Visitors filling up Albany hotel rooms this weekend

Hundreds expected for graduation ceremonies, bike race

ALBANY, GA – Several events are causing Albany to welcome many visitors this weekend as hotels throughout the city are booking up for today and Saturday.

All four public high schools are conducting graduation Saturday at the Albany Civic Center. Sending off the new graduates will be Westover, Albany, Dougherty and Monroe high schools. Ceremonies begin at 9 p.m. and continue at two and a half hour increments ending with the last celebration at 4:30 p.m.

Albany’s 10th Annual Bike Race kicks off with the Criterium races at 8 a.m on Saturday, and continues throughout the day until approximately 5 p.m.. The action picks back up on Sunday in Lee County for the road races. This marks the second year that the race is part of the Southeast Regional Series (SRS) which consists of five races in five states. Amateur and elite cyclists are awarded points at each race that amounts to a series winner. Visit www.srs-racing.com for more information.

Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the 100 Block Street Art Competition will test artist’s talent at the Art Park on Pine Avenue. Spectators will be treated to vendors, live music and beat boy battles. An after party begins at 9 p.m. for ages 18 and up. Entry fee is $5 or a donation of two cans of spray paint. There are plans for a follow up competition on Sept. 6. Visit www.artparkonpine.com for more information.

In 2013, the SRS bike race resulted in a $200,000 economic impact. Last year marked the first year the bike race had its own weekend. It was part of the Rock, Roll and Run weekend previously. Registrations for this year’s race are up 40 percent.