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2021 - 2022 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.

25th Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

Dates: November 26, 2021 - January 2, 2022

holiday lights display 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.

Albany Last Run 5K

Date: December 11, 2021

three people dressed in holiday outfits
Photo credit: Andrzej Pilarczyk

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. This is a great race for all ages, and it will feature awards recognition, posting of results, and random prize drawings at the Empire State Plaza Concourse at the base of The Egg. Sign up and start training!

Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase

Dates: 2021 Event Canceled

During a typical year, the Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase presents the latest in skiing and snowboarding equipment and apparel at the best possible prices. Although the 2021 event is canceled, you can mark your calendar for its return on November 4 - 6, 2022.

Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival

Dates: 2022 Date TBD

crowd at an indoor festival

Editor's Note (12/8/2021): Please note that details for the 2022 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 Home Expo

Dates: 2022 Date TBD

ladles hanging from a wall

Editor's Note (10/12/2021): Please note that 2022 event details have not been announced yet. As we await more info, you can read about the 2021 event below for an idea of what to expect!

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: 2022 Date TBD

pork and apples

Editor's Note (12/8/2021): Please note that 2022 event details have not been announced yet. As we await more info, you can read about the 2021 event below for an idea of what to expect!

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 26, 2022

macaroni and cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a favorite for people of all ages! This year, the annual Mac-n-Cheese Bowl will be an outdoor event taking place on a blocked-off Remsen Street on Saturday, March 26, 2022. The popular event is a fundraiser for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, and full details will be announced closer to the event date.

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