FREE FEST: Capital Pride Festival in Washington Park
The annual Capital Pride Festival takes over Albany’s Washington Park from 12noon-5pm on Sunday (June 11).
The fest kicks off with the Capital Pride Parade, which steps off at 12noon and marches down State Street, Lark Street and Madison Avenue back to Washington Park, full of floats, music and the true spirit of celebration.
Immediately following the parade, the park will be filled with a day-long session of high-energy, top-notch entertainment, headlined by Australian singer-songwriter Betty Who (in support of her sophomore album, The Valley) and veteran British soul diva Maxine Nightingale (who scored such ’70s hits as “Right Back Where We Started From,” “Love Hit Me” and “Lead Me On”).
Rounding out the fest will be Grand Central Station, the Pride Drag Revue, DJ Dave Barna and Shawn Gillie.
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING 2017 FESTIVALS:
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 9-11
ART ON LARK @ Lark Street, Albany, June 10, FREE
SAY IT LOUD! BLACK & LATINO GAY PRIDE CELEBRATION @ Washington Park, Albany, June 10, FREE
BIKES, BREWS & BBQ @ Wood Park, Lake George, June 10
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 16-18
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, June 17 & 18
DADFEST @ Washington Park, Albany, June 18, FREE
SOLID SOUND @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 23-25
OLD SONGS FOLK FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE @ the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 23-25
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, June 24 & 25
NEW YORK STATE’S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, July 4, FREE
COUNTRYFEST 2017 @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, July 8
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 13-16
KIDS DAY FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, July 15, FREE
BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 5, FREE
NEW YORK STATE FOOD FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 9, FREE
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 15-17
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 16 & 17, FREE