HARLEM — Good news for lovers of the arts.
The Harlem Arts Festival is returning to Marcus Garvey Park this weekend, kicking off the first official weekend of summer with free live music, spoken word, dance, theater and a slew of other arts-themed performances.
The festival will showcase 43 Harlem performers and visual artists this year at the park’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, at 124th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues.
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"We founded the festival with the intention of supporting artists who live in, work and frequently visit Harlem with paid performance opportunities and other resources,” said Chelsea Goding, one of the co-founders of the festival.
Additional performances this year will also be at the park’s second stage near the northwest entrance of the park. The festival will have a gallery walk in the park from this year’s selection of visual artists.
To commemorate its fifth anniversary, event organizers are also having an opening night party June 24 at 8:30 p.m. at The National Black Theatre, at 2031 5th Ave. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door.
There will also be a free-entry after party at GinFizz, at 308 Malcolm X Blvd, on June 25th, beginning at 10:30 p.m..
The celebration will wrap up with a Sunday brunch at the Urban Garden Center located under the Metro North train tracks at 1640 Park Avenue, where entry is also free, from noon to 3 p.m..