Looking for other things to check out while visiting the Pooia?  Albany, once known as “Hub City” due to its proximity to land, rail, and water based travel, is now home to some very cool, very unique events for folks of all ages.  This is just a brief overview of some of the highlights… check out AlbanyVisitors.com  for the details.

Albany Civic Theater 

ACT is an all-volunteer, non-profit community theater that takes pride in producing a year-round season of top-quality comedies, dramas and musicals chosen to appeal to a wide range of audience tastes, and to provide exciting creative opportunities for local actors, technicians and theater lovers.  We know several folks who have performed in ACT’s plays, and they are definitely top-notch!

River Rhythms

Hands-down, my favorite event!  A fantastic line-up of music, beautiful Thursday summer nights in the park, and your choice of beverages, imbibed picnic style!  PS: Calapooia has Thursday night Growler specials… just saying.  Check out the website for this year’s schedule.

The River Rhythms of Albany Concert Series was presented with Oregon Festivals and Events Association’s Ovation Award for Best Performing or Fine Arts Festival celebrated in Oregon during 2012.

Nosh Tour

The Albany Visitors Association (AVA) is thrilled to offer an opportunity to taste the wonderful world we live in. Via Albany’s Historic Trolley, departing from the AVA, the Nosh Tour takes participants back stage in many of Albany’s home-grown restaurants; tasting food and drink samples of what makes each establishment stand out, getting to see behind the scenes, and speaking with the people who make it all happen.

Blackberry Junction 

Just a couple of blocks down from the Pooia, the Terminal warehouse is full of amazing creations including furniture, jewelry, vintage and more.  Browse for your treasures, and then come have a beer and a burger!

Carousel Museum

A wonderful experience for people of all ages…. They are getting closer to completion, so hurry and check it out before they are all done!  Watching these intricate, amazing pieces transform from concept drawing to beautiful, high-gloss works-of-art is not to be missed.  And once they are done, the carousel and the building housing it – home run, Albany!

Upstairs Downtown Wine walk

Starting at 4pm until 8pm you can visit lofts that are normally off limits to the public. Many have been recently renovated. This is a FREE event designed to kick of National Historic Preservation Month. 541-928-2469 www.albanydownt​own.com

Wine Walk participants can buy a glass and taste wines from 20+ wineries in shops on First Ave.  Note all alcohol must be consumed in the stores that are hosting the wineries.

Northwest Art and Air Festival 

A very cool, free festival celebrating music, art, and really big floaty thingies!  Hot air balloon enthusiasts from all over the country come to this event.  This year, Foreigner is the headlining band on Saturday night.  It’s “Urgent” you attend!

Historic Homes Tour

Albany’s 36th Annual Tour of Historic Homes is scheduled for Saturday, July 27, 2013 11am to 5pm. This year’s tour features six historic homes, two churches and three museums. This is a self-guided tour and many of the homes and buildings are within walking distance of each other. Ticket price also includes trolley and/or horse-drawn wagon rides.

Visitors can tour the homes in any order they like. Homeowners and Hosts/Hostesses will be available to answer questions about restoration efforts, historic house maintenance and why they chose Albany as home.  I’ve been told this tour is unique in that the homes are opened up to the visitors…

Veteran’s Day Parade

With over 200 entries, and as many as 40,000 spectators, Albany hosts the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi. The parade features veterans from wars past and present, marching units, military vehicles, and marching bands.  I know they used to start the day by discharging a Howitzer… that’ll clear through a hangover in a hurry!

Albany Farmer’s Market

Buy your locally raised fresh veggies, fruit, flowers, and meats, and meet up with your friends and neighbors in this friendly, low-key community event.