Whether you’re looking for cool winter events or a new place to eat, we’ve rounded up all the latest announcements you should know about in the Capital Region this week.
Ice Skating, a Winter Celebration, and Other Upcoming Events
Here’s what’s coming up in and around Albany:
- Empire ”Skate” Plaza: Happening Tuesdays – Sundays
- Passport Series: American Patchwork Quartet: January 21
- Battle of the Boroughs: January 21
- 10th Anniversary Celebration at FunCycled: January 22
- Grafton Lakes Cabin Fever 2022: January 22
- Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live at the MVP Arena: January 22
- Albany Sports Card & Memorabilia Show: January 23
- Vinyl Brunch at Indian Ladder Farms: January 23
- 2022 New York Bridal & Wedding Expo at Albany Capital Center: January 23
- Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live at the MVP Arena: January 23
- Come From Away at Proctors: January 25 – 30
See the full events calendar >>
Check Out What’s Happening at the MVP Arena and More Newsy Updates
A New Restaurant Has Just Opened in Downtown Albany
Earlier this week on Monday, January 17, the new Albany Stadium Restaurant & Bar officially opened at the MVP Arena (former Times Union Center). Their menu is best described as American Classic, and it includes everything from Stadium Bone-In Wings to Lobster Mac & Cheese, New York Strip Steak, Slow Braised Short Ribs, and more. It’s a step above pub grub, but not quite fine dining! The Albany Stadium Restaurant & Bar is open Monday – Saturday (and Sundays for MVP Arena events).
The City of Albany Receives a Significant Grant for a Street Project
As part of the DEC’s Climate Smart Communities Grant program, which supports projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities become “Climate Smart,” the City of Albany will receive $2,000,000 for their Brevator Complete Street Project. This project will focus on transforming a wide, vehicle-oriented street into a multi-modal corridor between Washington Avenue and Western Avenue. When the project is complete, Brevator Street will feature new pedestrian and bicycle facilities, traffic calming, and a Bus Rapid Transit service that will serve nearby educational and job centers.
Mark Your Calendar for Fun Food Events in the Area
Are food-related events your favorite kind of event? If so, then we have a couple local events you should mark your calendar for. To start, the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation recently announced that the Schenectady Soup Stroll will return on Saturday, February 26, and feature 3oz. soup samples for $1 each.
Then, on Saturday, March 26, the 12th timesunion.com/Table Hopping Mac-n-Cheese Bowl will be held on Remsen Street in Cohoes. The annual event has been reimagined as an outdoor festival with restaurant booths and food trucks offering mac-n-cheese samples, beer stations, family fun, and more. Tickets are available now, and funds will support the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
Finally, Saratoga Chowderfest will feature both a Chowder Tour from March 19 – 26 and the traditional festival on March 26. During the Chowder Tour, you’ll be able to dine-in or purchase pints of chowder to-go from participating restaurants.