Albany Basketball Fan Fest: Three days of food, drink, and entertainment | Downtown Albany

Albany Basketball Fan Fest: Three days of food, drink, and entertainment

Albany Basketball Fan Fest: Three days of food, drink, and entertainment

While the NCAA Men's Basketball sessions are in Downtown, there will be just as much excitement outside the Times Union Center as there will be at the games. Basketball enthusiasts are invited to celebrate one of the biggest annual events in sports this March at the 2020 Albany Basketball Fan Fest, being held March 18, 19, and 21 at the Albany Capital Center (55 Eagle Street). Admission is free.

The event is designed to introduce visitors to Albany and will feature a showcase of local restaurants serving up their top creations. Eateries include: Allie B’s Cozy Kitchen; The Bishop; Cider Belly Doughnuts; City Beer Hall; Iron Gate Café; Jacob and Anthony’s; Mazzone Hospitality; Public House 42; Recovery Sports Grill; and Wellington’s.

The Saratoga Eagle Beer Garden will feature Bud Light Seltzer and offerings from Common Roots Brewing Company; Frog Alley Brewing Company; Goose Island Brewery; Michelob; Northway Brewing Co.; Paradox Brewery; Stella Artois and 1911 Cider.

The 2020 Albany Basketball Fan Fest will feature an exciting array of entertainment and activities, highlighted by performances from the Air Elite Dunkers, the official acrobatic dunk team for the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards. The team will showcase their aerobatic skills on Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19 (times to be announced).

Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to display their skills during shooting contests on the Siena men’s basketball regulation home court, which will be relocated from the Times Union Center to the Albany Capital Center for the duration of the event. Other activities and entertainment will include performances from college pep bands, music from a live DJ and large-screen televisions. 

March 18 | Noon-5:00 PM
March 19 & 21 | Hours will be announced on March 15

Admission is free.

  • $10 for 5 samples of food
  • $7 for 3 samples from the Saratoga Eagle beer garden (must be 21 years of age with valid ID)

Click here for a list of participating restaurants

Click here for a list of beverage offerings