory). Current offerings at Harlem's only cineplex include "Judas and the Black Messiah" and "Raya and the Last Dragon."

Through March 19; FREE

Streaming at

This year's Made in Harlem film series, "(Re)Considering Harlem: Legacies and Futures," explores Harlem's past and present with five documentaries and docudramas, including "From These Roots," an award-winning portrait of the Harlem Renaissance from 1974.

Through April 4

Manhattanville In the windows of the Forum, Broadway and W 125th St

A preview of "The Protest and the Recuperation," a new exhibition at the Wallach Art Gallery opening in June, is now up in the windows of the Forum. Included is “Power Print” by political cartoonist Khalid Albaih, pictured above.

A preview of “Power Print” by political cartoonist Khalid Albaih at the Forum.

Fri-Sun 10am-6pm

East Harlem 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St

After being temporarily closed for repairs, the museum reopens on February 26 with exhibits including "City/Game: Basketball in New York" and "Collecting New York's Stories: From Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious."

Through March 27; Tue-Sat 11am-6pm, by appointment only

Central Harlem Claire Oliver Gallery, 2288 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 134th and W 135th Sts

This photo exhibit celebrating Harlem's culture includes the work of local photographers John Pinderhughes, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Jeffrey Henson Scales and Shawn Walker.


Central Harlem Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 137th and W 140th Sts

This Uber Eats-led initiative is highlighting a string of Black-owned businesses—including Ma Smith's Dessert Cafe, Harlem Chocolate Factory and Ruby's Vintage—with custom outdoor dining structures and colorful lights along the boulevard. Don't miss the public art exhibition in the windows at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and W 137th Street featuring the art of Guy Stanley Philoche and others.

Through winter

Central Harlem Lasker Rink, entrance at 110th St and Lenox Ave; Mon-Sun

Hamilton Heights Riverbank State Park Ice Rink, entrance at Riverside Drive and 145th St; Fri-Sun

Both of Harlem's outdoor rinks are open, and each has their own set of Covid guidelines. In other words, plan ahead.

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