Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2018

August 23 – 26, 2018 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm

n the world of modern music, few figures loom as large or cast as long a shadow as saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, celebrated as a bebop pioneer and for bringing jazz into the modern era. Our annual festival celebrates Parker and his work. The festival, held each August in lower Manhattan and Harlem, features both contemporaries of Charlie Parker as well as young jazz musicians that continue to shape and drive the art form.

Locations: Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem and Tompkins Square Park, East 7th St. & Ave. A, NY, NY 10009

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10027

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Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: Made in NYC: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance

August 5, 2018 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

For this 50th birthday celebration, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance calls upon some of its favorite artists—many of whom got their start with CTMD—for an eclectic, energetic afternoon of music reflecting the diversity of New York City’s neighborhoods. Among the guests are klezmer pioneer Andy Statman, Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, the groundbreaking Afro-Colombian band, Grupo Rebolu, and the miraculous Guinean dancer, drummer, and singer, Sidiki Conde and his group Tokounou.

Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Cost: FREE

Damrosch Park
175 West 62nd Street btwn Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues
New York NY 10023

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Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: La Casita – Poetry

August 4, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Through poetry, music, and stories, a powerful community of artist-activists give voice to the everyday heroes working to uphold and extend LGBTQ, women’s, civil, immigrant, and human rights.

Poetry: Timothy DuWhite, el-Walad, Amanda Gorman, Randall Horton, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Fred Moten, José Olivarez, Purvi Shah, Danez Smith, and Frank Waln
Music: Bohio Music, Los Pleneros de la 21, Madison McFerrin, Soul Inscribed, and Ulali Project
MC: Falú

Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Cost: FREE

Hearst Plaza
30 Lincoln Center Plaza btwn 64th and 65th Streets
New York NY 10023

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Brasil SummerFest 2018

July 29th to August 12th, 2018 – Various show times and locations

Head to the Brasil Summerfest, an annual festival featuring Brazilian music, food and films exported straight from Brazil to NYC. Various venues across New York City. This year’s dates: July 29th to August 12th.

August 10th – 7 pm and 10 pm
Rodrigo Amarante and Ava Roca will team up to perform two shows at National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn NY 11249.

Please check website for schedule and locations as there are various performances and venues.

Cost: $20 for August 10th concert. Various prices for events. Please check website for performance schedule, locations and prices. 

Locations include National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn NY 11249. Please check website for performance schedule, locations and prices.

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The 8th Annual New York City Poetry Festival

July 28 & July 29, 2018 | 11:00am – 6:00pm

Every year on the last weekend in July, the New York City Poetry Festival unites the vast and diverse New York City poetry community on the idyllic summer paradise of Governors Island. The festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees.

Fostering an approachable, engaging, diverse, progressive, lively, and culturally prominent literary community lies at the core of the festival’s mission. Poets bring to light issues of vital importance; they create avenues of intellect, introspection, political awareness, and artistic communication for anyone to enjoy. The purpose of the New York City Poetry Festival is to liberate New York’s poets and their work from the dark corners of bars, bookstores, and universities and to bring together as many poets as possible, in the bright light of day, to meet, read, teach, learn, listen, perform, and collaborate in the festival’s very own poetry village.

By uniting the largest community of poets in the country and offering a unique setting for literary activity, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature and brings poetry to new light in the public eye.

Directions to Governors Island:

Cost: FREE and open to the public.

Governors Island
Colonel’s Row
New York NY 11231

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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


Harlem Meer Performance Festival 2018

July 8, 2018 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Sundays – Last performance Sept. 2, 2018

For an international and cultural experience spanning the globe right here in Central Park, check out the Harlem Meer Performance Festival. The festival occurs during the summer months and features a different type of international musical and/or dance performance every Sunday during the summer.

  • The Queen’s Cartoonists (Cartoon-inspired Jazz) – July 8, 2018
  • Keith “THE CAPTAIN” Gamble and the NU Gypsies (Blues/Rock) – July 15, 2018
  • Brown Rice Family (World Afro-Beat) – July 22, 2018
  • Willie Villegas y Entre Amigos (Salsa) – July 29, 2018
  • Calpulli Mexican Dance Company (Mexican Folk Dance) – August 5, 2018
  • Anthony Morgan Gospel Ensemble (Gospel) – August 12, 2018
  • CASYM Steel Orchestra (Steel Pans) – August 19, 2018
  • Harlem Blues & Jazz Band (Swing/Jazz/Blues) – August 26, 2018
  • Orlando Marin (Mambo/Salsa) – September 2, 2018

Cost: FREE
Harlem Meer at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
110th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10079

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Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza Japanese Drummers

Taikoza Japanese Drummers -

July 10, 2018 | 10:30am – 11:30pm

Join NYC Parks for special concerts featuring the group Taikoza. They have created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means “big drums” – and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings: big drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance.

About Taikoza: Taikoza was formed in New York City by members of Ondekoza (the group that started the renaissance of taiko in Japan in the 60s and introduced Taiko to the world). The members of Taikoza have performed in some of the most prestigious halls and locations including Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall.

Cost: FREE

Alley Pond Park
76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard
Queens New York 11364

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