BID events, which may occur weekly or annually, offer the opportunity for local and regional business owners, as well as food, craft, not-for-profit, and corporate vendors to participate. These events include:


  • Applications can be sent by email to info@downtowntroy.org, hand delivered or mailed to 251 River Street, Troy, NY 12180. Credit card payments will be accepted via square invoice.
  • Payment will not be deposited until vendor is accepted. To pay by credit card, check Credit Card via Square Invoice, you will be invoiced following acceptance into the festival. The Downtown Troy BID will not accept personal checks from any vendor who has had a check returned for insufficient funds.  Payment from these vendors must be made via certified check, money order or credit card via Square Invoice. If your application is not accepted, your payment will be voided and a copy of the payment with be sent via email. Cash will be returned in the mail or in person.
  • All vendors will ultimately be determined and selected based on specific application criteria and overall integrity of the event. Failure to provide all information prior to the application deadline will result in immediate rejection of your application.
  • Exclusivity rights may apply to specific menu items such as lemonade, old-fashioned soda, kettle corn etc.. Confirmation of menu items will be made along with acceptance into the festival. If you are found selling items that were not confirmed upon acceptance, you will be asked to stop selling and/or leave the festival.
  • All food vendors must supply proof of Commercial General Liability insurance, worker’s compensation (C105.2) and disability (DB-120.1) OR a Certificate of Attestation of Exemption (CE-200) and list the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District and City of Troy as additionally insured. They must also obtain a food permit from the Rensselaer County Department of Health and deliver a copy of the permit along with insurance certificate to the Downtown Troy BID office at least one week prior to the event. The health permit must also be presented on site.

Rockin' on the River Summer Music Series

Wednesdays June 7 through August 9, 2017, 5:00-9:00pm

Free, outdoor concert series giving music fans a wonderful excuse to stay out and about on a Wednesday night in Downtown Troy.
June 7, 14, 21, 28 | July 5, 12, 19, 26 | August 2, 9

Notice of acceptance sent by Monday, May 22

Troy Makers Market (Weekly Event)

Saturdays, 9:00am to 2:00pm

A weekly celebration of crafters, makers, artists & tastemakers from around the Capital Region, held in conjunction with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market.



Troy Night Out (Monthly Event)

Last Friday of the month, January through November

Troy Night Out is a monthly arts and cultural event that takes place the last Friday of every month in Downtown Troy from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The event regularly draws thousands people onto the streets of Troy, and attendees are able to enjoy art events, music venues, fine restaurants as well as unique boutiques of all varieties. Vendors will be listed in event maps, programs and on the Troy BID website. 

Notice of acceptance sent by the second Friday of the desired month

Troy River Fest (Annual Festival)

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00am to 5:00pm

The 14th Annual Troy River Fest River Fest is thoughtfully curated with an emphasis on locally-crafted, hand-made goods and local cuisine. Centered in Monument Square, the festival attracts over 15,000 guests each year, and spills out onto the surrounding streets to truly make the most of our scenic, historic downtown district. This family-friendly festival encourages visitors to ramble throughout the streets of downtown Troy with food and craft vendors, music, face painting, chalk art and much more.

Early Bird Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 15

Notice of Acceptance by Wednesday, May 31

Troy Pig Out (Annual Festival)

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:00am to 9:00pm (plus fireworks)

The 10th Annual Troy Pig Out, located in Troy’s River Front Park, challenges barbecue master from across the Northeast to duke it out for the top prizes. Drawing over 20,000 guests to Downtown Troy, patrons enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and eats of the city. Part of a deeply rooted tradition for BBQ lovers, guests are encouraged to stay, shop, eat and enjoy Troy.

Early Bird Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 15
Notice of Acceptance by Thursday, June 29

Chowder Fest (Annual Festival)

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 12:00pm to 4:00pm

The 11th Annual Troy ChowderFest welcomes over 15,000 chowder-lovers who turn out and judge some of the best chowder in the area. Centered in Monument Square, guests purchase their tickets, explore the vendors and travel to the participating Downtown Troy restaurants distributing chowder from their establishments. Numerous local retailers participate in the day's activities with a citywide sidewalk sale. It's a full day of fall food, live music, and family fun!

Early Bird Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 15
Notice of Acceptance by Friday, September 22