The return of Riverside Park's weed-munching goats, a whole weekend of free rock climbing at The Cliffs, a circus on a flatbed truck pulling up to East Harlem—and much more fun stuff to see and do this weekend.
Through the summer
Morningside Heights Riverside Park between W 119th and W 125th Sts
Five goats return to a two-acre section of Riverside Park to help with the weeds.
Friday, July 16-Sunday, July 18; FREE
Central Harlem 256 W 125th St between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvds
Harlem's new rock climbing gym—located in a 15,000-square-foot space right across from The Apollo—is celebrating its grand opening with three days of free climbing, events and classes.
Friday, July 16 7pm-9pm; FREE
Sugar Hill The Porch, 750A St Nicholas Ave near W 147th St
A free concert from the jazz-meets-Haitian-roots band Alegba and Friends in front of The Porch, a new music venue and cafe opening this fall.
Saturday, July 17 at 2:30pm and 4:30pm; FREE
East Harlem Open Streets: 101st St and Lexington Ave
This lighthearted circus-on-a-flatbed-truck is pulling up to East Harlem's Open Streets for an afternoon of acrobatics, juggling and more.
Sunday, July 18 2pm-7:15pm; FREE
East Harlem The Africa Center, 1280 Fifth Ave and E 110th St
An afternoon of live music and poetry in the plaza in front of the Africa Center.
In case you missed it:
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
The Classical Theatre of Harlem returns to Marcus Garvey Park with this modern reboot of Shakespeare's Richard III.
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
You can now 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."
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.