The uptown celebration known as Harlem Week–a total misnomer because it lasts a whole month–is in full swing this weekend, and you won't want to miss both Saturday's and Sunday's events. Oh, and Black Woodstock is also marking its 50th anniversary in Marcus Garvey Park on Saturday night, so you may as well stay out all weekend:
W 135th St btwn St. Nicholas Ave and Malcolm X Blvd
Saturday Aug 17, noon-9pm
A long stretch of W 135th Street will be blocked off for a day of music, dancing, and, yes, even a spelling bee.
Marcus Garvey Park
Saturday Aug 17, 7pm-9pm
Fifty years ago Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, B.B. King and other legends came to Marcus Garvey Park to celebrate black music and culture. This weekend's free SummerStage concert, featuring artists such as Talib Kweli and Keyon Harrold, marks the groundbreaking event's anniversary.
W 135th St btwn St. Nicholas and Fifth Aves
Sunday Aug 18, 9am-7pm
Now in its 45th year, Harlem Day kicks off with the one-of-a-kind Parade of Automobiles, followed by music, dancing and a back-to-school fashion show.