Annual Events & Festivals

Every year in Albany begins with a celebration of the region's evolving culinary scene. As flowers begin to bloom, Albany honors the city's treasured tulips & Dutch roots. During the summer, live music and festivals fill the weekends. As the leaves begin to change, Albany gets in on the hocus pocus with spooky stories and nightmarish thrills. The end of the year is capped off with merriment and holiday celebrations. Explore a small selection of Albany's annual events and festivals! 

For a complete events listing, check out our events calendar.

Annual Events & Festivals

Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival

Discover the Albany Chef's Food & Wine Festival More 

NYS Writers Institute's Albany Film Festival

The annual Albany Film Festival presented by the NYS Writers Institute explores the craft of storytelling in cinema.  More 

Annual Albany Tulip Festival

Celebrate Albany's Dutch heritage at Tulip Festival. More 

Lupine Fest

The annual Lupine Fest at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve celebrates the magic of Spring. More 

Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

Just a short drive from Albany, Cooperstown will be buzzing during the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend with Baseball... More 

Alive at Five

Enjoy a high energy weekend kick-start with Alive at Five. More 

Capital Pride Festival

Learn about the annual Capital Pride Festival. More 

Dad Fest

Celebrate Father's Day at Dad Fest in Washington Park.  More 

4th of July Celebrations in Albany

Celebrate Independence Day in Albany.  More 

Albany Latin Fest

The Albany LATINFEST is a full day, family-oriented festival with musical performances highlighting the diversity of Hispanic... More 

Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival

Enjoy the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival every September. More 


Downtown Albany's biggest (and FREE!) all day music festival is held every September on Pearl Street.  More 

Art on Lark

Located in the heart of Albany, Art on Lark is the Capital City’s favorite arts-oriented street fair. The Art on Lark street... More 

NYS Writers Institute's Albany Book Festival

The Albany Book Festival, presented by the New York State Writers Institute, features panel discussions, literary vendors, book... More 

Old Songs Music Festival

Old Songs is a family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance. More 

Capital District Scottish Games

One of the largest cultural festivals in New York State, this Celtic festival of arts is an annual Labor Day tradition. Grab your... More 

Hops & Harvest

Fall fun awaits at Empire State Plaza’s annual Hops & Harvest Festival. Dance to live music, indulge in delicious eats,... More 

Free Summer Event Series

There's plenty of fun to be had all Summer in Albany, check out the different Summer Event Series taking place... More 

Halloween & Haunted Events

Halloween in the Capital Region is more than just trick-or-treating! More 

Holiday Celebrations

From skating at the Empire State Plaza to enjoy old-fashioned celebrations at historic sites, there is something for everyone to... More 

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