You waited all week for the rain to stop. Now it has. So go do something.
Here are a few ideas, ranging from festivals to a cappella to Robocop to Susan Orlean to llamas to waterfalls.
Know of something fun going on this weekend? Please share!
Capital Area Indie Fest
A benefit on Saturday at The Egg featuring up-and-comers and also Albany indie favorites from the past. Starts at 7:30pm. $20
Three days of music and art in Kingston -- mixed with... a public health expo. Locals Matthew Carefully and Sgt. Dunbar are playing Friday night.
Traditional Irish acoustic guitarist John Doyle is at Caffe Lena Saturday night. He touts himself as having played "an essential role in the ongoing renaissance of Irish traditional music." And he played for Barack Obama on St. Patrick's Day this year. Show's at 8 pm. $22 at the door.
All that jazz (for now)
Brian Patneaude announced this week that he'll soon be ending the eight year run of the Sunday evening residency of his jazz quartet at Justin's in Albany. There are three more Sundays before it's over.
It's a 24 hour film festival at Proctors, "a cinema smorgasbord of the very best and worst of movies from SciFi, horror, fantasy and comedy." Among the films: 2001: A Space Odyssey and the unrated director's cut of Robocop. There are also games and prizes. Starts at noon on Saturday. Tickets start at $25.
Columbia County ArtsWalk
All this weekend in Chatham and Hudson. Among the many literary, visual and musical events in this year's ArtsWalk: New Yorker writer -- and Twitter enthusiast -- Susan Orlean will be appearing at Cady Hall in Chatham Sunday at 6 pm. Free
If you want to find your way, you have a few options. Kettle Farms in Hoosick Falls says it has the largest corn maze on the East Coast (it's 22 acres). Liberty Ridge Farm in Schatigcoke has a "Spooky Corn Maze." And Indian House Farm in Princetown has its "Field of Screams" maze. Be sure to check for times and prices before heading out.
It's homecoming weekend at UAlbany and there are a few events during the Fall Festival that you might be interested in (even if you're not an alum), including a book festival and tours of the new UAlbany art museum exhibit Courier. And then Saturday night, Barbara Walters is speaking at SEFCU Arena. (You have to register for tickets to see her.) Free
The Tang Museum, the art museum at Skidmore, is celebrating its 10th anniversary Sunday with 10 hours of activities, including exhibitions, curator's tours and music.
Albany's annual Columbus Italian Festival is Saturday in Washington Park from noon to 5:30 pm. You know there's going to pasta, gelato and pastries. And local 11-year-old singing star Anthony Gargiula will be singing.
The annual Carrot Festival is at Congregation Agudat Achim in Schenectady this Sunday from 10-4. There's music, a bunch of stuff for kids and... carrot cake. Free
Cows and sheep and llamas
A group of farms in Saratoga County is participating in a farm tour on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. The farms in the tour raise sheep, llamas, dairy cows, goats and pumpkins. Free
Albacon 2010, "a weekend gathering of fans and creators of Science Fiction or Fantasy, including literature, movies, games, and other media," is at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel all this weekend (it's the Best Western on Western Ave by UAlbany). This year's conference features science fiction writer Allen Steele and illustrator Ron Miller. $65 for the weekend, $25-$30 per day.
Seth Herzog -- who's appeared in many TV shows and movies (he also warms up the crowd for Jimmy Fallon's show) -- and a few other NYC comics will be in Hudson Saturday night for a show at Helsinki Hudson. Doors at 8 pm. $15
You pick, now... or next year
If you're going to do it this year, you're running out of time. Here are a few places to start. Also, Goold Orchards' Apple Festival is this Saturday and Sunday. And let's face it, this is really all about having an excuse to eat cider donuts.
Donuts? What are these donuts you speak of?
Cider donuts, you say? Where might I find this delicious delicacy? Try Daniel B.'s Tour de Donut.
Go chasing waterfalls
All the rain we've had recently should mean pretty good flows for local waterfalls. Here are a few good ones to check out.
Partake in the viewing of some anthocyanins and carotenoids
The foliage is warming up -- so go look at some leaves. Here are a few of our favorite autumn walks. (By the way: anthocyanins and carotenoids are the pigments that makes leaves red and orange-yellow. With this info, you can now be the biggest dork this weekend.)
Spend time somewhere else
Spend 12 hours Ulster or Schoharie county. Or head over to Bennington. Or you could do a little fall shopping in Northampton or Woodstock. And if you're up near Glens Falls, swing through town.
photo via Spamalot website
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