Real Good for FREE: The NYS Food Festival @ Empire State Plaza on Wednesday

Eddie Money

Photograph of Eddie Money by Matt Mac Haffie

UPDATE: Due to the weather forecast, the Sensemaya concert scheduled for 12noon has been postponed to 12noon on Friday (August 15). Beginning at 5pm, the rest of the music schedule – the Blind Spots, Soul Session and headliner Eddie Money – has been moved indoors to the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall. Admission is free, but chairs will not be allowed inside…

With nearly 100 food vendors to choose from, 15,000 people annually flock to the New York State Food Festival at the Empire State Plaza in Albany for lunch, dinner or both. They come for the food and stay for an evening of free musical entertainment, capped off by performance by headliner Eddie Money (who, we believe, is required by law to perform at least one free concert somewhere in the Greater Nippertown area each summer).

From 11am-9pm on Wednesday (August 13), the Food Festival will showcase a wide variety of New York producers and products, as well as the popular Farmers Market.

NOTE: We’ve been warned that due to Plaza construction, seating will not be available at this event. Festival-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs.

Here’s the schedule of free musical entertainment throughout Wednesday’s fest:

12noon: Sensemaya on the plaza at the base of The Egg

5pm: The Blind Spots

6:15pm: Soul Session

7:45pm: Eddie Money


Freedom Park Concert Series @ Freedom Park, Scotia, 7pm various days
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Jennings Landing, Albany, 1pm Saturday, September 6
Jazz at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George, Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14
The Look Up! Concert Series @ Johnny’s balcony, Schenectady, 5:30pm Mondays
Dana Park Concert Series @ Dana Park, Albany, 7pm Mondays
Pine Hills Summer Concert Series @ Elks Lodge lawn, Albany, 7pm Mondays
Rotterdam Summer Concert Series @ Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center, Rotterdam, 7pm Mondays
Tuesday Nights in the Park @ Cook Park, Colonie, 6pm Tuesdays
Summer Concert Series @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, 6pm Tuesdays
Music in the Park @ Onderdonk Park, East Greenbush, 6pm Tuesdays
Tuesday Nights in Brunswick @ Brunswick Family Community Center grounds, Brunswick, 6:30pm Tuesdays
Music in the Park @ Town Park, Stony Creek, 7pm Tuesdays
Music & Dance Films @ PS21, Chatham, 8:30pm Tuesdays
Made in the Shade of The Egg @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 12noon Wednesdays
Rockin’ On the River @ the Green Island Bridge Parking Lot, Troy, 5pm Wednesdays
Green Island Gazebo Concerts @ River Park, Green Island, 6pm Wednesdays
Music in the Park @ the North End Firehouse, Rensselaer, 6pm Wednesday
Concerts at Windsor Lake @ Windsor Lake, North Adams, 6:30pm Wednesdays
Summer Music Series @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush, 7pm Wednesdays
Evenings On the Green @ Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar, 7pm Wednesdays
Performing Arts Family Series @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park, 7pm Wednesdays
Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 7:30pm Wednesdays
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady, 12noon Thursdays
Concerts in the Park @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa, 6pm Thursdays
Evenings on the Green Concert Series @ Coeymans Landing Park, Ravena, 6pm Thursdays
Thursday Night Concerts @ the Crossings at Colonie, Loudonville, 6:30pm Thursdays
Schaghticoke Summer Concerts @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Lawn, Melrose, 6:30pm Thursdays
Music in the Park @ Dutchmans Landing, Catskill, 7pm Thursdays
Canal Square Concert Series @ Canal Square, Cohoes, 6pm Fridays
Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library, Albany, 6pm select Fridays
UpBeat On the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, 7pm Fridays
Athens Summer Concert Series @ Riverfront Park, Athens, 7pm Fridays
Music at Sunset @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson, 7pm Fridays
Concerts in the Courtyard @ the County Courtyard, Schoharie, 7pm Fridays
Powers Park Concert Series @ Powers Park, Troy, 6pm Saturdays
Riverlink Concerts @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam, 7pm Saturdays
North Greenbush Summer Concert Series @ Town Hall lawn, Wynantskill, 6pm Sunday
Music in the Park @ Riverfront Park, Coxsackie, 6pm Sundays
Performing Arts On the Common @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park, 7pm Sundays

  1. sherluck says

    What is the contingency for the weather forecast?

  2. Greg says

    Damn good question, Sherluck, considering the forecast. The NYS Office of General Services, which runs the fest, hasn’t posted an official back-up plan, but earlier this summer when George Thorogood’s Empire State Plaza concert was rained out, the concert was moved indoors to the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall. Stay tuned to Nippertown, and we’ll be sure to give you the latest update on the site of Wednesday’s fest…

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