Free Harlem Summer August 2021

Updated: Aug 18, 2021


Photo: Paula Lobo, Courtesy of Harlem Stage


Partake in free films, workshops, open mic nights, art exhibitions and more this August all around Harlem.


Listed in date order:


Open Mic Mondays

Every Monday @ 8pm

Harlem Nights Bar

Live music is BACK! Bringing back the live band open mic every Monday. Great ambiance and likeminded people. Artists from all walk of life. Crafty cocktails and tasty food. Musicians, poets, comedians and clowns are welcomed.

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Harlem Week

August 6 - August 15

All over Harlem

HARLEM WEEK is an annual celebration of the best of Harlem which works to promote its rich African-American, African, Caribbean, Hispanic, and European history, as well as arts, culture, religion, business, entertainment, and sports. HARLEM WEEK began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a one-day event of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for New Yorkers and beyond.

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NYC Senior Citizen's Day (Harlem Week)

August 6th @ 10am

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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

August 7th - October

After almost 15 months of being closed to the public, they are now able to reopen for visitors to explore their exhibition. Please bring your own wired headphones for listening stations.

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Face of Harlem

August 7th

Morningside, Jackie Robinson, Marcus Garvey, and Rucker Park This public art installation will open on August 7, 2021 and stay up for three months, with events scheduled on the first Saturday of each month. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, we will create opportunities for visitors to respond to the images on view, inviting them to add their own voices to the diverse stories that make up FACES OF HARLEM. More info


A Great Day In Harlem (Harlem Week)

August 8th @ 1pm

Grant National Park

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Dripsets Park Show

August 10th @ 7pm (every Tuesday)

St Nicholas Park at 135th

Do you love comedy? Do you love to laugh Do you love outdoors!!!! Well were here for you!!! Welcome to Dripsets. We're doing live Comedy In the park every Tuesday until Nov 30th. Bring a blanket some snacks an A hunger for laughter! We will bring! At the park right above The C and B train telling jokes.

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Jazz in the Park

August 13th @ 4pm

Jackie Robinson Park

Harlem Late Night Jazz with the music of "Keeping the music alive in Harlem" with live soul, blues and R&B".

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In the Heights - ImageNation Outdoors Festival

August 13th

East River Plaza, Garage Rooftop, 117th Street and the East River

A film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life.

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Limón Outdoors

August 13th @ 6pm

West Harlem Piers Park

Join the world-renowned Limón Company Dancers as they teach the energetic and ease-filled Limón Technique, accompanied by live music! All classes are FREE, include live accompaniment and are open to all levels and ages. No experience required.

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Movies Under the Stars: Red Pill

August 13th @ 7pm

St. Nicholas Park

Grab a blanket and come enjoy a movie in a neighborhood park or playground! This summer, NYC Parks will host family-friendly movie showings across the five boroughs. Movies begin at dusk. You should arrive before 8:00 p.m. to get your spot.

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Craig Harris’ Nocturnal Nubian Ball for Conscientious Ballers and Cultural Shot Callers

August 13th @ 7pm

Marcus Garvey Park

The culmination of Harlem Stage’s Afrofuturism series that launched in 2019 as a citywide, multi-venue celebration of Sun Ra’s legacy. We are thrilled to be a part of welcoming New Yorkers back to live, in-person performances with two consecutive outdoor concerts presented in partnership with Bryant Park, NYC Parks, and Jazzmobile.

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A Thrilling Night of Jazz with Network 5

August 14th @ 7pm

Patrick's Place

NETWORK 5 doing a thrilling night of jazz featuring Annette St. John on Vocals, Matthew Smythe on Piano, Mike Campanni on Drums, Larry Rowland on Bass, Warren Smith curating Vibes. Outside Seating Available.

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Marvel’s Blade Anime - ImageNation Outdoors Festival

August 14th

St. Nicholas Park, 135th Street and St. Nicholas Ave.

In this series, Blade is tracking Deacon Frost, a very powerful and influential vampire who killed his mother and who heads Existence, a secretive vampire organization that operates in Southeast Asia.

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Summer in the City (Harlem Week)

August 14th @ 1pm

135th Street between St. Nicholas Ave & Adam Clayton Powell

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NYC's Children Festival (Harlem Week)

August 14th @ 12pm

Howard Bennett Playground

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Harlem Day (Harlem Week)

August 15th @ 1pm

135th Street between St. Nicholas Ave & Malcolm X BLVD

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The Joy of Art

August 21st @12pm

Dream Center Harlem

The objective and purpose of the event is to re-find, re-establish, and reimagine Joy in our lives. It is a creative celebration of humanity through the arts. We will set our purpose and intentions through art, mindful meditation, music, and reconnection with our community.

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Jazz in the Park

August 27th @ 5pm

Jackie Robinson Park

Harlem Late Night Jazz with the music of "Keeping the music alive in Harlem" with live soul, blues and R&B".

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Kiki - ImageNation Outdoors Festival

August 27th

Marcus Garvey Park, NYC

Considered an unofficial sequel to the influential 1990 film Paris Is Burning, Kiki profiles several young LGBT people of colour participating in contemporary LGBT African American ball culture. Preceded by the short film “Dust, Mask, Soul directed by Harlem-based artist Sheila Prevost.” More info

Kids Night Out! featuring The Wiz! - ImageNation Outdoors Festival

August 28th

East River Plaza

The Wiz is a musical retelling of L. Frank Baum's children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) in the context of contemporary African-American culture. The Wiz will be preceded by the short film “Adventures of Booga and Mommy.” This Kids’ Night Out program will also offer games, face-painting, and giveaways provided by East River Plaza. More info

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

August 29th @ 6pm

Marcus Garvey Park

NYC’s annual salute to legendary Harlem saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker with multiple generations of musicians. The lineup includes artists from both around the way and around the world, reflecting the global impact that Parker continues to have on music and the musicians that make it.

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Rejoice/Resist Festival - ImageNation Outdoors Festival

August 29th

West 124th Street between St. Nicholas and Morningside Aves.

A new partnership with the Rejoice/Resist Festival will feature a sidebar including a block party with an outdoor art exhibit, vendors, a panel discussion on activism, and screenings from the RIZZLE/RejoiceResist film collection.

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Rejoice/Resist Festival - ImageNation Outdoors Festival

August 30th

Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater, 122nd Street and 5th Ave.

This official Tribeca Film Festival selection is directed by comedian CJ Hunt and executive produced by comedian Roy Wood, Jr. and explores memory, monuments and America’s confederate past.

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