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2020 City of Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival Moves Online

August 24, 2020

DATE:             August 24, 2020
CONTACT:     Ryan Murray, Public Relations Coordinator 
                      518.434.5415 /

Albany, NY – Today, the City of Albany announced that Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival will move to a digital Jazz week celebration from September 8-11. 
On Friday, May 22, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order banning all mass gatherings of more than 10 people due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  As a result of this order and continued guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that recommends community-wide mass gatherings be cancelled, the City has decided it can no longer move ahead with September's Jazz Festival as originally scheduled. The City’s main priority is ensuring the health and safety of our residents and our community.  

Celebrate Jazz week with us starting on September 8th and ending on September 11th.  Each day we will be featuring a live musical performance from an area or regional Jazz musician!  Stay tuned to our social media for more details on the schedule of performances: @AlbanyNYevents on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

During Jazz week we will also be celebrating the legacy of Sgt. Henry Johnson!  You can nominate an Albany resident for the Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service. Deadline: Friday, August 28! To nominate someone who has dedicated their time and talent to the people of Albany, go to the City’s nomination webpage. Learn more about Sgt. Johnson's life story by watching this @PublicMediaWMHT video.

The status of the Last Run 5K (currently scheduled for December 12), is still being evaluated at this time in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The City of Albany will provide more information on the status of that event at a later date.

We hope everyone remains safe and we look forward to seeing you all at the Corning Preserve and Washington Park in 2021!

COVID-19 Prevention Reminders:

As a reminder, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the Albany County Department of Health for the most recent guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions and symptoms.

All individuals are urged to continue following social distancing protocols, including staying at home as much as possible, especially if you feel ill but even if you feel well, keeping at least 6 feet from other individuals, avoiding unnecessary appointments, regularly washing hands, covering coughs, avoiding the touching of face, eyes, mouth, nose, and ears, and taking special caution to avoid exposing the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

You will also find a variety of City of Albany-specific COVID-19 response information, including information regarding where to access food or child care, school closures, and how to volunteer, by clicking here