Have a rockin' summer in Albany with concert series, special events, and music festivals all season long! Scroll on to see where you can relax, enjoy the beautiful weather, and jam out to live music right up until the official start of fall. 

Make sure to check out each event's page for a full lineup, dates, prices (most events are free!), start times and updates! 

 

Summer Concert Series

All summer long in Albany County, check out these weekly concert series featuring a lineup of local musicians and famous acts!

Tuesdays

Presented by the Downtown Albany BID, the Tunesday Lunchtime Live Music series takes over Jim DiNapoli Park each week. Situated between Broadway and Pine Street, pickup lunch nearby and settle in to enjoy an afternoon of live performances. ParkAlbany makes parking easy with the nearby Riverfront Garage. Check out our blog on attractions within walking distance of the garage and plan a full day of fun in Albany. 

Wednesdays

The Empire State Plaza is the place to be for lunch on summer Wednesdays. Stop by their Farmer's Market for delicious eats, produce vendors, and an exciting lineup of live music. In July, the fun continues into the evenings at the Plaza. Rock out during a Capital Concert at this Albany landmark. Or head over to the site of the historic Pruyn House for Concerts in the Barn on a Wednesday evening (dancing shoes and lawn chairs always encouraged).

Thursdays

Be sure to check out the variety of concert series taking place each Thursday! Presented by the City of Albany, Alive at Five has been a staple, free concert series for over 30 years. Enjoy performances from a lineup of big names, up-and-coming acts, and local talent. These riverfront concerts take place at Jennings Landing in Corning Preserve. Or celebrate the 45th year of the Guilderland Performing Arts Center Concert Series in Tawasentha Park.

Don't forget to check out Concerts at the Crossings hosted in the popular Crossings of Colonie. Or travel over to Watervliet for the city's 2024 Summer Concert Series featuring plenty of great acts in Hudson Shores Park. 

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Special Events 

Enjoy live music at a few special events taking place throughout the summer. On July 17 head over to the Albany Pine Push Preserve for Nature Night Out. The Pine Bush will extend their hours for visitors to explore the unique ecosystem on a summer evening. Embark on a StoryWalk adventure along the trail, peruse offerings from food truck vendors, and of course enjoy some live music. 

Or spend the evening of July 17 listening to live music on the lawn of the Albany Institute of History & Art. The museum will also open its doors for free admission into the galleries. Can't make it July 17? The Institute will host another evening of music on August 14. 

Want to enjoy a Sunday evening listening to music under the sunset? Head over to Crailo State Historic Site for a Summer Concert in the Park. Bring your picnic blanket and settle in to listen to music played by the Yankee Doodle Band. 

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Festivals

Close out the season with a series of late summer festivals! In early August, the Empire State Plaza hosts a three-day Black Arts & Culture Festival. Enjoy live performances by chart-topping artists. The festival features a Teen Night, Gospel Night, and a Concert Finale with a headlining artist.

Summer music festivals are slated to take stage in Albany all the way through to the official start of fall. Jazz up your weekend on September 14 with the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival taking place at Jennings Landing. Or look forward to fall with the autumn-themed Hops & Harvest Festival at Empire State Plaza on September 18. Finally, spend the last day of summer with Downtown Albany BID's highly anticipated PearlPalooza on September 21. This festival falls on the very last day before the autumn equinox!

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Featured Events

Tunesday Lunchtime Live Music

This free lunchtime concert series is returning to downtown Albany in 2024! Grab a bite from your favorite neighborhood spot and... More 

Empire State Plaza Farmers Market

Outdoors on the Plaza Wednesdays | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Empire State Plaza Farmers Market is your place to find the season's... More 

Capital Concert Series presented by Miller Lite

July Wednesdays 5:30 - 8:30 PM | FREE Presented by Miller Lite More 

Concerts in the Barn at Pruyn House

2024 Concerts in the Buhrmaster Barn: Music starts at 6:00pm and ends at 8:00pm All buildings open for tours prior to the start... More 

2024 Alive at Five Summer Concert Series

Albany’s signature free concert series premiered in the summer of 1990 with a performance by legendary folk artist Richie Havens,... More 

Guilderland Performing Arts Center Concert Series

The Guilderland Performing Arts Center (GPAC) summer concert series will be celebrating its 45th season in 2024. The Thursday... More 

Concerts at the Crossings 2024

Free Admission! All shows 6pm-8pm in the Crossings Park gazebo, rain or shine. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, families, dancing... More 

Watervliet's 2024 Summer Concert Series

Watervliet's 2024 Summer Concert Series at Hudson Shores Park. More 

Summer Music Concert Series Returns to Albany Institute

Albany Institute is thrilled to announce our partnership with the Albany Musicians Association for another exciting season of the... More 

Black Arts & Cultural Festival

This three-day celebration of Black arts and culture features live performances by chart-topping artists, art exhibitions,... More 

Hops & Harvest

This annual event features New York State craft beer selections, fall activities, lawn games, music and more! More 

Pearlpalooza 2024

PearlPalooza is downtown Albany’s highly anticipated, FREE, all-ages music festival, returning to N Pearl Street for its 15th year... More