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3 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Jan 8, 2021

Harlem Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park
Free tours of the Harlem Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey take place this Saturday.

Free tours to the top of the recently refurbished Harlem Fire Watchtower, and more.

Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 noon-6pm; FREE entrance but reservation is required

1 Fordham Plaza, the Bronx

The Bronx Night Market, a fun mix of up-and-coming food vendors in an outdoor setting, is back this fall with new safety measures in place: two-hour sessions that must be reserved in advance, stands spaced 10 feet apart, and floor markers to help visitors stay 6 feet away from each other. This weekend's choices include burgers with candied maple bacon, tacos featuring Caribbean flavors, French toast bites, and more.

Saturday, October 3 2pm-3:30pm

Marcus Garvey Park, between 120th and 124th Streets and Madison Ave and Mt. Morris Park W

Climb up the recently-refurbished Harlem Fire Watchtower—used in the 19th century to spot building fires—this Saturday afternoon and the next two after that. The free socially-distanced tours are being led by NYC Park Rangers.

Sunday, October 4 10am-4pm


This year's Blessing of the Animals will look a little different—it will be completely virtual. Those who submitted photos of their pet (the deadline has passed) will get them blessed at the noon ceremony. Other virtual programming on Sunday includes a BBC segment about the event, and more.

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