Stuff to do this weekend

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October = cider donut season.

Bonus weekend!

It's going to be sunny and warm. All. Weekend. Long. So squeeze every last moment out of it. Here's our list of things to do this weekend. Doing something that isn't here? Share it with the group.

The first weekend of MoHu
The nine-day-long MoHu festival, which aims to highlight artistic vitality in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselar and Saratoga counties, starts on Saturday. This weekends MoHu events include music, film comedy, theater and architectural tours. Check each entry for times and prices.

This weekend at EMPAC you can check out electronic music from theAKOUSMA festival that was held recently in Montreal. Friday at EMPAC. 8pm - $18

The Capital District Sings!
A performance featuring singers from a bunch of area choirs and choruses, including the Albany Gay Men's Chorus, Chinese Community Center Chorus, Ne'imah Jewish Community Chorus, Electric City Chorus, Capital District Youth Chorale, Mendelssohn Club and the Octavo. Proctors. Sunday at 3 pm - $10

More Music

+ Tonight: TV on the Radio at Skidmore Eclectic and soulful rock. As mentioned. 8pm - $25

+ Tonight: Cuddle Magic, Railbird and Rosary Beard at UAG Brooklyn/Philly based songwriting collective and band Cuddle Magic joins locals Railbird and Rosary Beard (Matthew Loiacono and Hunter Sagehorn).

+ Saturday: Keller Williams at The Egg
Kdubalicious plays for the kids. 3:30pm - $20 And for adults. 8 pm - $26 ahead / $30 day of

+ Saturday: Indie Fest at The Egg
The Rob Skane 3, Civilian, Museum Guards, The Sandy McKnight Fiasco and others. 7pm - $15

+ Saturday: We're About 9 at Caffe Lena.
Fun folk band with great harmonies. We're hoping they play the Albany Song. 8PM $14 advance, $16 door.

+ Saturday: The Ground Zero 10th Anniversary Show at RPI Nugent Hall
With the Bronzed Chorus, Zona Mexicana, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Arvid Noe, and Scouter. 7pm. $5

+ Sunday: The Midtown Men at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Featuring cast members from the original Jersey Boys. 7 pm - $49-40

+ Sunday: Motion City Soundtrack at Northern Lights
With: Aficionado (catch 'em before they head back out on tour), Cosmonauts. 7 pm - $12.50 / $15 day of


+ The irreverently funny Wanda Sykes will bring her comedy routine to the Palace Saturday night. 8pm, $20 - $85

+ The touring company of Upright Citizens Brigade will bring its improv stylings -- now taught to thousands of students a year -- ">to MassMOCA on Saturday. 8pm - $20-35


+ Superior Donuts, Capital Rep's comedy/drama set in a donut shop in the uptown neighborhood of Chicago continues this weekend. Tonight at 8, Saturday at 3 & 8. Sunday at 2. $20-$60

+ War of the Worlds, a play based on the H.G. Wells novel and the Orson Wells radio play, continues this weekend at Shakespeare and Company.

Ristorante Paradiso introduces a new Roaring 20s-style burlesque show tonight at 9. $12.


+ The Saratoga Film Forum is showing Ghostbusters on Saturday night at 7:30, $7, $5 for members.

+ The Spectrum screens the National Theater Live production of the hit British play One Man, Two Guvnors. The film is Richard Bean's English version of Servant of Two Masters. You can see the National Theater's production at The Spectrum on Sunday at noon and Monday night at 7. $15, under 12 $12.

+ The Egg will screen the documentary A Suitcase Full Of Chocolate, a documentary about the life of pianist Sofia Cosma. Sunday at 3 pm and Monday at 7 pm. $10

Fall Festivals

+ Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam is hosting its annual Craft & Car Show on Saturday. Crafters, a hay maze, music food, wagon rides, classic cars and more. 10-4. Free.

+ One of the prettiest views in the Capital Region is from the cottage where Ulysses S. Grant spent his last days. On Sunday there's a family fall festival at the cottage before it closes for the season. The festival is free but tours are $5 ($4 for students and seniors).

+ Goold Orchard has an Apple Festival and Craft Show this Saturday, with food, crafts and NY Wines at the orchard. $8 adults, kids are free.

Columbus Day Festival
There's no Columbus Day parade in Albany this year, but Colonie's Cook Park is holding an Italian Festival with Food, music, kids activities and more. Saturday and Sunday noon to 8 pm. Free admission and parking.

Visit The Half Moon
The replica of Henry Hudson's ship is open for tours this weekend (including Monday). The ship is now docked at Riverfront Park in Albany. Tours are available from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday through Monday.

Architecture tour
There will be two architectural tours of the UAlbany campus on Saturday as a part of MoHu. Saturday at 2 and 4, $5

Ultimate Terrors
The Ulitmate Terrors haunted house continues at the Altamont Fairground this weekend. $20 for adults, $16 for children

Hunter Mountain celebrates Oktoberfest this weekend with German music, food, drink, dancing and a grape stomping competition. Saturday and Sunday from 11:30-6. Free admission.

Star gazing
No rain and no clouds will make this a good weekend for star gazing. The Hirsch Observatory at RPI is open on Saturday from 8-10 for public observing. Free.

Farmers' markets
The farmers' markets in Troy, Saratoga, Delmar and Schenectady will be open this weekend in their regular spaces, so stop in, support area farmers and get as much seasonal goodness as you can.

Pick some apples
Yep, it's apple picking season. Here's a list of places where you can pick your own. It's also concord grape season.

Cider Donuts!
The second annual Tour de Donut is complete. Here's how it went down. Now, go eat some cider donuts. You know you want to.

Fall foliage is about to peak around Albany. Check it out from the Indian Ladder Trail at Thacher Park. Or take an autumn walk with a buddy.

Living Walls
Take a self guided tour of the new Living Walls murals. Here's a map of the mural locations.

Factory Tours
Take a trip to Burlington, Vermont and stop along the way to see how ice cream, teddy bears, and beer are made.

More road trips
Take a shopping trip to Northampton or spend 12 hours in Ulster County, Bennington, Vermont and Columbia County.

One of the great things about the weekends are lazy mornings. over brunch or enjoy a great diner breakfast.

Capital Rep advertises on AOA, as does The Troy Music Hall.

photo: Bennett Campbell


If you are going to visit the Half Moon or looking for another Festival idea, the Sloop Clearwater will be docked in Rensselaer, and holding their Pumpkin Festival!
"Includes food, music, history, storytelling, Hudson River wildlife, and pumpkin-related activities."

Saturday, 10/08/2011: Rensselear
Festival: 11:00 AM -3:30 PM.
Public Sail: 4:00 PM -6:00 PM.
Music by 2Lonesome, Bill Ackerbauer, Rick Nestler, Rik Palieri, and Terri Roben

The Way We Were Car Show is also being held this weekend in Ballston Spa -- Sunday from 9 - 4 on Front Street. Great time to wander around our little village & check out some oldies but goodies.

Is there a way to confirm the burlesque show at Ristorante Paradiso is actually burlesque? I attended a "burlesque" event at Savannah's last year and walked about after realizing the organizers had confused burlesque with stripping.

The USS Slater is still open for tours, and will be open this Monday as well. Great family activity plus the ship is right down the road from the Half Moon so if you're already headed down to the waterfront its definitely worth an extra stop!

This Saturday 10-4 is the Helderberg Hilltowns Fall Fest at the Knox Town Park (Rte 156 out of Altamont). Part farmer's market, part craft fair and completely free. Live music, too!

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