Have you been experiencing the best summer ever in the Albany area? The season has been heating up recently with outstanding festivals and outdoor events, and more are on the way. We’ve rounded up some of the top events happening this weekend in and around Albany.
Get Festive at Family-Friendly Events
One of the biggest parties of the summer is happening right in downtown Schenectady this Friday. Schenectady County SummerNight is a free family-friendly block party that features live musical performances, games, food, activities, and of course, fireworks! Smash Mouth will headline the festival, so bring the whole family and enjoy the night in Schenectady.
Visit the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction for a day of free family activities in celebration of the Erie Canalway. There will be live music, a petting zoo and pony rides, food and craft beer, boat rides, vendors, tours, and other exciting festivities.
Summers are about backyard grilling and BBQ food, and the annual Troy Pig Out takes it all to the next level. This Saturday, make your way to Troy’s Riverfront Park and experience a day of incredible BBQ, live music, and more. During the event, barbecue masters will compete to see who has the best food in a variety of categories.
Need help keeping the kids entertained this summer? The Empire State Plaza’s annual Kids Day is going on this Saturday! Admission is free, and the family-friendly festival will include balloons, face painting, bounce rides, magic shows, appearances by Jay, Kumi, and Crick of the Beat Bugs, and much more.
East Greenbush Pop Warner has teamed up with Wild Country 99.9 to present a Craft and Vendor Fair on Sunday from 11:00am-4:00pm. Over 50 vendors will be at the fair, so stop by and spend the afternoon shopping for unique handmade products.
Take Your Family Out to a Ball Game
Celebrate Wizard Night with the Tri-City ValleyCats in Troy! This Friday, the hometown team will be wearing wizard-themed jerseys as they face off against the visiting State College Spikes. These special jerseys will be raffled off during the game.
See What’s New in the Video Game World
Video game fans won’t want to miss out on the all new Empire Game Expo at Albany’s Red Lion Hotel. Founded by the same people who run RetroGameCon in Syracuse, the Empire Game Expo will have over 100 vendor and exhibitor tables, hundreds of games to play throughout the day, panel presentations, special guests from the gaming industry, and more.
Attend Free Outdoor Summer Concerts
Get ready to rock all night long at Rivers Casino & Resort’s Harbor Jam Concert Series. This Saturday, David Victor (formerly of Boston) will perform “The Hits of Boston & Styx” with his band at the Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater. The concert will kick off at 6:00pm.
Freedom Park Summer Concert Series – Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14
Head over to Freedom Park in Scotia for two more concerts as part of the 2019 Freedom Park Summer Concert Series. Three Quarters North will perform bluegrass music on Saturday night, and then on Sunday night, string quartet Eribeth Chamber Players will take the stage.
The Powers Park Concert Series continues in Troy this weekend with a live performance by local favorite Skeeter Creek on Saturday night. The concert will be held at Powers Park from 6:00pm-8:00pm, and admission is free.