5 Free Events: Harlem Week, outdoor movies and more

5 Free Events: Harlem Week, outdoor movies and more
Still from "When Harry Met Sally."

Looking for something to do this week? Here is a selection of free performances and presentations taking place in New York City and online.


Movies With a View: “Shaun of the Dead
When: Aug. 5; doors open at 6 p.m., and the movie begins around sundown
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park; Brooklyn 

The summer season offers ample opportunities to gather under the stars and take in a movie. Up this week is “Shaun of the Dead” (2004), starring Simon Pegg as a man leading an ordinary and unremarkable existence when a zombie apocalypse strikes. Arrive early to nab good seats on the grass — and to catch a short film selected by BAMcinématek and a performance from a local DJ.


Harlem Week
When: Aug. 6-15
Where: Online and in-person 

Stretching back to 1974, Harlem Week is an annual celebration of the culture, history and people of Harlem. This year, organizers developed a full week of events, including some online exclusives that allow anyone, anywhere, to discover the vibrant neighborhood culture. Acknowledging the challenges brought on by the pandemic, this year’s theme of “Rebirth, Rebuild, Rejoice” features a dance party, salutes to Broadway legends, a fashion show and more.

The Count of Monte Cristo
When: Aug. 6; 6:30 p.m.
Where: Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park; Manhattan 

Presented by Summer on the Hudson and Hudson Classical Theater Company, this performance aims to be a faithful adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ iconic book  — for the most part. The company’s mission is to offer points of entry for audiences new to theater and literary genres. No reservations necessary, though organizers do recommend arriving early.


Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturday Lite 
When: Aug. 7; 2 p.m. 
Where: Brooklyn Museum; Brooklyn 

First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum are back, though the museum is rolling out with a “lite” version of its regular free celebration. Artist John Edmonds is slated to host this month’s festivities, and the museum website promises a low-key outdoor afternoon featuring a locally rooted lineup that celebrates the Caribbean diaspora. Highlights include performances by DJ Lovaboi with Michael the Pannist, along with Tygapaw, djFRiTZo and Brandee Younger.


Movies on the Waterfront: “When Harry Met Sally” 
When: Aug. 9; 8:30 p.m.
Where: Astoria Park; Queens 

Start off your week with a screening of this classic romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Billie Crystal. Set in New York, the film follows Sally (Ryan) and Harry (Crystal) as they navigate and blur the boundaries between friendship and romance. Bonus: If you’re a fan of Ryan’s, you can also enjoy a Summer on the Hudson screening of “You’ve Got Mail” on Aug. 11 in — where else? — the Upper West Side.