NYC Homecoming Week Events

Maggie Bower | August 9, 2021

NYC Homecoming Week August 14-22, 2021

NYC Homecoming Week is taking place August 14-22, 2021, and will be a citywide celebration with free live concerts, movie screenings, cultural events, Summer Streets, and public art. The dining deals of NYC Restaurant Week, going on now, will continue through NYC Homecoming Week.

Events for every taste and age will take place across all five boroughs of New York City and connect New Yorkers with the talents of small businesses and local arts and culture organizations as we all recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re happy to highlight some of the many NYC Homecoming Week events led by local nonprofit groups. Visit the NYC Homecoming Week site to browse for more events, and see our THIRTEEN in the Community page to learn how The WNET Group partners with NYC artists, activists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and community organizers to discuss how we can strengthen specific communities and create a strong city for all New Yorkers.


The Shed: The Looking Glass

Daily through August 29
This outdoor exhibition of augmented reality (AR) artworks is viewable on The Shed’s public plaza in Hudson Yards and presented in partnership with Acute Art and the High Line. Invisible to the naked eye, these artworks come to life on your phone’s screen when you aim your camera at the right spot, appearing as real as the environment around them. Through the juxtaposition of physical and virtual worlds, the works in The Looking Glass convey a sense of surprise and wonder about the spaces we move through every day. Be sure to download the app to experience Through the Looking Glass! You can get an idea of what you’ll see on The Shed website.

New commissions by artists Julie Curtiss, KAWS, and Frieze 2021 Artist Award—winner Precious Okoyomon will be on view at any hour of the day, alongside works making their U.S. debut by Cao Fei, Olafur Eliasson, Tomás Saraceno, Nina Chanel Abney, Koo Jeong A, Bjarne Melgaard, Darren Bader, and Alicja Kwade.

The Shed is one of the newest and innovative arts centers in New York City and is featured in an episode of ALL ARTS docs.

Happening of the Investigation of the Dominican Racial Imaginary

Saturday, August 14, 2-5 p.m.

The CUE Arts Foundation presents a happening in Duarte Square as part of Lizania Cruz’s ongoing project, The Investigation of the Dominican Racial Imaginary. Duarte Square borders the west side of Canal Street and features a statue of Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-1876), a Dominican military leader, writer, activist, and nationalist politician who was the foremost of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic. Cruz’s event will feature a reading of historical timelines of the creation of the Dominican Republic, followed by a conversation on the African roots both in Merengue and Kompa. The last hour will be devoted to a Merengue and Kompa dance class. Cruz is one of the artists in El Museo del Barrio’s exhibition Estamos Bien – La Trienial 20/21.

New York Chinese Cultural Center Presents Chinese Dance in the Parks

August 15 and 22, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

The New York Chinese Cultural Center will be putting on free dance performances in Manhattan’s Chinatown to celebrate the revitalization of NYC. Dances take place at the Columbus Park Pavilion and in Seward Park.

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Harlem Quartet

Wednesday, August 18, 5 p.m.

The Harlem Quartet’s dedication to advancing diversity in classical music, collaborative initiatives, and commitment to educational outreach make it one of the most vibrant ensembles today. Join them outdoors in the Broadway pedestrian area of Times Square. Aside from classical compositions, they’ll play “Take the ‘A’ Train.”

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Rooftop Films: Blood Brothers: Malcom X & Muhammad Ali

Wednesday, August 18, doors open 6:30 p.m., film at 8:30 p.m.
A white hand holds a microphone and a Black man in dark suit and tie looks smiling in the direction of it; next to him are smiling Black men, two in suit and ties and one in African formal clothing
Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali is a Netflix film directed by Brooklyn-born Marcus A. Clarke that tells the extraordinary story behind the friendship of two iconic figures of the 20th century: Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. Few people understand the bond shared by these men: the charismatic and outspoken Olympic boxing champion, Ali, who charmed the nation, and the ex-con-turned-intellectual revolutionary, Malcolm X, who railed against the evils of white oppression and spoke truth to power.

The free, outdoor event in Harlem’s Jackie Robinson Park requires an advance RSVP and includes a DJ set and remarks by the director before the film (Clarke also produced Great Performances — Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop for The WNET Group). It’s co-presented by the Maysles Documentary Center (MDC), a Harlem-based nonprofit organization committed to community, education, and documentary film, and by The Lay Out, a group of Brooklyn-based activists and organizers who are helping the Black community reclaim space, time, energy and, most importantly, each other.

Rooftop Films, a nonprofit cultural institution and home for independent films for over 25 years is presenting six free outdoor film and TV screenings during NYC Homecoming Week. MetroFocus previewed Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali and welcomed director Marcus A. Clarke and the president of Rooftop Films, Dan Nuxoll, to the show on August 17; see the MetroFocus segment now.


Books Beneath the Bridge – Mil Mundos

Monday, August 16, 7 p.m.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s annual literature series will feature readings by Elizabet Velasquesz, Joel L. Daniels, and Keomi Tarver. It takes place on Pier 1.

Brooklyn Music School Summer Recitals

Friday, August 20, 3 p.m.

Kids from the Brooklyn Music School performing on a stage

DTBK Presents: Brooklyn Music School Summer Institute Recitals

Join Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Brooklyn Music School at the Brooklyn Music School Theater at 126 St. Felix Street to hear the musical and dance creations of summer students.


Queens Night Market

Saturdays, June 16 – August 21 and September 18 – October 30

The Queens Night Market is a large, family-friendly open-air market in Queens, featuring up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances, celebrating the rich diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens.


Summer Student Arts Show

Monday, August 16, 5-8 p.m.
Head to the Bronx River Arts Center for its art exhibition opening with open artist and education studios. Celebrate the hard work and creative expression of student artists.

Kusama: Cosmic Nature

Wednesdays, August 11, 18, 25

Image of the bright yellow and black dotted Dancing Pumpkin sculpture by Kusama

The Dancing Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama at the Bronx Botanical Garden

New York City residents can get a limited number of free tickets to contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s outdoor exhibits at the New York Botanical Garden. There are limited time periods to add on a $10 ticket for the indoor Kusama exhibit, Infinity Mirrored Room—Illusion Inside the Heart (2020).

PBS NewsHour took a look at the Kusama exhibit in a recent video segment.

Staten Island

Boogie Woogie Wednesday with the Staten Island Children’s Museum

Wednesday, August 18, 6 p.m.

Join the Staten Island Children’s Museum for a family-friendly performance by L’unicorns, the first Latinx LGBTQ group on Staten Island.

PBS is highlighting #PBSForTheArts stories of how artists, musicians, actors and museums continued to share their work during the pandemic and the re-opening period. From street artists, to vogue ballroom legends, to television producers and cabaret and Broadway singers, learn how people stayed creative through the pandemic period.