15 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond


"Seize the King" is playing at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park.

Uptown is abuzz this weekend with live music, theater, exhibitions and public art—and almost all of it is free and outdoors:


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

Through December 31; Tuesday-Thursday by appointment, walk-ins Friday & Saturday

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

Starting this week, you can 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."


Harlem Late Night Jazz Presents Willerm Delisfort Project at Jackie Robinson Park

Friday, July 9 4pm-8pm; FREE

Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell, Bradhurst Ave and 148th St

The scenic bandshell at Jackie Robinson Park is playing host to this free jazz concert.


Strings N Skins at The Porch

Friday, July 9 7pm-9pm; FREE

The Porch, 750A St Nicholas Ave between W 147th and W 148th Sts

A free outdoor concert in front of The Porch, a new music venue and cafe opening this fall.



Summer on the Hudson: Billion Oyster Project Presentation

Saturday, July 10 noon-2pm

The Baylander, West Harlem Piers, 125th and Marginal Sts

Head to the Baylander (a former Navy ship that's now also a restaurant and bar starting in the late afternoons) to check out this project dedicated to restoring the city's oyster reefs.


Seize the King

Saturday, July 10-July 29; Tuesday-Sunday at 8:30pm; FREE, no reservations needed

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

The Classical Theatre of Harlem returns to Marcus Garvey Park with this modern reinterpretation of Shakespeare's Richard III.


The TedSmooth Roller Jam

Saturday, July 10 noon-7pm

Uptown Grand Central Underpass, 124th St and Park Ave (under Metro-North)

Celebrate the completion of the Grandscale Mural Project—featuring the work of more than 100 artists along 125th Street in East Harlem—with this roller jam complete with DJ, skate rentals and, yes, mural tours.


Friends of Morningside Park Community Self-Care Day

Sunday, July 11 1pm-4pm

Morningside Ave at 114th St

Swing by Morningside Park for an afternoon of toddler story time, yoga, nature walks and more.



In case you missed it:


Open Streets on Frederick Douglass Boulevard

Through Sept 30; Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-9pm

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 terrific outdoor seating, including Melba's, BLVD Bistro, Lido, Vinateria, and more.


"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

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

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, 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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