Don't Miss This When Visiting
Lark Street is the crux of the 1st Friday events, a city-wide arts show opening extravaganza. Shopping is available, and many storefronts are tucked into basement-level or second-story shops, further lending to their appeal. Shoppers can find contemporary art, antiques, jewelry, vintage clothing, flowers, books, and wine.
Lark Street features a variety of restaurants and eateries and virtually every prominent local musician in Albany plays regularly on Lark Street.This is where the culture of Albany today, resides.
Gay bars and the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Center catering to LGBT clientele are in the Lark Street area. The annual Gay Pride parade marches down Lark Street every June.
Also in June is the annual Art on Lark, when the street is transformed by artists' displays including painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, ceramicists, glass artists, live performances & music on several stages. The event has an average attendance of 20,000 people. Art on Lark is the second largest street festival in upstate New York second only to LarkFEST- the largest one day street festival in New York with attendance reaching 80,000 people. This event showcase local, regional, and national musical acts as well as around 150 arts and crafts, retail, and food vendors.
Lark Street is the vibrant heart of Albany, the Capital of New York State. Across 10 blocks of the District, many unique and exciting businesses line the street offering one of a kind experiences for residents and visitors alike. From shopping to dining to nightlife to the arts, Lark Street has it all for a Live-Work-Play lifestyle. Often called the "Village in the City", Lark Street often evokes the feeling of neighborhoods in New York City. Throughout the year, many events take place on Lark Street including Art on Lark, LarkFEST and Winter WonderLark. Lark Street is the place to be!
Lark Street's culture has been highlighted by the budget-minded Let's Go Travel Guides. A diverse range of artists and organizations have found their way to Lark Street - among them, the Upstate Artists Guild (UAG) which is working to get more galleries and studios into the downtown Albany and Troy areas. Because of this, and efforts from others, Lark Street's many historic apartment buildings have been turned into galleries and artist studios.