THE BRONX — Because a traditional week just isn't enough to celebrate this borough, Bronx Week returns Thursday for a calendar-busting 11 days.
From farm tours to film festivals and soccer tournaments to story slams, The Bronx's signature festival is packed with events that highlight the best of the borough.
“Bronx Week is a great time for Bronxites and Bronxites at heart to come rediscover all that this wonderful borough has to offer," Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said at a kickoff event Monday.
The festivities begin Thursday with the ever-popular "Centenarian Celebration" of 100-year-old Bronxites.
They conclude on May 19 with a multicultural concert, a food-and-arts festival and a parade down Mosholu Parkway.
Also on that day, this year's Bronx Walk of Fame honorees will be inducted: Latin-music composer Miguel Angel Amadeo, civic leader Robert Adams and actress Ellen Barkin.
Visit the Bronx Tourism Council's website for a full calendar of events. Below are some highlights:
Agricultural Tour of The Bronx: A trolley-driven exploration of the borough's best urban farms. (May 11, 9 a.m.)
African Nations Cup Soccer Tournament: The tournament at Macombs Dam Park brings together players from the various African countries that have developed thriving communities in The Bronx. (Semi-final game, May 12; championship game May 18)
Bronx Film Festival: Movies made in The Bronx or by borough filmmakers. (May 11, 12 p.m.)
Patti LaBelle Concert: The soulful singer holds court at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. (May 11, 8 p.m.)
Green Roofs Tour: A guided tour of five Bronx green roofs that begins at the Bronx County Building. (May 13, 9 a.m.)
Bronx Youth Talent Show: Children ages 9 to 13 from participating Bronx schools show off their singing and dancing chops as they compete for a $1,000 grand prize for their school. At Lehman College's Lovinger Theater. (May 16, 4:30 p.m.)
Bronx Health Link Annual Bronx Week Health Fair: More than 75 healthcare exhibitors will give out information and conduct free medical screenings at Hostos Community College. (May 17, 11 a.m.)
Bronx Stories: Storytelling, poetry and music at the Bronx Museum of the Arts hosted by Advocate of Wordz. (May 17, 6:30 p.m.)
Bronx Literary Fair: Writing and publishing workshops, readings, a Latin jazz concert and a book fair happen during this all-day event at the Bronx Library Center. (May 18, 11 a.m.)
Bronx Week Concert, Parade and Festival: The concert headliners include hip-hop legend Biz Markie, renowned salsero Lalo Rodriguez and reggae/reggaeton pioneer Notch. The parade moves along Mosholu Parkway and ends with a free food-and-arts festival at Bainbridge Avenue. (May 19, 12 p.m.)