The Annual Harlem Wellness Festival to Take Place on May 18th in Marcus Garvey Park




Harlem Wellness Festival. All images courtesy Uptown Grand Central

 Harlem Wellness Festival is a celebration of the strong network of minority-and women-owned gyms, studios and spas that Harlem has built over the past decade. This year, the festival is back, with more locally-owned fitness and wellness businesses than ever before.

The stretch-and-move party will take place this Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Marcus Garvey Park. There will be two Fitness Zones with a lineup of free classes ranging from dance to yoga, kettlebells to strength training, and gyrokinesis to tai chi. Plus a Wellness Row, where you’ll get to know each small business and sample offerings including massage, acupuncture and plant-based nutrition – then map out your wellness routine for summer and spring!

Harlem Wellness Festival. Image courtesy Uptown Grand Central

Participating fitness and wellness businesses include Harlem Cycle, Harlem Kettlebell Club, Harlem Yoga Studio, Harlem Wellness Center, Harlem Pilates, Movement Harlem Climbing Gym, Hurricane Fitness, Anwuli Ilegbe Studio, Benswic, GG & Pop, Body Zock, Re-Creation Fitness, Rockmil Fitness, Fierce Grace Yoga, the Urban Yoga Foundation, Move & Groove Yoga, UpDog Yoga, Fit & Lit NYC, Fire Studio, Uplift Spa, The SPAaaht, E.C. Hands for Health, Harlem Chi Acupuncture, Omo Sade Skincare and Hood Meditation. Plus organizations providing resources, including MSK Ralph Lauren Center, the Sheliah Lilly Foundation and Transportation Alternatives. 

Harlem Wellness Festival in Marcus Garvey park, 2024

There will also be great fresh food options from The Juicery, Campbell & Carr and Uptown Veg, Harlem’s longest-standing vegetarian restaurant.

Harlem Wellness Festival. Image courtesy Uptown Grand Central

Harlem Wellness Festival has its roots in a group of wellness and fitness businesses that came together over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, when gyms and studios were the first businesses to be closed, and the last businesses to re-open. During that time, it’s estimated that more than half of Harlem’s locally owned fitness businesses closed for good.

Harlem wellness festival May 2024. Omo Sade Skin Care.

This year’s festival is a celebration of the businesses that have persevered, as well as the many new fitness and wellness spaces that have opened in the past few years. The businesses participating in Harlem Wellness Festival represent the majority of the fitness and wellness practitioners in the neighborhood, including minority- and women-owned businesses that have been a part of the community for two decades or more. Notably, in addition to fitness providers, Harlem Wellness Festival will also include food and wellness businesses including Uptown Veg and Omo Sade Skincare, which have respectively served Harlem with great vegetarian food and beauty products for people of color for three decades now.

Harlem Wellness Festival. Image courtesy Uptown Grand Central

Attendees can start by exploring the Wellness Row, and then try 25-minute sample Fitness Sessions where they can meet the teachers and trainers who are expanding and energizing our community culture of fitness and self-care. The lineup includes: 


You are encouraged to Reserve a Spot HERE.

Participating small businesses include Harlem Cycle, Harlem Kettlebell Club, Harlem Yoga Studio, Harlem Wellness Center, Mendez BoxingHarlem Pilates, Movement Harlem, Hurricane Fitness, Anwuli Ilegbe Studio, Benswic, GG & Pop, Body Zock / Kultiv8 StudiosRe-Creation Fitness, Rokmil Fitness, Fierce Grace Hot Yoga, Urban Yoga Foundation, Fire Studio, Updog YogaFit & Lit, Uplift Spa, Harlem Chi Acupuncture, E.C. Hands for Health, The SPAaaht, FraMiATi and Omo Sade Skincare. Plus resources from the MSK Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care, the Sheliah Lilly Foundation and Transportation Alternatives.

Be sure to check out the great fresh food by  Uptown VegThe Juicery, and Campbell & Carr.

Harlem Wellness Festival is hosted by Uptown Grand Central, TBo Harlem and Harlem Park to Park, with support from the Mellon Foundation and Harlem Grown’s Culture, Creativity & Care Initiative. Product sponsors include Lululemon, Whole Foods, GrowNYC, Just Salad, and Bespoke by Harlem Haberdashery.

Since it’s a Saturday, visitors to the park can expect to hear the Harlem Drummers in the Drummers Circle on the Madison Avenue side, near 123rd Street.

While you’re there, take a walk up to the Acropolis to see the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower.

Back on East 125th Street, it’s a work in progress.


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