14 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond


The picturesque Harlem Meer in Central Park.

Live jazz at the Harlem Meer, Taíno art in El Barrio, and lots more fun stuff to see and do this weekend.


"Up from Ground Zero"

July 23-August 8; 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

Elizabeth "Queen Ann" Burnett's detailed shadowboxes—many of them autobiographical—make the leap from Harlem Chocolate Factory's windows to this gallery next door.


Cemí-Libre

Friday, July 23rd 5pm-8pm; July 24-August 8 11am-7pm

East Harlem Galería del Barrio, 162 1/2 E 104th St near Lexington Ave

Miguel Luciano brings a bronze replica of the Taíno Zemí Cohoba Stand—and other work from his last three years as an artist in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—to the community in El Barrio.




Salsa Pa’ La Cultura

Friday, July 23 7:30pm-11:30pm, $25

The Bronx The Bronx Brewery, 856 E 136th (backyard entrance on W 135th St)

Enjoy live salsa from Latin Grammy Award winner Jeremy Bosch ft. Los Hachero—and enjoy a brew or two—in the Bronx Brewery's back patio.


Seize the King

Through July 29; Tuesday-Sunday at 8:30pm; FREE, no reservations needed

Central Harlem Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt. Morris Park West and W 122nd St

It's the final week to see this modern reboot of Shakespeare's Richard III by the Classical Theatre of Harlem outdoors in Marcus Garvey Park.


Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Harlem Blues & Jazz Band

Sunday, July 25 at 2pm; FREE

Central Harlem Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the park at 110th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves

Swing by the picturesque Harlem Meer to hear the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band perform classic jazz.



In case you missed it:


Goatham 2021

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.


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.


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

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."


"Summer of Soul"

In theaters and streaming now

Questlove's documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival in Marcus Garvey Park—bringing to light performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and more—is finally out. Watch it in theaters (including the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9) or stream it on Hulu.


Gospel Brunch at the Cecil

Saturdays 2:30pm-5pm

Central Harlem The Cecil, 210 W 118th St and St. Nicholas Ave

Harlem's acclaimed Sing Harlem choir is taking you to church—on Saturdays.



"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.


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.


"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.


Alice Neel, Dominican Boys on 108th Street, © The Estate of Alice Neel

Live jazz at the Grange

Sundays 6pm-9pm

Hamilton Heights The Grange Bar & Eatery, 1635 Amsterdam Ave at W 141st St

The Grange hosts the Sam Taylor jazz trio every Sunday night.


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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