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A Dozen Things To Do During The Long Weekend In The Capital Region: Jan 13-16

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, which means many of you probably have a long weekend! Take advantage of the extra day off by checking out some of these 12 events happening throughout the Capital Region.

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Festivals, Markets & Expos

Annual Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine For The Arts

Thursday, January 12 - Saturday, January 14

Support the arts community of the Capital Region when you attend the Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival! This year's Grand Gala Reception & Dinner will feature the food, wine, arts & culture of the ancient Greeks. Other highlights include a Grand Tasting, Seminars, Battle of the Bartenders, and more!


Saturday, January 14

The Troy Farmer's Market has moved inside the Troy Atrium for the winter! Browse a wide assortment of products from more than 80 local, producer-only vendors. While you're there, visit the Troy Maker's Market featuring items crafted by local artists and artisans.


Sunday, January 15

The Times Union Center is hosting the New York Bridal & Wedding Expo on Sunday! Find everything you need to have the perfect wedding day, from attire and venues to photographers and music.

Keep The Kids Entertained


Through April 30

Have you visited miSci's The Living House exhibit yet? miSci Curator Chris Hunter has built a partially-constructed house inside miSci that allows visitors to look behind the walls of their home! Discover the principles of architecture, engineering, and construction.


Saturday, January 14

Visit Empire Skate Plaza all weekend for fun on the ice, or sign up for a free hockey clinic on Saturday! Free skate rentals are available to clinic participants.


Saturday, January 14 & Sunday, January 15

Gore Mountain's two-day holiday weekend camp is worth the drive to North Creek! Your kids will enjoy two days of skiing and riding with the same coaches, and will meet new friends too.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations & Observances


Monday, January 16

Visit Empire State Plaza on Monday morning for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance. This year's keynote speaker is Geoffrey Canada, the Creator and President of the Harlem's Children's Zone in Harlem. There will also be special musical performances.


Monday, January 16

Every year, the MLK Labor Celebration educates workers that everyone has the right to join and form a union. This free event features performances, children's workshops, and two keynote speakers.


Monday, January 16

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, enjoy free admission to the galleries at the Albany Institute of History & Art, courtesy of M&T Bank. The whole family can enjoy a special drop-in art project, and there will also be a lecture and book signing.

Other Community Happenings


Friday, January 13

See the Albany Devils take on the Springfield Thunderbirds at the Times Union Center on Friday evening. The puck drops at 7:00PM!


Saturday, January 14

Take a trip around New York State without leaving the New York State Museum! Enjoy a gallery tour and hear the story of the region through its ruins.


Sunday, January 15

Take an extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, the best remaining example in the world of an inland pine barrens. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.


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