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Don't Miss These Top Spring Events In & Near Albany, NY for 2024

Embrace the lively atmosphere of spring in New York's Capital Region. From exciting wine festivals to blooming flowers, community celebrations, and more, there is no shortage of things to do. Here are our picks for the top spring events in and near Albany, NY for 2024.

Capital Wine Festival

woman at a wine tasting event table

Date: April 27, 2024

Attention all wine connoisseurs! The 2024 Capital Wine Festival at the Albany Capital Center will be held on April 27.

Both wine and spirit samples will be unlimited at this annual festival. If you love a particular tasting, purchase a bottle and it will be left in the holding area until you're ready to leave.

Other event specialties include a self-guided paint & sip, a DJ with a free photo booth, and a chair massage. Secure your tickets today!

Albany Tulip Festival

colorful flowers in a park

Dates: May 11 - 12, 2024

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Albany Tulip Festival on May 11 - 12, 2024. In bloom will be well over 140,000 tulips in Washington Park.

Enjoy live music, kids' activities, and the Tulip Queen Coronation amidst the vibrant floral displays. And, make sure to browse through the variety of on-site vendors, offering goods and treats to complement the festive atmosphere.

Admission is free, so come by and celebrate spring and Mother's Day weekend at Tulip Festival.

Niska-Day in Schenectady

colorful fireworks at night

Date: May 18, 2024

Mark your calendars for Niska-Day in Schenectady on May 18, 2024. Whether you're seeking entertainment or family-friendly activities, this event promises a fantastic time.

Originally established to address mental health needs within the Niskayuna School District, Niska-Day has evolved into a beloved community gathering. Join in the festivities, such as games, family entertainment, thrilling rides, and much more.

Waterford Canal Festival

canal boats and a nearby festival

Dates: May 18 - 19, 2024

The Waterford Canal Festival is an annual celebration that takes place along the Erie Canal in the charming Village of Waterford.

Explore the picturesque canal as you stroll along its banks and immerse yourself in numerous engaging activities. Take guided tours to witness the fascinating operation of the locks firsthand.

Plus, there's plenty of fun for the little ones with a range of children's activities, including face painting and bounce houses.

St. Sophia's Greek Festival

st sophias greek festival dancers

Dates: May 17 - 19, 2024

Experience the vibrant atmosphere of the 52nd St. Sophia's Greek Festival, taking place from May 17 - 19, 2024, in Albany. This cherished annual event invites you to delve into Greek culture while savoring delectable dishes and enjoying lively entertainment.

Check out the AGORA marketplace, featuring 20 local vendors offering an array of treasures. Be captivated by the sounds of live Greek music and the spirited performances of traditional Greek dancing.

This is an unforgettable weekend filled with culture, flavor, and fun.

Schenectady Kids Art Festival

puppet show in a park with people watching on the lawn

Date: June 1, 2024

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Schenectady Kids Art Festival on June 1, 2024!

The event welcomes kids to unleash their creativity and explore new artistic avenues. They will be able to sing, dance, paint, sculpt, perform, create, and have fun throughout the afternoon.

Admission is free, and the Schenectady Kids Art Festival runs from 12:00pm-4:00pm on Jay Street outside of Schenectady City Hall. The rain location is inside Proctors.

Alive at Five

jennings landing concert
Photo provided by City of Albany Office of Cultural Affairs, credit to ©Andrzej Pilarczyk (

Dates: Starts on June 6, 2024

The Capital Region comes alive with outdoor live music during spring and summer. This year, the Alive at Five concert series will begin on June 6, 2024, and continue for each Thursday through the summer, except on July 4.

The event organizers always put together an amazing lineup of performers, and admission to the concerts is free.

Concerts are typically held at Jennings Landing in Albany, but if there are poor weather conditions, concerts will move to under the 787 overpass at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch at Colonie Street and Water Street.

Art on Lark

vendor tables with artworks on display in a street fair

Dates: June 22, 2024

Art on Lark is one of Albany's most exciting street festivals for people who love art and creativity. Featuring a diverse array of artists, live music, and delicious food, it's a must-attend event for anyone passionate about art.

Photographers, painters, sculptors, ceramicists, and more artists showcase their artworks and products at Art on Lark. The event is presented by the Lark Street Business Improvement District.

Capital Strawberry & Wine Festival

man pouring wine into a glass

Dates: June 15 - 16, 2024

Indulge in the flavors of early summer at the Capital Strawberry & Wine Festival, taking place from June 15 - 16, 2024, at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy.

There will be live music on both days, craft and specialty food booths, booths selling strawberries, food trucks, and more. A Tasting Tent will feature NY State wines, spirits, and cider.

Albany Dad Fest

bbq chicken on a grill
Photo by Elario Photography

Date: June 16, 2024

Albany Dad Fest is the perfect way to celebrate all of the awesome fathers out there! Enjoy some quality family time and create new memories with your dad on Father's Day in Washington Park.

Some highlights at the event include a classic car show, tasty food, vendors for dads, and much more. There will be good vibes, amazing tunes, and everything else that a dad may need for his special day.

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