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ALBANY — The Lark Street Business Improvement District has announced the postponement of Art on Lark to June 2024.

On Friday, the organization, which promotes Albany’s Lark Street neighborhood, announced the Oct. 21 event’s cancellation due to bad weather.

The National Weather Service in Albany said it expects a 100 percent chance of rain at 6 a.m., along with a 95 percent chance by noon.

“We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but this weekend looks like it will be a washout. We don’t want our vendors to risk their art work or attendees soaked to the bone,” the group said in a social media post. “We’re postponing Art on Lark until June 2024, when it will return to our newly renovated Lark Street bigger and better than ever.”

Art on Lark was set to take place at Washington Park due to ongoing street construction for the city’s Lark Street revitalization project. Organizers planned to showcase painters, photographers, jewelers, ceramicists and local bands, including a live performance by the Brule County Bad Boys, a country band. The event typically attracts around 10,000 attendees.

The cancellation comes as the fate of LarkFest, which draws crowds of 70,000 in past years, remains uncertain. Lark Street BID Executive Director Ella Montelone said earlier this month that the 42-year-old festival, which had been on a two-year hiatus following the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak and was not held last year, was under discussion among BID members.

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