Although March has kicked off in the Capital Region, it still feels like we’re in the heart of winter. Make the most of the snowy conditions by enjoying some outdoor activities this winter, or attend one of the many great events happening in and around Albany.
Hit the Ice in Downtown Albany
Thanks to the recent cold temperatures, the Empire “Skate” Plaza in downtown Albany will remain open until March 17, weather permitting. Bring the family this weekend for an afternoon of outdoor ice skating; ice skate rentals are free on Saturday courtesy of Hannaford Supermarkets.
Discover Fantastic Food & Craft Beverages
Have you ever experienced Schenectady’s fantastic restaurant scene? If not, then now is the best time! Schenectady Restaurant Week is taking place throughout the community, and during it, customers can enjoy multi-course meals for a special price of $25.
AFTER DARK: Butterflies & Brews is a fun science event at miSci in Schenectady that’s designed for people 21+. Guests can discover the museum’s butterfly exhibit, participate in hands-on science demos, check out the food truck and cash bar, and more. General admission is $12.
Proctors in Schenectady will host the 11th Annual Capital Region Wine Festival on Saturday starting at 1:00pm. Attendees can sample a variety of red, white, and sparkling wines, taste delicious restaurant food, browse vendors, and participate in a live auction.
The 6th Annual New York Craft Brewers Festival will bring over 70 New York breweries/brewers to The Desmond Hotel in Albany. This festival is an awesome opportunity to meet regional brewers and taste a wide range of new and unique brews.
Cheer on Your Favorite College Basketball Team
Calling all basketball fans! Get your tickets to see the 2019 MAAC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships at the Times Union Center. Games will be held on all five days, and the Hannaford MAAC n’ Cheese Fest will take place on Monday at the Albany Capital Center.
Have Fun Supporting Great Fundraisers
Head to Foy Hall at Siena College and explore the 5th Annual Spring Clothing Sale. This sale is open to the public and will offer gorgeous new or gently-worn professional women’s attire at great prices. All proceeds raised will benefit the Dress for Success Albany programming.
The St. Patrick’s Day festivities are beginning a week early with Leprecon in Troy. This city-wide pub crawl will raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area, and it will include bagpipers, glass etchings, and many pints of Guinness. Check in and register at The Hangar from 11:00am-12:30pm on Saturday.
See the Longest Running Model Train Show in the Region
Model train enthusiasts won’t want to miss out on the Albany Train Show at the Polish Community Center in Albany. Over 100 vendor tables will feature model trains and train-related items. There will even be interactive trains for young engineers to enjoy.
Go on a Musical Journey with The Monkees
This Sunday, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will take the stage at The Palace Theatre in Albany. The concert will feature songs that span the group’s entire career, as well as some that haven’t been performed live until this tour. Tickets are available now on Ticketmaster.