Summer Events in Albany, New York

You caught us – we couldn’t narrow it down to just five options

After all, summer is one of the best times to live in and around Albany, so here are even more events you should know about and attend.

1. Saratoga Race Track

Is there anything more exciting than a horse race? We don’t think so! If you agree, definitely plan to spend some of your summer at the Saratoga Race Track. This particular location was voted one of the greatest sporting venues by Sports Illustrated and it offers way more than just racing (but the racing is pretty incredible too!)

Come to the Saratoga Race Track for Breakfast at Saratoga where you can dine on The Porch of the Clubhouse while the Thoroughbreds prepare for future races.” 

Learn about the history of the track by visiting the Saratoga Walk of Fame

Or simply go on a walking tour where, in just 45 minutes you can learn the “History, highlights, unique architecture, and landscapes at Saratoga Race Course.”

Opening Day has been set for July 11th, will you be there?


What is SPAC? It’s the Saratoga Performing Arts Center! This unique option that is headquartered in Spa State Park pulls in 500,000 people each year! The number seems large but is totally justified when you review some of the acts that perform there.

Some talented professionals that are slated to perform this year include: Dead & Company (June 18th), Blink-182 / Lil Wayne (July 1st), Phish (July 2nd / July 3rd), Opera Saratoga (various dates) and Luke Bryan (July 11th)! You can see the full list of events here

3. Troy River Fest

The Troy River Fest is a well-established (it’s in its 16th year) event for locals and visitors alike! The goal of the Fest is to encourage “visitors to ramble throughout the streets of downtown Troy.” This event is a perfect opportunity to, “Shop, dine and explore downtown Troy amidst live music, street performances, community art projects, festival food, and so much more!” We highly recommend you attend and support local!

…Oh…and did we mention it’s free to attend (other than the cost of all the things you buy and eat!)

4. Schenectady County SummerNight 2019

Have you ever wanted to see Smash Mouth live? Attend the Schenectady County SummerNight 2019 where you can see them FREE! In addition to live music by talented performers, attendees can enjoy an eating contest and views of an incredible sand sculpture. Get your food and drink on Friday, July 12, from 5:00pm until 10:00pm!

5. Empire Game Expo

Are you a fan of games? Yes? Then you simply must be at the Red Lion Hotel Albany on July 13th for Empire Game Expo Friday, July 12, from 5:00pm until 10:00pm! It’s a brand-new gaming event with video games, tabletop games, industry-lauded guest and fabulous vendors of all kinds!

It’s going to be incredible! Also…we hear that Sailor Venus is going to be there. Come meet one of the guardians that fights for love and justice…locally!


We hope you have an incredible summer! In between the events, if you are seeking a job you’ll love, apply to join our team!

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