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The 2018 Albany Summer Guide: Awesome Summer Events & Activities in the Capital Region

Albany is the place to be in the summer! Check out the best places for patio dining, head to the farmer's market, or go for a hike - you'll find tons of things to do. Free concerts happen every week in the Capital Region in the summer with Alive at Five, Rockin' on the River, Jazz on Jay, and the Freedom Park Summer Concert Series. Whether you're just looking for a good time, or you need somewhere to bring the kids, you'll have plenty to keep you busy in the summer in Albany!

Catch the free concert series Alive at Five every Thursday night during the summer at the Corning Riverfront Park.
Break up the weekday routine! Head to downtown Troy for Rockin' on the River, a free concert series every Wednesday in the summer. 
Jazz on Jay happens on Jay Street in Schenectady on Thursday afternoons during the summer. Check out a great jazz group on your lunch break.
Find events happening at the plaza for Summer at the Plaza, a series of free community events like concerts, movies, and festivals.
See free live music at Freedom Park in Scotia at the amphitheater and stage on the banks of the Mohawk River.
Check out Rock the Block, a brand new free concert series happening on Thursdays in Cohoes!
The Park Playhouse right in Washington Park always has a great summer lineup of diverse musicals and plays. Check out what's on the roster for this year!
Find fresh local produce, meat, baked goods, plants, artisan crafts, and more at local farmers markets.
Need a place to cool off? There are plenty of great public pools in Albany and the Capital Region. Find one close to you and relax with friends and family.
Albany may not be near the ocean but it is close to some fantastic lake beaches! Find five beaches within an hour of Albany.
Find a great spot to people watch or sit by the water with patio dining options in Albany. Some allow dogs on the patio - call ahead and ask!
The nightlife is hopping in Albany during the summer - whether you're looking for sports bars, jazz bars, or just a great happy hour Albany has it all!
See your favorite local baseball team at the Joe this summer! The ValleyCats always have fun events, giveaways, or fireworks happening at their games.
Find golf courses and golf clubs in the Albany area and get out there and improve your game.
Check out the unique pine barrens at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, and all the great events happening at the Discovery Center.
Take a cruise on the Hudson River with Dutch Apple Cruises. They offer sightseeing cruises, dinner cruises, fundraising cruises, and more.