6 Can’t-Miss Events in Albany this Winter

January 9th, 2020 by

Wine is being poured into a glass at a wine tasting in Albany, NY.

Living in Albany, NY in the winter can be rough – we don’t have to tell you about the snow and the cold and the seemingly endless dark. While all of us would like to burrow down into our warm homes and not step outside until mid-March (perhaps even April?), this time of year it’s more important than ever to push ourselves to get out. Going for a walk in the new-fallen snow and watching it sparkle in the moonlight is a great way to celebrate the New Year and enjoy January.

But an even better way to show winter who’s boss is to get out and take advantage of some of the amazing events going on in the area. That’s right – you’ll need to leave the warmth of your blanket layers, tunnel through the snow, and feel the cold light of day. But we promise it will be worth it. See for yourself what’s going on in Albany, NY, this winter, and if you need a way to get to any of these great events, then swing by DePaula Ford for your next car, truck, or SUV.

Monster Jam – January 11th-12th

What kind of car dealership would we be if we didn’t start with a massive, adrenaline-fueled celebration of motorized mayhem?! Monster Jam is a great way to kick off 2020 with the world’s most recognizable monster trucks flying off ramps and slamming down onto their unwitting vehicular victims. Some of the best drivers in the world strap into these massive beasts and compete right before your eyes – this really is great entertainment for the entire family.

Monster Jam runs from Saturday, January 11th through Sunday, January 12th. Tickets and Pit Passes are available right now, and you can order them online with variable pricing depending on seats and times. There are two shows on Saturday, the first at 1 pm and the second at 7 pm, with a third show at 1 pm on Sunday. Monster Jam is being held at Times Union Center, located at 51 S Pearl St here in Albany, NY.

2020 New York Bridal & Wedding Expo – January 12th

A row of wedding dresses is shown.

You don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day for love and romance to be in the air, or at least wedding planning and bridal bouquets! If you are planning a wedding for 2020 or 2021 – or you’re just passionate about matrimony – then this is an event you definitely don’t want to miss. There will be a huge selection of exhibits for you to see and check out, and everything you could possibly need to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.

This is a one-day only event, so be sure not to hesitate and get your free passes now. That’s right – if you register online today you can get a free pass, but otherwise, admission is $10 at the door. The 2020 New York Bridal & Wedding Expo will be held on Sunday, January 12th from 11 am to 5 pm at the Albany Capital Center at 55 Eagle St.

2020 Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival – January 16th-18th

From gorgeous wedding clothes to an event that will make it tough to fit into your tux or dress, the 2020 Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival is coming soon! This is the 11th Annual Wine & Dine for the Arts festival, and it will be a celebration of everything culinary. There will be over 100 wines to choose from and enjoy, along with more than 70 innovative chefs and restaurants featuring their remarkable dishes. It is an exploration of food and drink from all over the world, and there really is nothing else like it.

The 2020 Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival will be held over the course of three days, from Thursday, January 16th through Saturday, January 18th. Tickets are available right now, at different prices depending on what events or tastings you wish to attend. There will be so much to see and sample that you really need to check it out for yourself and find the perfect way to explore your culinary passion. This event will be held at the Albany Capital Center at 55 Eagle St here in Albany, NY.

2020 Slider Slam! – January 17th

Speaking of delicious dishes, check out Slider Slam! here in Albany, NY. This is actually an event that is a part of the larger Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival, but we thought it was so much fun that it needed its own shout-out. If you like little cheeseburgers that pack a lot of flavor into a couple of bites, then this is the event for you. It’s an all-out slider competition featuring some of the best chefs around.

Slider Slam! will be held on Friday, January 17th, from 8 pm to 11 pm. There will be live music, and tickets are on sale right now, with both standard and VIP passes available. Delicious sliders, rockin’ music, tastings of Ommegang beers, with Jack Daniels and Stoli Vodka… if you’re not already buying a ticket, then we don’t know what else to say.

Three sliders are shown on a wood tray.

Times Union Home Expo – February 7th-9th

Once you’ve had a few weeks to recover from the Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival (and that Slider Slam! in particular), then you should check out the Times Union Home Expo. Whether you have a home improvement project planned for the spring, or you simply want to get a sense of what’s possible in the future, this is a fantastic event here in Albany, NY. This is the largest consumer home show in the Capital Region and sees more than 8,000 attendees every year with a tremendous selection of professional builders, remodelers, and developers.

The Times Union Home Expo runs from Friday, February 7th through Sunday, February 9th. Tickets are on sale now, and the price depends on when you want to attend: Friday tickets are $5 each, while tickets for Saturday or Sunday are $8 each. Kids ages 14 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. The Home Expo goes from 3 pm to 8 pm on Friday, 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday and is being held at Albany Capital Center.

2020 Albany NY Wine & Chocolate Festival – February 15th

If you never seem to get your fill of wine and chocolate on Valentine’s Day, then we have good news for you! The 2020 Albany NY Wine & Chocolate Festival is coming up and promises to be a fantastic celebration of two of life’s greatest indulgences. Wines from all over the area will be available for tasting and purchase, as well as delicious products from distilleries and cideries, so there’s really something for everyone. Not to mention all the chocolate, cheese, and other treats you could ask for.

The 2020 Albany NY Wine & Chocolate Festival is being held on Saturday, February 15th at two different times: the first event is from 1 pm to 4 pm, with a second event from 5 pm to 8 pm. Tickets are on sale now, with designated driver tickets available for just $10, or advance admission passes available for $30 that include sampling the wine. The 2020 Albany NY Wine & Chocolate Festival is being held at The Desmond Hotel at 660 Albany Shaker Rd – rooms are available at a discount rate for attendees.

With so many amazing events to attend, it’s important to have a way to get around town. If you’re looking to get a new vehicle, then come visit us at DePaula Ford and make sure you’re ready for the next big celebration!

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