This weekend in Albany has something for everyone to enjoy! Catch the action of the State Wrestling Championships, immerse yourself in a cinematic experience at a Proctors Theatre Film Festival, and shop at the winter craft & vendor fair. If you’re feeling adventurous, stop by Bigfoot Con! Get the full breakdown of all these activities and more below.
Through February 26
Prepare your skates and make your way to the Empire State Plaza Ice Rink! Skating at this iconic rink is tremendous fun any day of the week (though it is Hannaford Free Skate Rental on Saturday!). Refreshments can also be purchased in the nearby glass pavilion, and 25-cent locker rentals are also available!
2023 Schenectady Restaurant Week
Through February 26
If you haven’t enjoyed all the great flavors Schenectady offers during their Restaurant Week, now’s your chance! During Restaurant Week through February 26, select restaurants offer delicious two-course lunches for only $20 and three-course dinners for $30. Whether you’re looking for a cozy lunch spot or a tasty dinner destination, there’s an excellent restaurant! Reservations are highly encouraged.
NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships
The 58th Annual NYSPHSAA Individual Wrestling State Championships is coming to the MVP Arena this weekend! This will be the arena’s 16th year hosting the tournament, making it one of the longest-running championships in history. Expanding last year from 380 participants to 500, athletes will have an even greater opportunity for success and recognition, with 7th & 8th place wrestlers honored during awards podium ceremonies at each weight class. This is an event you will want to attend!
Downtown Troy Hot Chocolate Stroll
Head to downtown Troy this Friday to experience the inaugural Hot Chocolate Stroll! Support local businesses while taking in hot cocoa flavors—both boozy and alcohol-free versions available. Sample your choices for $2 (non-alcoholic) or $5 (boozy), and get the option to take home an exclusive Upstate of Mind mug. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite drink; you might walk away as one of the lucky gift card winners!
If you’re into Bigfoot and other cryptids, this event is for you! Join Kenney Irish and Steve Kulls, two renowned Sasquatch researchers and best-selling authors, for a truly unique experience at the “Do You Believe” exhibit. Check out their talks about Bigfoot and their experiences, and get the chance to get an autograph as they do book signings throughout the day.
Kuumba Film Festival at Proctors
Join Proctors Theatre in downtown Schenectady, NY, this Saturday for the Kuumba Film Festival—a celebration of inspiring Black creativity. Presentations by established professionals and up-and-coming creators will be presented on the GE Theatre’s largest projector screen in the Northeast. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience as you celebrate African descent artistry with inspirational and engaging content.
Brown’s 30th Anniversary Party with Eastbound Jesus
Celebrate 30 years of Brown’s Brewing Company at Brown’s Revolution Hall this Saturday! Mingle with the employees who run the small, family-owned business, grab a pint and enjoy their delicious beer. Also, be sure to attend Zan & The Winter Folk hitting the stage at 7 pm – they are an Americana/folk band and will play their unique sound for everyone present.
Beat the Winter Blues Craft & Vendor Event
Spend the day exploring and supporting 70 incredible local vendors and crafters – all while shopping until your heart’s content at the Beat the Winter Blues Craft & Vendor Event!
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