Are you ready to have some fun this weekend? The annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival is happening this Saturday, a Tugboat Roundup will be held in Waterford, and you can enjoy authentic Greek food at St. George’s Greek Festival in Schenectady. Find out more and read about some newsy updates from around the region below!
An All-Day Jazz Festival & More Upcoming Events
After going virtual in 2020, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival will return to Jennings Landing in Albany for a full day of live jazz music from acclaimed up-and-coming artists and local favorites. Admission is free, and the event will also feature vendors and great food & beverages available for purchase.
In addition to the Jazz Festival, here’s what else is going on in the Capital Region:
- 45th Annual St. George’s Greek Festival: September 10 – 11
- 2021 Waterford Tugboat Roundup: September 10 – 12
- North Greenbush Town Fair: September 10 – 12
- Troy on Tap: September 11
- New Jerusalem Home of the Saved Church’s 18th Annual Community Block Party: September 11
- 70th Annual Stockade Villagers’ Outdoor Art Show: September 11
- Rensselaer County’s Third Annual Farm Day Out!: September 11
- Harvest Craft Fair: September 11
- 20th Annual Teal Ribbon Run/Walk: September 12
- 2021 Troy Restaurant Week: September 13 – 19
- Jazz on Jay: Joshua Nelson Quartet: September 16
Local Restaurant News & A Unique Photo Contest to Know About
Mark Your Calendar for The City Beer Hall’s Reopening
After closing last November, The City Beer Hall in downtown Albany has announced plans to reopen on Wednesday, September 15. This is exciting news for fans of the craft beer hall and restaurant, and according to their Facebook page, we can look forward to “a new-look menu, amazing programming in store and the same community of celebration.” Get ready for your first trip back to The City Beer Hall!
Check Out the New Raw Bar at Jack’s Oyster House
If you enjoy delicious American cuisine and succulent seafood, then you’ve probably been to Jack’s Oyster House. In a recent article, the Times Union reports that after renovating the former service bar in the dining room, Jack’s Oyster House has opened a new six-seat raw bar.
Although the bar is only offering various types of oysters at the moment, the restaurant would like to feature other raw bar fare in the near future.
A Plant-Focused Cafe Has Opened in Delmar
Located just outside of Albany in Delmar, Rooted + Rind is a new plant-focused cafe that has entered the soft opening phase. Their menu is dairy-free and most items can be made gluten-free, and highlights include smoothies and smoothie bowls, vegetarian wraps, salads and bowls, breakfast sandwiches, and more. The cafe hopes to expand into brunch and offer shareable plates as they continue to learn what the public would like to see on the menu.
It’s Photo Contest Time in Downtown Albany!
Have you seen some new and unique sculptures while walking around downtown Albany? Back in August, 10 sculptures by world-renowned artist Seward Johnson were placed at different locations in downtown Albany as part of the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District’s (BID) annual placemaking exhibit.
These 10 artworks are from Johnson’s Celebrating the Familiar sculpture series, and now, there’s a photo contest (ends Oct. 3) centered on them. The Albany BID wants to see your best photos with the sculptures, and if you participate, you’ll have a chance to win Downtown Albany Gift Cards. There are three photo categories to pick from, and full contest details are available on the BID website: https://downtownalbany.org/content/celebrating-familiar-photo-contest