Annual / Ongoing Events

January

Three Kings Parade

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Three Kings Day Celebration throughout Harlem and upper Manhattan (Morningside Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, East Harlem organized by El Museo del Barrio, this colorful procession features costumed school kids, live camels and sheep, floats, twirling dancers, rhythmic music and a trio of 12-foot-tall Magi puppets. The Three Kings themselves (or at least the local celebrities playing them), lead this merry band. It’s a small community affair, but worth seeing for the live animals and exuberant elementary schoolers who participate.

Get more info here: http://www.elmuseo.org/3k2015/

February

Harlem Restaurant & Retail Week

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The event is held in early winter (February). Since inception, Harlem Restaurant & Retail Week has seen an increase in appreciation, followers and footfalls to such an extent that it has inspired people to create their own version of the event in various cities across the globe.

Harlem Restaurant & Retail Week began as a lunch-only promotional event and is considered the first “restaurant week”.

Get more info here: http://harlemparktopark.org/harlem-restaurant-retail-week/

March

Harlem Restaurant/Retail Month

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The event is held in early winter (March). Since inception, Harlem Restaurant/Retail Month has seen an increase in appreciation, followers and footfalls to such an extent that it has inspired people to create their own version of the event in various cities across the globe.

Harlem Restaurant/Retail Month began as a lunch-only promotional event and is considered the first “Harlem Restaurant/Retail Month”.

Get more info here: http://harlemparktopark.org/harlem-restaurant-retail-week/

April

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June

Who’s The Boss

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Women In The Black New York Inc. is a Harlem based entrepreneurial organization created for the purpose of educating, training and supporting women business owners. Women In The Black is committed to educating and equipping women with the skills and resources necessary to start, build, lead and grow successful small businesses in their communities, primarily in the New York metropolitan area.

Get more information at Who’s The Boss.

Harlem Arts Festival

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The mission of the Harlem Arts Festival is to provide resources, visibility and career opportunities to artists; to increase participation and engagement in the arts by the Harlem community; and to continue Harlem’s artistic legacy of making art that preserves the history and develops the identity of Harlem.

Get more information here: http://www.harlemartsfestival.com/2015-festival/

July

Harlem Book Fair

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The mission of the Harlem Book Fair is to create access to the transformative power of reading by celebrating, encouraging, and promoting literacy and literacy awareness through public programs, community participation, corporate partnerships and in-school programs that broaden and strengthen the vitality of the African-American community. The Harlem Book Fair is the United State’s largest African-American book fair and the nation’s flagship Black literary event. Held annually in Harlem, NY, the Harlem Book Fair features exhibition booths, panel discussions, book sales, and workshops. 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.

Get more information at www.harlembookfair.com/#!about-us/ckg7

August

Harlem Week

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What began in 1974 as a one-day tribute to Harlem has evolved over 40 years into a monthlong celebration of the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history. Harlem Week reaches a fever pitch during the bursting-at-the-seams weekend of events held under the banner of Summer in the City and Harlem Day, including a college fair, children’s festival, “dancing in the street” party, fashion show, tennis clinic and Motown musical concert. Among the other highlights: a special Harlem Week series of Amateur Night at the Apollo concerts (with surprise musical guests added into the mix), a hoops tourney at historic Rucker Park and the annual Percy Sutton 5K run/walk.

For more information, visit harlemweek.com.

Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS)

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The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) is the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States. Since its inception in 2009, HFAS has had over 60,000+ visitors, traveled to 10+ cities as well as showcased 100+ artists and galleries.

As the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States, HFAS prides itself on its uncanny ability to bring people of all different backgrounds together to celebrate fine arts of the African Diaspora.  Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, HFAS provides a platform for African Diasporic visionaries as well as American visual artists to exhibit and sell their artwork. The Harlem Fine Arts Show has also created economic empowerment, educational opportunities, and professional recognition within the multicultural community.

As the Harlem Fine Arts Show honors its past and embraces the history of now, HFAS will continue to impact communities and shape the future of the fine art world.

For more information, visit http://www.hfas.org/#ourexhibit

Dominican Day Parade

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The mission of the Dominican Day Parade of New York City is to celebrate the richness of the Dominican culture, folklore and popular traditions. The Parade highlights, promotes, and acknowledges the heritage and contributions of the Dominican community in America and throughout the world.

Get more information here: http://www.dominicanparadeinc.org/our-mission.html

Summerstage

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The New York State Office of General Services (OGS) invites you to join in the tradition of free New York City concerts at the Summer Stage in Harlem! Located in the heart of Harlem at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, the Summer Stage in Harlem has rapidly become THE place to be on Thursday evenings between July 9 and August 27 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Past performers include Patti LaBelle, Alyson Williams, the O’Jays, Keith Sweat, Freddie Jackson, Hezekiah Walker’s Gospel Explosion, The Mighty Sparrow and more! Mark your calendars now for the 2015 season…it’s going to be the best on yet!

Get more information here: http://www.summerstageinharlem.org/about-0

San Giglio Festival

hqdefaultThe Giglio Society of East Harlem is a devoted group of individuals who have dedicated their lives to honor Sant’ Antonio. Their love and devotion is on display each year during the Annual Italian Festival held in East Harlem, New York. They honor their Patron saint in very much the same fashion as their ancestry did and still do annually today in Brusciano by building a Giglio and dancing it in the streets of East Harlem, N.Y.

Get more information here: http://www.eastharlemgiglio.org/

September

The African American Day Parade

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The African-American Day Parade was founded in the spring of 1968. The first meeting was held at 2315 Seventh Avenue in Harlem. The founding members were Livingston Wingate, Conrad S. Peter, Cenie Jomo Williams, Abe Snyder, Abdel Krim, Jacklyn Peterson, Piankhi Akinbaloye, Ennis Francis, Leonard Davis, Bernice Bolar, Joseph Steele, Jr., Albert Hunter and Lloyd Mayo. Livingston Wingate and Conrad S. Peter were elected as Co-Chairs. The parade was established as an independent organization and does not accept contributions. The parade was developed with the concept of volunteerism. The first African-American Day Parade was held in September 1969 in Harlem. The first Grand Marshal was Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. The parade route started at 111th Street and Seventh Avenue and terminated at 142nd Street. Harlem was selected as the site for the parade due to its large representation of African people and it is the Black capital of America.

Get more information here: http://www.africanamericandayparade.org/3.html

Harlem International Film Festival 

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Celebrating the art of cinema in the home of the Harlem Renaissance, The Harlem International Film Festival (Hi) inspires and entertains by honoring dynamic films by anyone about anything under the sun. Conceived from the belief that we all have unique experiences and perspectives to share, the Festival actively seeks and exhibits fresh work. Hi is committed to exemplifying the eminence that Harlem represents and is dedicated to bringing attention to the finest filmmakers from Harlem and across the globe.

The Hi experience integrates the best that Harlem has to offer – great restaurants, unique boutiques, world-class music venues, prestigious universities and cultural institutions, and a long history of excellence in the Arts. The Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, youth projects, episodic work and cutting edge music video. Other events include Hi noon lunchtime screenings, the screenplay showdown, panel discussions, nightlife, the Hi Honors and the Renaissance Awards gala.

In addition to showcasing some of the best films from around the world, the Festival also features the Harlem Spotlight, which highlights films produced or directed by Harlem residents, films shot in Harlem, or films about Harlem and her legendary history.

Get more information here:  http://harlemfilmfestival.org/

Harlem Fashion Row (HFR)

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Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) is a social company that provides a voice for multicultural designers through a creative platform that enables these designers to sell and present their collections to key leaders within the fashion industry.

Get more information here: http://tinyurl.com/pc4efnk

October

The Harlem World Festival (TBA)

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The event will bring together the top leaders, legends and trailblazers from a wide variety of disciplines, the HW Festival at venues throughout Harlem offers Harlemites and the world an exciting weekend of public events and dialogue. The event includes Interviews, lectures, debates and panel discussions will explore major current issues. Also, a gala where the Charles Tisdale, Leaders, Legends & Trailblazers awards are presented.

The first annual event is planned for the fall 2016.

Get more information here: http://harlemworldmag.com/harlem-world-events/

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December

Harlem Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The Harlem’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremonies take place in Central Harlem and East Harlem each and every December. Each event features live entertainment, family activities, and much more! The event takes place at the Harlem State Office Building at 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. in Central Harlem and in Franklin Plaza on East 106th Street and Third Avenue in East Harlem.

Ongoing Events

Saturdays | 3PM  Sister’s Uptown Bookstore, 1942 Amsterdam Av @ 156th St, hosts free book club meetings. See SistersUptownBookstore.com for more events. Club de lectura.

Saturdays | 12-1pm Story Time for Kids: Bring your kids to hear favorite stories read by experienced readers at Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. at West 165th St. Lectura de cuentos para niños.

Saturdays | 10pm  Comedy Show at Park View Restaurant, 219 Dyckman Street near Broadway. Laugh it up to a slew of comedians and headliner John Moses. Comedia en vivo todos sabados. Comedia.

Sundays | 3:30pm  Marjorie Eliot parlor jazz. For over 23 years, Marjorie Eliot has hosted jazz concerts at her home at 555 Edgecombe Avenue on 155th, Street, 3F (ring #107). Free to the public, donations welcome.  Jazz en vivo.

Tuesdays | 7-9pm  No Name @ Word Up Host Eric Vetter. No Name is a “workout show,” for new comics and storytellers. Organizada por Eric Vetter, No Name es un “show de entrenamiento,” por el nueva materia cómica o narración de cuentos.

Wednesdays Open Mic | 9pm Farafina Café & Lounge, 1813 Amsterdam Av at 150th St. Hosted by Wallace Gary & Tony Stevenson. Mic abierto todos los miércoles

Updated August 2015.

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