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12 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

12 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Live jazz in Marcus Garvey Park, an all-day Pan-African festival in Harlem Art Park, free churros at the new Ollin, and more fun things to see and do this weekend.

Friday, August 20 7pm-8:30pm; FREE

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

Jazz and blues singer Antoinette Montague is joined by Danny Mixon on piano and others at this free public concert.

Saturday, August 21; 1 Mile starts at 9am, 5K starts at 9:15am; registration required

Randall's Island Field 10

There's still time to register for this race benefitting Harlem Run and the Never Stop Running Foundation (you can also run it virtually through 8/29).

Saturday, August 21 11am-8pm; FREE

East Harlem Harlem Art Park, E 120th St and Sylvan Pl

Sponsored by the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, this free Pan-African celebration includes live performances (from salsa to Haitian Kompa), comfort food from across the African diaspora, children's activities, and more.

Saturday, August 21 1pm-6pm

East Harlem Ollin, 2108 Second Ave between E 108th and E 109th Sts

Mexican spot Ollin, known for its authentic birria tacos, is celebrating the opening of its new location with free churros for the first 100 customers, plus vendors selling pins, jewelry, vintage clothing and prints.

Sunday, August 22 8pm; FREE

Randall's Island Fields 80/81; to reach the fields, cross the 103rd Street Footbridge in East Harlem

Bring a blanket to the south side of Randall's Island for a screening of Raya and the Last Dragon under the stars.


In case you missed it:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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