HARLEM WEEK 2009: “Historic Celebrations”

By NativeNewYorker

August in NYC means HARLEM WEEK, a unique celebration of the history, culture and creativity of the Harlem community. This year marks the 35th anniversary of HARLEM WEEK which started as a one day celebration in 1974 and has grown to a month long extravaganza that showcases Harlem’s past, present and future.   

The official kick-off was last Sunday at Grant’s Tomb: “A Great Day in Harlem” featured dance, theatre, gospel, jazz, fashion and R & B.  An amazing array of events are scheduled for the next four weeks including seminars on economic development, special events for seniors and children, a health fair, an art tour and many, many more.  Check out the HARLEM WEEK website for the full schedule.


My favorite event last year was “Uptown Saturday Night”, a day long outdoor festival along West 135th Street with traditional and exotic foods, handmade crafts, local artists and vendors and a series of live performances featuring both national headliners and emerging talent.  Don’t miss this year’s event:

AUGUST 15th “UPTOWN SATURDAY NITE”     11:00 AM – 8:00 PM  

West 135th St. from Malcolm X Blvd to St. Nicholas Avenue

Author: Native New Yorker