FREE Summer Concerts, Shows, Lessons, and More in New York's Capital Region
Free Summer Programs in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and beyond!
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Free Concert Series
- Freedom Park in Scotia includes a wide variety of concerts and shows on various days.
- Music Haven Concert Series is on Sunday nights at 7 pm in Schenectady's Central Park and features international music. Music Haven is also hosting other special events.
- Performing Arts at the Common includes concerts on Sunday and wednesday nights at 7 pm in Clifton Commons in Clifton Park.
- There are Free Concerts in Saratoga's Congress Park at 7 pm on Sundays in July and Tuesdays in August.
- The Town of Rotterdam offers Free Concerts at 7 pm on Mondays.
- The Town of Schodack has Free Concerts on Tuesdays at 6 pm June through early July.
- Tuesday Nights in the Park at Cook Park in Colonie are on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.
- Rockin' on the River are on Wednesday nights at 5 pm in Troy.
- Capital Concert Series includes reggae, rock, and rhythm & blues on Wednesday nights at 5 or 5:30 pm at Albany's Empire State Plaza.
- Concerts in the Barn are on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Pruyn House in Colonie.
- The Barker Park Series in Troy offers concerts and shows geared toward kids and families on Thursdays at 11 am.
- Jazz on Jay offers jazz on Thursdays at noon in downtown Schenectady.
- Alive at Five offers a variety of music on Thursdays at 5 pm in downtown Albany.
- Rock the Block concert series is on Thursday from 6:30-8:30 pm in Cohoes.
- Concerts in the Gazebo are in Niskayuna, on Thursdays at 7 pm.
- Glenville Thursdays in the Park will include concerts or movies every Thursday at 7 pm in August.[This hasn't yet been updated for 2019.]
- Concerts in Wiswall Park are at 6 pm on Thursdays in Ballston Spa.
- Free Concerts at the Crossings are on Thursdays at 6 pm.
- Riverlink Concerts in Amsterdam are usually on Saturdays at 7 pm.
- Bowtie Cinema in Schenectady and Bowtie Cinema at Wilton Mall both offer free kid-friendly movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (and yes, Regal Cinemas offer movies for $1--almost free).
- They'll be showing free movies in the Capitol Park After Dark in West Capitol Park (near Empire State Plaza): Double Indemnity on Thursday, August 21 & My Fair Lady on Thursday, August 28.
- The Palace will be offering "Summer in the City" free kid-friendly movies on Tuesdays in July & August at 1 pm.
- Cohoes Music Hall is showing free "Just for Kids" movies on Wednesdays at 1 pm.
- Proctors will be showing family-friendly movies on Sundays at 10 am and 1:30 pm in July and August.
- See recent family-favorite Movies Under the Stars on select Friday nights in Washington Park, Sage College, College of St. Rose, or SUNY Albany.
- Will Kempe's Players will be presenting A Midsummer Night's Dream in Troy's Prospect Park June 21-23 as well as Hamlet later in the summer.
- You can catch In the Heights through most of July and Newsies for the first three weeks of August at the Park Playhouse in Washington Park
- Beauty and the Beast is playing at Cohoes Music Hall from July 30 - August 3.
- Performing Arts Family Series are kid-friendly shows on Wednesday nights at 7 pm at Clifton Common.
- They'll also be presenting Beauty and the Beast at Clifton Common from July 19 - July 28.
- You can see Shakespeare in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. This summer they're presenting The Tempest and King Lear.
- There's free Shakespeare in Cook Park in Colonie in August. [This hasn't yet been updated for 2019.]
- Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery on June 16 in Albany [This wasn't updated for 2019] and Schenectady.
- Troy Riverfest on June 16.
- Dad Fest in Washington Park on June 17.
- Kids Day at the Plaza (featuring The Beat Bugs) at Empire State Plaza on July 13.
- Black Arts & Cultural Festival at Empire State Plaza is August 3.
- New York State Food Festival at Empire State Plaza is August 7.
Active Free Fun
- 15 Love offers free tennis lessons (they'll even supply the racquets!) at a variety of locations throughout Albany, Schenectady, and Troy between June 26 and August 9. Click the link for a complete schedule.
- Kids Bowl Free offers 2 free games (check the link for participating bowling alleys and the days that free games are available).
- Free Fitness Classes in Troy's Riverfront Park run on Sunday mornings from 9-10 am. These seem geared toward adults, but they're labeled family friendly.
- There are free HIIT classes on Tuesdays and free yoga classes on Thursdays at Empire State Plaza.
- Many New York State Parks offer free swim lessons each year. Warning: these fill up quickly.
And Don't Forget . . .
- The US Water Ski Show Team performs free shows next to Jumpin' Jacks most Tuesday nights June through August.
- Your local library
- Stories and Art in Washington Park on Monday mornings and other free programs from WMHT
- The New York State Museum
- GE Kids in Free Days
- Hungry? Find free summer meals
- Take a hike
- Visit a new playground
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