Hello, weekend! We've missed you.
It should be a bit cooler but mostly sunny this weekend. At least once we get through Friday.
Got plans, yet? You're not lacking for options -- from the Altamont Fair, to Proctors' animation festival, to the Valley Cats.
Doing something that isn't on our list? Share with the crowd.
And no matter what you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!
The Altamont Fair -- the county fair for Albany, Schenectady, and Greene counties -- continues this weekend. It includes all the usual county fair fare: rides, games, shows, ag displays, racing pigs. The fair runs through Sunday. Tickets are $15 and include shows, parking, and unlimited rides (kids under 3 feet tall are free).
Proctors' annual animation continues through Sunday. The festival includes all sorts of animated work, from mass market kids stuff (Happy Feet Two) to award-winning (Oscar nominated shorts) to adult stuff (Chico and Rita) to the cheesy (Transformers: The Movie (1986)). individual screenings are $5 adults / $3 kids
Mop and Bucket Company closes its run of "You Never Know" at Proctors on Friday night. They'll be back in a few weeks with "Theater Sports." 8 pm - $14, $6 students and seniors
Saratoga Arts Celebration
The 2nd annual Saratoga Arts Celebration is a juried fine art and fine crafts festival near the reflecting pool and The Hall of Springs in the Spa State Park. Demonstrations, art talks, performances, children's activities, food and more. Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine - free
Schenectady shops become restaurants serving up all kinds of samples, and restaurants become shops where you can browse between courses, in the Electric City Merchant Mash-up. Friday 5 pm-8 pm
Still kicking, The Figgs are playing two shows in the Capital Region this week as part of a 25th anniversary celebration:
+ Friday at Valentine's 9 pm - $10
+ Saturday at Putnam Den 10 pm - $10
Friday: Albany Public Library Garage Band Series
This time with Henry's Rifle, and Complicated Shirt. 6-8 pm - free
Saturday: SAWFest Music Festival at Salem Art Works
My Pet Dragon, Railbird, The City Never Sleeps, The Black Ships, Eric Margan and more. 5 pm - $20
Saturday: John Williams' 80th Birthday Celebration at Tanglewood
Boston Pops honor the famous composer. 8:30 pm - $21 and up
The ValleyCats are at home this weekend with games on Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 5 pm. Saturday is Star Wars night with fireworks. $5.50 - $11.50
The packed summer theater festival season continues. A few highlights for this week:
Round Lake Arts and Crafts Festival
Crafters and vendors will be in the village of Round Lake this weekend. The village is a fun place to walk, with gingerbread homes and the giant pipe organ. Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 9 am-4 pm - free
Fort Ticonderoga has opened one of the first corn mazes of the season. It's a six-acre maze with clues and a scavenger hunt. Open 9:30-4:30. $17.50 for adults, Seniors $14, kids $8. Under 5 free.
Pool season will be over before you know it. Check the forecast and find the right time to hit up a local pool or a beach while you can.
You're also running out of drive-in season, too. Drive-ins around the area: Jericho (Ice Age, The Dark Knight Rises) | Malta (Ice Age, The Bourne Legacy; The Expendables 2, Total Recall) | The Hollywood (ParaNorman, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days)
A bunch of exhibitions at regional museums will be closing in the next month or so. Now's a good time to see them -- or you might miss them.
Great, Strange, and Rarely Seen: The Albany Institute's exhibition of pieces from its collection that are rarely on theldisplay closes August 26.
The Clark: Many of the exhibits related to the Clark's display of artifacts from China close during either August or September. (And if you're in Williamstown, you can check out the Williams College Museum of Art, as well.)
Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region: The UAlbany Art Museum's exhibition of regional artists closes September 8.
Fence Select: This year's Fence Select show at the Arts Center of the Capital Region recently opened -- but it closes August 31
Troy Flea, the TightKnit Saturday market that includes "handmade, vintage and antique art and goods," continues its season. It's on the block of River Street in Troy south of the farmers' market. Saturday 9 am-2 pm
SPAC advertises on AOA.
MopCo is an AOA advertiser
The Saratoga Race Course, SPAC, Albany Public Library, and the Palace also advertise on AOA.
photo: Kimberly Dunham
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