From it’s humble beginnings as Harlem Day on August 17, 1974 – 45 years later we enjoy a month of celebrations known as Harlem Week! This year’s theme will be: Our Local History Creates a Global Impact – highlighting all the ways in which Harlem: it’s people and culture have impacted culture and art worldwide. We highlight some family favorites below. For the complete calendar of events, as well as location changes and updates, visit!

Sunday July 28

A Great Day in Harlem! 12pm – 8pm: This outdoor festival takes place at Grant’s Tomb and will feature Arts & Crafts, Food & Beverages and Live Music – Jazz, Gospel, R&B.

Thursday August 1

Youth Technology Harlem Hackathon 10am – 4pm: Teens and young adults are invited to this conference and career expo to learn about technology jobs of the future and will participate in a fun exercise solving a ‘problem’ using technology. Winning teams get a prize! Registration is FREE – click HERE to register!

Thursday August 8

New York City Economic Development Day 9:30am – 5pm: Have a teen or young adult in your life that has expressed interest in entrpreneurship? This is a great event for them to attend. The day begins with a business summit then on to a business expo featuring private and public companies. The day ends with a technology meet up! All at Columbia University.

Summer Stage in Harlem 5pm – 7:30pm at The Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza – A lively summer night of free music and performances!


Saturday August 10

Real Harlem Basketball Players Reunion 10am – 4pm: Bring the family out for a lively day of sports at Riverbank State Park!

A wonderful weekend of fun! Just about every Uptowner knows about this festival which closes West 135th street off every year. Here is a rundown of the events you can expect to see this year:

On Saturday, August 17 Summer in the City takes place between 12noon – 9pm: Today’s festival includes concerts, an education expo, and the Children’s Festival including a spelling bee. The day ends with a film screening in St. Nicholas Park!

On Sunday August 18 Harlem Day 9am – 7pm Starting the day festivities with a Parade of Automobiles and Auto Show! There will be a “Back To School” Fashion Show, a business expo as well as health screenings!

Harlem Week closes with Harlem Restaurant Week! A grand way to end a month of celebration if you ask us! There are 30 restaurants and bars participating in this years Restaurant week, many of whom will have live entertainment for the occasion. To view the Prix Fixe Menus and full list of participating establishments, visit!

Shaneeka Wilson
Author: Shaneeka Wilson

Mom to an adult trapped in a tween's body (HELP!). Passionate about Education, Community Involvement, and Good Coffee. Co-creator of Uptown Birdies.