Travel Guide

Albany, New York 

Events & Festivals


Tulip Festival
Festival period: Second weekend of May

A two-day spring festival celebrating Albany’s Dutch heritage, featuring more than 100,000 tulips of various colors blossoming in Washington Park. Other events at the festival including the crowning of the Albany Tulip Queen, live music, arts show, children’s programs, and plenty of food. 

Washington Park, Albany (new York State)

Tulips in Washington Park by Tim Schapker

Art on the Lark
Festival period: Second Saturday of June

A lively art festival in the Capital District and held every summer on Lark Street (between Washington Avenue and Madison Avenue) in Downtown Albany. During the festival, more than 100 local artists gather at Lark Street to share their work. The festival also features live music, dance, and theater performances.

4th of July Celebration
Festival period: 4th July

4th of July in Albany is an all day celebration featuring plenty of lively events held at various locations in the city. Each year, the 4th of July celebration in Albany offers something new to see and do but generally includes live music, games, food, and finishes with a display of fireworks at night.

Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival
Festival period: September

The Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival is an all day concert devoted to jazz by world class, upcoming, and local musicians. The Jazz Festival is free to attend and held at Jennings Landing (formerly Albany Riverfront Park). Besides music, the festival also features food and beverages as well as fireworks over the Hudson River.

Capital Holiday Lights in the Park
Festival period: Late November to early January

This is a drive through festival held every evening in Washington Park. Vehicles pass through more than 125 beautiful displays of colored lights illuminating the night. At the end of the drive, there is food and refreshment at the Lake House. Admission is $15 per car, $25 per limousine, and $25 per 15-passenger van.

Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

Capital Holiday Lights in the Park by UpstateNYer

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