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The 49th Annual Harlem Week Kicks Off This Wednesday—Here Are the Events You Don't Want to Miss

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

Top things to do at 49th annual Harlem Week
Grant's Tomb is the setting for "A Great Day in Harlem"

The 49th annual Harlem Week—a 12-day festival filled with live music, street fairs and more—kicks off this Wednesday, August 9 and runs through Sunday, August 20.

From A Great Day in Harlem, featuring a special tribute to Tina Turner, to Harlem Day, with an homage to Harry Belafonte, here are the events you don't want to miss:

Thursday, August 10 4pm-10pm

12th Ave and W 133rd St

This popular monthly food fest is back under the arches in West Harlem, featuring more than 60 vendors.

Saturday, August 12 8am-11am

Start location: Edgecombe Ave at W 136th St

This hilly 5K takes runners around St. Nicholas Park with a detour up to 155th Street.

Saturday, August 12 4pm-7pm

Central Park Great Hill, West Side between 103rd and 107th Sts

Bring a blanket and enjoy live jazz and swing dancing on Central Park's Great Hill courtesy of Harlem's own Jazzmobile.

Sunday, August 13 noon-7pm

Grant's Tomb, W 122nd St and Riverside Dr

Come early for food and shopping at the International Village, then stay for the tribute to Tina Turner by Ray Chew & the Harlem Music Festival All-Star Band featuring special guest Nona Hendryx—all taking place in front of stunning Grant's Tomb.

Saturday, August 19 1pm-6pm

W 135th St

An afternoon of live entertainment along W 135th Street, including performances from Broadway shows, an adult urban fashion show, live music, plus vendors selling food, jewelry, hats, arts & crafts, and more.

Saturday, August 19 6pm-10pm

St. Nicholas Park, James Baldwin Lawn, 135th St and St. Nicholas Ave

Enjoy a free screening of “Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes” on the sloping lawn in the park.

Sunday, August 20 1pm-7pm

W 135th St

Harlem Week concludes with this signature event featuring three stages along 135th Street plus loads of vendors selling food, fashion, arts & crafts, and more. Stop by for live performances from Broadway shows, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip hop courtesy of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame, and a tribute to the late Harry Belafonte.

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