Early Albany Hudson River Festival

Sunday, September 28
Corning Preserve
11am - 4pm


Photo Courtesy: New Netherland Museum / John W. Mangrum

The City of Albany and the New Netherland Museum present the Early Albany Hudson River Festival on Sunday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Corning Preserve. A family-friendly event on the Hudson River to commemorate early trade and commerce at the site of modern-day Albany, the festival will highlight components of the technology and daily life of both the Native and European inhabitants of the area.

Henry Hudson’s replica ship Half Moon will be underway in full sail off the Corning Preserve. A large contingent of members of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Indians will be back in their homeland to interpret modern Native life and Native culture before interaction with Europeans. European re-enactors in period clothing will conduct drills and cannon salutes, while sailors operate historical small boats in the river. Hands-on activities for all ages will include early toys and games, as well as demonstrations of early Algonquian and European technology, such as flint knapping, blacksmithing, coopering and more.

Downtown Albany will be a major destination for family fun on September 28. Early Albany is one of three great events planned for Sunday afternoon. The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District’s Food Fight, Meatball Edition will take over various downtown locations as local chefs compete for cash and prizes. At the Times Union Center, Albany County’s Live Life Local event showcases small local businesses, featuring food and craft vendors, live music and more. Attendees of Early Albany are encouraged to spend the day downtown! For information on both events, visit and

There also will be a special Carillon Concert from Albany City Hall at 12 noon in honor of the 400th Anniversary of the founding of Ft. Nassau


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The City of Albany, NY Office of Cultural Affairs plans, produces and co-sponsors an array of fairs, festivals, and concerts promoting art, entertainment and cultural interest for all ages. These special events are 100% underwritten by generous local and national sponsors.


City of Albany Office of Cultural Affairs
City Hall - Room M252
Albany, NY 12207
P: (518) 434.2032

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