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



Only in Queens SummerStage Concert: Kool & the Gang presented by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

June 16, 2018 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Kool and the Gang, one of the longest-running R&B groups in history, isn’t just a multiple Grammy Award-winning group. They helped shape funk and soul as we know it, and have inspired denizens of admirers and other talented artists since their inception in 1969. The group has no intention of slowing down anytime soon, either: Fifty-plus years later, they’ll still put on one of most raucous and memorable shows possible. This show is presented by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

Cost: FREE
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
GCP and Whitestone Exp. btwn 111th St & College Point Blvd, Park Dr. E.
Queens NY 11368

More Info: https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/only-in-queens-summerstage-concert-kool-the-gang/?date=20180616



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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Partyup: A Prince Tribute!

June 10, 2018 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Purple Army … come prepared to party. This funky tribute to the incomparable performer known as Prince celebrates his 60th birthday, honoring “His Royal Badness” with Partyup’s glorious renditions of the star’s funk, pop and rhythm and blues hits, alongside spoken word poetry, costumes, multimedia, choreography and performance art. Expect to hear everything from “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “1999” and “If I Was Your Girlfriend” to “Housequake,” “Adore” and so many more. More than just a live musical tribute show, be there when Partyup tells Prince’s musical journey with narration of some of his most iconic funk and soul jams at the Harlem Ideal Events and Community Centre as part of the New York Black Arts Festival.

Cost: VIP: $40.00, Adult: $35.00, Senior: $30.00, Youth $15.00

Harlem Community Events Center
228 East 125th Street btwn Third and Second Avenues
New York New York 10035

More Info: http://www.newyorkblackartsfestival.org

SummerStage – Big Daddy Kane: Long Live The Kane 30th Anniversary / Music By The Finisher Mister Cee, hosted by Doug E Fresh

June 20, 2018 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

In 1988, Big Daddy Kane, a young MC from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, stunned the public with his debut album, Long Live the Kane. The album, brimming with sharp lyrics and pop culture references, became a classic of the golden hip-hop era. He’ll be celebrating its 30th anniversary along with some very special guests.

Doors open at 6:00pm.

Cost: FREE
SummerStage, Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island
3052 West 21st Street btwn Riegelmann Boardwalk and Surf Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11224

More Info: https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/big-daddy-kane-long-live-the-kane-30th-anniversary/?date=20180620

Harlem Stage Annual Gala – Spring 2018

May 21, 2018 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Our annual gala is a celebration of #Disrupters: Artist Activists, Creators and Catalysts. The evening, hosted by MSNBC Political Analyst and Author, Joy-Ann Reid, will include amazing performances and surprise guests led by Musical Director, Terri Lyne Carrington.

Honorees: S. Epatha Merkerson, Tamara Tunie and Matthew Whitaker

We will celebrate our honorees and 35 years of Harlem Stage as an institution known for commissioning and presenting new, innovative work that reflects and responds to the complex conditions that shape the lives of our audiences, artists and communities.
All sponsors receive recognition through ad space in our program, signage and visibility on the stage depending on level of support. All but $200 of each ticket is tax deductible.

All sponsors receive recognition through ad space in our program, signage and visibility on the stage depending on level of support. All but $200 of each ticket is tax deductible.

Cost: $1,000 – $50,000

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY 10031

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First Fridays: Black Fraternities and Sororities/The Divine Nine Edition

May 4, 2018 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

African-American fraternities and sororities have a long tradition of championing education, service and empowerment on college campuses and in communities across the country. Join us on May 4th for a special First Fridays Black Fraternities and Sororities/The Divine Nine Edition, presented in partnership with members of the Deltas, AKAs, Zetas and the Kappas!

We’re calling all fraternity and sorority members and those who love them to come celebrate the history of the Divine Nine in the Langston Hughes lobby. Wear your paraphernalia and rep your organization as we dance to beats provided by DJ Sylk & WBLS’s own DJ Jon Quick. Our host for the evening will be Dhalimu from Dhali’s Closet.

With our extended hours, guests are also invited to check out our 3 exhibitions Black Power, Power in Print, and Unshackled Ink.

Dress Code: Rep your Greek Organization with your colors or letters!
#FirstFridays  #SchomburgCenter
21+ yrs Event

Cost: $0 – $10. Signature drinks and food will be available for purchase from Melba’s Harlem in the lower level in the American Negro Theater. 

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037
More Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-fridays-black-fraternities-and-sororitiesthe-divine-nine-edition-tickets-43665205806

Bryant Park Dance Party

May 2, 2018 to June 6, 2018 |6:00pm – 8:30pm (Wednesdays)

Dance Party, hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo, includes superb bands and expert dance instruction for extraordinary dancing experiences each Wednesday evening.

All ages are welcome to explore a different dance genre each week, including salsa, bhangra, swing, and more.

This event repeats every week on Wednesday between 5/2/2018 and 6/6/2018.

Cost: Free

Bryant Park – Fountain Terrance
6th Avenue and 41st Street
New York NY 1001

More Info: https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/05/02/bryant-park-dance-party

East Harlem Street Games 2018

April 28, 2018 | 11:00am – 3:00pm

NYC Parks and the Walt Disney Company will host the 11th Annual Street Games at Thomas Jefferson Park in Harlem! Street Games re-introduces classic, low-tech games played in the city in the ’60s and ’70s to a new generation of kids. The event is open to all ages and abilities.

Classic Street Games will be on offer including: Pogo Sticks; Hula Hoops;
Double-Dutch; Hippity Hop; Yo-Yos; Box Car Derby; Jumbo Games Obstacle Course;Jumbo Games Obstacle Course; Ultimate Disc; and Wheelchair Basketball.

Plus, join performances by a yo-yo master, hip-hop breakdancers, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Cost: Free

Thomas Jefferson Park and Rec Center
East 114th Street and Pleasant Avenue
New York NY 10029

More Info: https://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/street-games

The Give Thanks Get Down!

give thanks get down-Harlem Stage

November 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Get up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose! Harlem’s
own Sundae Sermon meets downtown’s SoulintheHorn for a DJ House Dance Party elevating the sacred space of the dance floor! Let the DJ’s wrap you in a sonic groove liberating your soul to fly free. Come early for a house dance class lead by Kim D. Holmes. Live drumming by Courtnee Roze.

Cost: $10

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York, NY 10031

More Info: https://www.harlemstage.org/events-list/2017/11/25/the-give-thanks-get-down