LarkFest has been canceled this year but Art on Lark is still a go for Saturday.
Both events are organized by the Lark Street Business Improvement District, which announced earlier this week that the popular music and vendor festival known as LarkFest would not be held in September.
“For a number of reasons, including the size and nature of this particular event, local and CDC COVID regulations, staffing levels amongst the businesses on the street, and limitations on the BID’s Board and staff to fundraise via other events, the BID Board made the difficult decision to not host LarkFest in 2021,” organizers said in a statement.
Instead, the BID plans to focus on smaller-scale events like Art on Lark, which will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring local visual and performing artists, as well as small businesses. The event is typically held in June but has been pushed back to August this year. It usually draws around 10,000 people, according to organizers.
Live music kicks off around noon with DJ Siroc. Then singer/songwriter Caity Gallagher takes the stage at 1 p.m., followed by alt-rock band Like Those Ancients at 1:45 p.m. Bummer Camp is up at 2:10 p.m., followed by hard-rock band Sunbloc at 2:45 p.m.. Poetik Selektions takes the stage at 3:30 p.m. and rapper JB A.K.A. Dirty Moses is up at 4:15 p.m.
When it comes to visual artists, the line-up is a mix of photographers, fashion designers, home decor artists and others, including Va’Ceia Designs, Jared Schafer Visual Art, Dizy Artisans, Arlo Art and others.
Throughout the day, a Kidzone, hosted by Christ’s Church Albany and The Albany Barn, will be open near Lark and Chestnut streets. Select businesses along Lark Street, including Yamaguchie, Keobi and Lark Street Mercantile will be participating in the event.
The latter, which features home goods, fashion, art and other locally-made goods, opened 10 days before the pandemic broke out in the Capital Region. Art on Lark is the first festival the vendor-based store has been able to participate in.
“I’m hoping for all the businesses on Lark Street that people who maybe haven’t discovered everything that’s here will come and check out all the artists that are set up and stop in the businesses. For our store, I’m particularly hoping that we’ll connect with some new customers and people who haven’t discovered us yet,” said Tamara White, who took over the business earlier this month.
Some of the artists and vendors whose goods are sold at Lark Street Mercantile will be on-site for the event. The store features a mix of up-and-coming local artists/makers and more established ones as well.
“We always like to stress that all of this stuff is locally made. These people are your neighbors, your community members. It always makes it a little more special for people shopping in the store,” White said.
The event will take place on Lark Street, between Madison Avenue and State Street.
For the full list of vendors and more information on the event, visit artonlark.net.