Harlem Summer Events

We love summertime in Harlem.  Check out our list of our favorite Harlem summer events and don’t forget to mark your calendars.

Schomburg First Fridays
Friday, June 7th, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10030

Jumpstart the First Friday of every month at the Schomburg! Come and check out this popular monthly social hot spot that welcomes the community with live music and drinks. Exhibition galleries are also open late to the public.


The 116th Street Festival/Puerto Rican Festival
Saturday, June 8th 2013
106th St and 3rd Avenue to 116th St and 3rd Avenue


The sounds, flavors and dancing of Puerto Rico come alive in the streets of East Harlem at the kick-off event to the Puerto Rican day parade.


Mount Morris Park Historic Brownstone Tours
Sunday, June 9th; 11:00am-4:00pm
Tour Starts at The Pelham Fritz Community Center, 18 Mount Morris Park West, New York, NY


Join this year’s tour called “Details: Architectural. Artistic. Authentic,” featuring landmark architecture around the Mount Morris Park section of Harlem. Head to the event website to reserve tickets in advance.


Sundae Sermon 2013
Season kicks off Sunday, June 9th, 2013 3:00-7:00pm
St. Nicholas Park at 135th St

For the last 5 years Sundae Sermon has brought free music, laughs and fun to the families of Harlem and this year will be no different!

http://sundaesermon.com for a full list of 2013 event dates and details.


Imagenation Film Festival
Season kicks off June 16th

Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a warm summer breeze, plus a movie in the park? The Imagenation Film Festival gives viewers just that!

For a full calendar of movie screenings and events please visit the Imagenation website at http://imagenation.us/


Harlem Book Fair 2013: New Voices, New Visions
Friday, July 19th, 2013 (7pm) & Saturday, July 20th, 2013
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10030


Need to cozy up with a new book? This year’s book fair promises to leave you satisfied. Now in its 15th year, the fair will showcase works from local writers with a special Phillis Wheatley awards show Friday night.


Harlem Week

Description: The history and deep-rooted culture of Harlem come alive during Harlem Weeks annual summer-long festival. For over 40 years, Harlem lovers and newcomers celebrate the essence of the neighborhood kicking off in July at Grants Tomb through to Harlem Day in August. Events also include A Great Day in Harlem, a day-long family fun festival filled with food, concerts, arts & crafts, a fashion show, vendors, career recruitment, exhibitions and so much more!

Visit http://harlemweek.com/calendar-of-events/ for a full list of all events taking place during Harlem Week.

For A Great Day in Harlem check out the full list of event details below:

Sunday, July 28th 2013
U.S. Grant National Memorial Park – W. 122nd Street and Riverside Drive


International Cultural Showcase – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
International Gospel Showcase – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Fashion Fusion Showcase – 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
A Concert Under the Stars – 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Annual Festival Santiago Apostol de Loiza a El Barrio
Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28; 11:00am – 9:00pm
E. 104th Street – between Lexington and Park Avenue


Looking for something the entire family can enjoy? El Barrio’s annual street fair is just that! Afro Puerto Rican foods and musicians take to the streets in this cultural celebration.


Dance Theatre of Harlem Family Street Festival
Saturday, August 10, 2013, Time: 12:00 pm–7:00pm
W. 152nd Street from Amsterdam Ave to St. Nicholas Avenue

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s outdoor annual street festival returns equipped with performance showcases, arts & crafts, vendors, food and entertainment galore.


Studio Museum–Uptown Friday Nights
Friday, July 26, August 9 & 23; Time: 6:00pm–10:00pm
Studio Museum – 144 W. 125th Street


This July and August come explore the current exhibitions at the Studio Museum with guided tours. Mingle while enjoying fab cocktails and food in the Atrium Café, not to mention the great live music at the Studio Museum courtyard.


Historic Parks Events—City Parks Foundation

With hundreds of parks citywide, the City Parks Foundation has provided free events from musical performances, education series and dance shows for local park-goers. Check out featured summer events taking place in Harlem’s city parks in below:

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
Tuesday, July 30th 2013; 7:00pm-8:00pm
Jackie Robinson Park, 85 Bradhurst Ave, New York, NY 10030



Jungle Brothers and Zhigge
Tuesday, August 6th 2013; 7:00pm-9:00pm
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park West, New York, NY



Bilal and Vivian Green
Wednesday, August 7th 2013; 7:00pm-9:00pm
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY



Tye Tribbett and Tasha Cobbs
Thursday, August 8th 2013; 7:00pm-9:00pm
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mount Morris Park W, New York, NY



The Faison Firehouse and SummerStage Presents: Harlem Dance Caravan
Friday, August 9th – 10th 2013; 7:00pm-10:00pm
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mount Morris Park W, New York, NY

All Levels Open Dance Master Class by: Dana McBroom-Manno



Harlem Family Day Featuring: Illstyle & Peace Productions/Robbi K/ DJ Set by Stormin’ Norman/”Sweet Billy & The Zooloos”
Sunday, August 11th 2013; 4:00pm-7:00pm
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mount Morris Park W, New York, NY



DJ Spinna and Special Guests/Screening: “Hotter Than July”
Sunday, August 11th 2013; 7:00pm-9:30pm
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY



Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: World Premiere of “Bird is the Word” by Jimmy Heath, preformed by Jimmy Heath Big Band
Friday, August 23rd 2013; 7:00pm-9:00pm
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY



Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Kenny Garrett/ Cécile McLorin Salvant/ Kim Thompson/Jaleel Shaw
Saturday, August 24th 2013; 3:00pm-7:00pm
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY



Jazzmobile presents “Great Jazz on the Great Hill”
Saturday, August 10th; 4:00pm– 7:00pm
Central Park West Side from 103rd to 107th Streets


Dance all night while enjoying the beautiful sounds of Big Band Jazz and Swing Dancing! This free outdoor Jazz concert is a true multi-generational celebration on the Great Hill of Central Park.


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