FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | MAY 24, 2017
City of Troy, Downtown Troy BID, Brown’s Brewing Company, WEQX, Tri-City ValleyCats, Enchanted City Festival and More Announce 2017 Summer Special Events Schedule
TROY, NY – The arrival of the summer season is nearly upon us, and Troy continues to be the premiere destination for entertainment, music and family fun in 2017. Nearly 40 live music concerts, festivals and special events have been scheduled for the months of June, July, August and September across the Collar City. On Thursday, May 25, Mayor Patrick Madden, the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District, Brown’s Brewing Company, WEQX 102.7-FM, the Enchanted City Festival, the Tri-City ValleyCats and other representatives will co-host a press conference to announce details of Troy’s 2017 summer events and concert season.
“This season’s wide-ranging lineup of entertainment and events in Troy has something for everyone across the Capital Region to enjoy,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “With an expanded concert calendar featuring great local music, signature food and craft beer festivals, and special events the Collar City remains the place to be for families, residents and visitors to enjoy Troy throughout the summer season.”
“We are looking forward to yet another full season of free, family friendly programming,” said Katie Hammon, Executive Director of the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District. “Downtown Troy has a wide array of shops, restaurants, and places to explore, and we are excited to continue welcoming new and seasoned guests to Troy’s historic, walkable downtown through widely-attended events including Rockin’ on the River, River Fest, Troy Pig Out, Chowderfest, Troy Night Out, Restaurant & Craft Beer Week, Fitness in the Park, and more!”
“We look at this craft beer and live music concert series as an opportunity to not only showcase our remarkable liquid but to put our culture on display for everyone to experience,” Garry Brown, owner of Brown’s Brewing. “Craft beer and music make for an awesome partnership and we’re very excited to invite everyone down to our place in Troy this summer.”
“At EQX, we love promoting live music, and the joy it brings to so many people,” said Jason Keller, Afternoon Drive Host on 102.7 WEQX. “Downtown Troy is such a beautiful spot, and our conversation with Browns came along at just the right time. The performers we have lined up will only add to the vibrate music scene in the Capital Region.”
“The Tri-City ValleyCats are honored to be hosting this year’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game and surrounding festivities. This event will feature some of the brightest young stars in Minor League Baseball while also showcasing the city of Troy and Capital Region as an exciting destination for fans throughout our league,” Matt Callahan, General Manager of the Tri-City ValleyCats. “This is an opportunity for us to add to the great summer lineup Troy has in store for local residents and those traveling to enjoy these events.”
“The Troy Flag Day Committee is excited to present the 50th Annual Troy Flag Day parade on Sunday June 11 as part of Troy’s vibrant summer season,” said Jerry Weaver, Flag Day Parade Committee President. “This year’s parade is named in honor of longtime Chairman and committee-man Joseph Killeen who passed away after last year’s parade. The committee is working extra hard with the amazing support and assistance from Franklin Hospitality to bring one of the best parade experiences ever viewed in the upstate region. Planning and development of the parade is ongoing, the committee urges local businesses, social groups, sports teams, and youth groups to put together a contingent of marchers to compliment the many musical groups interspersed throughout the lineup.”
“As a developmental coach and true fan of Olympic wrestling we wanted to create a festival that encouraged wrestler’s participation,” said Joe Uccellini, head coach of Curby-3 Style Wrestling Club and co-founder of Headlocks on the Hudson Troy. “Riverfront Park gives us that atmosphere and the supporting local Troy businesses make it that much better. Last year, our first year, received great reviews and we look forward to growing it even more to near 300 wrestlers this year.”
“Steampunk owes a lot of its aesthetic to ‘The Time Machine,’” said The Enchanted City festival organizer Sue Dunckel, noting the Victorian era scenes from the 2002 Hollywood movie were filmed in the Collar City. “The Enchanted City is a real life fairy tale that you can experience and even become a character in if you wish. It’s a steampunk Brigadoon that we are thrilled to present in Troy each summer!”
“The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market community supports over 100 local farms and businesses, and sustains nearly 5,000 acres of farmland by shopping with us every Saturday,” says Liz Hammond, Troy Waterfront Farmers Market Manager. “We are so excited to be celebrating this support, local foods, and everything handmade each week on River Street this summer.”
“The Flea is a collective market filled with vintage and handmade goodies, food and music located in the heart of downtown Troy,” said Kristin Jackson, Director of the Troy Flea Market. “We have exciting new vendors and cannot wait for the start of the third year of Troy Flea. There are so many wonderful businesses open downtown on Sundays and we are thrilled to be a part of another exciting summer season in Troy.”
“Most people only ever see the facades of our brownstones from the streets,” said Peter Grimm, President of the Friends of Prospect Park, the volunteer group that organizes the Hidden Garden Tour. “This is a special kind of event that invites visitors into the hidden, green spaces of our city. It really showcases the humanity and livability of Troy.”
A full list of the entire 2017 summer events schedule can be seen below and at www.troyny.gov
2017 Summer Event Schedule:
18th Annual Troy Hidden Garden Tour
Thursday, May 25, 4:00 p.m.
The 18th Annual Hidden Garden Tour, sponsored by the Friends of Prospect Park, will be held, rain or shine, 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 25, 2017. This self-guided walking tour features private gardens in the Historic Sage, Washington Park, and adjoining neighborhoods in downtown Troy.
Brown’s Summer Sessions
Presented by Brown’s Brewing Company & Ryan’s Wake
Thursdays, 5:00 p.m. – June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 13
Brown’s Summer Sessions is a six-week outdoor craft beer and live music experience held behind Brown’s Troy Taproom on the banks of the Hudson River. Brown’s has partnered with WEQX to curate a roster of outstanding artists to perform at the riverfront stage every Thursday night in June, and Thursday, July 13. Sponsored in part by Ryan’s Wake and CDTA, Brown’s Summer Sessions is aimed towards uniting the entire community, sharing locally-crafted beer, and celebrating the beautiful and historic city of Troy. All ages welcome. Gates open at 5 pm and admission is free. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Outside food and drink, pets or bikes will not be allowed. Event will be held rain or shine. 21 and older with ID to purchase and consume alcohol. More information on the Brown’s Summer Sessions can be seen at www.brownsbrewing.com
June 1 – Mondo Cozmo / Rechordoroys / One Red Martian
June 8 – Ron Gallo / Joe Mansman and the Midnight Revival Band / The Late Shift
June 15 – Sir Sly / Trapdoor Social / Good Fiction
June 22 – Rustic Overtones / Angels on the Fourth / Candy Ambulance
June 29 – Eastbound Jesus / Black Mountain Symphony
July 13 – Bleeker / Northern Faces / Stellar Young
Rockin’ on the River
Presented by the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District
Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
June 7, 14, 21, 28 | July 5, 12, 19, 26 | August 2, 9
Rockin’ on the River takes place on Wednesday nights this summer in Riverfront Park. The series will begin on Wednesday, June 7th and run through August 9th with 10 weeks of free family-friendly programming encouraging music fans to shop, dine and explore downtown Troy on Wednesday nights during the summer. The concerts will take place between 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in Riverfront Park, sandwiched between historic downtown Troy and the beautiful Hudson River. The series offers an eclectic range of music with a lineup ranging from classic rock, to folk, country, and sounds from around the globe. We welcome new and seasoned guests to the historic walkable downtown to experience live music, and the tastes of Troy with food and beverages available.
June 7 | Almost Queen
Troy Music Academy All-stars
June 14 | Deerhoof
Aficionado & Another Michael
June 21 | Skeeter Creek
June 28 | Alex Torres y Su Orquesta
July 5 | The British Invasion Experience
July 12 | Saintseneca
The Sea The Sea
July 19 | Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience
July 26 | Tiana Asili y La Banda Rebelde
August 2 | SIRSY
Sly Fox and The Hustlers
August 9 | Rumours – Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Additional Downtown BID Summer Events:
More information can be found on all the Downtown Troy BID events at www.troybid.com
Troy Night Out
Last Friday of Every Month | 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
14th Annual Troy River Fest
Saturday, June 17 | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fitness in The Park
Sundays, June 25 through August 27 | 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
10th Annual Troy Pig Out
Saturday, July 15 | 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Restaurant & Craft Beer Week
Monday, September 11 through Sunday, September 17
11th Annual Chowder Fest
Sunday, October 8 | 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Headlocks on the Hudson
Sunday, June 4, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Headlocks on the Hudson is an outdoor Freestyle and Greco Roman Wrestling tournament held in Troy’s Riverfront Park hosted by Curby 3 style Wrestling Club. The event is open to all ages, abilities and genders, with youth athletes from as far as Canada, Chicago and Maine wrestling in the event. Local Troy businesses supporting and participating in this year’s tournament include: Muddaddy Flatts, DeFazio’s Pizzeria, The Ruck, Collar City Chiropractic, Ashley Uccellini LMT and Better Wellness PT.
50th Annual Troy Flag Day Parade
Sunday, June 11, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Troy Flag Parade, long touted as the nation’s largest flag day celebration, is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer. The event attracts 50,000 spectators lining the Fourth Street parade route. Sunday June 11, is the date to be circled by Capital District Area Residents and beyond as a reminder to be in attendance for the 50th Troy Flag Day Parade starting at 1:00 PM sharp, rain or shine. Please visit http://www.troyflagday.org/ for more information.
Sundays – June, July, August, and September, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
June 11, 25, July 9, 23, August 13, 27, September 10, 24
The Flea is a twice monthly outdoor market focusing on vintage clothes, furniture and housewares; and specialty handmade and crafted items. It is held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in Riverfront Park in downtown Troy, NY. The event is held from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/troyflea
Powers Park Concert Series
Saturdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The 14th Annual Powers Park Concert Series kicks off Saturday, July 8th at Powers Park located in Troy’s historic Lansingburgh neighborhood. Concerts will be held on Saturdays in July and August from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All shows are free to the public. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at the event. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in Powers Park.
July 8 – Bluz House Rockers
July 15 – Soul Sky with Joe Lowry, Sonny Speed and Jeremy Walz
July 22 – Kyle Bourgault Band
July 29 – Jacamo
August 5 – Cryin’ Out Loud
August 12 – Al Bruno
August 19 – School of Rock Troy Music Academy, Rocks Music Studio
August 26 – Emerald City
Tri-City ValleyCats – New York – Penn League All-Star Game
Game: Tuesday, August 15, 3:00 p.m.
Fan Fest: Monday, August 14, 5:30 p.m., Riverfront Park, Troy, NY
The Tri-City ValleyCats will host the 2017 New York-Penn League All-Star Game this summer for the first time since 2008. The All-Star Game festivities will be a two-day event that will feature a concert and fan fest at Riverfront Park in Troy on Monday, August 14th. This will be a free event featuring a national act with more details to be announced in early June. On Tuesday, August 15th, the best and brightest stars of the New York-Penn League will be showcased at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy for the league All-Star Game. Gates will open at 4:00 PM for autograph sessions presented by UpgradetoComfort.com, a special Home Run Derby presented by Slidin’ Dirty, and other fan-interactive activities. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM and tickets are on sale now at www.tcvalleycats/allstargame. The All-Star Game and Fan Fest are supported by a grant from Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program under the Market NY initiative.
Enchanted City Steampunk Festival
Saturday, September 16, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Celebrating its fourth year, The Enchanted City is the Steampunk Tale of Troy NY. The fairy tale of the city’s future and past is revealed for a day in Troy’s historic downtown. It is an urban spectacle of invention, imagination, and theater which honors Troy’s Victorian/Industrial heritage, while highlighting the City’s emerging creative economy and technology sector. The Enchanted City is a free event open to the public to be held on Saturday September 16th in Troy’s Riverfront Park. Additional information is available at www.enchantedtroy.com
Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is a year-round, producer-only farmers market located in Downtown Troy. From their humble beginnings of less than 20 vendors, the market is now in their 18th season with over 80 local, producer-only Vendors, and a year-round marketplace drawing thousands of customers weekly! Products range from organic produce to artisan soaps and more. Please join us every Saturday this Summer on River Street around Monument Square in Downtown Troy from 9am until 2pm. Now accepting Credit, Debit, and EBT/SNAP Benefits. Find out more at www.troymarket.org.
John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131