Warmer weather is almost here, and that means it's nearly festival season. Who doesn't love festivals? Whether they focus on music, or food, natural assets, or even good ‘ol dad, you can always count on a good time, great food, and a chance to spend time with your neighbors.



The 68th Annual Albany Tulip Festival

When: May 7 & 8, 2016
Friday, May 6: Street Scrubbing and Luncheon - 12noon
Saturday, May 7: Royal Tulip Ball - 6:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8: Vendors, music, food and more - 11:00am - 6:00pm
Where: Washington Park, Albany, NY
Admission: FREE

Tulip Festival

The Annual Tulip Festival has established itself as Albany's signature spring event. Showcasing local culture and business Tulip Festival is jam-packed with community organizations while also featuring annual traditions rooted is Albany's rich Dutch heritage. Submerge yourself in local artisans and vendors, delicious food, live family fun entertainment and more than 140,000 tulips at Albany's historic Washington Park this Mother's Day weekend.


St. Sophia's Greek Festival


When: May 13-15, 2016
Where: St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church
Admission: 12 yrs and older $3, free for all under 12

Join St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church and the Albany Community to "Go Greek" for the annual St. Sophia Greek Festival! Rain or shine, take part in the food, fun, and shopping on Friday, May 13 from 6-11 PM, Saturday, May 14 from 12-11 PM and Sunday, May 15 from 12-7 PM located at 440 Whitehall Road, Albany, NY. Throughout the festival, there will be continuous live Greek Music and dancers in traditional costumes. There will also be delicious authentic Greek food including entrees and pastries. As if that wasn't enough, there will be vendors will jewelry and souvenirs, amusement rides for the kids, church tours, and free parking with a shuttle service to and from the parking areas.


Alive at Five

When: Summer Thursdays, June 9 - August 4 (no concert Jul 7)
5pm to 8pm
Where: Jennings LandingRain location: Corning Preserve Boat Launch, Colonie and Water Streets
Admission: FREE

Alive at Five


For the past 25 years, Alive at Five has been the high energy weekend kick-start in Albany. Each week during the series, bands of various genres from the local, regional, and national scene take the stage to entertain professionals, community members, and friends. Alive at Five is not just about the music, though. Enjoy great food, drinks, and views of the river while kicking back in the summer sun.

Dad Fest

When: June 19, 2016
Where: Jennings Landing
Admission: FREE 

Dad FestThe moms of the Capital Region have long held the spotlight at the Albany Tulip Festival, the famous Mother's Day weekend spectacular. There's plenty for dads to enjoy at Tulip Fest, but don't they deserve their own party? Enter, Dad Fest. Dad Fest is the City of Albany's celebration of all the fantastic fathers out there and the things they love - a day full of great live music, beverage tastings, delicious barbecue, dad-centric retail vendors and more fun for all ages. Dad Fest is chance for the whole family to kick back and enjoy an early summer afternoon at the Capital Region's most picturesque park, surrounded by good folks, good tunes and good times. Of course, you don't have to be a dad to enjoy Dad Fest - this event offers a little fun for everyone.

Capital Pride Festival

When: June 2-11, 2016
Where: Washington Park
Admission: Free

The annual, two-week long celebration of pride in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community throughout the Capital Region will conclude with a festival and parade in Albany's beautiful Washington Park. Throughout the two weeks there are many great events for all to enjoy. With tons of great vendors, all types of food and drink, tremendous performances, a fun-filled family zone, fire eaters, spinners, face painters, and so much more the Capital PRIDE Festival is a great family-friendly celebration of the LGBTQ community!


Old Songs Festival

When: June 24-26, 2016
Where: Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY
Admission: Single day adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student or Youth: $25
Packages available
Old Songs Festival

Vibe out to traditional folk, Celtic and world music and dance at the Old Songs Festival in Altamont, NY. Escape the daily hustle and bustle in a relaxed atmosphere complete with interactive sessions, workshops and hands-on experiences. Complete with three main stage concerts and a handful of other performances and musical sessions, Old Songs is bursting with local artisans and fun for the whole family.


The Altamont Fair

When: August 16-21, 2016
Where: Altamont Fairgrounds
Admission: $15 Online Tickets Available, Children under 36" are free

The Altamont Fair

Complete your summer of festivals at the Altamont Fair. The Altamont Fair is the Capital Region's Hometown is designed to bring the best in entertainment, provide an education experience, and showcase local history and traditions. Don't miss out on this annual celebration of agriculture, history, and current culture. Fair representing three counties: Albany, Schenectady and Greene Counties. The Altamont Fair is full of family fun activities in the form of attractions, music, competitions and contests for all ages. The fair