What a wonderful tour of Harlem! Our tour guide Carolyn was great to work with from start to finish. She has a true passion for Harlem and a wealth of knowledge of its rich history. She customized the tour based entirely on our needs and warmly welcomed our group of 22 around Harlem through 90+ degree temperatures and even a sudden downpour. She answered our many questions and ensured we walked away from the tour both enlightened and inspired. I highly recommend Welcome to Harlem for your tour needs.
Day Tours and Live Jazz Events
Enjoy our range of professionally-led Harlem Experiences!
Harlem is renowned as a major African-American residential, cultural, and business center. Join us on our Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour With Lunch or Civil Rights Walking Tour With Lunch and delve into the details of this historical NYC borough. Live, world-class jazz concerts more your thing? Explore our Harlem Jammin Jazz Tour or Harlem Afternoon Jazz Tour! Check out more tours below.
Live Jazz Concerts With World-Class Musicians!
When the lights go down on this famous NYC neighborhood, the immortal soulful sounds and rhythms of Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, and Miles Davis ring out. Learn about, experience, and visit some of Harlem’s most famous places while enjoying some world-class concerts in wonderful venues. The Harlem Safe House Jazz Parlor event is the 1st Thursday of every month and is hosted in various brownstone homes throughout Harlem. Our Harlem Jammin Jazz Tour ends with an evening in Harlem with some sightseeing and live jazz.
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Discover Our Unique Gospel Events
Prepare to be hand-clapping, foot-stomping, and singing along with the soulful rhythms of black gospel music! Be made to feel at home in a warm and welcoming environment and enjoy some of the best live gospel music with world-class musicians and choirs! Every Wednesday, enjoy our Harlem Gospel Series event and get in the holiday spirit with our Easter and Christmas celebrations! What are you waiting for?
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We had an amazing time and are so appreciative that you waited for us! Our group was small and super kind, and Debi, well she was fabulous and shared some amazing historical facts. We also were able to see and meet a couple of Harlem stars, Dapper Dan’s assistant and Mr. Mitchell at the Apollo.
Man, what a blessing! Thank you again for your willingness to transfer some Harlem goodness with us, we are grateful. And our lunch, let’s just say was the icing on the red velvet cake from Tropical Grill Restaurant. Yum!
The Welcome to Harlem tour is a must!!! Ms. Johnson provided a very informative, customized tour for my group of 30. Due to transportation issues traveling from Northern Virginia, we were over an hour late arriving for our tour. I informed Ms. Johnson of the delay, and she immediately adjusted our tour schedule to include the lunch scheduled at Amy Ruth’s. I appreciate her knowledge, flexibility, and professionalism.
Absolutely loved this experience. Carolyn is a fantastic tour guide. She brings Harlem’s history to life in a way that makes you want to keep exploring and learning. And lunch was delicious too. I highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in Harlem or anyone who loves immersive experiences filled with fantastic stories.
Such a great find! We’re just here for the Music, it’s a perfect break during the day and was a unique opportunity for our 3 years old to discover Jazz music. Takes place in a unique Harlem church and nearby great restaurants, subway stop.
« There’s more to Harlem than just fried chicken and Gospel. Don’t get boxed in! » Craig Harris. Make sure you check this Harlem hidden gem.
Amazing!!! The best way to celebrate Christmas when away from home – it warmed our hearts (+ lots of fun and great music!)
My husband and I attended the “Harlem Safe House Jazz Parlor” event featuring the Oliver Lake Group on May 4th. The music was outstanding. The experience was unique and intimate. The entire Harlem Jazz Boxx series is a true treasure for music lovers. Check it out! You’ll be glad you did. Many thanks to Craig and the Jazz Boxx team.
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Welcome to Harlem is a boutique tour company, locally owned and operated, focusing on the rich history and cultural diversity of Harlem. We have been in business since 2004, and we are a proud NYC and NY State certified minority and women-owned business.