The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza is one of the most remarkable capital centers in the United States. From the New York State Museum to the New York State Capitol, the Plaza is full of things to do. Starting this month, the Summer at the Plaza will present many free concerts, movies, and festivals.
As the Plaza employs nearly 11,000 people, you can find a lot going on during the work week. If you're looking for some fresh and local produce, flowers, meats, baked goods, or wine, stop by the Farmers Market every Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 2pm. Vendors include Albany Distilling Company, Healthway Farms, Meredith's County Bakery, R & G Cheesemakers, Samascott Orchards, and several others.
The Made in the Shade of the Egg free Lunchtime Concert Series begins June 14 with a performance by the dynamic Kat Wright. Weekly performances will happen every Wednesday at 12pm throughout August, with talent ranging from Indie Mambo to rock.
Can't make it to the lunchtime concert series but still looking to enjoy some outdoor music? The Empire State Plaza wil also host its Capital Concert Series presented by Coors Light from 5pm to 8pm on various dates during June and July. Enjoy Reggae Night (June 28), Sam Roberts Band (July 12), Soul Asylum and Cracker (July 19), and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaries (July 26) with a beautiful view of the historic Capitol Building.
There's nothing like watching a good summer flick, and watching it outside, adjacent to the stunning New York State Capitol is even better. On August 16, 23, and 30 you can catch classic movies in West Capitol Park as part of the Capitol Park After Dark series. See Key Largo, Rear Window, and Annie at 8pm each Wednesday. Bring a picnic blanket and lay out beneath the stars -- the Hollywood stars that is.
Don't miss out on the annual 4th of July Celebration presented by Price Chopper and Market 32! Beginning at 3pm, let freedom ring with local food and beverages, craft vendors, music performances by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band and special guest, Tonic, and of course, an exciting firework display.
August will also be filled with family friendly events including the Black Arts and Cultural Festival on August 5, the New York State Food Festival on August 9, and the MVP Kids Day on July 15.
Wrap up Summer in September with Jazz Night on September 13 and September 20 or bring the family out to the Hispanic Heritage Celebration on September 23.
To stay up to date on everything happening at the Empire State Plaza this summer, be sure to check out the Plaza's website here.