2018 Panorama Festival

July 27, 2018 to July 29, 2018

The 2018 Panorama New York City music festival will be held from July 27 – 29 off the coast of Manhattan, Queens and Bronx at Randall’s Island Park. Organizers Goldenvoice Presents have just unveiled the lineup for the third edition of the annual NYC event.

The Weeknd, Janet Jackson and The Killers have been tapped to headline this year’s festival. Other acts confirmed for Panorama ’18 include Father John Misty, The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, Chicano Batman and Migos.

Single-day tickets and three-day passes go on sale on Friday, February 2nd at 10 a.m. ET. Discount prices ONLY available from Feb 2nd to Feb 4th.

Cost: $79 – $230; prices vary for single day and weekend passes.
Randall’s Island Park
Field 81
New York, NY 10035

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44th Annual Harlem Week – 2018 Theme: Women Transforming Our World: Past, Present and Future

July 29, 2018 – August 25, 2018

HARLEM WEEK began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a day of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for New Yorkers. Given the huge success of the celebration, more days were added to showcase the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history.

Celebrating its 44th year in 2018, HARLEM WEEK offers over 100 events throughout the summer to over 2 million attendees from all over New York and the world. HARLEM WEEK celebrates the neighborhoods assets and unique flavor, promoting Harlem’s rich African, African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic and European history, culture, arts, religion, entertainment and sports.

Schedule and location vary each day. Please check the website for each day’s events.

Cost: Free
Various locations
New York NY


The Go Africa Harlem Street Festival 2018

July 14, 2018 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Themes for this year are unique, innovative & fresh. Celebrating African, African-American & Caribbean cultures from all parts of the world.

There will be three (3) stages showcasing dance, art, music and dress from various regions throughout Africa and the Caribbean with direct participation from the African community & Cultural groups, consulates and embassies from the city’s five boroughs an NY Region.

The Go Africa Master Chefs will be on eight (8) grills cooking up African, Caribbean, and American specialties for the duration of the street festival. The Go Africa Master Chefs will be cooking it up in addition to the other featured food merchants at the Festival to increase your food choices and eating pleasures. We will also be selling Beer, Wine and special beverages during the event.

Grand Marshall & Master of Ceremonies: We are proud and honored for the Go Africa Street Festival 2018 to announce the Following: The Honorable Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President will serve as the Grand Marshall for this marque event

The Go Africa Network Inc. (a 501(C)(3) non-profit focusing on Development, Culture, Education and trade initiatives for Africa) in conjunction with Go Africa LLC, Go Africa Health, LLC, Go Caribbean Inc, Go Africa News, LLC, Go Africa Capital Inc., The NYS African Chamber of Commerce & The African Union Expo, LLC. is hosting this one-day street festival.

Cost: FREE

116th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (7th Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (8th Avenue)
New York NY


Alakande! Spread Joy! – Harlem Jazz Series

June 22, 2018 – 7 pm

Alakande! Spread Joy! is a women’s percussive and vocal ensemble that spreads joy by way of music, dance, song, and verse from the African Diaspora. They play drums from West Africa, congas from the Caribbean, iron bells and shekeres like you haven’t heard them played before, and more. Their harmonies will soothe your soul. The word “Alakande” is an original creation by its founder and musical director Joan Ashley. Alakande means “Let’s go spread joy!” Recently Alakande! Spread Joy! had the honor of performing at Dance Africa’s “Tribute to Baba Chuck Davis.”


Joan Ashley
Caren Calder
Tracey Johnson
Madeleine Yayodele Nelson
Marsha Perry-Starkes
Susan Rapalee

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 8:00 – 8:45pm

House Doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

Summer on the Hudson: Let’s Dance!

June 17, 2018 | 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Learn to dance like a professional at these Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata lessons and group social dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School and featuring DJ Ray Colon.

Cost: FREE
Pier 1
Riverside Park South at West 70th Street
New York NY

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Summer in the Square

June 14, 2018 to August 9, 2018 |7:00am – 8:30pm

Come out every Thursday this summer for an unforgettable lineup of fitness classes, family-friendly activities + shows, live music + dance performances, and movie nights all in Union Square Park.

KIDS: We’ve got interactive children’s activities + performances from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Bring your family and friends for some summer fun for the whole gang on the park’s South Plaza!

FITNESS: With heart-pumping workouts in the mornings and evenings led by Union Square’s hottest studios + instructors, there’s something for every fitness level on the park’s South + North Plazas.

LIVE PERFORMANCES: With jazz music + dueling performances from lunchtime to early evening, check out all that Union Square has to offer on the park’s South Plaza and in the West Side seating area.

Every week on Thursday between June 14th and August 9th (2018). 

Cost: Free

Union Square Park
East 14th Street to East 17th Street – North Plaza, South Plaza and West Side Waiting Area
New York NY
More Info: https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/06/14/summer-in-the-square


Festival Cubano – “Del Caribe Soy” (Premiere Performance)

June 1, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

“Del Caribe Soy” is Oyu Oro’s first Cuban popular dance presentation with a special solo performance by Aruan Ortiz, pianist from Santiago de Cuba. The stage involves a majestic rainbow of movement, song and music that recreates popular Caribbean dances, Cuban modern dance, Afro-Cuban culture and new choreography directed by Danys “La Mora” Perez. Featured Cuban artists include Liethis Hechavarria (dancer), Alexander La Rosa (dancer and musician), Maikel Castellanos (singer, dancer and musician) and Elvis Ferrera (dancer).

Cost: $20 – General; $25 – General admission: $25 plus Mojito; $30 At the Door – Cash only. Tickets: Available starting on April 1st at oyuoro-afrocuban.com 


509 Atlantic Avenue btwn Nevins St & 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11217

Jerry Costanzo and his Gotham City Swingers

Jerry Constanzo and his Gotham City Swingers - June 7 2018

June 7, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Experience New York City’s hippest little big band. Jerry and his Swingin’ pals will be performing music from the swing era to the “Rat Pack” stylings of the 1950s and 1960s.

Cost: Free

Forest Park – George Seuffert Bandshell
Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive

Woodhaven, NY 11421

More Info: https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/06/07/jerry-costanzo-and-his-gotham-city-swingers

Central Park Tango

June 2, 2018  | 6:00pm – 9:15pm

Central Park Tango – The Milonga is on Saturdays from 6-9:15pm from June through September.  The Tango goes on rain or shine. When it rains, the milonga moves to the Dairy. It is nearby just to the southwest, across the 65th Street Transverse. On Google Maps, search “central park dairy.”

Visiting Central Park Tango – The simplest entrance is from the walkway between 66th and 67th St on Fifth Avenue. Keep walking west. Just before you reach East Dr (the Central Park ring road), listen for the Tango music. Follow that. On Google Maps, search “Shakespeare statue.”

Donation are appreciated. The organizers give a lot of their time and they do have some equipment costs. Most milongas in New York City charge $10-15 per person.

Watching the sun go down among the trees and walking home through Central Park is very romantic.

Cost: FREE

Central Park – Shakespeare Statue
Enter via the walkway between 66th and 67th St on Fifth Avenue.
New York NY

Rennie Harris: Funkedified

June 1, 2, 3 and June 8, 9 and 10, 2018 | performance times vary/matinees and evening shows

Rennie Harris, a North Philadelphia native, founded Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM) based on his belief that hip-hop can express universal themes beyond racial, religious and economic boundaries. Over the past 24 years, RHPM has grown to be one of the pioneers of “organized hip-hop dance theater.” By merging traditional African dance with contemporary art forms, RHPM opens doors in the dance world for new generations to follow. Their cohesive and cogent voice merges social dances with theater and has been credited for bringing street dance into the mainstream. Duration: 60 minutes; no intermission.

Cost: Tickets: $16*, $19, $28 and $38. * – Price subject to change. Service charges apply to web and phone orders.

The New Victory Theater weather
209 West 42nd Street (west of Broadway)
New York NY 10036

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