The Capital Region’s fall festival and events season started this weekend with a flurry of festivals in Schenectady.
There’s still time for those who haven’t had a chance to check out St. George Greek Festival at the Hellenic Center. Featuring Greek food, music and dance, it’s set to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
In Niskayuna, Congregation Agudat Achim will serve up its famous carrot cake and carrot dishes Sunday during Carrot Fest, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The rest of the season looks like it’ll be just as busy. Here’s a look at some other upcoming festivals around the Capital Region:
New York State Hops & Harvest Festival
From 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sep. 14 at the Empire State Plaza, craft beers from around the state will be on tap and there will be lawn games, a pie-eating contest and live music.
The headlining performance features bluegrass vocalist and mandolinist Sam Bush, an American Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner. The North & South Dakotas and Gangstagrass will open. For more information visit empirestateplaza.ny.gov.
Clifton Park Farm Fest
Running from Saturday, Sep. 17- Sunday, Sep. 18, many of the town’s orchards, farms and nurseries will be open and hosting hayrides, pumpkin painting and other fall activities.
Riverview Orchards will offer apple picking, live music and a pet adoption clinic. Sunshine Meadows Nursery will host free pumpkin painting activities for children and a create-your-own terrarium activity.
Shepherd’s Hey Farm, Historic Grooms Tavern, Bowman Orchards, the Vischer Ferry General Store and other venues will be open. For more information visit cliftonpark.org.
It’s all about the music at PearlPalooza, with a packed line-up of bands, headlined by the Capital Region’s own Phantogram.
The day kicks off at 11 a.m. on N. Pearl Street with YogaPalooza, a street-wide mass yoga gathering. Then the music starts at noon with BattleaXXX, a hard-rocking trio of ladies from Albany. Precious Metals, The Kaleidoscope Kid and Whole Damn Mess are to follow.
Phantogram will go on at 6 p.m. with a DJ set, spinning a mix of original songs and songs that have influenced the duo. For more information visit weqx.com.
Sharon Springs Harvest Festival
The harvest festival has been a Sharon Springs tradition for more than 20 years and includes demonstrations, food, tastings, artisans, vendors, live music and more. It’s set to run from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 17 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 18.
Attendees can visit shops in the village, stock up at the Harvest Market, find specialty prepared foods and artisan crafts, listen to music in the park, and visit an orchard for apple picking.
For more information visit sharonspringsharvestfestival.com.
Art on Lark
The festival returns on Saturday, Sep. 24, with artists and vendors set to line Lark Street between Madison Ave. and State St.
There will also be live music from a mix of local bands Architrave, JB!! AKA Dirty Moses, Laveda, Sugar Hold and others. It’s slated to run from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information visit artonlark.net.
Capital Apple & Wine Festival
After a hiatus, this festival is back on at the Altamont Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sep. 17 and Sunday, Sep. 18. Featuring a wide variety of wine and spirits, as well as food and entertainment, including a Kids Zone.
There will be cider donuts and cider from Altamont Orchards in addition to a dozen food booths and food trucks offering steak, fries, BBQ, potato pancakes, sausage and onions, Mid-Eastern food chicken kebabs, falafel, tempeh Reuben sandwiches and more.
Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $10. For more information visit starbirdevents.com.
Adirondack Balloon Festival
Running from Thursday, Sep. 22 to Sunday, Sep. 25 at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport and Crandall Park, with balloon flights and rides. There are more than 40 participating pilots scheduled to attend this year, many offering balloon rides. There will also be food vendors and a craft fair. For more information visit adirondackballoonfest.org.
Set for Saturday, Sep. 24 at the Halfmoon Town Park, the Harvest Festival will feature face painting, hay rides, a petting zoo, carnival games, pumpkin painting and fireworks.
It will also include live music from Jukebox Rebellion and barbecue. The festivities start at noon; fireworks will go off at 7 p.m. For more information visit halfmooncelebrations.org.
One of the most popular events in Glenville, it’s set for Saturday, Sep. 24 at Maalwyck Park. The schedule includes games, live music, helicopter rides, a car show, fireworks and, of course, plenty of beer to sample. The music line-up includes performances by Gregory and The Brauhaus Band, Herbie and His Accord-a-Tones and headliners The Bratwurst Boys. Oktoberfest starts at noon and runs through 9 p.m. For more information visit glenvilleoktoberfest.com.
Schenectady and Saratoga will both host wing-tasting events on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. is set to bring back its annual Wing Walk from noon to 5 p.m. with participating businesses throughout the Electric City offering up a variety of wings with traditional flavorings along with a few that push the envelope. Tickets are $20 and go on sale Wednesday. For more information visit downtownschenectady.org.
In Saratoga, the Wing Off is set to run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organized by Discover Saratoga and Bailey’s Saratoga, participating eateries will offer $2 wings and attendees can vote for their favorite. For more information visit Saratoga Wing off on Facebook.
Mohawk Hudson Folklife Festival
This relatively new festival, hosted by New York Folklore, will feature performances, crafts, cooking demonstrations and local vendors to spotlight some of the diverse cultural traditions that can be found in the Capital Region. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Albany’s Washington Park Lakehouse on Sunday, Oct. 2.
Saratoga International Flavorfeast
This feast of a festival returns on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., giving attendees a culinary trip around the world. Restaurants throughout downtown Saratoga will offer up $1 samples of signature dishes.
It’ll be the first time since the pandemic that the event has been held. The list of participating restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information visit saratogaflavorfeast.com.
Ready, set, run. The Stockade-athon is slated for Sunday, Nov. 13. The popular 15k race goes through Schenectady’s historic Stockade district, as well as Central Park and Vale Cemetery.
In years past, it’s attracted more than a thousand runners. This year, they’ll be vying for $5,000 in prize money. To register or for more information visit stockadeathon.com.