Festival Fever: Freedom Festival @ Freedom Square on Saturday

Freedom Square in Troy is hosting its second annual Freedom Festival on Saturday (June 7), featuring food, workshop activities and some funky, funky music from Brooklyn’s Pitchblak Brass Band and the Local 518′s own Oobleck. And it’s all FREE.

There’s plenty of room for dancing, lawn blankets and chairs at the outdoor celebration. Rain location for the event is the Sanctuary for Independent Media.

Here’s the schedule of events for Saturday’s 2014 Freedom Festival:

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1-4pm WORKSHOPS
“Eco-Action: Aquatic Biodiversity of the Hudson”” with Brandon Ballengée
“Freedom Flag Making” with Jillian Hirsch
“Solar Power in Troy” with Anasha Cummings
“BikeCraft” with Troy Bike Rescue
“Troy Alley Action Sanctuary Mural Community Design Input” with Barb Nelson and Meredith Best
“DIY: Make Yogurt at Home” with Aurore Ballengee

4pm COMMUNITY BBQ & POTLUCK DINNER
Bring your favorite dishes to share with people.

5pm MUSIC
5pm: Oobleck: The Local 518′s own band of fiery instrumental funkateers
6:30pm: PitchBlak Brass Band: The Brooklyn-based 10-piece band whose style and sound represents hip-hop from the 1980s to present day.

8-10pm, WORKSHOP
“Love Motel for Insects: Nighttime Insect Watching and Arthropod Monitoring” with Brandon Ballengée

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2014:

Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/5-8/14
Art On Lark @ Lark Street, Albany, 6/7/14, FREE
FLY-92 Summer Jam @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 6/7/14
River Street Festival @ River Street, Troy, 6/14/14, FREE
The Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, 6/27-29/14
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Festival, Saratoga Springs, 6/28&29/14
The Hudson Project @ Winston Farm Saugerties, 7/11-13/14
WGNA’s CountryFest 2014 @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, 7/12/14
Bang On a Can Summer Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 7/16-8/2/14
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 7/17-20/14
Restoration Festival @ CAC Woodside, Troy, 8/15&16/14
Basilica Soundscape @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson, 9/12-13/14
Jazz at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 9/13-14/14, FREE
FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/19-21/14

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