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An outdoor festival saluting the Harlem Renaissance, and more fun things to do this weekend

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

The gables of Harlem's Hamilton Heights

It's the first day of summer, and uptown is ready! Check out these three events where you can kick off the season right with music, shopping and bites.

E 125th St between Fifth and Lexington Aves

Fri, June 21 from 3pm

Celebrate the longest day of the year at this free outdoor music event humming with drumlines, R&B, jazz, latin and more. If you get hungry, stop by Taste of East Harlem at the Union Settlement Community Garden for unlimited tastings of the many cuisines of East Harlem ($30-$45).

Gallery Eight, 2602 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 139th St Fri, June 21 2pm-9pm; Sat, June 22 11am-9pm; Sun, June 23 10am-6pm

Head to this three-day shopping event on Strivers' Row for ceramics, jewelry, fashion, body care, and more. There's a special happy hour on Friday and Saturday nights (5pm-9pm) in honor of the longest day of the year.

Amsterdam Ave between 139th and 141st Sts

Sun, June 23 noon-6:30pm

A two-block section of Amsterdam Avenue in Hamilton Heights will be closed to traffic on Sunday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. Stop by for live jazz, swing dance lessons, and a variety of fun vendors courtesy of the Harlem Pop-Up Collective

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