This year's theme is “Living The Dream: Celebrating History.” Harlem Week will acknowledge the 150th anniversary of the signing of The Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th Anniversary of The Historic March on Washington, the Super Bowl coming to the New York/New Jersey Area for the first time ever and special musical salutes to the music of Motown via Broadway's Motown The Musical.
- the first public event, A Great Day In Harlem, taking place Sunday, July 28 at Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial (Grant’s Tomb) at 122nd Street and Riverside Drive. The day will feature entertainment from cultural artists, a Gospel Extravaganza paying tribute to the 1250th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation, The Fashion Fusion show featuring designs from some of the hottest up and coming urban designers and the Concert Under The Stars – “Songs In The Key of Life”, featuring a special tribute to Stevie Wonder, led by Ray Chew, Music Director of American Idol, BET Awards, etc.
- Business is Booming in Harlem and Economic Development Day Aug. 8 at Columbia University with an all-day expo featuring local entrepreneurs, medium sized businesses and Fortune 200 companies plus seminars on business and health as well as a jobs and career fair.
- NYC Children’s Festival Aug. 17 and 18 at 135th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and Malcolm X Blvd. While the smaller kids enjoy the children’s Festival the college bound young adults can visit the Historic Black College Fair & Expo Aug. 17, also on 135th Street, featuring more than 50 historic black colleges providing information on scholarships, financial aid and more.
Harlem Week began 39 years ago with Harlem Day, which takes place this year on Aug. 18 at 135th Street from St. Nicholas Avenue to 5th Avenue featuring four stages of entertainment, a health village, the Upper Manhattan Auto Show, vendors and exhibitors from around the country and much more.
The final public event will be the Percy E. Sutton Harlem 5kRun and Anti-Gun Violence Walk For Peace Saturday, Aug. 24 beginning at 135th Street. The Walk for Peace is being supported by organizations including the NAACP, the NY Urban League and Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. The walk will conclude with a special event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Historic March on Washington.