12 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Jun 30


The NiLu boutique in Harlem.

A pair of gift markets featuring local creatives, a massive sculpture installation in Morningside Park, a virtual jazz concert, and more fun things to do this weekend:


International Jazz Day: Jazz &…Laos

Friday, April 30 at 7pm

On the National Jazz Museum in Harlem's Facebook and Youtube channels

Celebrate International Jazz Day with online performances by Laotian jazz group Lao Jazzanova and vocalist/pianist Melvis Santa and bassist Bam Rodriguez.


Reclining Liberty installation

Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, weather permitting

Central Harlem Morningside Park, Morningside Ave and 120th St

Watch artist Zaq Landsberg install his 25-foot-long sculpture, Reclining Liberty, at the entrance to the park on 120th Street.



Hudson Co-op Mother's Day Pop-Up

Saturday, May 1 10am-4pm

Hudson Heights PS 187, Cabrini Blvd and 187th St

Shop for moms, grads and more at this pop-up featuring locally-made accessories, candles and baked goods.


Harlem Village Market at NiLu

Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 noon-6pm

Central Harlem NiLu, 191 Lenox Ave between W 119th and W 120th Sts

This great little Harlem gift shop is partnering with the Harlem Creative Society, a band of local designers, for an outdoor market right in front of the boutique.


Harlem Grown: Saturdays on the Farm

Saturdays through October

Harlem Grown Farms, various locations

Workshops on farming (for children) and active volunteering (for adults) on Harlem Grown's urban farms return this month. Registration is mandatory.



In case you missed it:


Gio Swaby: Both Sides of the Sun

Through June 5; Tue-Sat 11am-6pm

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

Bahamian artist Gio Swaby's tribute to Black women features a series of large-scale portraits intricately crafted using thread and colorful textiles.



Yoga studio reopenings

Ongoing

Brahman Yoga, 501 W 145th, 3rd floor

Harlem Yoga Studio, 44 W 125th, 3rd floor

In-person classes are resuming at some Harlem yoga studios, with new safety protocols in place (registration is usually required).


Randall's Island cherry blossom season

Now

Enter from East Harlem by foot or bike via the 103rd Street Footbridge or the RFK Triborough Bridge

Randall's Island features eight varieties of flowering cherry trees that blossom over the course of the season. Use the island's excellent cherry blossom guide to help you identify the different tree species, their locations, and when they'll be at their peak.


Bronx Night Market

Saturdays through November

1 Fordham Plaza, the Bronx

This vibrant open-air food bazaar is back for the season, featuring 20-plus food vendors selling bites like fried chicken and waffle sandwiches and birria tacos. Due to health safety protocols, reservations for a one-hour visit are required (but free).


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 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.


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