Festivals in West Albany

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The 2013 Schoharie County Sunshine Fair is a weeklong celebration of farm life and summertime. This year's entertainment lineup includes everything from tractor pulls and monster trucks in the grandstand to live music and dancing every night in the party tent. By day, kids and adults can traverse the grounds to enjoy Rosaire's pig races, a petting zoo, juggling demonstrations, and the works of Brian Ruth, a chainsaw sculptor. The fair's parade, which takes place on Wednesday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m., will be led by the Beekman Boys, Schoharie County natives and winners of the The Amazing Race.

P.O. Box 249
Cobleskill,
NY
US

MASS MoCA, experts at curating contemporary art in both indoor and outdoor settings, will host eight bluegrass acts and nine shows in intimate, art-filled spaces. The museum's first bluegrass festival features up-and-coming pluckers as well as seasoned stars, with a roster including The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Del McCoury. Fiddling kicks off on Saturday with an evening performance by David Mayfield at The Speed Way, an outdoor extension of the museum that showcases three new works of art and avant-garde asphalt meadow landscaping, which is ideal for sustaining herds of robotic cattle. The revelry then shifts into the museum's spacious Hunter Center and courtyard and carries over into Sunday, when Ramblin' Jug Stompers serenade their favorite brush strokes in art-festooned gallery space.

87 Marshall St
North Adams,
MA
US

Disney's Emmy Award–winning Imagination Movers will perform their In a Big Warehouse concert in the grand interior of the Glens Falls Civic Center, playing their most popular songs and bringing the magic of their eponymous TV series to life. The popular New Orleans–based rock band bridges all generation gaps with fun and educational songs chock-full of memorable melodies and bounding rhythms that adults love as much as kids, fueling long van drives and kindergarten karaoke. With an extravagant set and ecstatic energy, the Imagination Movers give a performance that gets audiences dancing, clapping, and singing along, with guest appearances from Playhouse Disney favorites Choo Choo Soul, Nina, and Warehouse Mouse.

1 Civic Center Plaza
Glens Falls,
NY
US

Winemakers from across the state of New York flock to the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest each year, bottles of their finest wines in tow. Hosted on the sprawling Dutchess County Fairgrounds, the two-day festival features food and wine seminars, live music, and tastings of hundreds of local New York and international wines. To fuel the weekend's activities, a variety of specialty food vendors peddle gourmet treats, and local restaurants dole out samplings of some of their best dishes.

6550 Spring Brook Avenue
Rhinebeck,
NY
US

For more than 15 years, the Northampton International Film Festival has been inspiring artistic development in the world's filmmakers, celebrating the art of cinema and the introspection it elicits from audiences. Each year, a panel of industry experts carefully vets thousands of submissions from around the globe, selecting only those films that communicate diverse cultural perspectives through varying visual styles and narrative modes. These documentaries, feature-length films, and shorts seek to build a bridge between seemingly disparate backgrounds and traditions with thought-provoking commentary and enriching stories. This global festival ends with a rousing awards ceremony to honor standout films and snub the assistant key grip's contributions once again, for what must seem like the 8,000,000th time in history.

274 Main St
Northampton,
Massachusetts
US

The oldest continuously operating theater in the state, Bardavon 1869 Opera House has carried forth a little piece of every era it thrived in. The domed ceiling and proscenium stage recall the 944-seat theater's opening as the Collingwood Opera House nearly 150 years ago. The Mighty Wurlitzer "Golden Voiced" pipe organ stretches back to 1928, to a time when the venue devoted itself to silent films. And despite the fact that it nearly succumbed to the wrecking ball in 1976, the stage has remained steadfast through the decades, becoming the one thing that performers such as Mark Twain, Frank Sinatra, and OK Go all have in common besides an enduring love of frisbee.

35 Market St
Poughkeepsie,
NY
US