August is here! For some of us, this may be a sad reminder that summer is coming to an end, whereas others might be excited that fall is just around the corner. Wherever you stand, don't let the last few weeks of summer slip by without taking advantage of these fun activities.



Altamont Fair 

August 15-August 20
Altamont Fairgrounds, Rte 156-Altamont Blvd, Altamont, NY 12009
For 125 years, the Altamont Fair has been bringing out the best in entertainment. Ride the ferris wheel, meet the baby animals, listen to live music, enjoy homemade apple cider donuts and other carnival treats, or watch the live circus. A staple of summer!



Dutch Apple Cruise

Wednesday-Sunday, weekly
Dutch Apple Cruises & Tours, 141 Broadway, Albany, NY 12202
Experience Albany and its rich history from the water! This unique Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise offers a narrated scenic tour of the Hudson River with beautiful views of the Albany skyline, wildlife, the industrial port area, and more. Enjoy the sunshine and breezes or relax in the fully-enclosed, air-conditioned deck.



Explore Thacher Park

Open Daily from 9:00AM-5:00PM
John Boyd Thacher State Park, 1 Hailes Cave Rd Rte 157, Voorheesville, NY 12186
With over twelve miles of trails for summer hiking and mountain biking, volleyball courts, playgrounds, ballfields, picnic areas, and campsites, Thacher Park is the place to explore before summer ends. 

Mac-Haydn Theatre

Various dates throughout the month
Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 New York Rte 203, Chatham, NY 12037 
If you're looking for something to do indoors to beat the summer heat, catch a show at the Mac-Haydn Theatre! You won't want to miss showings of Sweeney Todd, Spamalot, Hello, Dolly! and the Wizard of Oz.  


Live Music at McGeary's Pub

Various dates throughout the month
McGeary's Irish Pub, Clinton Sq, Albany, NY 12207
With a daily Happy Hour from 3:00PM to 7:30PM, you can't go wrong at McGeary's. Before summer ends, you need to enjoy music on the outdoor patio, and there's plenty of times you can. The pub hosts weekly Live Music Mondays, Sunday Night Blues Jam Sessions, and Open Mic Nights, as well as other events. The food is delicious, too.

New York State Food Festival

August 9
Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12207 
How can you resist some of the best food the Capital Region has to offer?! With almost 100 food and beverage vendors, this Food Festival showcases New York producers and speciality products, New York State beers, and the popular Empire State Plaza Farmers Market. Plus, stick around to enjoy live music from the Charlie Daniels Band.


Nine Pin Cider Pop-Up Events

Various dates throughout the month
Nine Pin Ciderworks, 929 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207
Pair an award-winning Nine Pin Cider with some awesome food from around the Capital Region! Nine Pin is always staying on top of the game by pairing up with local businesses to host fun (and tasty) events. This month, you can enjoy a Ciders and Sliders event, hosted by Nine Pin and Slidin' Dirty, or stay up-to-date with other events on their facebook page. Yum!



For all August events and activities, check out the calendar of events here. Also: don't forget to take advantage of all of the transportation options available to Albany this summer!