Inside Look At Harlem’s New Free Festival, Celebrating Local Culture, And Cuisine

May 3, 2023

From the producers of Uptown, Bronx, and Brooklyn Night Markets, comes Harlem Bazaar for its second season.

The true open-air market that celebrates Uptown’s finest creators, designers, inventors, artists, and visionaries arrives on the first Sunday of the month from May to October.  Mark your calendars for the return of Harlem Bazaar starting May 7th, 202, until October from 11 am to 5 pm. Best of all, admission is completely free at 125th & Adam Clayton Powell – St. State Plaza

The monthly event series will feature dozens of vendors ranging from unique clothing, hand-crafted jewelry, mouthwatering food, and exceptional artwork; With such a large variety of creative vendors offering unique goods, shoppers will have plenty of options such as here.

Designed with all types of individuals in mind, Harlem Bazaar will also feature music performances by Harlem Late Night Jazz and DJ KG3 to keep the vibrant scene of Harlem alive! But wait, there’s more; the event series will feature a space for the little ones named The Kids’ Corner, where they can enjoy entertainment, yard games, and other fun activities while you shop and dine. It will be exciting for locals and travelers from surrounding areas like Uptown and Washington Heights.

Marco Shalma, the founder of Harlem Bazaar, shared, “The Harlem Bazaar idea started during the pandemic when we saw a 400% increase in applications from merch, arts & culture, fashion, and self-care-based businesses – mostly by women entrepreneurs.” Marco continued, “The team and I know that this second season at the State Plaza will solidify the best creative event in Uptown. Hands down.”

The event series is another visionary model to support the borough’s most outstanding entrepreneurs and micro-businesses by producing immersive experiences that are affordable and enjoyable. Harlem Bazaar anticipates helping incubate small businesses in Uptown and supporting artists, merchants, creators, inventors, designers, and visionaries. Drawing from the success of the Uptown Night Market, the Bronx Night Market, and the Brooklyn Night Market,  the existing energy of Harlem will be kept alive with more opportunities for small businesses. 

Harlem Bazaar is not just another market; it’s an experience that celebrates local art & culture and up-and-coming creatives but primarily supports local small businesses and entrepreneurs. The event series is dedicated to adding to the vibrant atmosphere of Harlem, NY, and creating a safe, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing space for everyone to enjoy.

MHG Events is a leading NYC-based hospitality group creating cuisine & culture experiences catered to the love-to-eat community.  We are known for producing and promoting large-scale events such as the Bronx, Uptown, and Brooklyn Night Markets, creating inclusive and equitable experiences that are safe, affordable, and fun, and supporting diverse micro-businesses and local artists and artisans. 

Over the years, MHG events partnered with organizations such as NYBG, SummerStage, NYRR, and NYC Ferry. They worked with companies like Brookfield, Target, Simon Malls, Madison, and Durst to develop, market, and launch exciting concepts in their spaces.  Whether large-scale festivals, artisan popups, food halls, or concept stores, MHG events are a trendsetter and have helped shape our industry when it comes to aesthetics, marketing, social justice, and user experience.   

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