albany-logo-new.JPGAlbany, N.Y. - Is your summer flying by? Well it's not too late to get out and experience all the amazing summer events the capital city has to offer.  This month there are many exciting events to help you make the most of the final days of summer - from the Altamont Fair to the 2011 Albany Latin Fest to the much anticipated 142nd running of the Travers Stakes. Don't let the rest of summer pass you by! 8/6 | African American Family Day Empire State Plaza | Albany, NY Website | (518) 473-0559 Special musical guests, inspiring speakers and family-oriented activities will highlight the annual African-American Family Day celebration dedicated to embodying five community principles -family, love, peace, unity, and respect 8/12-14 | Canal Splash Various Locations | Albany, NY Website A celebration of the history, culture, and recreational appeal of the NYS Canal System. Guided walks, bikes, cruises, museum and gallery exhibits, canoe and kayak paddles, canal side festivals, performances, and more!   8/13 | CARAMA 2011 Music Haven-Central Park | Schenectady, NY Website | (518) 346-7625 Food, arts, crafts. Bring your flags and show your colors Caribbean Cultural Festival and Carnival Parade (A Family Oriented Event). The Costume Parade around the lake will begin at noon and there will be live entertainment and DJ music from 2-8 PM. 8/16-21 | Altamont Fair Altamont Fairgrounds | 129 Grand St. | Altamont, NY 12009 Website | (518) 861-6671 A three-county fair that includes rides, 4H exhibits, animals, arts and crafts, two stages of entertainment, carnival games and nine historical museum exhibits.   8/17 | At the Plaza Food Festival Empire State Plaza | Albany, NY Website | (518) 473-0559 Ample foods from around the region and around the world while grooving to the sounds of music on the main stage. This At the Plaza favorite features a Farmer's Market, Pride of New York vendors, and more than 50 specialty vendors serving up delicious lunch and dinner treats. 8/27 | The 142nd Travers Stakes Saratoga Race Track | 267 Union Ave. | Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Website The Travers Stakes in Saratoga Springs is the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in America. Today, Travers Weekend is one of the largest weekends throughout the Saratoga racing season. 8/27 | 2011 Albany Latin Fest Washington Park | Albany, NY Website This full day family festival is a celebration of the contributions of Hispanics to the cultural arts mosaic of American life, and is guaranteed to energize and stimulate the senses. Expect the best in Latin music, food, crafters and children's amusements. 8/27-28 | Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Hudson Valley Community College | Troy, NY Website It's our Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Albany, New York located at Hudson Valley Community College.   In addition, you will be able to crop and work on your card art projects during the expo all weekend in Albany during all show Hours.  Crop N' Shop Tickets are available for a limited time only. 8/28 | American Idol 2011 Tour Times Union Center | 51 S Pearl St. | Albany, NY Website | (518) 487-2000 Featuring the Top 11 Contestants from Season 10! 8/31 | Carnival of Madness Tour Times Union Center | 51 S Pearl St. | Albany, NY Website | (518) 487-2000 Joining the Carnival this summer will be Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and Emphatic. For More Information: www.albany.org/(800) 258-3582