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2023 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.

Upcoming Events:

Empire "Skate" Plaza

Dates: Open Throughout Winter

people ice skating outdoors near city buildings

Enjoy ice skating with family and friends at the Empire "Skate" Plaza in Albany. Open Tuesdays - Sundays throughout winter (as weather permits), the Empire "Skate" Plaza welcomes all, and admission is free. Skate rentals are available for a small fee whenever the ice skating rink is open, and they are free on Saturdays courtesy of Hannaford Supermarkets.

Grafton Lakes Winter Fest

Date: January 21, 2023

a person wearing black and blue snowshoes

Bring the whole family to the 38th Annual Grafton Lakes Winter Festival on Saturday, January 21, at Grafton Lakes State Park. The festival will feature outdoor events along with a variety of indoor exhibits to check out, food vendors, and family-friendly recreational activities. Admission is free, and the event will run from 11:30am-3:00pm.

Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival

Dates: January 26-28, 2023

crowd at an indoor festival

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 Reception and Kickoff on January 26, the Grand Tastings on January 27-28, and the Grand Gala dinner on January 28.

Downtown Schenectady Soup Stroll

Date: January 28, 2023

group of people in line for soup samples

Plan a trip to downtown Schenectady on Saturday, January 28, for the annual Soup Stroll. Participating restaurants will offer their best soups for only $1 for a 3oz serving. It's a great way to spend a cold winter day!

New York Craft Brewers Festival

Date: January 28, 2023

three glasses of beer on a table

The 8th Annual New York State Craft Brewers Festival will be held at the Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel on Saturday, January 28, from 4:00pm-8:00pm. This popular event is fun for all beer lovers, as you'll be able to discover new styles, flavors, and brands, all in one place. Savory eats will also be available for purchase from local food vendors.

Fire & Ice Bar at The Mill on Round Lake

Dates: February 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18, 2023

a long ice bar

Don't miss the 6th Annual Fire & Ice Bar at The Mill on Round Lake in February! Ice bars are some of the coolest winter events, and The Mill features the longest ice bar in the Capital Region. Enjoy drink specials, a live DJ, ice activities, and more.

Schenectady Restaurant Week

Dates: 2023 Date TBD

pork and apples

Editor's Note (12/6/2022): Please note that 2023 event details have not been announced yet. As we await more info, you can read about the 2022 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 25, 2023

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 25, 2023. The highly anticipated event is a fundraiser for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

Past Events:

Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase

Dates: November 5-6, 2022

people at an indoor winter sports expo

The Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase in Albany is a late fall/early winter (preparedness) event that features the latest in winter sports equipment and apparel at the best possible prices. 100 exhibitors will be on hand, and categories will include alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, health, fitness, travel, and more.

(Virtual) 2022 Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

Dates: November 25, 2022 - January 2, 2023

holiday lights display in the shape of a ship

Typically held in Albany's Washington Park, the Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park is going virtual for the 2022 holiday season. Visit the official event website at http://www.pallights.com/ and enjoy a video showcasing past Capital Holiday Lights in the Park events and the Albany PAL's work in the local community. The in-person event is expected to return in 2023 at a new venue - the Altamont Fairgrounds.

Check out the full Albany events calendar >>

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