At The Plaza 2018

the band Smash Mouth

The series starts with the 4th of July Celebration -- and Smash Mouth is headlining. / photo via Smash Mouth Facebook

The schedule for this summer's lineup of events at/near the Empire State Plaza is out. It includes a mix of concerts, festivals, and outdoor movie screenings. All the events are free to attend.

The series stars July 4 and runs through September. This year's slate also includes a new event, the Hops and Harvest Festival, a celebration of "the best of what autumn has to offer in upstate New York and blue grass music."

On with the schedule...

July 4: New York State's 4th of July Celebration - featuring Smash Mouth and Moriah Formica

July 11: Capital Concert Series - featuring En Vogue

July 14: Kids Day: Thomas & Friends Sing Along Adventure

July 18: Capital Concert Series: Toots & the Maytals

July 25: Capital Concert Series: Blue Öyster Cult

August 1: Capital Concert Series: Grand Funk Railroad

August 4: Black Arts & Cultural Festival - featuring Faith Evans

August 8: New York State Food Festival - featuring Everclear

August 15: Capitol Park After Dark Movies: Out of the Past
In West Capitol Park.

August 22: Capitol Park After Dark Movies: Vertigo
In West Capitol Park.

August 29: Capitol Park After Dark Movies: West Side Story
In West Capitol Park.

September 5: Jazz at the Plaza: Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers

September 12: Jazz at the Plaza: Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes

September 19: Hops and Harvest Festival - featuring The Infamous Stringdusters

September 22: Hispanic Heritage Celebration - featuring Raul Acosta y Oro Sólido

Lunchtime at the Plaza

Daytime concerts on Wednesdays.

June 6: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra - Afro-Caribbean rhythms

June 13: Closet Classics - acoustic classics from the '60s and '70s

June 20: Annie in the Water - combination of reggae, funk, rock, blues, and jam band

June 27: Rusticators - acoustic with Americana spirit

July 11: The Stray Dogs - acoustic classics

July 18: The Singin' Palms - Hawaiian Tiki

July 25: Olde Time Dance Band - big band swing

August 1: Melissa Sgambelluri Trio - dynamic singer/songwriter pop

August 8: Dominant Five Bradd Quintet - classical Dixie jazz

August 15: School of Rock - youth band

August 22: The Lane Brothers - soulful, jazzy, bluegrass

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