Five fun things to look forward to this semester
By Russell Oliver
The University at Albany and the local area has tons of great events to look forward to this semester. From festivals to sports to great musicians visiting the city, there are a bunch of activities to do during your free time this spring.
1 As with every semester, UAlbany has many great sports to watch. The basketball season is already underway, so expect games to continue into the upcoming weeks of school. Shereesha Richards was recently selected as a 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award Candidate for Women’s Basketball. Richards is currently the program’s all-time scoring leader, passing the 2,000-point mark. On the UAlbany men’s team, Peter Hooley recently said in a Times Union article that he plans to break the shooting slump that he’s been in this semester. Hooley was chosen to be captain of the team for the third consecutive season.
2 The New York State Museum holds events throughout the year that involve and benefit the community. This spring they are holding two events: NY in Bloom and Canstruction. NY in Bloom will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next month from Friday, Feb. 19 to Sunday, Feb. 24. The event encourages members of the region to build floral displays that they place throughout the museum. The museum does this to get the community excited about the upcoming spring. Later in the year is Canstruction, which is a local food drive that collects cans that are later built into “canstructions” that are put on display at the museum. At the end of the event all cans are donated to food pantries around Albany. Canstruction takes place this coming March.
3 ParkFest has surprised students each year with musical artists performing on campus for a minimal student fee. Held in SEFCU arena, the concert has hosted hit musicians such as 2 Chainz, Future, J. Cole, Nas, and Flo Rida. The artists aren’t usually announced until a few weeks before the event. In 2014 tickets sold out in a matter of eight hours due to a lack of a ticket purchase cap. Tickets are free for students.
4 One of Albany’s most popular events is Tulip Fest, which is held in May on Mother’s Day weekend. The festival often has live music, entertainment, vendors, fine art, and thousands of tulips in bloom across Washington Park. They also have numerous local vendors selling their own food and beverages. This year’s Tulip Fest will be Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8. It’s always a great festival to celebrate with your friends or family, and it’s a great way to celebrate the end of Final’s Week!
5 Albany has always been a great place for musicians to stop in for a performance, and it’s no different this year. Albany is bringing in the rock this year with Bruce Springsteen, O.A.R., and Jackie Greene. First in town is Springsteen, bringing along his E Street Band performing at the Times Union Center on Feb. 8. O.A.R. will make an appearance at the Palace Performing Arts Center on Feb. 11 and the next night Jackie Green will be performing at the Egg on Feb. 12. Find tickets at www.albany.org/events.