Calling all festival fans! The Albany area is getting festive this weekend with some of the season’s best community events, from the Black Arts and Cultural Festival at the Plaza to the Riverside Festival in Coxsackie. Mark your calendar for these 8 upcoming events you don’t want to miss!
Get Festive in the Capital Region
Experience art, community, history, music, and dance at the Empire State Plaza’s 2019 Black Arts and Cultural Festival. This popular Albany festival will run from 2:00pm-7:00pm, and highlights will include African crafts and food vendors, a gospel stage, and performances by Grammy Award-winning artist Mya, Annette Harris, and more.
Tri-City ValleyCats Weekend Festivities – Saturday, August 3 & Sunday, August 4
Get ready for two days of festivals at the home of the Tri-City ValleyCats – Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy!
On Saturday, everyone is invited to attend a fantastic Food Truck Festival, eat great food, and listen to live music from Skeeter Creek. Then, on Sunday, there will be a Fan Fest at the baseball stadium with attendance capped at 500 people. Admission to the Food Truck Festival is $5, while admission to the Fan Fest is free, but you must RSVP.
Take a trip down to Coxsackie this Saturday and have fun with family and friends at the community’s annual Riverside Festival. There will be craft vendors, a children’s area, food, beer, and live music all day from 11:30am-10:00pm.
Discover Unforgettable Concerts & Shows
This weekend, MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA will present their three-day Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend. This exciting music festival will feature over 30 concerts in the museum’s galleries and at their other indoor and outdoor performing arts venues.
Freedom Park Summer Concert Series – Saturday, August 3 & Sunday, August 4
The free summer entertainment at Freedom Park in Scotia continues this weekend with two more concerts. Don’t miss Betsy and the ByeGons (60s) on Saturday at 7:00pm or Heard (world music) on Sunday at 7:00pm.
Make your way to Powers Park in Troy this Saturday and listen to live music from the Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band. This performance is part of the 2019 Powers Park Concert Series, and admission is free.
Taste Local Craft Beers & Ciders
Troy Craft Beer Week is underway in the City of Troy. During each night of this week-long craft beer celebration, there will be fun events and delicious drinks at various brewing companies, restaurants, and venues.
Hop on your bike and hit the road at Nine Pin Cider’s first-ever cycle for cider event. The ride will travel along the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail to Dutch Udder in Troy, and tickets include a free serving of ice cream and one free 12oz cider pour.