Capital Region: Spring & Summer Events You Can’t Miss

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The beginning of spring means warmer weather, lighter clothing, more sunshine, and endless reasons to be outside celebrating the change of season.

Upstate NY comes to life in the spring with a variety of fun celebrations and activities for local residents. There are many events to consider, but the good news is that almost all of these events are free, so there is nothing holding you back from attending every single one you can!

To help you catch up on what’s happening this season, we’ve compiled this list for you of fun festivals, events, and activities in the Capital Region this spring:

Troy Night Out
Last Friday of Every Month
Troy, NY

Troy Night Out is a monthly arts and cultural event that occurs every last Friday of the month. The event takes place all around downtown Troy from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Attendees enjoy music, delicious food and art events. Each month has a different theme. The month of March is themed “Women’s History in Troy,” followed by “Earth Day/Upcycle” in April.

Explore the participating locations:

Troy Summer Market
Saturdays, May through October (outdoors, indoors rest of the year)
River Street, Downtown Troy

This May will begin the 17th season of the Troy Summer Market. Residents from all over shop from the dozens of local vendors at the market, while the aroma of fresh flowers and produce fill the streets of Troy! The summer market runs every Saturday May through October from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Located right in downtown Troy, Monument Square makes the perfect location for a community event. The downtown area offers on and off street parking, shops, cultural sites and restaurants to visit. Rain or shine, this farmers market is always a great way to kick off a spring and summer weekend.

For more information:

Tulip Festival
May 7 – May 8, 2016
Washington Park, Albany NY

Albany’s annual festival takes place over Mother’s Day weekend and celebrates the blossoming of over 100,000 tulips in Washington Park. Enjoy food trucks, arts & crafts vendors, and more participants! Saturday and Sunday feature highly festive activities, including children’s fun and live music at multiple stages from acclaimed performers.

Saturday and Sunday’s activities run from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This weekend attracts countless scores of Albany residents and is a huge celebration of spring! Put the dates on your calendar because this event cannot be missed.

For more information:

St. Sophia’s Greek Festival
May 13 – May 15, 2016
440 Whitehall Road, Albany NY

This festival takes place every year and is an integral part of the Albany community. Join St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church as they host a weekend full of good food and fun activity, as well as a taste of Greek culture. Crowds gather to watch authentic dancers in traditional costumes dance to live Greek music. Vendors sell jewelry, souvenirs, and authentic foods and desserts. There are amusement rides for children and tours of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church for all.

Rain or shine, this festival breathes life and culture into Albany. Friday runs from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday runs from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday runs from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Children under 12 are free, but anyone older must pay a fee of $3. This event should definitely be on your to-do list!

For more information:

Capital Pride Festival
June 2 – June 11, 2016
332 Hudson Avenue, Albany NY & Washington Park, Albany NY

This week and a half of festivities and events celebrates the Capital Region’s support for the LGBTQ community. The annual Kick-Off BBQ takes place on June 2 at the Pride Center, located at 332 Hudson Avenue. Daily events take place throughout the week, culminating in the final parade and festival on June 11 in Washington Park. The parade begins at noon and is immediately followed by a huge festival with live music and a variety of vendors. This event is full of energy and free-spirited fun. Don’t miss it!

For more information:

Alive at Five
Every Thursday from June 9 – August 4 (excluding July 7)
Jennings Landing, Albany

This spring to summer series of free concerts has been a staple in the Capital Region since 1990, and has been accredited by Metroland and as one of the best free concert series around. Lineups include a diverse showcasing of renowned artists of every genre, artists on the rise, and local talent being celebrated in their hometown. Every concert is accompanied by a variety of local vendors and an unparalleled view of the Hudson River. While parking is $5 at the Riverfront Garage, CDTA and the City of Albany provides free public transportation for the event with free Event Day Bus Passes. There are so many reasons to go to these concerts every Thursday, and so many ways to make it possible!

For more information:

Rockin’ on the River
Every Wednesday from June 15 – August 3
Riverfront Park Troy

Similar to Alive at 5, but much closer to home at Stoneledge Terrace Apartments, you’ll find a variety of artists performing at this free outdoor concert series. Bring some friends and enjoy some summer music fun!

Look for a complete event line-up to be posted here:

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