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Weekend wish list: a parade of creatures at the Blessing of the Animals, a peek at the work of three


Fall is truly underway, so warm up with a chai latte at the new Callie's Cafe on Lenox, then go peek at the work of three up-and-coming artists at the Studio Museum's new satellite space, buy a locally-made product at the Harlem Harvest Festival, and more.​​​​

Callie's Cafe

​You could almost hear the collective sob of despair in Harlem when Morningside Coffee & Biscuits closed earlier this year. The team behind it has now reopened the space as an espresso bar called Callie's Cafe, which also serves food in the vibe of the new Callie's Taqueria next door (no, there are no more biscuits). Stop by from the morning onwards for a huge selection of specialty coffees, from flat whites to chai lattes.

Harlem Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 6, 11am-4pm

​Head on over to St. Nick for an afternoon of eating and drinking at this annual festival that highlights local vendors, including Mama's One Sauce, The Little Hot Dog Wagon, Harlem Brewery and K's European Jams. There'll be music by DJ Stormin' Norman, plus tons of activities, including a free kids' baking workshop with Mr. Lee of Lee Lee's Bakery and a bake-off where judges (it's $5 to enter) vote for the best local pie, cake, cookie and brownie.

Artist-in-Residence Open Studios

Saturday, October 6, 1pm-4pm

​The Studio Museum's temporary space on 127th Street is where you'll find this year's Open Studios, a chance to see what artists-in-residence Allison Janae Hamilton, Tschabalala Self, and Sable Elyse Smith have been up to. Previous residents have included Kehinde Wiley (President Obama's portraitist) and Kerry James Marshall (the subject of a huge retrospective at the Met Breuer a few years ago), so this is the place to see tomorrow's art world stars.

The Feast of St. Francis and the Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 7, 10:30am-4pm

​St. Francis is the patron saint of animals, and every year St. John the Divine celebrates his feast day with a hugely popular animal-filled service and a pet blessing afterwards. Arrive no later than 8:30am for first-come, first-serve passes, or head straight to the Pulpit Green at 1:30pm to get your furry friend blessed.

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