One of Albany’s premier summer concert series is returning next Wednesday, but that’s not all there is to know! Check out a variety of fun events in the Capital Region, read about tomorrow’s Hudson River Fish Count, and make the most of summer.
Stay Up-to-Date on All of the Region’s Events
Here’s a preview of some top events and summer concerts happening this weekend and next week:
- Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru: Today through August 1
- Troy Night Out: July 30
- Wriggly Reptiles at Via Aquarium: July 31
- 2021 Powers Park Concert Series: Skeeter Creek: July 31
- Freedom Park Summer Concert Series: Ratboy Jr.: July 31
- Albany Empire vs. Jacksonville Sharks: July 31
- River Street Expo: August 1
- Movies Under the Stars! – Croods: A New Age: August 2
- Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse – Free Summer Movie at the Palace Theatre: August 3
- Capital Concert Series: Ginuwine: August 4
- Downtown Schenectady Starlight Cinema: August 4
- Rock the Block: Funk Evolution: August 5
News to Know in Albany, Troy, Schenectady & Beyond
Capital Concert Series Kicks Off Next Week at the Plaza
The return of live music has been a highlight of this summer, and next week, the popular Capital Concert Series will kick off at the Empire State Plaza with a performance by Ginuwine. A Grammy-nominated Icon Award recipient, Ginuwine is well known for becoming one of R&B’s preeminent artists during the ’90s heyday of hip-hop soul. He will take the stage at the Empire State Plaza on Wednesday, August 4, from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Admission is free.
Troy Downtown Marina Celebrates Grand Reopening
Over the past several years, the city-owned Troy Downtown Marina has been closed due to a number of repairs and renovations. However, the marina finally reopened earlier this summer under new management, with the Maryland-based Oasis Marinas now overseeing the day-to-day operations, boat services, facilities and grounds maintenance, and more.
To celebrate its grand reopening, Oasis Marinas invites the community to the marina docks later today (July 30) for live music and vendors, including Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Brown’s Brewing, and the River Street Market.
Participate in the 10th Annual Great Hudson River Fish Count
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation welcomes the public to join them in the 10th Annual Great Hudson River Fish Count on Saturday, July 31. Eleven sites from the Capital Region to New York City will offer in-person opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors to participate in the fish count. These fish count programs are free and family-friendly, and to find the nearest participating site (such as Peebles Island pictured above), you can visit the DEC’s page here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/123431.html
Renovations Underway at Albany Public Library’s North Branch
Attention local library patrons! Albany Public Library recently announced their North Albany Branch at 616 North Pearl St. is temporarily closed for renovations. This is Albany Public Library’s smallest branch location, and it has been in need of improvements.
When the renovation project is complete, the North Albany Branch will feature a new program room, a small meeting room, a staff workroom, two bathrooms, and a dedicated entrance. The library is expected to reopen in early 2022.
Chess in the City Returns to Downtown Schenectady
Looking to improve your chess skills or just play a game with others? The annual Chess in the City summer series has returned to downtown Schenectady and will be held every Tuesday through August 31. People of all ages and skill levels can come play some chess, and the weekly event takes places under the Proctors Marquee from 11:30am-1:00pm. There is no fee to play, and the rain location is Robb Alley in Proctors.
- Times Union – Troy casting for city marina to open this summer