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#HarlemSummer100: 100 Things to do in Harlem This Summer

Summer has officially arrived! While many people are under the impression that they need to book a flight and escape the city to enjoy the season, it’s totally possible to have a super #lit summer without even leaving Harlem. Whether you’re a lover of live music who frequents music festivals, a workout enthusiast looking to get involved in local fitness activities, a bruncher who’s always in search of a good boozy brunch, or a cultured individual who is into checking out art exhibits; the neighborhood has a little bit of something to offer for everyone. I’ve rounded up a list of 100 things to do in Harlem this summer. Get out and experience all that Harlem has to offer and post your photos on social media using the hashtag #HarlemSummer100.

  1. Attend the Harlem Arts Festival at Marcus Garvey Park.
  1. Check out the Uptown Bounce summer block party series at the Museum of the City of New York.
  1. Break a sweat with the Harlem Run crew on a Monday evening.
  1. Turn up at a BTH Sunday brunch party.
  1. Have a picnic by the water at West Harlem Piers Park.
  1. Take a spin class at Harlem Cycle.
  1. Swing by the Studio Museum in Harlem on a Sunday to check out some dope exhibits. It’s free.99.
  1. Grab a beer with friends at Bierstrasse NYC; an outdoor rooftop beer garden in Harlem.
  1. Have a sexy southern comfort-inspired dinner at BLVD Bistro.
  1. Shop at Harlem Haberdashery—winner of Time Out New York’s “Best Store in Harlem” award.
  1. Roundup your crew for an after work happy hour at LuLu’s Taqueria and order a margarita (you’ll thank us later).
  1. Attend one of Solomon and Kuff Rumhall’s “bashment” brunches.
  1. Attend a Amateur Night show at The Apollo Theater.
  1. Step your natural hair care and beauty game up at Vivrant Beauty.
  1. Attend a Sundae Sermon.
  1. Dance the night away at Ginny’s Supper Club on a Friday evening.
  1. Take a kickboxing class at iLoveKickboxing in Harlem.
  1. Attend a live show at Harlem Night’s Bar.
  1. Visit Antonio Lopez’s Future Funk Fashion exhibit at El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem.
  1. Try the infamous “Peanut Butter Burger” at Harlem Public. It’s Instagram-worthy.
  1. Play your favorite vintage video games at At the Wallace.
  1. Indulge in delicious Caribbean-inspired cuisine at LoLo’s Seafood Shack. Dine in their backyard; you’ll feel like you’re in Jamaica.
  1. Head over to Sofrito for a night of Salsa dancing, cheap drinks, and unmatched views of the Hudson River during their happy hour. Their Sangria is everything.
  1. Attend a First Fridays event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
  1. Take a free Saturday morning Zumba class along the Hudson River at West Harlem Piers Park.
  1. Go out for a night of drinks and dancing at Underbar….if you can find it.
  1. Do brunch at Barawine—one of the chicest eateries in the neighborhood.
  1. Visit Keith Haring’s famed Crack is Wack mural in East Harlem.
  1. Visit influential writer Langston Hughes’ former Harlem home.
  1. Cop a few fedoras at Flamekeepers Hat Club.
  1. Attend the Make Music New York event at MIST Harlem on 6/21.
  1. Swing by the Uptown Soul Lounge Music Showcase Kickoff at Gin Fizz in Harlem on 6/24.
  1. Attend the IMENA Day Party & Harlem Market on 6/25.
  1. Visit the “Harlem to Havana Revisited: Images of Cuba” exhibit at the The Grinnell through 6/25.
  1. Attend the Speak Life Tour at the Harlem Repertory Theatre on 6/25.
  1. Do after work tacos and tequila at Cantina 1838.
  1. Attend Brunch, Booze, & Beats at Angel of Harlem on 7/2.
  1. Attend the Harlem Style Trunk Show on 7/2.
  1. Attend the Afro-Latino Festival at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on 7/8.
  1. Volunteer at the Harlem Food Bank.
  1. Have a coffee date at Manhattanville Coffee.
  1. Buy some new gear at Bakery hny.
  1. Speaking of bakeries, forget about your diet and indulge in a Levain Bakery cookie.
  1. Visit the Vision of Spain by Joaquín Sorolla exhibit at The Hispanic Society of America.
  1. Attend a Black Chef Series event.
  1. Dine at Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem and be sure to order the donkey punch.
  1. Take a pole dancing class at Le Femme Suite.
  1. Take a street photography workshop in East Harlem on 7/10.
  1. Have a delicious dinner at Sylvia’s Restaurant.
  1. Catch a live music show at Silvana.
  1. Attend the Harlem Whiskey Festival at Sofrito on the Hudson on 7/12.
  1. Attend the Hamilton Heights – Sugar Hill Weekend Walks: Cultural Festival & Artisan Row on 7/16.
  1. Attend the Harlem Book Fair on 7/16.
  1. Have daytime drinks at Harlem Tavern.
  1. Attend all of the 2016 Harlem Week festivities from 7/31 through 8/27.
  1. Catch In The Heights, created by Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda, at the Harlem Reparatory Theater on 8/27.
  1. Do brunch at The Corner Social.
  1. Grab a burger and shake at Harlem Shake.
  1. Visit Marcus Samuelsson’s Streetbird for some delicious rotisserie chicken.
  1. If you’re about that #VeganLife, grab a delicious meal at Seasoned Vegan.
  1. Have a sexy dinner with bae at Ricardo Steakhouse in East Harlem.
  1. Have rooftop drinks at the Heights Bar & Grill.
  1. Visit the Gadson Gallery.
  1. Grab a meal at the Harlem Seafood Soul food truck.
  1. Visit The Apollo Theater’s walk of fame and snap a photo under their marquee.
  1. Have brunch at Cheri’s outdoor garden.
  1. Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Divine—the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world.
  1. Have a picnic in Morningside Park.
  1. Take a walking tour of Harlem.
  1. Grab delicious cocktails at 67 Orange Street.
  1. Visit the Renaissance Fine Art gallery.
  1. Have a Sunday soul food dinner at Melba’s.
  1. Have a boozy brunch at The Grange Bar and Eatery.
  1. Visit the turtle pond at Morningside Park.
  1. Have a spa day at Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic.
  1. Visit Trunk Show Designer Consignment for amazing vintage pieces.
  1. Get a new summer look at Harlem’s BiBi Salon.
  1. Have a sidewalk brunch at Yatenga French Bistro & Bar.
  1. Attend a live jazz Sunday brunch at The Cecil.
  1. Have an Italian-inspired brunch at Lido in Harlem.
  1. Take a yoga class at Harlem Yoga Studio.
  1. Visit the Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem.
  1. Got a sweet tooth? Indulge in some delicious sweets at Make My Cake.
  1. Catch an EBC Rucker Park basketball game.
  1. Visit Harlem’s Bier International.
  1. Take an I Bike Harlem bike tour.
  1. Indulge in Mediterranean fare at The Lexington Social in East Harlem.
  1. Have a sexy date night at Harlem’s Row House.
  1. Visit the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market in Central Harlem.
  1. Stop by the Essie Green Galleries to check out pieces from notable artists.
  1. Visit Striver’s Row—a historic Harlem attraction.
  1. Visit Grant’s Tomb.
  1. Take an evening stroll along Columbia University’s College Walk.
  1. If you can stand the heat, take a hot yoga class at Bikram Yoga Harlem.
  1. Do brunch at Anchor Wine Bar.
  1. Have sidewalk cocktails at The Draft House.
  1. Visit 449 L.A. for live music and art.
  1. Take a dance class at Lorenz Latin Dance Studio in East Harlem.
  1. Stop and smell the roses. Visit the Urban Garden Center in East Harlem.
  1. Do happy hour at Sexy Taco/Dirty Cash; an eatery inspired by San Francisco Bay area street food.

3 Comments

  1. TDJ TDJ

    Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of MACBETH at Marcus Garvey Park. UPTOWN Shakespeare in the Park. CTHNYC.ORG for info.

    • KMB KMB

      Beat me to it!

  2. Ev Ev

    Follow the 2016 #PUBLIC ART MAP and visit permanent and temporary art installations, museums, galleries, cafes, restaurants and local business in Central and East Harlem. Produced by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance/Public Art Initiative with funding provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation. Contact Connie Lee, President at Marcus Garvey Park Alliance for further details and future events – presidentmgpa@gmail.com

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