7 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Mar 19


7 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

The Schomburg's annual comic book fest goes virtual, a two-day pop-up shopping event, and more.


9th Annual Schomburg Center Black Comic Book Festival

Through Saturday, January 16

Online; FREE

Everything's virtual at this year's Black Comic Book Festival, including interactive panels, an exhibitor showcase, a marketplace and more (you can also rewatch any earlier programming, like "How to Draw Black Superheroes"). Saturday's schedule includes a tribute to Chadwick Boseman.


Harlem Makers Collective Pop-Up Shop

Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17 noon-5pm

L'Espace Gallery, 246 Lenox Ave between W 122nd and W 123rd Sts, garden level

Shop for quilts, candles and body care by local makers while checking out a special art exhibition honoring MLK.


Online Storytelling Event: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. by Yaffa Arts

Sunday, January 17 1pm-1:145

Via Zoom, FREE

In collaboration with the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, Yaffa Arts presents a free musical choreopoem celebrating the life of MLK.


In case you missed it:


The Met Cloisters Primer

New

Online

Although timed tickets for in-person visits are also available, there's now a new way to explore the Met's medieval gem in Washington Heights. The Met Cloisters Primer takes you on a digital trip through time, allowing you to enjoy this spectacular museum's art, architecture and gardens via the Met's website.



Ice skating in Harlem

Through winter

Central Harlem Lasker Rink, entrance at 110th St and Lenox Ave; Mon-Sun

Hamilton Heights Riverbank State Park Ice Rink, entrance at Riverside Drive and 145th St; Fri-Sun

Both of Harlem's outdoor rinks are now open, but each has a new set of Covid guidelines. In other words, plan ahead.


"Uno Dos Tres" mural by Carmen Herrera

Ongoing

East Harlem JHS 99, 410 E 100th St between FDR Drive and First Ave

A new mural by Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera's "Uno Dos Tres"—painted by students from the arts and education nonprofit Publicolor—is now up on the eastern wall of East Harlem school JHS 99. The 105-year-old abstract painter had her first solo exhibition at the Whitney in 2016.


In Our Season of Discontent, Count It All Joy

Extended

Central Harlem Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Ave and W 145th St and St. Nicholas Park, St. Nicholas Ave at W 132nd St and W 140th St

Part of the citywide Photoville festival, this free outdoor photo exhibit centers on Black joy and is inspired by the poetry of Ross Gay and the music of Stevie Wonder.


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