Celebrate Martin Luther King Day at Manhattan Country School's annual march. Photo courtesy of the school
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day at Manhattan Country School's annual march. Photo courtesy of the school

MLK Jr. Weekend Things to Do in NYC: Celebrate Civil Rights, Black Comic Books, and More

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in New York City offers tons of opportunities to honor the man and his mission. Kids can volunteer with Repair the World at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, catch a performance of Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, check out the free BAM-hosted tribute to the civil rights leader in Fort Greene, and parade in the 32nd Annual MLK Jr Commemorative March. Be sure to check our calendar for Monday, January 20, for a huge list of MLK activities.

To fill the rest of the weekend consider the Seventh Annual Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem, which is sure to include some fun costume sightings. Bumper Cars are making a bang-up return to Bryant Park. A bounce house has literally popped up in the West Village, and the Lunar New Year is already starting to exert its tidal pull, luring New Yorkers to paper cutting, puppet making, and storytelling fun.

Our top picks for the long weekend are below. Looking for more ideas? Our Museum, Gallery and Exhibits Guide offers lots of hidden treasures, and you can find even more seasonal fun in our NYC Winter Activities Guide, as well as our January GoList. And, of course, the Event Calendar grows daily!


Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Children's Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building 212 W 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024

The Riverside Theater
490 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027

Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue Ecology Building
Bronx, NY

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
41 W 40th St.
New York, NY 10018

West Village Loft
163 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th
New York, NY 10025

The Museum of Modern Art
in Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), 4 West 54th Street (near Fifth Avenue)
New York, NY

Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Brookfield Place
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281

Industry City
274 36th St
Brooklyn, NY 11232

New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Alley Pond Park
76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard
Queens, NY 11364

Oculus Plaza
Fulton Street & Church Street
New York, NY 10006

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354
Flushing, NY 11354

Poe Park Visitor Center
2640 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY

Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York, NY

Bread and Yoga Harlem
350 St. Nicholas Ave between 127th and 128th
New York, NY 10027

Dimenna / New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling
898 St Nicholas Avenue @ 155th Street
New York, NY 10032

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza
1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10128

The Rubin Museum of Art
132 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011

Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace (Building A)
Staten Island, NY 10301

Fort Greene Park Visitor Center
Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park
Brooklyn, NY

Bam Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Central Park West and West 110th Street
New York, NY 10027

Prospect Park
Prospect Park Lefferts Historic House, Audubon Center
Brooklyn, NY

Museum of The City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street)
New York, 10029

Grace Reformed Church
1800 Bedford Avenue (corner of Bedford and Lincoln Rd.)
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10128

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West ( between 1st and 2nd street)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Staten Island Children's Museum
1000 Richmond Terrace Building M
Staten Island, NY 10301

Outside the Schomburg Center
135th Street & Lenox Avenue
New York, NY

Oculus Plaza
Fulton Street & Church Street
New York, NY 10006
The Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm
Queens County Farm Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
Brooklyn Museum Reopens
Brooklyn Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
Little Red Riding Hood
Puppetworks Inc. - 12:30 PM Pick
Flick Fridays - Toy Story (G)
Empire Outlets - 6:00 PM Pick
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