13 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond



An afternoon of food and music celebrating African culture, a two-day shopping pop-up, a free gospel concert, and more fun things to do this weekend.


Park clean-ups

It's My Park at Thomas Jefferson Park

Saturday, May 22 10am-noon; registration required

Park entrance closest to E 114th St and Pleasant Ave

It's My Park Dat at St. Nicholas Park

Saturday, May 22 11am-1pm

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


Harlem Creative Society Spring Pop-Up Shopping Event

Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23 noon-7pm

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

Support local creatives at this pop-up featuring graphic hoodies, jewelry, ceramics, and lots more.


Teranga Presents African Chophouse

Saturday, May 22 1pm-8pm

East Harlem 1280 Fifth Ave between E 109th and E 110th Sts

It's a celebration of African culture: Explore Teranga's new menu while browsing merch and swaying to the sounds from DJ AQ, DJ G-Flamee and Niara Sterling.



"What's Going On" 50 photo exhibition

Saturday, May 22 at 1pm (unveiling)

Central Harlem Harlem Heritage Tourism and Cultural Center, 104 Malcolm X Blvd between W 115th and W 116th Sts

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's iconic album, this photo exhibition explores the socio-political concepts found on the nine tracks.


Sing Harlem Live!

Sunday, May 23 at 4pm; FREE

Streaming live on Looped

This virtual gospel experience features the Sing Harlem choir—all young voices who graduated from Vy Higginsen's Mama Foundation for the Arts.



In case you missed it:


"Rise" Exhibit

Through May 29; Thu & Fri 1pm-6:30pm, Sat noon-7pm

Central Harlem Heath Gallery, 24 W 120th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves

The work of 12 Black women artists presented in a gallery in a Harlem brownstone.



"Reclining Liberty"

Through April 2022

Central Harlem Morningside Park, Morningside Ave and 120th St

Take a selfie with artist Zaq Landsberg's new 25-foot-long sculpture, "Reclining Liberty," right above the entrance to the park at 120th Street.


"Scaffold: Equity of Treatment Project" by Elan Cadiz

Through May 30; Wed-Fri 2pm-8pm, Sat & Sun noon-8pm

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

New York-based artist Elan Cadiz spent the lockdown uplifting others by painting their portraits. These 167 canvases (!) are the result.


Harlem Grown: Saturdays on the Farm

Saturdays through October

Harlem Grown Farms, various locations

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


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.


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, 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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