5 Free Summer Concert Series in the Capital Region

Rockin on the River - Free Music Concert in Troy NY

Whether you’re a full-time music lover or you’re just looking for something to do, these free outdoor concerts are a great way to spend a warm summer afternoon or evening. In fact, with 5 different concert series across the Capital Region, each with their own schedule of events, you could enjoy live music almost every night of the week! From country to rock, and blues and jazz, there’s something for everyone is this summer’s lineups.

Free Outdoor Concerts in the Albany Area

Alive at Five – Albany NY

Every Thursday evening through August 2, this free summer concert series features various national, regional and local artists, as well as food and drink vendors, at Jennings Landing in the Albany Corning Preserve. The popular weekly event is held rain or shine from 5:00 to 8:00pm with the rain location at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch. Learn more.

Rockin’ on the River – Troy NY

Troy’s 9-week free summer concert series is held every Wednesday night through August 7 from 5:00 to 8:30pm in Riverfront Park. Presented by the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District, the free outdoor concerts are held rain or shine and feature a fun music lineup of everything from blues to bluegrass. Learn more.

Freedom Park Summer Concert Series – Scotia NY

Music lovers from across the Capital Region can enjoy free concerts all summer long on the banks of the Mohawk River in Scotia’s Freedom Park amphitheater. Most performances start at 7:00pm and are held on various Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through August 29. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the show! Learn more.

Jazz on Jay – Schenectady NY

For a mid-day escape, head over to Jay Street (between State and Franklin) in Schenectady for free outdoor concerts on Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:30pm. Now through August 30, you can spend your lunch break with the best live jazz acts in the Albany area. Held rain or shine, this year’s rain location is the Robb Alley at Proctors Theater. Learn more.

Rock the Block – Cohoes NY

This brand new summer concert series is held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30pm through August 9 in Canal Square at 72 Remsen Street in Cohoes. Bring your own chair, check out the food and drink vendors, and enjoy free live music from local favorites, including The Audiostars, The Refrigerators and Big Sky Country. Learn more.

There’s More to Explore in the Capital Region

If you like live music, world-class arts and entertainment, shopping and restaurants surrounded by beautiful scenery, the Capital Region is the place to be! With so much to do, not just in the summer, but year-round, it’s no wonder that the Albany area is a favorite among young professionals and families alike. If you’re thinking about making a move to the Capital Region, give CM Fox Real Estate a call at (518) 861-7030. We have more than 50 real estate agents in Guilderland, Latham, Colonie & Albany NY, and we are happy to share our knowledge of the area and help you find the right community for you.