Stuff to do this weekend

travers canoe 2012

The Travers Canoe from 2012. Each year the canoe is repainted in the colors of the winning stable from that year's Travers Stakes. It gets yet another new coat of paint this weekend.

In an effort to appreciate the last few bits of summer, AOA is starting our weekend a little early. (We suggest you do the same, if possible.)

But we'd never leave you without a list of stuff to do this weekend. After the jump, you'll find a list of things that are happening this weekend, from the Travers and the orchestra, to fairs and outdoor movies.

Doing something that you don't see on the list. Drop it in the comment section so we can all see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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The Travers
It's Travers weekend at the Saratoga Race Course. Saturday is The Travers, the biggest race of the season. Downtown Saratoga will be hopping on Friday and Saturday nights with bands on every street corner and plenty of people watching.

Washington County Fair
The Washington County Fair continues this weekend at the fairgrounds in Greenwich.

Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra finishes its annual run at SPAC this weekend. Friday's performance involves the NYC Ballet. And Saturday is the Tchaikovsky Spectacular.

Saturday: The annual LatinFest returns to Albany's Washington Park. The day includes food, kids activities, and music from Luisito Rosario, New Swing Sextet, Dinastia 809. Saturday 11 am-6 pm - free admission

Friday & Saturday: The annual AnimationFest wraps up at Proctors. As in years in past, the slate of approximately 20 films is wide ranging: from the recent popular (The LEGO Movie) to comic books (Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher) to the critically-acclaimed (Oscar-nominated short films) to anime classics (Akira). Tickets for individual screenings are $5 for adults, $3 for kids. Festival passes are $25 for adults, $15 for kids.

Friday: C. Amanda Boutahorse's Cult Classics is back at The Hangar in Troy. This month's show is a tribute to Labyrinth. 9 pm - $15

Saturday: The Wellington annex in downtown Albany is scheduled to be imploded sometime around 9:30 am Saturday morning. There are many parking restrictions and street closures in the surrounding area as a result. And if you'd like to see the building drop? The best bet is probably a view from the Empire State Plaza between The Egg and the Corning Tower.

Saturday: The city of Albany is hosting the first "Allympics" at Bleecker Stadium. The family-friendly event will be include a series of fitness activities throughout the day (obstacle course; fast pitch; kids' zone; kick, pass, punt, water balloon toss, 50 yard dash, etc.), as well as scheduled events, such as: zumba; boot camp; volleyball; badminton; tug-o-war; and relay races. It's the closing event for the city's 1609 Fitness Challenge. Saturday 10 am-3 pm - free

Firefly5 Festival
Saturday: Firefly5 is a "glow festival" at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds with music, craft vendors, fire juggling, stilt walkers, laser tag, games and a 5k race.Saturday 5-10 pm - $3 admission.

Friday and Sunday: Saratoga Polo hosts matches on Friday and Sunday at Whitney Field. Friday and Sunday 5:30pm - $20-$50 Update: Friday's match is canceled because of rain.

Capital CarShare Block Party
Friday: Capital CarShare is hosting a block party on Friday at the First Lutheran Church on Western Avenue to celebrate its official arrival in the city of Albany. Music, free caricature drawings by The Machine Creative Coop, free pizza and info about how to sign up to be part of the car share. Friday 4-7 pm


The Full Monty
The Full Monty opens this weekend at The MacHaydn Theater in Chatham. The story of out-of-work British steel workers who turn to stripping to make ends meet is based on the film of the same name.

"Feed me, Seymour"
Steamer 10 in Albany presents a production of the cult musical Little Shop of Horrors this weekend. Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm - $13


The Lego Movie
Friday: The Friday Night Flicks series continues in West Capitol Park with a screening of The Lego Movie. Bring your own blanket or chair. Friday 8 pm - free

"What is a yout?"
Friday: The final movie of the Dan DiNicola Memorial Little Italy Film Festival in Schenectady is My Cousin Vinny. Films are screened in the parking lot behind Perecca's. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Friday: 8 pm - free

+ Hollywood: Maleficent / Ninja Turtles
+ Jericho: Ninja Turtles / Guardians of the Galaxy
+ Malta: Screen 1 -Ninja Turtles / Guardians of the Galaxy | Screen 2 - Let's be Cops / Sin City: A Dame to Kill for


Friday: Titus Andronicus at The Low Beat
Indie rock. With: Liquor Store, Pelican Movement. 8 pm - $12 ahead / $14 at the door

Friday: Oz with Orchestra at Tanglewood
The Boston Pops plays the score live to The Wizard of Oz. 8:30 pm - $22 and up

Friday: Matt Nathanson at Upstate Concert Hall
Singer/songwriter. With: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Matt Mackelcan. 8 pm - $25 ahead / $28 day of

Friday: The Wiyos at Helsinki Hudson
Early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues, and Appalachian music. 9 pm - $15 ahead / $18 day of

Saturday: Stephane Wrembel at MASS MoCA
Gypsy jazz guitarist. 8 pm - $12 ahead / $16 day of

Saturday: Aaron Lewis at Upstate Concert Hall
The guy from Staind, gone country. 8 pm - $25 ahead / $28 day of

Saturday: Spuyten Duyvil at Caffe Lena
Americana. 8 pm - $18

Saturday: Eastbound Jesus + Lucky Jukebox Brigade at Putnam Den
Two quality local bands. 9 pm - $10 ahead / $12 day of

Sunday: Zac Brown Band at SPAC
Big country act. 7:30 pm - $29.50 and up

Sunday: Blair Crimmins & The Hookers at Caffe Lena
Ragtime. 7 pm - $18


miSci's Grossology exhibit is open for a few more weeks. Digestion, organs, and stinky gunk to play with, including interactive games and larger-than-life exhibits about the science of the human body. Saturday 9 am-5 pm and Sunday noon-5 pm

Ansel Adams/ Edward Hopper
The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls continues its exhibition of later works by photographer Ansel Adams, and a show featuring Edward Hopper and some of his contemporaries.

Albany Institute
The Albany Institute of History and Art's Small and Seductive contemporary art exhibit is up for a few more weeks, as is its Summer Exposure photography exhibit.

The Clark
The much-anticipated expansion of The Clark Art Institute -- designed by architect Tadao Ando -- is now open. The Clark is in Williamstown, about an hour's drive east of Albany. If you're headed that way, you might think about a combo ticket for The Clark, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art.

Berkshire Botanical Gardens
The Berkshire Botanical Gardens are a lovely place to to wander or have a picnic.

Hit the beach
Time is running out. If you need your ocean fix, here are some of the closest places to get it.

Check out a state park
Visit a local state park, like Cherry Plain, Moreau, Grafton Lakes or Peebles Island.

There are a bunch of Capital Region pools and beaches. Here's a handful of places to swim.

Farmers' Markets
Outdoor farmers' markets should be flush with produce:
+ The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market will be on River Street in downtown Troy Saturday morning.
+ 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.

AOA is a media sponsor for the NYSOGS Friday Night Flicks outdoor film series.


Sources close to the Saratoga Race Course are reporting that Marylou Whitney is set to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge at the Travers Stakes on Saturday.

Notice from Downtown BID: I-90 CLOSED nighttime. Nighttime work:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday overnight there will be complete interstate closures

I-90 E&W at the I-787 interchange-All lanes CLOSED
I-787 N&S at the I-90 interchange-All lanes CLOSED
A posted detour will be in place at all times.

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