Albany Festivals for Fall


Fall Is Arriving In The Capital Region.  Wikimedia Commons Photo by By Kosiarz-PL



Fall time in the Upstate New York is brisk and invigorating. The area teems with music, art and craft festivals. Apple and pumpkin picking top the list of family activities. Oktoberfest is a continual celebration throughout the entire month in different communities each weekend.


It is a time of celebration and preparation for the long dark winter ahead. This time of year brings many changes, to the Capital region in particular. It's not only the beautiful and inspiring reds, oranges, yellows, and purples of the annual foliage that drive the masses here. No. Much like the annual migration of the Canadian Geese from the lakes and rivers of downstate New York to fairer waters, ten of thousands of pimpled faced and doe eyed freshman make the trip to the Capital Region, which is their right of passage, some never to return home.


The large numbers of students, permanent residents and seasonal visitors alike seek out these festivals. I too shale be joining them in this celebration before the big freeze this year. I thought it fitting to highlight some of the best events I will be looking to attend. There numbers are legion, but here are a few worth mention.


Woodstock Film Festival - (October 10th through the 14th)


The 13th annal Woodstock Film Festival prides itself for being fiercely independent. This year will see, according to their website, “...[a] 2012 line-up of nearly 130 exciting films, panels, performances and special events.”


According to a review on IndieWire, “...the festival boasts a very engaging and intelligent audience that doesn't shy away from controversy or the political.” A politically minded person I may be. An intellectual, well that might be pushing it. An Indie film lover for sure. This is one event I can't wait to check out. Tickets vary in price and are sold per event, though at a sticker price of $750 dollars for a full event pass I sure won't be going down that path.


Albany October Fest - (October 14th)


An Albany staple for over 20 years the, this free to attend event is held on October 14th from 10am to 2pm on the South Concourse of Empire state plaza. Vendors offer German beer, bratwurst, sauerkraut and beer! With live authentic German music, this will sure be near and dear to my German soul, but conflicts with the Woodstock Festival. Hmm.


Wolff’s Oktoberfest Albany Block Party - (October 6th)


Fast becoming an Albany tradition, Wolff's Biergarten will be host to it's 4th annual Oktoberfest for the Capital Region from 11am to 7pm on October 6th. This block party has been getting bigger and bigger every year with longer lines for the port o potties and delicious German and Belgium beers. There will live music, Dachshund races and Stein holding competitions. Bring your own lederhosen!


Albany 1st Friday - (October 5th) 


1st Friday is a free to the public walkable event held on, Yup the first Friday of every month. It features local artists, gallery openings, restaurants, shops and live entertainment. With a focus on local artists and shows it seeks to promote the culture and artistic talent of the Capital Region by making it accessible to the public. When 1st Friday ends at 9pm the After 1st Friday music series begins, with exhibitions at venues such as Oh Bar, Fuze Box and Pearl Street Pub & Dirty Martini Lounge.


This should make for a great October if I can make it to all of these!

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