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Harlem Renaissance and Gospel Music Tour

Updated: November 21, 2022

Harlem is known for its uniquely celebrated culture, its profound history, and its illustrious music scene.

When you think of Harlem, the arts are on the forefront of your mind.

By taking this tour, you will explore the art of song, dance, literature, architecture and even have a chance to appreciate the culinary arts...dare we entice you with some soul food?  

This Harlem Renaissance and Gospel Music Tour is an hour and a half neighborhood walking tour with an optional 1 hour musical performance.

Relive the Harlem Renaissance, feel the heat of the civil rights movement, absorb the moans of the slave ship, hear the sounds of a gospel choir, indulge in the blues, clap your hands and stomp your feet to the rhythm and the rhymes of a hip hop beat.  

You will be transported to the beautiful sanctuary of Abyssinian Baptist Church as well as to the famous stage of the Apollo Theater, the ballroom of Smalls Paradise. along with the hustle and bustle of Lenox Ave, Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, Frederick Douglas Blvd all along the lines of the 125th Street also known as The Times Square of Harlem.

This  musical journey performed live in a climate controlled setting covers a century of music and just 1 hour.

Book your tour now and see how time flies by in just the blink of an eye.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This tour is currently running as a public option only on Wednesdays at 10am. The music performance is not a church service, although the setting is in a church. The performance follows the tour on Wednesdays at 12pm.

Cost of performance venue is $25 per person, gratuity optional for performers. Book this tour.

If you are looking for traditional Harlem Gospel Tours, tours that also include church services, then click the link.  

For a standard tour of Harlem history, consider our 2 hour walking tour of Harlem.

If you can't take our tour, learn about the many other affordable or free ways to experience gospel in NYC.

About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: November 21st, 2022
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