Taking a family vacation to New York City during the summer brings plenty to do to please everyone. Of course you want to see the classics in the heart of Manhattan, but what about exploring the underrated and pleasantly surprising summer hotspots outside of the concrete jungle? Here are our best suggestions to help you better navigate the city and plan some off-the-beaten path activities away from the most common touristy places.
This summer from July 29th to August 25th, the annual Harlem Week Festival will take place in New York City. This festival began as Harlem Day in 1974, but due to popular demand, the celebration extended its stay. This summer marks the 44th annual celebration that you do not want to miss. Harlem Week offers over 100 events showcasing the community’s unique flavor, promoting Harlem’s rich African, African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic and European history, culture, arts, religion, entertainment and sports. Harlem Week features both outdoor and indoor music concerts, The Upper Manhattan Auto Show, Film festivals, Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run & Health Walk, Sporting events, Adult and children’s fashion shows, Youth programs and activities, Career fairs, HBCU Fair & Expositions, and much more. Read on for our highlighted events.
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Every summer and winter, NYC Restaurant Week returns with dining deals at restaurants all across the city. From trendy chefs to top-notch hotel restaurants and more, the city’s best dining experiences can be had for a fraction of the normal cost! Now is the time to let your inner gourmand out. You will be able to get a 2-course $26 Lunch or a 3-course $42 Dinner at select restaurants from July 23rd to August 17th, 2018. Check out your options during this year’s summer 2018 edition of Restaurant Week.
Ah, the “Roaring 20s,” an era of dramatic social and political change in Western culture. A time where freedom extended toward African American communities, leading them to migrate north to Harlem, New York City, which quickly became the world’s largest African American community in 1920. This created the Harlem Renaissance, a rebirth of hope for the community through cultural bursts of activity. The Harlem Renaissance, otherwise known as the rebirth of Harlem, brought the most artistic and intelligent beings to the Harlem Neighborhood and carried the novel and now infamous genre of Jazz music to this spirited and historically-rich area. Read more
Every November, the US celebrates Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday when families come together to spend time, share food and enjoy parades. Celebrating Thanksgiving in New York City is a favorite occasion for many locals but it’s also a wonderful opportunity for tourists to learn more about American culture. It is actually one of the big six holidays of the year! What will you do that day? Here are some tips and activities suggestions for you to make the best of it! Read more