FREE FEST: NYS Food Festival @ the Empire State Plaza

August 9th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg

With nearly 100 food vendors to choose from, 15,000 people annually flock to the New York State Food Festival at Albany’s Empire State Plaza for lunch, dinner or both. They come for the food and stay for a day of free live musical entertainment. The Food Fest showcases New York producers and specialty products, New York State beers and the popular Empire State Plaza Farmers Market.

The headliners for the 11am-9pm celebration on Wednesday (August 10) are the Commodores, who have racked up sales of more than 75 million albums, seven No. 1 singles, five No. 1 albums and 20 Top 10 singles. Led by founding member William King, the Grammy Award winners and Vocal Group Hall of Famers are slated to take the stage at 7:30pm, playing ll of their hits, including “Brick House,” “Three Times A Lady,” “Easy,” “Sail On” and “Nightshift.”

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Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2016 New York State Food Festival:

12noon: Ellen Sinoppoli Dance Company and Ajkun Ballet Theatre (near The Egg)
5pm: Tara & the Boys
6pm: Up All Night
7:30pm: The Commodores

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ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FREE EVENTS FOR 2016
*VARIOUS DATES
RIVERLINK CONCERTS @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam, various days from June 18-August 27
FREEDOM PARK CONCERT SERIES @ Freedom Park, Scotia, various days from June 22-August 27
PERFORMING ARTS AT THE COMMON @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park, various days from June 26-August 17
MUSIC ON MAINSTREET @ the NBT Bank Lawn, Canajoharie, 7pm select Tuesdays and Fridays from July 15-August 19
NYS FOOD FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 10
ALBANY JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Washington Park, Albany, September 10
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18
*MONDAYS
DANA PARK CONCERT SERIES @ Dana Park, Albany, 5:30pm Mondays from July 11-August 28
SHIRE CITY SESSIONS @ First Street Common, Pittsfield, 6pm Mondays from July 25-August 15
UPPER MADISON CONCERT SERIES @ the Elks Lodge Lawn, Albany, 7pm Mondays from July 11-August 22
TOWN OF ROTTERDAM SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ the Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center lawn, Rotterdam, 7pm Mondays from June 6-August 29
*TUESDAYS
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Onderdonk Park, East Greenbush, 6pm Tuesday’s from August 2-30
COOK PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Frank A. Leak Amphitheater for the Arts in Cook Park, Colonie, 6:30pm Tuesdays from June 14-August 30
SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK @ Brunswick Community Center lawn, Troy, 6:30pm Tuesdays from June 28-August 30
SARATOGA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, 7pm Tuesdays from August 9-30
ALTAMONT FREE LIBRARY’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Orsini Park, Altamont, 7pm Tuesdays from July 5-August 9
STONY CREEK MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Stony Creek Town Park, Stony Creek, 7pm Tuesdays from July 5-August 30
*WEDNESDAYS
MADE IN THE SHADE OF THE EGG @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 12noon Wednesdays from June 1-August 31
GIG CONCERT SERIES @ River Park, Green Island, 6pm Wednesdays from July 13-August 31
EVENINGS ON THE GREEN @ Coeymans Landing Park, Coeymans, 6pm Wednesdays from July 13-August 31
RENSSELAER FAMILY CONCERT SERIES @ the North End Firehouse, Rensselaer, 6pm Wednesdays from June 22-August 10
LIVE ON THE LAKE @ Burbank Park at Onota Lake, Pittsfield, 6pm Wednesdays from July 13-August 24
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Lilac Park, Lenox, 6:30pm Wednesdays from June 22-September 7
THE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Windsor Lake, North Adams, 6:30pm Wednesdays from July 20-August 31
EVENINGS ON THE GREEN @ Bethlehem Public Library lawn, Delmar, 7pm Wednesdays from July 13-August 10
LAKE GEORGE ARTS PROJECT’S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 7:30pm Wednesdays from July 6-August 31
*THURSDAYS
KIDS’ SUMMER SERIES @ Barker Park, Troy, 11am Thursdays through August 25
JAZZ ON JAY @ Jay Street, Schenectady, 12noon Thursdays from June 2-September 1
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa, 6pm Thursdays from June 23-August 25
CONCERTS AT THE CROSSINGS @ The Crossings, Colonie, 6:30pm Thursdays from July 7-August 25
SUMMER’S EVE CONCERT SERIES @ the Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo, Melrose, 6:30pm Thursdays from June 30-August 25
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill, 7pm Thursdays from June 23-September 1
JAMMIN’ AT GPAC @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland, 7:30pm Thursdays from June 23-August 11
*FRIDAYS
FRIDAYS AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 4pm Fridays from June 24-September 2
ROCK THE BLOCK @ Canal Square, Cohoes, 6pm Fridays from July 8-August 26
STILLWATER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ various locations, Stillwater, 6:30pm select Fridays from July 8-September 16
UPBEAT ON THE ROOF @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, 7pm Fridays from July 1-August 26
ATHENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Riverfront Park, Athens, 7pm Fridays from June 17-August 26
MUSIC AT SUNSET CONCERT SERIES @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson, 7pm Fridays from May 27-August 26
*SATURDAYS
POWERS PARK CONCERT SERIES @ Powers Park, Troy, 6pm Saturdays from July 9-August 27
*SUNDAYS
NORTH GREENBUSH SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Town Hall Park, Wynantskill, 6pm Sundays from July 31-August 28
MUSIC HAVEN @ Central Park, Schenectady, 7pm Sundays from July 10-August 14