March has finally arrived, and despite the cold weather conditions, spring will be here in just a few weeks. Celebrate this final stretch of winter with some of the Albany area’s top weekend events, from the Wine & Chocolate Festival to the Hannaford Kidz Expo.
Taste Amazing Food & Beverages
Join your fellow wine enthusiasts at The Desmond Hotel in Albany for the 3rd Annual Albany Wine & Chocolate Festival. This food and drink festival will feature rows of gourmet treats, wineries, distilleries, and cideries, and even regional vendors. Tickets are limited and prices will be higher at the door if available.
Visit the Albany Distilling Company at their exciting indoor and outdoor Winter Art Fest on Saturday beginning at 2:00pm. Admission to this fun event is $15 per person and includes a welcome cocktail, lite fare, and access to live art, a s’mores bar, an ice luge, ice pong, and much more.
Calling all macaroni and cheese lovers! The 10th Annual Mac-n-Cheese Bowl will take place at the MAC at Siena College this Saturday from 11:00am-2:30pm. General admission gets you a sample from all the tasting stations, and funds raised will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
Experience Ice Skating in Downtown Albany
Visit the 2019 Empire Skate Plaza in downtown Albany! The Ice Rink is still open daily, and on Saturday, rentals are FREE thanks to Hannaford Supermarkets.
Have Fun at a Free Kidz Expo
Enjoy a day chock full of family-friendly entertainment at the 14th Annual Hannaford Kidz Expo at the Empire State Plaza. Throughout the building’s meeting rooms, you’ll find fun activities, bounce rides, beloved characters, arts and crafts, and even reptiles. Admission is free.
Attend Live Concerts & Performances
On Friday night, female-fronted, multi-instrumentalist power trio The Accidentals will perform live at The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio in Albany. Tickets are just $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and the concert will run from 8:00pm-10:30pm.
If you’re a fan of Mumford and Sons’ music and their latest album Delta, then be sure to check out their Saturday night concert at the Times Union Center. Tickets are selling out, so buy yours today on Ticketmaster.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Proctors – Multiple Shows This Weekend
Watch as Roald Dahl’s classic tale of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is brought to life on stage at Proctors. This acclaimed musical adaption includes all your favorite songs from the original movie, incredible inventions, Oompa Loompas, the glass elevator, and Willy Wonka and company.
- Friday, March 1 at 8:00pm
- Saturday, March 2 at 2:00pm
- Saturday, March 2 at 8:00pm
- Sunday, March 3 at 2:00pm