Get Out * July 10th, Marcus Garvey Park

In Get Out, a speculative thriller from the mind of Jordan Peele, a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, and becomes ensnared in the more sinister real reason for the invitation. Music: Hip-hop, House and Soul by DJ Brittofied. Live Band: V Ferg presents Creative Public Offering.

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Give the Gift of Summer Fund Challenge

A very generous anonymous donor has committed to match every contribution made this week to the BGCHarlem Summer Camp Fund $2 to $1  A gift of $50 buys not just one day of summer fun, but three! Help Harlem’s kids have a safe and enriching summer. Make your gift TODAY!

Father’s Day Guide

Razor Bar
2254 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10037
Facebook: @RazorBarHarlem
Every great day for a guy begins with a fresh haircut! Let him feel invincible after a trip to Harlem’s newest barbershop; Razor Bar.


Frederick Benjamin
Keep the confidence going with Frederick Benjamin grooming products; specifically designed tolet him keep the closest shave, free of razor bumps.


NiLu Gift Shop
191 Lenox Avenue New York, NY 10026
Embedded into the fabric of Harlem, is its unique style. Keep him on top of the newest trends with The Sneaker Heads’ Reference Guide or the Empire State Novelty Set found at NiLu Gift Shop!


Flamekeepers Hat Club
273 W 121st Street, New York, NY 10027
Top the night off with one of Flamekeepers Hat Club’s sophisticated hats for men. Offering an array of different styles, any Dad can end his Father’s Day in his own bit of flare!

Apollo Spring Gala Enters 12th Year in Style

—By Miles Marshall Lewis. Follow MML on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter at @furthermucker.

A staple of the season since 2005, the Apollo Spring Gala stands as one of Harlem’s hottest tickets. A fundraising benefit for the Apollo Theater, the night always begins with a scintillating set of live performances on its legendary stage and ends with a tented spectacle of dance, high fashion and high spirits stretching ’til midnight. (Tonight’s 12th annual gala features superstars Sheila E and Charlie Wilson alongside newcomers Wé McDonald and Trombone Shorty.) Apollo CEO/president Jonelle Procope spoke with Experience Harlem to discuss the gala and take us through the theater’s 2017-18 programming season.

Everyone’s excited over Sheila E taking the stage at the Apollo Spring Gala. Did Prince ever perform at the Apollo?

Oh God. Prince played the Apollo in 1993 for a special VH1 concert, and then he made several appearances at the theater throughout the years. Most recently he made a surprise visit for the Apollo’s 75th anniversary spring gala in 2009. And he came because he wanted to help induct Patti LaBelle into the Walk of Fame. He held a press conference at the theater in 2012 for his Welcome 2 America tour, and then he would come to see performances from time to time. I have to say, my only regret is that we didn’t get him for one of his late night jam sessions at the Apollo. He’s such a genius. Really really really miss him. But he did leave behind such incredible music, so he’ll never be forgotten.

Tell us about the programs funded by the annual gala.

The funds from the gala fund a number of things. Basically, it funds everything that we do on our stage. First of all, it benefits the Apollo’s education and community programs, which extend the theater’s commitment to serving as a resource and a gathering place for our community. Our education programs include events for schoolchildren and families, career development for teens and adults. The Apollo has always been a gathering place. So in current times, we focus on that through something that we call our Uptown Hall series. These are sessions on culturally specific issues integral to the Harlem community and history.

Funds raised from the gala also support our signature programs. Iconic events such as our amateur night at the Apollo, which has been going since we opened our doors in 1934 every Wednesday night; our Apollo Music Café; our Apollo Comedy Club. These are things that take place on our side soundstage.

You know, I want the people to think, “Wow, it’s a Thursday night. I wanna go out. I think I’m gonna go to the Apollo Comedy Club.” Or, “It’s Friday night or Saturday night. What’s going on? I’m going up to the Apollo and I’m gonna catch the music.” The Apollo Music Café focuses on artists who are sort of under the radar. These are artists who have their own following, and they can be from the New York vicinity or places like New Orleans or Atlanta. But we’re giving them an opportunity to showcase their talent, and that’s very much connected to the Apollo’s legacy of creating opportunities for emerging artists.

Last year, the Apollo brought aboard Kamilah Forbes as executive producer. What’s she been cooking up?

The funds we raise from the gala also support our rich programming. This will be our sixth full season of programming at the Apollo, the first year from our new executive producer Kamilah Forbes. There’s a multimedia production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s award-winning Between the World and Me. It’s actually directed by Kamilah and features music commissioned by Jason Moran, who’s a MacArthur Genius. We’ve worked with him before; he did the soundtrack for Selma and 13th, the documentary.

We’re gonna feature the New York premiere of a genre-defying opera, We Shall Not Be Moved, which looks back at the 1985 bombing of the MOVE organization headquarters in Philadelphia. Then we have the multimedia live music performance Soundtrack of ’63, which really takes us back in time to a cultural, artistic retrospective from 1963 to present-day Black Lives Matter movement.

Could you break down this year’s Apollo gala musical performances?

This year we have CeeLo Green. Just a few weeks before, we had a reading on the stage of Ladykiller’s Love Story, a play based on the CeeLo album The Lady Killer. It’s something we think is an exciting project and may have a future. It’ll be workshopped, it may come back, and hopefully go on to regional theater or off-Broadway.

We have Sheila E. She’s just an amazing talent, and certainly she brings notoriety with her association with Prince. I had the pleasure of seeing her perform last year and just thought she was really amazing. The thing that’s so interesting about the Apollo is the Apollo audience. They participate in it, so when they come to a concert, they’re up on their feet really having a great time and embracing the artist’s performance. So we hope Sheila E. will do that. The thing about Prince was, there were also really cool women in his band. There was Wendy [Melvoin] and there was Sheila E. So I’m excited to have her.

And then there’s Charlie Wilson. That’ll hopefully whip us into a frenzy with a lot of the hits from the Gap Band and things that we still dance to, like “Outstanding.” And we have Trombone Shorty, who is a really great performer, another one who’s gonna get people hyped up. He’s actually gonna lead the crowd out at the end into a second line, for folks who understand the traditions of New Orleans, that’ll lead us to where our party is following the gala.

We always focus on an emerging talent, that’s very much a part of the Apollo DNA. Wé McDonald is a young performer who’s performed on amateur night. She was also a contestant on The Voice, and she is an alumna from the Harlem School of the Arts—another renowned institution in the Harlem community. We’re all cultural organizations who are supportive of one another, and we love having very talented students from Harlem School of the Arts. She’s amazing, a real talent. She’s a force and you’re gonna be hearing from her. And Cedric the Entertainer’s our MC, so what can I say? It’s gonna be a fabulous night.

REVIVAL is coming – June 17 in West Harlem

Interpreted and created by legendary modern dance artists with the DVP company and neighborhood seniors In collaboration with Summer on the Hudson and the Prospect Park Alliance
Ellen Graff
George Faison
Naomi Goldberg Haas
Stuart Hodes
Marnie Thomas Wood
Elizabeth Keen
Ramona Candy

Alice Teirstein
Laura Glenn
Chet Walker
Shirley Black-Brown
Myna Majors
Rita Carrington

SAT, JUNE 17  |  6 pm & 7:30 pm
Grant’s Tomb, West Harlem

122nd and Riverside Drive (#1 train; M5 bus; or M4 or M104 bus to 122nd St, walk 2 blocks west)
ALSO: WED, JUNE 14, 7 pm – open dress rehearsal

SAT, JUNE 24  |  6 pm
Lincoln Statue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Lakeside by Lefrak Ice Skating Rink (Q train to Parkside Ave; Walk into park, turn right along East Dr, go north of the ice skating rink)

27th Annual MMPCIA Neighborhood House Tour

Join MMPCIA For The
27th Annual Neighborhood House Tour
Sunday, June 11th, from 11 AM to 4 PM
Our theme this year is Living Legacy! The Mount Morris Park area is known for its close knit community and historic brownstones that bring you back in time. This year’s tour will feature some of the people that are the roots of the Mount Morris Park Historic District.  They will invite you inside their homes: from cutting edge contemporaries and creative updates to classic elegance that retains the glamour of a bygone era and eclectic combinations that meld bits of all the best. In short, the Living Legacy that we call home — Mount Morris Park!
This year’s tour around the Mount Morris Park section of Harlem will feature homes, gardens, churches and hidden treasures.  Refreshments will be available at key locations on Lenox Avenue.
Come join us for 
this very special event

11 AM to 4 PM: Follow the “Living Legacy” Self-Guided Tour of Homes at your leisure. Visit more than 10 venues including a marvelous neighborhood treasure in mid-restoration, brownstone homes in a range of styles with period details, and

captivating backyard gardens showcasing how culture and neighborhood resonate, and opportunities to talk with life long residents as they reflect on their own history and embrace of Harlem.

12 PM to 1 PM: Join renowned historian Michael Henry Adams, author of Harlem Lost & Found, an architectural and social history, 1765-1915, for an hour long walk, exploring resilient St Martin’s Episcopal Church and the homes and haunts of Mount Morris Park notables from the past including industrialist John Dwight (Arm & Hammer), composers Richard Rogers (The Sound of Music) and Lorenz Hart (My Funny Valentine), as well as the Rev. Dr. George Wilson Becton of the World Gospel Feast Party, and his wife the Rev. Louise Becton, plus Dr. Maya Angelou and others.
We are still in need of volunteers to help make the House Tour a success. If you are interested in being a Volunteer Greeter for this year’s  House Tour, please sign up here. The success of the house tour depends on volunteers who help us present ourselves at our best to outside guests and neighbors alike.
The 27th Annual
Mount Morris Park House Tour
Sunday, June 11, from 11 AM to 4 PM

Shine or rain, everything begins at the Tour Start:
Pelham Fritz Community Center
Mount Morris Park West & West 122 Street, Harlem

Subways: A, B, C, D, 2, 3, and 4, 5, & 6 to 125th Street.
Buses: M1, M7 and M102

New Web-Series and Podcast Opens Racial Justice Discussion Up to Kids

From Executive Producers Riley S. Wilson (Orange Bright) and Lisa Cortés (Precious) comes a live-action sci-fi/drama web series about a claircognizant (all-knowing) little Black girl living and growing up in a rapidly changing Harlem. A finalist for the 2016 Sundance Institute YouTube New Voices Lab, Little Apple is a modern-day coming of age story about a rapidly developing little girl finding her voice and fighting against complicity.

Starring 10-year-old actress, Milan Williams, Little Apple is a live-action sci-fi web series and comic book as well as a Behind-The-Scenes podcast where Milan and EP Riley S. Wilson discuss and breakdown each episode’s content and themes. The series follows Apple, a little Black girl, born and raised in Harlem, as she and her family deal with her new abilities, growing consciousness and sheer impatience for a new school year. Little Apple tells the moving and witty story of a young magical Black girl’s transcendence into consciousness—in a society that, for all intents and purposes, is anti-Black and anti-female. Themes explored in the series, comic and podcast include: Gentrification, The Erasure of Native Peoples, Black Feminism, Microaggressions, Black Girl Magic and more.

The cast and crew of Little Apple are currently campaigning on Kickstarter for $15,000 for the production of the first five episodes; that includes the cost of equipment, locations, wardrobe and set design. Some of the rewards include exclusive access to the first episodes, a signed copy of Volume I of the limited edition comic book or your own personalized cartoon sketch.

“What’s great about the show is that it’s from the perspective of a little girl. And people often forget that kids have direct access to content and media just as much as adults. They know what’s going on in the country and many times the world. People just don’t engage with them,” says Wilson. “I think more than anything, this project–between the series, podcast and comic–helps to open the conversation up and provide useful communication tools to aid in the discussion about the fight for racial justice with young people.”

“The first time I read the papers, I was like gentrifi-what? I didn’t know what it meant. I was like, mom what does gentrification mean? And I said it wrong. I pronounced it really wrong,” Williams says. “It probably sounded like gentr-ti-ta-tion. I don’t even know. At first I didn’t know what it was and then I started looking into it and now I’m like ohhhh. Now I can’t get it out of my mind.”

Lisa Cortés added “The marriage of entertainment for young people coupled with discourse around social justice is especially timely. Little Apple’s production team and story speaks to my commitment in empowering expansive representation in front of and behind the camera while giving light to visionary stories. I’m excited to see this series come to fruition.”

Kickstarter: Little Apple
Twitter: @LilAppleSeries
Facebook: @LilAppleSeries
Instagram: @LilAppleSeries
Podcast: Making Apple Podcast

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#ExperienceHarlem 2017 #FreeHarlem #HarlemSummer Guide: 50+ Free Events in Historic Harlem

Give us free, you say? Well, you got it. All summer long. The truth is the rent is too damn high and so is everything else. Take in the beauty and rich legacy of historic Harlem with Experience Harlem. We’ve done the legwork and put together a comprehensive guide for alla Uptown massive so you don’t have to; We’ve identified more than 33 events for the family; O.G.s, new jacks, music buffs, film lovers, sexy people and everyone else who loves this vibrant social and community. It’s #HarlemSummer, baby, and it’s all Gratis. Free99. No cash required. #FreeHarlem. See you out in these streets.

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The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents The Three Musketeers
July 9 – 30, Tues – Sun (no Monday showings), 8:30 p.m./Dusk
The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt. Morris Park West
Since 1999, CTH has presented the stalwarts of the stage with original adaptations featuring music and dance, and this year, it’s all for one and one for all as D’Artagnan and the Musketeers engage in a rousing story of double crossings, kidnappings, spellbinding fights and sweeping romance. Directed by Jenny Bennett and choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher. Adapted by Catherine Bush. Free.


Target Free Sundays at the Studio Museum
Sundays, June 4, 11, 18, 25; Guided Tours: 1:00 p.m. Hands on: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 W. 125th St.
Each Sunday in June, the Studio Museum offers free guided tours of its current exhibits. June 4: Harlem Postcards Spring 2017 and Smokehouse, 1968–1970; June 11: Regarding the Figure; June 18: the art of Rico Gaston; June 25: Signature. The gallery tour welcomes folks of all ages; stick around for the “Hands On” family programming with painting, arts or crafts for little people. Free.

Reflections & Yoga
June 10, July 8, August 12; 10:00 am
Morningside Park, Manhattan Avenue & 117th St
Practice conscious breath and movement in the summer sun. Reflections is a collaborative project with artist Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, Art In FLUX and Three and a Half Acres Yoga featuring three interactive public sculptures that utilize the collective ideas of art and yoga as platforms for healing, harmony, and reflection while simultaneously encouraging inclusivity in two practices that are historically non-diverse. Free.


’80s Outdoor Movie Screenings at Morris-Jumel
June 15, 1:30-3:00 pm; July 27 & August 24 8:30-10:00 pm
Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace
Though the drive-ins of the ’70s are mostly long gone, you can enjoy classics of the ’80s under the stars and in the shadow of Manhattan’s oldest mansion. On June 15, there will be an afternoon showing of Back To The Future, starring Michael J. Fox; July 27 promises thrills and lots of slime-filled fun  watching the original Ghostbusters (Who you gonna call?); and Aug. 24, promises a take on the crazy antics of The Goonies. Free.

25th Anniversary of Juice & Afterparty
Fri., July 7, 2017, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd.
Tupac back! And he’s starring in a hip-hop classic filmed and set in Harlem. Released in 1992, Juice comes home. Starring Omar Epps and presents the acting debut of rap icon Tupac Shakur alongside Jermaine “Huggy” Hopkins, Khalil Kain and Samuel L. Jackson. Relive the epic moments of this thriller and then participate in a talkback with the film’s director, Ernest Dickerson, and surprise guests. Following the film will be a ’90s music-themed after party. Free.| schomburg events

ImageNation Presents: Get Out
Mon., July 10; Music at 6:00 p.m., Films at 8:00 p.m. or Sundown
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park West
Even if you have seen the most talked about film of the year, it’s worth bringing friends and foes alike to see a reprise of Get Out, a speculative thriller that most view as absolutely brilliant. Directed by Jordan Peele of Key & Peele fame, Get Out is the young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, and becomes ensnared in the more sinister real reason for the invitation. Afterwards, get your dance on with DJ Brittofied. In partnership with Historic Harlem Parks. Free.

Imagenation Presents: I Am Not Your Negro [HARLEM WEEK]
Sat., August 19; Music at 6:00 p.m., Films at 8:00 p.m. or Sundown
St. Nicholas Park, 135th St. & St. Nicholas Ave
Learn more about the life and thoughts of one of Harlem’s most revered native sons, James Baldwin. “I Am Not Your Negro” was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award, and the seed for this film was planted more than 35 years ago. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House,” a personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. This film is a reimagination of that work. Music by Radio 103.9. |

Imagenation Presents: “Queen of Katwe” [HARLEM WEEK]
Sat., August 26; Music at 6:00 p.m., Films at 8:00 p.m. or Sundown
St. Nicholas Park Great Lawn, 135th St. & St. Nicholas Ave.
More blackgirlmagic comes to the big screen with this gem of a film starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga. This Ugandan/South African flick depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe who learns to play chess and becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads. Featuring music by a live DJ + Chess activities for kids presented by the St. Nicholas Chess Club. Free. |


Jazzmobile Wednesdays at Grant’s Tomb
Wednesdays, July 5, July 12, July 19, August 2, August 9; 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Grant’s Tomb, West 122nd St. & Riverside Dr.
Hump Day turns into the best day if you crave the sounds of jazz under the stars. Jazzmobile marks its 53rd year (so you know it has to be good) with a stellar line-up of musicians and singers serenading General Grant and Harlemworld: July 5: Winard Harper; July 12: Sonny Fortune; July 19: Antonio Hart; Aug. 2:– Houston Person; Aug. 9: Alyson Williams. Free.

Jim Jones
Sat., August 19; 5:00- 7:00 pm
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt. Morris Park West
One of Harlem’s prodigal sons returns as Joseph Guillermo Jones II, better known as Jim Jones, rocks the stage of Marcus Garvey’s ampitheatre. This hometown hero and self-proclaimed capo of Harlem-born and bred Diplomats (Cam’ron Giles, Freekey Zekey and Juelz Santana,) will no doubt perform his biggest hit, “We Fly High,” as well as a bevy of other songs made famous by his Dipset crew. Ayyyye! Free.

Jazzmobile Friday’s at Marcus Garvey Park
Fridays, July 7, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18; 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park West
What better way to kick off the weekend than with live music? Every Friday, starting in July, you got plans. And they involve jazz, the outdoors and pretty people. July 7: Wycliffe Gordon Quartet; July 28: Brianna Thomas; Aug. 4: Jeremy Pelt; Aug. 11: Craig Harris. On Friday, Aug. 18 catch the soulful Blues Festival, featuring “King” Solomon Hicks with Special Guests. Free.

Jazz at the Mansion
Sat. & Sun., August 19 & 20; 2:00-6:00 pm
Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace
Melt into the sounds of classic jazz as you enjoy the great outdoors on the lawn of one of oldest houses in the city (George Washington decamped here for a spell during the American Revolution). Bring a blanket and some libations as Harlem icon Marjorie Eliot, who has been giving live jazz concerts in her home for more than 30 years, performs the standards. Free.

Sundae Sermon
August 13, 2017
Harlem’s most beloved dance party returns and promises to be a stone cold groove as legendary DJ Stormin Norman spins classic hip-hop, soul, Afrobeat and house. Revel in the sun with Harlem’s most beautiful, who spill into the park after church, brunch or sleeping in ready to mix, mingle and move. If your hands are not in the air at least once during the day, you may want to get your soul checked. Family-friendly. Free.

Great Jazz on the Great Hill
Sat., Aug. 5; 4:00 -7:00 p.m.
The Great Hill, Central Park, Central Park West and 106th Street
Jazzmobile and the Central Park Conservancy present the sounds of jazz on a great incline in Central Park. Join The Jimmy Heath Big Band, Allan Harris and Matthew Whitaker as the sounds of jazz make a truly perfect Saturday possible. Free. |

Jazzmobile Presents: Havana Festival [HARLEM WEEK]
Wed., August 16;
Havana has a very rich connection to Harlem, musically, historically, and socially and so it is only fitting that Jazzmobile join with the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce to present the Havana Festival, which promises to roll out the sounds, smells and sights of this Cuban city smack in the heart of Harlem. Enjoy Cuban music, food, cultural displays, goods and more. Free. |


Imagenation Presents: Moonlight [HARLEM PRIDE]
Fri., June 16; Music at 6:00 p.m., Film at 8:00 p.m. or Sundown
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park West
Winner of Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards, this extraordinary drama explores three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young Black man growing up in an impoverished neighborhood in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him. Starring Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Naomi Harris, Andre Holland. Directed by Barry Jenkins,
Afterwards, let go with an outdoor house party spun by DJ Michael Forde! In partnership with Historic Harlem Parks, Harlem Pride, Slay TV and Harlem2020. FREE |

Summer of Music Outdoor Film Series
July 17, 2017 @ St. Nicholas Park, 135th St. & St. Nicholas Ave
July 24, 2017 @ Jackie Robinson Park, Address 145th St & Bradhurst
Music set at 7:00 p.m., Film at 8:30 p.m.
Join the Maysles Documentary Cinema Center in its 9th Annual music and documentary series. This year promises to free your mind with two astounding documentaries that celebrate the resilience, joy and fight that is people of color. July 17: Freak the sounds of salsa, freestyle and hip-hop, before viewing “We Like It Like That.” Music of Revolution is the order of the day on July 24, as you spin to those sounds before watching the 2017 documentary “Whose Streets,” about the Ferguson uprising and the activists involved in it. Free.

Imagenation Presents: “The 13th” & Soul Train Tribute!
Sat., Aug. 12; Music at 6:00 p.m., Film at 8:00 p.m. or Sundown
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park West
After watching the truly harrowing documentary, “The Thirteenth,” by Academy-Award nominated director Ava Duvernay, a moving treatise on the U.S. prison industrial system, you will assuredly need release. And the annual Soul Train Tribute is it! Arguably the hottest jam in the park for six consecutive years, the Soul Train Jam celebrates the soundtrack of American social movements with a tribute to Freedom Songs from the Soul Train Era. With Music spun by DJ Stormin’ Norman of Sundae Sermon, this tribute will feature music from Soul Train artists: James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and others interpreted by an all-star cast of independent artists. In partnership with Historic Harlem Parks, InJoy Enterprises, Sundae Sermon. Free.

Imagenation Presents: Black Girl Magic!
Sat., Sept. 9; Music at 6:00 p.m., Film at 8:00 p.m. or Sundown
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park West
Celebrate the superflyness of black women and girls of with a screening of critically acclaimed Sundance pick, The Fits, directed by Anna Rose Holmer. The film follows an 11-year-old tomboy as she tries to fit in with her peers after joining an all-girl dance team in this dreamy exploration of girlhood. Beforehand, let the sounds of hip hop, Soul, House and more spun by DJ Natasha Diggs wash over you before you rock out with live music curated by Injoy Enterprises. There’s also an all-female band in the mix starring Camille Gainer Jones with wicked performances from independent black girls like Abby Dobson, Claudia Hayden, Toni Ann Semple, Vivian Sessoms, and more. Free.


116th Street Festival in El Barrio
Sat., June 10; 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Around 116th Street and 3rd Ave
Wepa!!!! The annual 116th Street Festival is a celebration of community and culture and in the heart of El Barrio, or Spanish Harlem. The largest street festival in NYC, the one-day event always takes place the day before the Puerto Rican Day parade, and features five stages of national touring acts and homegrown talent. Gorge on pasteles and pernil, and wash it down with pina colada and coquito as you peruse over 200 exhibitors under the sounds of booming salsa, hip-hop, and other traditional Latin music. Free.

8th Annual Harlem Pride Celebration Day
Sat., June 24, 2017; 12:00 p.m. – 6: 00 p.m.
West Harlem: 12th Avenue between West 135th and West 138th Streets
In 2010, Harlem Pride’s founders saw an opportunity to celebrate not just our Same Gender Loving/LGBT community, but its role and contributions to Harlem’s rich history. The mission of this vibrant day is to advocate for, educate, promote, and unite Harlem’s Same Gender Loving/LGBT individuals, organizations and supporters in cultivating a sense of honor, dignity and respect for our diverse culture and community. Rain or shine. Free.

Shop Harlem Live Harlem Lifestyle Expo

Saturday, June 24, 2017; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

MIST, 46 W 116th St

Enjoy 60+ Harlem Made products; Virtual Tour of new Sugar Hill Creamery ice cream shop; Meet and Greet with the Harlem Whole Foods Market Vendors; plus Family/Kids activities including Adult and Kids Indoor Cycling and Mini Trampoline Classes by Eye Cycle NYC; Kids Cooking Demo by Plant Rich Life; Arts and Crafts by Grandma’s Place; Face Painting by Layla Merritt; Live Musical Performance by Vy Higginsen’s Teen Gospel Choir; and Music by Dj Stormin’ Norman, Sundae Sermon. Learn why Harlem is NYC’s favorite neighborhood to EAT, SHOP, PLAY!   Register for FREE tickets at


Harlem Book Festival
Sat., July 15; 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
W. 135th St & Malcolm X Boulevard
Bibliophiles and those who love them can get their literary life at the annual Harlem Book Festival, the largest African American book fair in the U.S. For one day in Saturday each year, 135th Street is lined with authors, exhibition booths, workshops, panel discussions, food, handmade crafts, and of course, books, and lots of them. Notable participating authors have included Maya Angelou, Cornel West, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Walter Mosley, Terry McMillan, Touré, Farai Chideya, Stanley Crouch, Nelson George, and Mark Anthony Neal. Free.

Go Africa Harlem Street Festival
Sat., July 15; 10a.m.-7p.m.
116th Street between Adam Clayton Powell & Frederick Douglass Ave.
In recognition of the significant and thriving African community in Harlem, “Little Senegal” transforms into the L’Afrique in a full day of homage to the Motherland. Peruse unique goods and services provided by African & Caribbean merchants on 116th street and check out two pavilions showcasing dance, art, music and dress from various regions throughout the continent and Caribbean. Free.

“A Great Day In Harlem” [HARLEM WEEK]
Sun., July 30; various activities; 1:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
U.S. Grant National Memorial Park; West 122nd & Riverside Drive
A Great Day in Harlem always shapes up to be just that as the community shows off its local artists and institutions. From 1:00-3:00 p.m. take in the “International Cultural Showcase,” featuring dance companies and choral ensembles; 3:00-4:15 p.m. it’s time for the Gospel Caravan, featuring inspirational music; 4:30-5:30 p.m. is the Fashion Fusion Showcase, showing the best in urban fashion; and finally, 5:45-8:30 p.m. is a “Concert Under the Stars.” Free.

5th Annual Harlem Revive! A Community Day of Unity
Sat., Aug. 5; 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell, 148th & Bradhurst
Join HCCI, the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, and nearly 1000 Harlemites for the fifth annual Harlem Revive!: A Community Day of Unity. This community affair offers job opportunities; gospel choirs and dance ministries, arts and crafts for children, free food and contact with community leaders and local residents who bring a spirit of love and community engagement.

Harlem Day [HARLEM WEEK]
Sun., August 20; 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
135th Street – between Fifth Avenue and St. Nicholas Ave.
Over 90,000 people descend on four blocks in central Harlem to partake in this always unique fair with flair. There are four outdoor stages of live entertainment, this year featuring “The International Roots of Jazz:” reggae, Latin, soca, gospel, R&B, hip-hop, rock, blues and calypso. The Upper Manhattan Auto Show from is always fun; as is the Children’s Festival at the YMCA stage. Wash all the magic down with delectable soul vittles and fresh squeezed lemonade, and cop some music, clothing, bags or shirts. Free.

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Thurs.-Sat., Aug. 24-Aug. 26; 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park West
Marcus Garvey Park comes alive with the sounds of sweet music for the 25th anniversary of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Here, artists of all stripes pay homage to the jazz legend also known as Byrd. August 24: Jason Samuels Smith tap dance exhibition; August 25:Lee Konitz Quartet; August 26: Anat Cohen Tentet. Free.


First Fridays: LGBT Pride
Fri., June 2; 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd.
Kick off Pride month and party with the fabulous people in honor of the In the Life archive, a collection of materials of and by black LGBT people throughout history, housed in the Schomburg’s Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division. Add to that a pop-up exhibit highlighting the life and work of historical LGBT activist Storme DeLarverie, who was central to the Stonewall Riots. DJ Missy B and Craig Nice lord over the Langston Hughes Lobby or jam to DJ Frankie Paradise in Our American Negro Theatre. Signature drinks. Free (donations welcome). | schomburg events

Uptown Fridays! at The Studio Museum
Fridays, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18; 7:00p.m.-10:00p.m.
Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 W. 125th Street
Uptown Fridays! celebrates the sights and sounds of the season by transforming the museum’s courtyard and galleries into a vibrant social hub, featuring food and drink specials, free guided tours and live entertainment. A great way to kick off the weekend, and mingle with Uptown’s finest. Free.

Entertainer’s Basketball Classic at “The Rucker”
June 19 -August 2017
Holcombe Rucker Park, 280 W 155th St.
Old School Harlem is in effect at “The Rucker,” the basketball league that showcases the finest street ball with professional and amateur players alike. Shot callers such as Jay Z and Fat Joe sponsor teams who dazzle and defy gravity while the emcee keeps the crowd in stitches narrating the ballers’ deft moves. Try to come early and peep everyone from LeBron James to Shaquille O’Neal who has come to the old Pologrounds for this iconic set. The first week will feature give aways for the kids along with big performances and great games all in the honor of founder Greg Marius who died in April. Free.


Black Power 50 Multimedia Harlem Walking Tour
Sat, June 10, 2017; 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd.
Take a leisurely stroll through the historical Harlem streets, with this unique walking tour showcasing Harlem sites associated with the Black Power and Civil Rights movements. Beginning in the 1960s through present day, this tour is an educational and entertaining field experience to complement the Schomburg Museum’s Black Power! exhibition, which explores the Black Power movement. Free. | schomburg events

5K Run & Health Walk

Percy Sutton 5K Run & NYC Health Walk
Sat, August 26; 6:00 a.m. registration, 8:30 run start time; 9:30 a.m. walk start time
135th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue
Thousands of participants from all over the NYC, tri-state regional participate in this annual health event named for one of Harlem’s scions, Percy Sutton. Sutton, who as Manhattan borough president in the 1970s championed the New York City Marathon as a five-borough event. A 1.5 mile walk accompanies the event. Registration required. To register for the walk, register here; to register for the run, register here. Free. |


NYC Children’s Fair [HARLEM WEEK]
Sat, August 19; 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.; West 135th St., Bet. Malcolm X & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
Sun., August 20; 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.; YMCA Stage, 125th & St. Nicholas Ave.
Over 10,000 children between the ages of 5 to 12 descend on 135th Street to revel in a day of storytelling; children’s entertainment showcasing tap dancers, dance troupes, step shows, hip-hop dancers, theater, poetry and vocalists; arts and crafts; double dutch competitions; face painting; technology; health services; dance lessons and sporting events. Free.


Cheryl Wall Speaks On “Women of The Harlem Renaissance”
Wed., June 21; 7:00 p.m.
Revolution Books, 437 Malcolm X Blvd.
Professor Cheryl A. Wall, author and foremost scholar on women artists of the Harlem Renaissance, will discuss the lives and works of Jessie Redmon Fauset, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Bessie Smith and others. This promises to be a fascinating evening exploring the struggle of a generation of literary women in the 1920s and ’30s who sought to depict the lives of Black people, especially Black women, honestly and artfully. Willis is a literary critic and professor of English at Rutgers University. Free (donations welcome).

#HarlemSummer Kids Calendar

Uptown is heating up and the little ones don’t have to miss out on the fun! Our Ultimate Guide to Summer for Kids has all of Harlem’s best programs for fun, education and a life-changing summer.

Harlem YMCA
180 W 135th St, New York, NY 10030

Having programs for youth ranging from Kindercamp to Teen Camp, Harlem YMCA’s eight-week summer program (July 3rd–August 25th) offers everything from basketball and swimming to a traditional summer experience. Find out more at!

Boys and Girls Club of Harlem
425 West 144th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY

While capturing everything from life skills and career development to preventing summer learning loss, The Boys and Girls Club of Harlem has an academic plan all for children aged 6-18. Visit to find out which of their programs is perfect for your kid.

423 West 127th Street New York NY 10027
Get innovative with your kid’s summer in a curriculum designed and taught by Columbia University‐affiliated faculty and students for 8 weeks. Each of the themed sessions will be between July 10th and September 1st all about kids designing, prototyping and refining technology.

Harlem 4 Kids
Harlem4Kids’ Storytime hits all the critical points of early childhood development while encouraging parent participation for a unique experience moving, singing and even learning different languages together!

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
898 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Keep it creative from July 10th-27th as your child spends three weeks exploring the uses of light as a medium, studying light & shadow, translucency, and how we can tell stories using light as our source!

Studio Museum Harlem
144 West 125th Street, New York, New York 10027
Don’t miss the opportunity to get conscious and creative as a family at the Studio Museum during their Hands On Program and Lil’ Studio Sessions running from May through June 2017. See the schedule at!

Concrete Safaris
158 East 115th Street, Suite 144, New York, NY 10029
Round out the summer months with an action packed adventure in Concrete Safari’s JungleGym 2017 Summer Series featuring obstacle courses, bounce houses and more on June 24th, July 29th and August 26th, 2017.