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Tulip Festival: Weekend Fun in Full Bloom

Albany is in bloom! Enjoy the beauty of Spring at Albany’s signature celebration, the 71st Annual Albany Tulip Festival on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12. Kick off the festival with Tulip Tours, “A Dutch Stroll” walking tour, and the Scrubbing of the Streets. The festival this weekend includes the crowning of the Tulip Queen and bestowing of the 21st Annual Mother of the Year Award. Check out our guide to all the special events, tours and more!

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Outdoor Adventure
Tracing History & Tracking Miles

Looking for a little motivation to get moving and get fit for the summer? Get there with the Erie Canalway Challenge! Walk, run, cycle, or paddle the Canalway Trail and NYS Canal System. The free program includes a range of mileage options– 15 miles, 90 miles, 180 miles, and 360 miles—so that you can choose a mileage goal that suits your ability and discover all you can do along New York’s canals. Are you up for a new challenge?

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Heritage Matters
Famous Faces: Abraham Lincoln

Did you know that the 16th President of the United States visited New York’s Capital City? Twice! Discover local sites in Albany with ties to Abraham Lincoln such as the New York State Capitol! Plan your own exploration of the city today.

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Festivals & Special Events

Can’t-Miss Spring & Summer Festivals

April showers bring May flowers (and festivals!). Once the food trucks arrive and the tulips bloom, Albany’s weekends become jam-packed with fun events and festivals. From the Albany Empire games and block parties, to the Lupine Festival, to Capital Pride Parade & Festival, to the Aurora Games, there are a ton of exciting, fun events coming up! 

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Free & Frugal Events

Lupine Festival

On May 18, witness the magic of Spring at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve for Lupine Festival. Enjoy nature walks, hands on activities, live music, games, craft vendors, food, and more! Visitors might even glimpse at the endangered Karner Blue butterfly fluttering among the lupines.

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Aurora Games

Mark your calendars for August 20 – 25, the Times Union Center is hosting the inaugural edition of the Aurora Games. The six-day event will celebrate the best in women’s sports, entertainment and culture by welcoming all-star athletes from more than 15 countries.

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