This is the second of my “Things To Do This Spring” blog series. In this entry, you will find lots of activities for the whole family happening in Albany between March and June of 2018. Get those calendars out and mark the dates of the events that interest you the most!
2018 MAAC Basketball Championships
Where: Times Union Center – 51 Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207
When: March 1st – March 5th
Further info: Visit – http://www.timesunioncenter-albany.com/maac-championships-2018
Come and watch the top college teams battle it out on the court! Both men and women will compete for the 2018 Championship at the Times Union Center in Albany. Please visit their website for session schedules and game times.
Warmth Of Winter
Hosted By: Colonie Senior Service Centers
Where: Wolferts Roost Country Clun – 120 Van Rensselaer Blvd, Albany, NY 12204
When: Thursday, March 1st 5:30p – 8:30p
Further info: Call – (518) 459-2857 X304
The Warmth of Winter is a craft beer and wine tasting event hosted by the Colonie Senior Service Centers to benefit Umbrella of the Capital Region, an organization working to support seniors who wish to stay in their homes but need a little help. The event brings together the community for a fun night of tastings, food pairings, and silent and live auctions. The live auction will feature Benita Zahn as the emcee. It’s a fun evening for a great cause!
Hannaford MAAC N’ Cheese Fest
Where: Albany Capital Center – 55 Eagle St, Albany, NY
When: Friday, March 1st – 4p – 6:30p
Admission: $8 Craft Beer Tasting Tickets (additional): $5
Further info: Call – (518) 383-6183 Visit – http://www.albanyfanfest.com/
Enjoy the 3rd Annual Hannaford MAAC N’ Cheese Fest at the Albany Capital Center. Running alongside the MAAC Basketball Basketball Championships, this fun event will have samples of delicious mac and cheese from local Albany restaurants including Angelo’s 677 Prime, City Beer Hall, and Wolff’s Biergarten. If you are 21 or over, you can also purchase tickets for the craft beer and wine tasting, find the perfect pairing or mac n’ cheese and your favorite libation. Plus, enjoy the semi-final round of I Love New York 3-on3 MAAC Corporate Basketball Challenge, where local companies battle it out on the court. There’s also lots to do for the family with entertainment, activities, and lively performances from pep bands and spirit squads in the MAAC Fan Zone, presented by Pioneer Bank.
2018 Hannaford Kidz Expo
Where: Empire State Plaza
When: Saturday, March 3rd – 10a – 5p
Further info: Call: (518) 474-4759 Visit: https://www.albany.com/event/hannaford-kidz-expo-30286/
The 13th Annual Hannaford Kidz Expo has returned. Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family! For the kids, there are tons of activities, arts and crafts, performances, character visits and more. For the parents, there will be info on anything and everything having to do with kids; summer camps, dance studios, college savings, and much, much more. Plus, The Octonauts will be there with an entertaining and interactive performance.
68th Annual Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Albany, NY
When: Saturday, March 17th – 2p
Further Info: http://www.albanystpatricksdayparade.com/
Come and join the community of New York’s capital city in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! Visit their website for all of the details, parade swag, and more!
“A Magical Evening” to Benefit Double H Ranch
Where: Albany Capital Center – 55 Eagle St, Albany, NY 12207
When: Thursday, March 22nd – 5:30p – 9:30p
Further info: Call: (518) 696-5676 Visit: https://www.doublehranch.org/special-events/magical-evening/
Fun entertainment, delicious food, and an exciting live auction make up a wonderful, magical evening to benefit the camps and programs of the Double H Ranch. The evening includes a cocktail hour and sit-down dinner with food from Mazzone Hospitality, interactive camp stations, performances from the Double H campers with Garland Nelson and Soul Session, and exciting items will be up for grabs during the live auction.
9th Annual Mac-N-Cheese Bowl
Where: Marcelle Athletic Complex – Siena College – 518 Loudon Rd, Albany, NY 12211
When: Saturday, March 24th – 11a – 2p
Admission: Adults – $20 Kids 5-12 – $5 Kids under 5 are free
Further info: Email: email@example.com Visit: https://regionalfoodbank.net/event/timesunion-comtable-hopping-mac-n-cheese-bowl/
Over 2 dozen local restaurants will compete for your votes in the 9th Annual Mac-N-Cheese Bowl! Sample delicious mac-n-cheese from local favorites including Allie B’s Cozy Kitchen, Albany Pump Station, Browns Brewery, Longfellows, Mazzone Hospitality, Slidin’ Dirty, Wheatfield’s Bistro & Wine Bar and many, many more. Plus, the competition for home cooks will include kid-chefs, ages 8 to 13, showing off their culinary talents. Enjoy a delicious fun-filled Saturday to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
Ice Breaker Challenge 5k by Albany Rowing Center
Where: Hudson River Corning Preserve – 16112 Mohawk Hudson Hike Bike Trail,
Albany, NY 12207
When: Saturday, March 31st – 9a-12p
Admission: Until March 24th: $25, Race-day: $30, kids run free
Further info: https://www.albanyrowingcenter.org/ice_breaker_challenge.php
The Ice Breaker Challenge 5K is a fun, unique event, putting runners and walkers up against rowers! Runners and walkers of all ages will challenge rowers from the Albany Rowing Center on land, while rowers will try to beat runners/walkers in the water of the Hudson River. Runners/walkers of all ages are encouraged to pretend this fun, early spring event!
Albany Craft Beer Week 2018
Where: Various locations throughout Albany, NY
When: Monday, April 2nd – Saturday, April 7th
Albany Craft Beer Festival 2018
Where: Washington Avenue Armory – 195 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
When: Saturday, April 7th – Two sessions: 12p-3p or 4p-7p
Further info: https://www.albanycraftbeerweek.com/
Enjoy the wonderful city of Albany while enjoying wonderful craft beer! During Craft Beer Week there will be features throughout the city, culminating in the Craft Beer Festival held at the Washington Avenue Armory. Sample over 150 brews that are sure to get your taste-buds going. Plus, enjoy food from City Beer Hall, Lost & Found, and Madison Pourhouse, while you enjoy music from Graham Tichy and The New Lowdown. For a full list of beers, dates, and locations please visit the ALB.CBW.2018 link above.
Empire State Comic Con
Where: Albany Capital Center – 55 Eagle St, Albany, NY 12207
When: Friday, April 6th, 3-9p; Saturday, April 7th, 10a-7p; Sunday, April 8th, 10a-5p
Admission: Varies – please see website
Further info: https://www.escomiccon.com/
The largest pop-culture convention in the Capital Region is coming! The Empire State Comic Con rolls into town on Friday, April 6th for a weekend of fun. This 3-day event features celebrities from tv, movies, and cartoons, meet-and-greets and photo ops with artists and celebrities, a kids con, portfolio reviews, cosplay contest for adults and kids, toys and collectibles for sale, and much, much more. Come down for a weekend of fun!
Mother-To-Be & Baby Boom Expo
Where: Albany Marriott Hotel – 189 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY 12205
When: Wednesday, April 11th – 5p-8p
Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/391580081254577/?active_tab=about
All things baby! Calling all moms, dads, grandparents… All family members are welcome to attend the expo and enjoy great exhibits, vendors, prizes, raffles and much much more. Expectant parents can pre-register and will be entered into a drawing for a special gift. For complete details please visit the Facebook event page provided above. There are instructions on how to pre-register if you wish to.
Annual Mindful Mile and Fight Hunger 5k
Where: University at Albany – 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222
When: Saturday, April 14th – 8a-11a
Admission: $5 – $25
Further info: https://ualbanydining.com/community/mindful-mile-5k.html
The Mindful Mile and Fight Hunger 5k is in its 4th year of spreading awareness while collecting funds to fight against obesity and hunger. The event was designed to focus on these serious health problems that can exist in the same families, community, and even individuals. Through the walk, funds are raised to help support St. Vincent’s Food Pantry and The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. Help to fuel a movement with Sodexho and the University at Albany Dining Team!
Albany Job Fair
Where: Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites – 400 Old Louden Rd, Latham, NY 12110
When: Wednesday, April 18th – 9a-4:30p
Further info: http://www.albanyjobfair.com/
The Albany Job Fair is set to feature 50+ local companies looking to hire! They will be conducting on-the-spot interviews and have representatives available to tell you more about available positions and company culture. There will be lots of networking, speakers, workshops, and Google Marketing Seminars too! Stop by and find your dream job, enhance your skills, and see great local businesses hiring right here in the Capital Region. Remember to bring your printed resume!
A Taste of Albany
Where: New York State Museum – Terrace Gallery – 222 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12230
When: Thursday, May 3rd
Further info: Call – (518) 434-8021 Visit – https://501auctions.com/atasteofalbany
Dozens of local Albany restaurants will present delicious creations in a culinary extravaganza. A Taste of Albany, to benefit the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH), will feature food from Cider Belly Doughnuts, Druther’s Brewing Co., The Ginger Man, Honest Weight Food Co-op, New World Bistro Bar, Soul Kitchen, and The Melting Pot. Plus, there will be great entertainment, auctions, and more! Sample delicious culinary creations from local restaurants and support the services and programs of IPH. Remember to “Crave the Date!”
Capital Roots’ 31st Annual Spring Brunch
Where: Empire State Plaza – South Mall Arterial – Albany, NY 12210
When: Sunday, May 6th – 9a-2p
Further info: Visit – https://www.capitalroots.org/upcoming-events/spring-brunch/
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An annual event for 31 years, the Capital Roots’ Spring Brunch is a highly attended and exciting event. Enjoy a buffet-style brunch from more than 100 food and beverage vendors. There are activities for kids provided by the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum and Emma Willard School. Plus, an enormous silent auction with amazing items from hundreds of donors!
70th Annual Albany Tulip Festival
Where: Washington Park, Albany, NY
When: May 12th and May 13th
Further info: https://www.albany.org/things-to-do/events-calendar/annual-events-and-festivals/the-69th-annual-albany-tulip-festival/
A signature spring event for Albany, showcasing its rich Dutch heritage, it’s the 70th Annual Tulip Festival! The festival features more than 150,000 tulips, in many different varieties and colors, creating a beautiful blanket of color. In addition, almost a fine art show, fine art and craft vendors, several stages of live musical entertainment, children’s activities, and delicious food. It is a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend celebration, with something for the whole family!
16th Annual Polish Fest
Where: Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa Church – 250 Old Maxwell Rd, Latham 12110
When: Friday, June 1st – 4p-9p
Saturday, June 2nd – 12p-9p
Sunday, June 3rd – 12p-6p
Admission: $5 per day – Take $1 off with your Price Chopper Advantage Card
Children 12 & Under – Free Sunday Only – 62 & up free for Senior Sunday
Further info: http://www.polishfest-ny.org/information
Celebrate Polish heritage and culture in the Capital Region all weekend long at the 16th Annual Polish Fest! Enjoy a weekend filled with Polish food, customs, music, dance, culture and more. Pierogi; golabki; kielbasa – all of your favorite, delicious Polish delights will be available. Plus there will be lots for the kids including games, face painting, and crafts; all activities are free! A great weekend of culture and fun!
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