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8 fun things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

Harlem's annual holiday lights along 125th Street
Harlem's annual holiday lights along 125th Street.

Holiday lights along 125th Street, live jazz in a newly winterized craft beer spot, a free concert inside the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, and more fun things to see and do this weekend:

Through December 31

Central Harlem 125th St from Fifth Ave to Broadway

As of Wednesday night—you can rewatch the kickoff here—the holiday lights along 125th Street are officially on. Take a stroll down Harlem's famous retail strip after dusk to see them all aglow.

Friday, November 20 6pm-9pm

Hamilton Heights 126 Hamilton Pl between 142nd and 143rd Sts

Enjoy live jazz while checking out this craft beer spot's new outdoor setup, complete with heaters.

Saturday, November 21 at 1pm FREE

The Overlook Quartet is performing a free concert in the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, and you're invited to watch on Facebook. The string quartet will be playing music by Eleanor Alberga, Florence Price and Chevalier de Saint-Georges, as well as the world premiere performance of “Crossing” by Forbes Graham.


In case you missed it:

"Uno Dos Tres," a new mural in East Harlem by Carmen Herrera
"Uno Dos Tres" mural by Carmen Herrera


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.

Through November 22, by appointment only

East Harlem El Barrio's Art Space PS 109, 215 E 99th St between Second and Third Aves

The art of 46 local artists—everything from a yarn bomb of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to black-and-white portrait photography—are featured in this exhibit that's a response to "uncertain times." Bonus: all the work is for sale.

Central Harlem 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts

After months of pandemic-enforced silence, one of Harlem's top spots for live music reopens. Call to RSVP.

Through November 29

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.

Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm through December 6

Washington Heights The Hispanic Society Museum & Library, Audubon Terrace, Broadway between W 155th and W 156th Sts

Explore the museum's treasures—Goya! El Greco! Velázquez!—which have been reproduced for this outdoor installation in the majestic front terrace. Each artwork also has its own free audio guide you can download on your phone.

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