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15 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Two Girls, Spanish Harlem, 1959, Alice Neel

The last weekend to see the Alice Neel retrospective at the Met, an afternoon of free jazz in the park with Marjorie Eliot, and more fun things to do.

Through Sunday, August 1

Upper East Side The Met, 100 Fifth Ave at E 82nd St

It's the last weekend to catch this career retrospective of Alice Neel, including a treasure trove of portraits and streetscapes from the 24-year period the painter lived in East Harlem.

Friday, July 30 at 7pm; FREE

Central Harlem The Porch, 750A St. Nicholas Ave and W 147th St

New music venue The Porch is opening in Sugar Hill this fall. Until then, it's hosting free outdoor concerts every other weekend. Swing by tonight for Lee Hogans & Pursuance's mix of jazz, hip-hop and soul.

Neighborhood clean-ups

Saturday, July 31 11am-1pm

St. Nicholas Park, St. Nicholas Ave and W 135th St

Sunday, August 1 10am-2pm

Meet on the west side of Riverside Drive and 135th St

July 31 12:30pm-3:30pm; FREE

Washington Heights Fort Tryon Park, Cafe Lawn (in the area south of the park’s concession building)

An afternoon of live jazz by beloved Harlem musician Marjorie Eliot, her son Rudel Drears, and their ensemble.

Saturday, July 31 1pm-9pm

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

A celebration of African culture at Teranga via food, music and more. Negative Covid test or proof of vaccination required.

Saturday, July 31 2pm-6pm

East Harlem E 104th St between Lexington and Third Aves

A block party in El Barrio, complete with live music, celebrating artist Miguel Luciano's bronze replica of the Taíno Zemí Cohoba Stand from his residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


In case you missed it:

Through 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.

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.

The goats are back for the summer in Riverside Park.
The goats are back for the summer in Riverside Park.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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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