Last night was Schenectady's annual Night Out Summer Festival, which included music, food, drinks, fun and absolutely perfect weather. Check out the pictures here!

The Festival took place right on State St. and in front of Proctors, Bomber's, The Parker Inn and all of the other businesses up the street. I have to say that downtown Schenectady looks fabulous now, especially compared to what it looked like years ago. It's bright and alive and full of successful companies and buildings which serve as local hangouts for residents and tourists.

The event happened from 5-10 pm and featured bands, including a short bagpiping performance by Scotia-Glenville High School, as well as fireworks. The Bluz House Rockers, Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and HEARD, Cryin' Out Loud and headliner Ernie Williams all put on a show. The opening bands played mostly covers and were surprisingly very good and entertaining. I even caught myself moving to the music now and then, even though it wasn't metal.

I walked up and down Jay St. and found an awesome garage sale-like store called Re-Collector. It's chalk full of antique and collectible movies, CD's, tapes, records, dolls, jewelry, magazines and a ton of other stuff. I could spend hours inside just looking through everything. It's all so cheap and sometimes you can even haggle, just like at a garage sale. I will definitely be going back there to rummage!

I also found a new dessert shop right next to Proctors named Sweet Temptations. It's a small little shop but has delicious goodies, such as cookies, unique cupcakes, brownies, muffins and cinnamon buns. There's also a wall of different candies and everything is reasonably priced. I had a cinnamon bun (one of my favorite foods) and it was very good. I still have yet to eat my cookie sandwich!

It was a very nice, relaxing night out on the town of Electric City. If you weren't able to go, then check out the photo gallery, and if you did go, then check them out anyway!

Did you go to the Summer Festival? What did you think?