2021 FREE Summer Concerts, Shows, Lessons, and More in New York's Capital Region | Kids Out and About Albany

2021 FREE Summer Concerts, Shows, Lessons, and More in New York's Capital Region

Free Summer Programs in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and beyond!

Did someone say free? See concerts, play sports, take in a show, all for free! Come & get 'em, And share this list with your friends!

This article is updated for 2021, which means it's shorter than usual. Activities that are either still unconfirmed or not happening this summer have been moved to the bottom of the article because, frankly, it bums us out to look at them, but it's handy as a reference just in case things change as the season progresses.

 

 

Free Concert Series

 

Free Movies

  • Family-friendly movies are shown in Wiswall Park in Ballston Spa on the first Friday of the month, confirmed for 2021.
  • Bites Camera Action is a free family-friendly movie series on Friday nights in downtown Albany.
  • The Palace offers "Summer in the City" free kid-friendly movies on Tuesdays in July & August at 1 pm (doors open at noon).
  • They show free movies in the Capitol Park After Dark in West Capitol Park on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm  (near Empire State Plaza).
  • See recent family-favorite Movies Under the Stars on select Monday nights in Washington Park, Sage College, or the College of St. Rose.

 

Free Theater

  • Will Kempe's Players are planning a "Rom-Com Summer" for 2021 with productions of "As You Like It" and "Much Ado About Nothing," but tour dates and details were still being finalized as of early May. Click their website for updates. 
  • At Park Playhouse in Washington Park, Albany, they'll be showing Ain't Misbehavin' and Matilda the Musical. (Paid and free tickets are available (pre-registration required to keep the numbers down.)
  • Performing Arts Family Series are kid-friendly shows on Wednesday nights at 7 pm at Clifton Common. 
  • The Not So Common Players will present a South Pacific concert and a revival of the Marvelous Wondrettes at Clifton Common.

 

Free Festivals

 

Active Free Fun

 

And Don't Forget . . .

 

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Hopefully Back Soon!

The following programs normally happen, but they are either canceled or still uncomfirmed for 2021. You can click the link for more information and updates.

Free Concert Series - Either not happening or not yet confirmed with details for Summer 2021:

Free Movies - not happening for 2021

Free Theater - Either not happening or not yet confirmed with details for Summer 2021:

Free Festivals - Either not happening or not yet confirmed with details for Summer 2021:

Active Free Fun - Either not happening or not yet confirmed with details for Summer 2021:

  • Many New York State Parks typically offer free swim lessons each year. Warning: these fill up quickly.

And Don't Forget . . . - Either not happening or not yet confirmed with details for Summer 2021:

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