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2020 - 2021 Annual Winter Events in Albany & the Capital Region

The Capital Region offers many fun and spirited events each winter! Whether you want to get some new gear, sample delicious foods, or find items for your home, there's an awesome annual event for you.

24th Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

Dates: November 27, 2020 - January 3, 2021

holiday lights in the shape of a ship

During the Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park, Albany's Washington Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with a spectacular display of holiday lights that you can't find anywhere else. Drive through the park with your family and experience the magic of the season. A number of special events coincide with the festive event as well, including a Pet Walk Night and a Bike & Lights evening.

Virtual Albany Last Run 5K

Dates: Entire Month of December 2020

runners with festive outfitsPhoto credit: Andrzej Pilarczyk

During a typical year, the Albany Last Run 5K brings runners through a beautiful course, including the Capital Holiday Lights in the Park, and culminates with an amazing fireworks show. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Albany Last Run 5K will be a virtual 5K that runners/walkers can complete any time during the month of December. After completing the 5K on a course of your choosing, you can submit your time and upload a photo on your confirmation page. Medals will be mailed out in January 2021. The Albany Last Run 5K benefits the St. Peter's Cardiac & Vascular Center.

Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase

Dates: 2020 Event Canceled

craft beer and ski showcase event

Editor's Note (11/13/2020 8:00AM): Please note that the 2020 Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase has been canceled. Below, you can still read about the 2019 event for an idea of what to expect next year when the festival returns!

Every year the Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase presents the latest in skiing and snowboarding equipment and apparel at the best possible prices. You'll get access to exclusive deals on the newest fashion and industry equipment, as well as ski resort packages for the upcoming season. This three-day event also features the popular Craft Beer Garden, where you'll get the chance to sample a variety of craft beers from breweries across the state.

Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival

Dates: No 2021 Event

indoor food festival

Editor's Note (11/13/2020 8:00AM): Please note that details for the 2021 Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival have not been announced yet. Below, you can still read about the 2020 event for an idea of what the festival typically features.

Taste delicious offerings from the best local restaurants at the Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival! Enjoy a full weekend of food-related events and competitions. Highlights will include the Mayor's Opening Celebration, a Battle of the Bartenders, a Slider Slam Competition, and the Grand Gala Reception.

Times Union Virtual Home Expo

Dates: March 19-21, 2021

ladles hanging from a wall

Experience the area's largest and longest running home expo from the comforts of your home this year! The 2021 Times Union Virtual Home Expo will begin on March 19-21, although the virtual site will be live for the entire year.

Schenectady Restaurant Week

Dates: 2021 Event TBD

entree of meat and vegetables

Editor's Note (11/13/2020 8:00AM): Please note that details for the 2021 Schenectady Restaurant Week have not been announced yet. Below, you can still read about the 2020 event for an idea of what the annual Restaurant Week typically features.

Enjoy delicious three-course meals at various participating Schenectady restaurants for a special fixed price during Schenectady Restaurant Week! This event is brought to us by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation, the Capital Region Chamber, and Discover Schenectady.

Mac-N-Cheese Bowl

Date: March 17, 2021

shell mac n cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a favorite for people of all ages! This year, the annual Mac-n-Cheese Bowl has been reimagined as a drive-thru event at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Ticket holders will receive a to-go bag with 10 4oz. samples of delicious macaroni and cheese from local establishments.

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