13 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Harlem and Beyond

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Free jazz in the park, a fashion exhibition at the Schomburg, a survey of Latinx art at El Museo (closing this Sunday!), and more fun things to see and do this weekend:


Estamos Bien - La Trienal 20/21

Now through September 26; Fri-Sun 11am-5pm

East Harlem El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave between E 104th and E 105th Sts

It's the last weekend to see this national survey that 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, migration and more.


Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem

Now through Sept 30; Mon-Sat 10:30am-5:30pm; FREE

Central Harlem Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd and W 135th St

This pop-up exhibition about the legendary Harlem Institute of Fashion—featuring costumes and videos from its fashion shows—has been extended though the end of the month.



Photoville Festival: "Been Seen"

Now through Dec 1; FREE

Central Harlem St. Nicholas Park, St. Nicholas Ave between 132nd and 139th Sts

Portraits by Harlem-based studio photographer Austin Hansen are juxtaposed with images by six contemporary Black photographers in this new outdoor photo exhibition.


The Harlem Chamber Players Season Opening Concert

Friday, Sept 24 at 7pm

Morningside Heights Broadway Presbyterian Church, 601 W 114th St and Broadway

This diverse collective's season opener features chamber music by Nkeiru Okoye, Chen Yi, Francis Poulenc, and Adolphus Hailstork.


5th Annual Sugar Hill Music Festival

Saturday, Sept 25 at 2pm; FREE

Sugar Hill Highbridge Park, Sugar Hill Luminaries Lawn, Edgecombe Ave and W 155th St

Bring a blanket or a chair to this concert celebrating the music of Harlem, including a special tribute to the Mizell Brothers and Gil Scott-Heron.


Harlem Makers Collective Fall Pop-Up

Sunday, Sept 26 1pm-7pm

Central Harlem Calabar Gallery, 2504 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 134th St

A mix of small makers are selling everything from luxury accessories to handcrafted ceramics at this one-day pop-up.


Free Jazz Concert in St. Nicholas Park

Sunday, Sept 26 1pm-6pm; FREE

Central Harlem St. Nicholas Park, James Baldwin Lawn, W 135th St and St. Nicholas Ave

Faculty and students from the neighboring City College Jazz Studies Program perform for an afternoon of live music on the lawn.


Stoop Sessions: Freedom Song

Sunday, Sept 26 at 6:30pm; FREE

Central Harlem SW corner of Lenox Ave and W 120th St

Live music, dance and spoken word return to this stoop on historic Lenox Avenue.



In case you missed it:


The Faces of Harlem photo exhibit in Jackie Robinson Park.

Faces of Harlem photo exhibit

Through October 31; FREE

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.


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

Through December 31; Monday-Saturday 10:30am-5:30pm; FREE

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

You can now visit the Schomburg without an appointment and see its two current exhibitions, including a show exploring a century of "traveling while Black."


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.


"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.


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

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.


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