This is one of those weekends you dream about in February -- lots of sunshine on tap and festivals everywhere you turn -- from the River Street Festival in Troy to the Saratoga Arts Fest to Pride in Albany. If you don't have plans yet, check out the list we pulled together after the jump.
Doing something you don't see there? Drop it in the comments so the rest of us can see.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!
Friday-Saturday: Capital Pride week continues. The big pride parade and festival in Washington Park are on Saturday. The parade starts at noon at Sprague Street, heads down to Lark Street, and then wraps around to Madison Ave. The festival in the park runs until 5 pm. free admission
Saratoga Arts Festival
Friday-Sunday: The annual Saratoga Arts Festival continues with a bunch of events at venues all around Saratoga Springs. Just a few of the highlights:
+ Duncan Sheik is playing a show at the Zankel Center at Skidmore Friday.
+ Russell Banks will be doing an author talk at Northshire Bookstore on Saturday.
Some events are free, others required the festival pass ($40), and other require tickets (the festival pass gets you a discount).
Play Me I'm Yours
Friday: This year's Sculpture in the Streets display in downtown Albany -- "Play Me I'm Yours" -- officially opens. The exhibit, in which local artists decorate pianos, is part of an ongoing international series. The Albany Downtown BID is hosting a garden party downtown Friday to celebrate the new display. Friday 5:30 pm, Palace Theatre - $60 / $40 under 30
Friday: The Tri-City ValleyCats minor league baseball team open its season at The Joe with a game against the Connecticut Tigers. There are fireworks after the game. Friday 7 pm - $5.50 and up
Saturday: Comicon with the 'Cats. The ValleyCats play Connecticut again and fans are encouraged to dress like their favorite comic book characters or superheroes. There will be a costume contest during the game and local comic artists will be featured along the concourse. Oh, and it's another fireworks night.
Sunday: Father's Day Fan Fest at The Joe. A full day of activities for dads and kids, starting with a morning brunch. The game starts at 5 pm.
Saturday: The Upper Union Street, Schenectady Strawberry Fest & Art show. Music, children's activities, pet friendly activities, art and food, including a marketplace with berry shortcake, pastries, salsa, jams, flavored waters, ice cream dog biscuits. 9 am-3 pm - free admission
Saturday: Saratoga Brewfest is back at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. More than 150 beers from a variety of craft breweries from around the country will be available for sampling. Also: music and food vendors. Saturday 1-6 pm - $45 ahead / $55 door / VIP $65 ahead, $75 at the door
Pink & Brew
Friday: Pink & Brew at Proctors includes craft beer, shopping, cigars, stylists, fitness challenges, food samples, chair massages and more. Must be 21 or older. Friday 5:30pm - $30 / $15 for designated drivers
Saturday-Sunday: Indian Ladder Farms is hosting the Capital District Renaissance Fair. Costumes, artisans, forgotten foods, a joust tournament and other Renaissance style entertainment. Saturday and Sunday 11 am-6 pm - $12 / $5 kids
Friday-Sunday: The annual Italian American Community Center's Festa Italiana is this weekend in Albany. Italian food, music, carnival rides, games of chance and more. Friday 5pm to 10pm, Saturday noon to 10pm, Sunday noon to 6pm - $3 admission
Spring Festival of India
Saturday: The Tri-City India Association is hosting a festival at the ESP Convention Center. Indian dances, music, food, clothes. Internationally acclaimed duo Veena and Devesh Chandra will perform North Indian classical music at 1 pm ($10). Saturday noon-6 pm
Albany Comic Con
Sunday: Albany Comic Con is at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road, with a bunch of exhibitors and artists. Sunday 10 am-4 pm - tickets $10 at the door
Just a reminder: It's this Sunday.
Confetti Stage opens Martin Sherman's play Bent, a historical drama about being gay in Nazi Germany. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm - $15 general admission
The Music Man
The Mac-Haydn Theater in Chatham is open for the season with Meredith Wilson's classic, The Music Man
Friday: This long-form comedy improv group -- part of The Mop & Bucket Company -- is playing a set tonight as part of MopCo's weekly improv show at Proctors. It's like good improvised jazz -- creating scene after scene of variations on a theme provided by the audience. And it's pretty funny stuff. Friday at 8pm - $14, $6 students
Friday: Saratoga Film Forum is screening a documentary about Sol LeWitt, regarded as the founder of minimal and conceptual art (you can find examples of LeWitt's work in a long term exhibit at MASS MoCA). Friday 7:30 pm
Five Easy Pieces
Saturday: The Saratoga Film Forum's Spring Street Classic this week is the Hollywood New Wave flick Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson in his first major starring role. Saturday at Spring Street Gallery (110 Spring Street) - 7:30 pm
Where were you in '62?
Saturday: The Ballston Spa Film Festival's classic film at Ballston Spa High School this month is American Graffiti. Saturday 6:45 pm - free
Diamonds are a girls best friend
The Bow Tie Saratoga classic film this weekend is the Marilyn Monroe flick Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Saturday and Sunday 11 am
The Meaning of Life
The Insomnia Theater film at Saratoga's Bow Tie this weekend is Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Friday and Saturday 11:30 pm
Driving Miss Daisy
Sunday: The Spectrum is screening a recent production of the play Driving Miss Daisy, starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones. Sunday at noon
Malta: Screen 1 - How to Train Your Dragon and Maleficent | Screen 2 - 22 Jump Street and Edge of Tomorrow
Hollywood: How to Train Your Dragon & X-Men
Jericho: How to Train Your Dragon & Maleficent
Saturday: Flag Day Industrial Dance Party at Basilica Hudson
DJ sets by Shannon F of Light Asylum and guest performances by Crush, Love Pig, and Evildoers, with a fireworks show at dusk. 8 pm - $10
Sunday: Albany Father's Day Concert
The USO Show Troupe is performing a Father's Day concert in Albany Riverfront Park. (Food will be available for purchase starting at 6pm.) Sunday 7 pm - free
The lovely Victoria Pool at Spa State Park is open for the season. It will be open weekends 10 am to 6 pm until June 28 when it opens seven days a week for the rest of the summer. $8 adults / $4 kids and seniors / kids under 5 free
Doughnuts and cronuts
Saturday: Deanna Fox teaches a class on making doughnuts and cronuts at Different Drummer's Kitchen. Saturday noon to 2:30pm - $55
Outdoor farmers' markets are open for the season:
+ The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market will be in Riverfront Park this Saturday because of the River Street Festival. The twilight market will also be open Friday from 6-9 pm at Broadway and 2nd.
+ The Saratoga Farmers' Market is at the High Rock Park pavilions on Saturday.
+ The Delmar Farmers Market is at Bethlehem Central Middle School on Saturday.
+ The Schenectady Greenmarket is around Schenectady City on Sunday.
+ The Spa City Farmers' Market will be on the front lawn of the Lincoln Baths Sunday.
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