This is the 47th year for the festival celebrating the music, dance, food, fashion and culture of one of NYC’s most famous and most vibrant communities.
As in past years, Harlem Week begins with “A Great Day in Harlem” street fair, and ends with Harlem Day.
Also, there are special activities for kids, a Senior Citizens day, and more.
See the Harlem Week website for the daily schedule of events, live and virtual.
Here are some highlights –
Vendor Village – A collection of African-inspired arts and crafts, including clothing, household items, gift items, and more.
- U. S. Grant National Memorial Park, 122nd St. and Riverside Drive, and at adjacent Sakura Park
Saturday, August 6 –
A Great Day in Harlem – a full day of live and livestream events
Live events are at U. S. Grant National Memorial Park, 122nd St. and Riverside Drive, and at adjacent Sakura Park
Fashion Show – Livestream
Uptown Saturday Night Dance Party – 6pm to 10pm – Livestream
Monday, August 9 –
Imagenation Film Festival – All Day – Livestream
While it’s not a Harlem Week event, but an annual NYC SummerStage event in a NYC park, I am including Great Jazz on the Great Hill, since it falls on the first day of Harlem Week.
Join great local jazz bands for a FREE family-friendly afternoon of music and swing dancing.
This year’s bands include –
The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and a Tribute to Jimmy Heath
Camille Thurman & the Darrel Green Quartet, featuring Wallace Roney, Jr.
Allan Harris, the Brooklyn-born, Harlem-based vocalist, guitarist, bandleader, and composer, is one of the most accomplished and exceptional singers of his generation.
Alyson Williams – Alyson Williams has filled the airwaves with her versatile singing styles, which include R&B, blues, and jazz.
As you followers of NYCOTC know, I’m a devoted swing dancer. I’ll be there. Look for me – I’ll be wearing something turquoise (I always do) and say hello.
- Sat Aug 7th 3:00pm – 6:00pm
- Great Hill is at 110th St., just east of Central Park West, in Central Park.