LarkFest: 120 vendors, 14 bands

Saturday's event brings together artists, makers, musicians and business owners
A scene from last year's LarkFest in Albany.
A scene from last year's LarkFest in Albany.

Categories: Life & Arts

Between last weekend’s PearlPalooza and Saturday’s LarkFest, September is a busy month in Albany.  

LarkFest kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and brings together artists, makers, musicians and business owners alike. 

“It gives us a chance to show more people what we do,” said Yamar Carter. He owns Yamaguchie with his brother Rashad King. 

They’ve shown their woodcut and engraved creations at the arts and music festival ever since they opened shop on Lark Street two years ago. On Saturday, they’ll bring out examples of their work—they’ve done everything from engraved playing cards and wall hangings to key chains to skateboards and beyond—as well as some of their equipment, including a 3-D printer. 

When the Gazette called earlier this week, they were swamped with orders and were expecting even more custom orders to come in after Saturday’s festival. 

The event runs until 5:30 p.m. with live music on two stages and more than 120 food vendors and artists and craft makers.

For shop owners, like Elissa Halloran, the festival boosts sales and exposure. Halloran started participating in LarkFest in 1992, well before her shop (Elissa Halloran Designs) opened on Lark Street in 2001. 

Back then, she was selling her handmade jewelry and assemblages, though since opening the shop she’s started to offer works from local artists as well as consignment clothing and accessories. At this year’s festival, she’ll also have vintage albums for sale. 

LarkFest has changed over the years and each year is slightly different, as Halloran can attest to. However, it still draws in thousands; the Lark Street BID estimates around 80,000 people will attend this year. 

For a full list of vendors and info about parking, visit

Here’s a look at the live music line-up:

Madison Ave. Stage
11:40 a.m. Ryan Leddick 
12:30 p.m. Pink Nois feat. Thai
1:15 p.m. Top Nachos
2:00 p.m. Bear Grass
2:50 p.m Johnny 2 Phones
3:45 p.m. The Clay People 
4:50 p.m. Vundabar 

Spring St. Stage
11:15 a.m. Black Electric 
12:15 p.m. Katani 
12:55 p.m. Safety Meeting 
1:40 p.m. Full Body
2:25 p.m. Motorbike 
3:20 p.m. Magi Ghrelin 
4:15 p.m. Prince Daddy and The Hyena

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