Albany and the Capital Region have transformed into a winter wonderland thanks to the recent snow storm. If you love outdoor winter activities like skiing or snowshoeing, then this is the perfect time for an adventure. However, if you’re just looking to have fun this weekend, then consider one of the 8 great weekend events below!
Friday, January 25
Visit downtown Troy this Friday for the monthly Troy Night Out, a celebration of local arts and culture! This month’s theme is Hot Chocolate Hop, and from 5:00pm-9:00pm, a variety of fun events will take place throughout the city.
Don’t miss the world premiere of Red Maple, an uproarious comedy set in the suburbs of Albany, at the Capital Repertory Theatre! Opening day will be on Friday, January 25, and additional performances will be held through the end of January and into February.
Saturday, January 26
Beginning Saturday at 11:00am, restaurants in downtown Schenectady will open their doors for the annual Schenectady Soup Stroll. Take a walk around the area and sample all kinds of delicious hot soups. The cost is $1 per 3oz serving.
The inaugural SoupFest in Amsterdam is happening on Saturday from 12:00pm-6:00pm. Visitors can stop by participating restaurants and bars and pay $1 for 3oz soup samples. After you’re done, be sure to vote for your favorite soup.
Interested in outdoor winter fun? Bring the whole family to the 34th Annual Grafton Lakes Winter Fest! This free winter festival will feature a polar plunge, snowmobile rides, a kids snowshoe race, ice rescue demonstrations, activities, and more.
Head over to Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy this Saturday and lace up your bowling shoes. The annual Garden Bowl is a winter extravaganza and fundraiser hosted by Capital Roots. Participating teams and bowlers will compete and win prizes for high scores, highest fundraising amount, and more.
This Saturday, the Siena men’s basketball team will take on Manhattan at the Times Union Center! The doors will open at 6:00pm, and tickets are available now on Ticketmaster.
Sunday, January 27
During the upcoming Sip, Shop and Connect event at Colonie Center, visitors are welcome to check out over 50 exhibitors, vendors, wineries, crafters, and product demonstrations. There will be door prizes, refreshments, gift baskets, shopping, and more. Admission is free.