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FlintFest2 today opens active month for Albany

Volunteers Mary Newcomb, left, and Kewauna Williams help runners Frances Carr and her daughter Madison Carr register Oct. 5 for the Dougherty County Medical Association's RiverFront Run 5K and 1-mile run/walk starting at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 6 in conjuntion with FlintFest2 in downtown Albany.

Volunteers Mary Newcomb, left, and Kewauna Williams help runners Frances Carr and her daughter Madison Carr register Oct. 5 for the Dougherty County Medical Association's RiverFront Run 5K and 1-mile run/walk starting at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 6 in conjuntion with FlintFest2 in downtown Albany.

ALBANY, Ga. — The first big event for a very busy October will kick off today downtown as the second FlintFest officially gets underway.

The combination of musical and international festivals will run from noon to midnight with a $5 entry fee for adults. Kids 10 and under get in free with an adult.

The festival will feature a wide variety of musical talent in a large variety of genres from blues to reggae, and rock to Indian and Bollywood music.

Some downtown businesses like Verge and MySistersPlace will be open and giving discounts — 10 percent at either place — for customers who show their FlintFest2 armband.

Slightly before the FlintFest2 festivities kick off, the Flint RiverQuarium will start its annual Wings and Wildlife festival, sponsored by MillerCoors.

Patrons can learn about various species of animals, help provide bird habitat by building birdhouses, and get up close to birds of prey and large snakes.

Outside of downtown, garden tours will be given at the Radium Springs Gardens off Radium Springs Road, while food and crafts will be for sale at the RiverQuarium’s downtown location.

Today’s downtown events start what will be one of the most event-packed months in recent memory.

The Darton Fall Music Department Concert is Monday, and the Freedom Singers will hold a concert at the Albany Civil Rights Institute called “Music of the Southwest Georgia Movement” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13.

The 13th is also the second day of the Georgia Throwdown at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds, which starts Friday and concludes Oct. 14. Performances of Albany State University’s musical comedy “Ms. Elle” will be held Oct. 17 and 18. Also on Oct. 18, the Albany Museum of Art is hosting “Cocktails and Acrylics” for $40 at the museum. Pre-registration is required.

Oct. 20 is Family Day at the art museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is also the day of Octoberfest downtown at the Veterans Park Amphitheatre. The Albany Area Arts Council will feature “Living the Art Life: A Home and Studio Tour” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 20th as well.

On Oct. 22, the Albany Chorale will perform its “Spirits and Spirituals for Scholarships” concert to help underwrite scholarships for vocal students at Darton State College and Albany State. The concert will start at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Theatre Albany will host a production of the thriller “Spider Island” Oct. 25-28.

The October Deck of Arts music and arts event is scheduled for Oct. 26, while the second day of the two-part Ray Charles Music Festival is set for Oct. 27.

For a complete schedule of October events, go to albanyartscouncil.org.