The inaugural Harlem Day took place over four decades ago in 1974, an event that would later extend to Harlem Week. The annual celebration – meant to highlight the best of Harlem while promoting the neighborhood’s rich history and culture – returns this year for 10-days (so really, we’re talking a week and some change). The festivities will kick off on August 12th and run through the 21st. 

This year’s 48th annual Harlem Week comes with a new theme: “Inspiration. Impact. Legacy.” Events include dance parties, the Uptown Night Market, Harlem Summerstage concerts, jazz on the Great Hill in Central Park, an outdoor film festival, and an Apollo Theater-hosted discussion with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Dr. Julius Garvey. And you'll definitely want to check out the vintage Double Decker and "Jackie Gleason" buses from the New York Transit Museum.

Jackie Gleason bus
"Jackie Gleason" bus (NY Transit Museum)

The MTA is a co-sponsor of the event, and will participate in the following activities this year: 

  • August 12 – Senior Citizens Day, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building 

  • August 13 – NYRR Harlem 5K Run & Walk & Children’s Run, 135th and St. Nicholas Ave 

  • August 14 – “A Great Day in Harlem,” Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial Park 

  • August 15 – Youth Conference and Hackathon, City College of New York 

  • August 17 – Economic Development Day, Virtual 

  • August 20 – NYC Children’s Festival and Summer in the City, W 135th Street between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and St. Nicholas Ave. 

  • August 21 – Harlem Day, W 135th Street between Malcolm X and St. Nicholas Ave 

A full schedule of events can be found here. And if you can’t make it in person, don’t worry – they say, “Harlem is a state of mind,” and you can join some of these events virtually.   

For those attending in person, just take the A train... or any one of these:  



It's a short walk from the subway to Harlem Week festivities!

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