Stuff to do this weekend

Albany All Stars Hellions TU Center bout poster

From the poster for this weekend's first-ever roller derby bout between the Albany All Stars and The Hellions of Troy at the TU Center. / illustration by Andrew Cieslinski

Welcome to the weekend.

There's a metric ton of stuff to do. Well, maybe not quite that much -- but a lot. There's a lot of stuff to do. Road races, art festivals, hot air balloons, and outdoor movies are just a few of your options. For the rest, check out our list after the jump.

Doing something you don't see here? Tell us about it. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

Freihofer's Run For Women
Saturday: The annual Freihofer's Run for Women is back for its 38th year. Thousands of women of all ages and running ability will take part in the 5k run. (Last chance registration ends at 7 pm Friday in person at ESP.) If you are traveling in or around downtown Albany that day, take a look at the detours and parking restrictions for race day. Saturday 9:30 am

Mountain Jam
Friday-Sunday: The Mountain Jam music festival returns to Hunter Mountain in the Catskills. This year's headliners include Beck, Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Gov't Mule, Umphrey's McGee, and Brandi Carlile. day passes start at $55, three-day passes start at $225

Roller Derby: Hellions vs. All Stars
Saturday: The TU Center hosts the first-ever roller derby bout between the Albany All Stars and the Hellions Troy. Saturday, doors at 6pm, bout at 7pm -- $15 / $5 for kids

Art on Lark -- POSTPONED
Update: The Lark Street BID announced Friday around noon that Art on Lark, scheduled for Sunday, is being postponed because of a forecast of severe weather. There will be a new date sometime in July.

Albany Comic Con
Sunday: The Radisson Hotel on Wolf Road hosts the Albany Comic Con. Comic book exhibitors, vendors, authors and artists. Sunday 10 am to 5 pm -- $10

Friday-Sunday: The annual Polish Fest is this weekend at Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa Parish in Latham. Polish food, cooking demonstrations, musicc and dancing. Friday 4 pm to 9 pm, Saturday noon to 9 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm -- $3 per day

St. Basil Greek Festival
Friday-Sunday: The annual St. Basil's Greek Festival is this weekend at the St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church in Troy. Greek music, dancing, culture, and food. Friday 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday noon to 10 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm -- free admission

Armenian Festival
Saturday-Sunday: St Peter's Church in Watervliet is hosting its annual Armenian Festival. Armenian music, dancing, food and cooking demonstrations. Saturday noon to 8 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm -- free admission

Albany VegFest
Saturday: The 9th annual Albany VegFest is at the Polish Community Center in Albany. Vendors, speakers, kids activities and information on sustainable living, environmental awareness, and compassion for animals. Saturday 10 am to 5 pm -- free admission

Kids' Arts Festival
Saturday: Schenectady's annual Kids' Arts Festival is outside City Hall on Jay Street. Saturday noon to 4 pm -- free admission

Elvis Festival
Friday-Sunday: The Lake George Elvis Festival is already underway with a weekend of events, competitions and... Elvises? Elvii? Friday-Sunday various times and prices

Cambridge Valley Balloonfest Food and Craft Fair
Friday-Sunday: There will be crafts, food, and hot air balloon demonstrations all weekend at the annual Cambridge Balloonist and Craft Fair in the Washington County village of Cambridge. Friday-Sunday -- free admission

Farm Fest Friday
Friday: High Rock Park in Saratoga Springs hosts Farm Fest Friday, an evening of dancing, music, food and arts. Celtic fiddle, dancing, a mini farmers market, storytelling, animals, sidewalk chalk and more.Friday 5 pm to 7:30 pm -- free admission

Capital Region Parade of Homes
Saturday-Sunday: This is the first weekend for the annual Capital Region Parade of Homes. Tour 11 newly-built showcase homes representing a variety of lifestyles and prices. (The event continues next weekend) Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm -- $20

Saratoga Antique Bottle Show & Sale
Sunday: The National Bottle Museum hosts its annual fundraising Antique Bottle Show & Sale at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. Sunday 9am to 2:30 pm

Annual Albany Tea Festival
Friday: Overit hosts the its annual Albany Tea Festival with samples, experts, and tea vendors. Friday 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm -- free admission

Events associated with the annual Capital Pride celebration continue this weekend at various venues around the region. (The big pride parade and festival is June 11.)

Yep. Beaches are open for swimming on weekends at Thompson's Lake at Thacher State Park, Grafton Lakes State Park , Cherry Plain State Park, and Moreau Lake State Park.


The Dog in the Manger
Friday-Saturday: Steamer 10 presents The Dog in the Manger, "a fast-paced, hilarious comedy from Spain's Golden Age." Friday and Saturday at 8pm -- $15 ahead, $20 at the door / $10 students and seniors

Lonely, I'm Not
Friday-Sunday: Creative License theater company presents Lonely I'm Not at The Albany Barn. The play is by Paul Weitz, and the New York Times said the "damaged-boy-meets-defensive-girl story has the sweet suspense, elliptical construction and off-kilter charm of an ideal Hollywood rom-com." Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm -- $15


Bill Burr
Sunday: Bill Burr -- a regular on Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon -- brings his stand-up act to The Palace. Sunday 7 pm -- $25 and up

Mopco Improvapalooza
Friday: MopCo's season at Proctors underground has two weeks left. Improvapalooza features the region's best up-and-coming improvisors and improv groups together with Mopco for an evening of improv games, songs, and scenes based on audience suggestions. Friday 8 pm -- $14 / $6 for students and seniors

Improv Jam
Saturday: The Low Beat hosts an improv jam on Saturday afternoon. Watch or play improv games with experienced Capital Region improvisors. Saturday 1 pm -- free admission


Inside Out -- outside
Friday: Free movie season begins in Wiswall Park in Ballston Spa. Every first Friday of the season movies will be shown on an outdoor screen. The first one up is Inside Out. Friday at dusk (rain date, Saturday) -- free

The Sandlot
Saturday: The Madison Theater is screening a matinee of The Sandlot for just 35 cents. Saturday 1 pm -- 35 cents

Here's what you can see this weekend:
+ Hollywood: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadow and X-Men:Apocalypse
+ Jericho Drive In: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadow and X-Men:Apocalypse
+ Malta: Screen 1: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadow and The Angry Birds Movie | Screen 2: X-Men:Apocalypse and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Friday: Lynyrd Skynyrd + Peter Frampton at TU Center
With: Jack Broadbent. 6:30 pm -- $45.50 and up

Friday: Eliot Sumner at The Hollow
Indie rock. Gordon and Trudie's daughter. 9 pm - $10.27 ahead / $12 day of

Friday: Will Bernard Trio at Parish Public House
Jazz guitarist. 8 pm -- $10

Friday: Gaslight Tinkers at Caffe Lena
Traditional New England old time and Celtic fiddle music. With: Max Hatt and Edda Glass. 8 pm -- $16

Saturday: Super 400 at The Hangar
20th anniversary show for the hometown band. 9 pm -- $10 ahead / $12 at door

Saturday: Bear Hands at The Hollow
Indie rock. -- $10.27 ahead / $12 day of

Sunday: Fred Eaglesmith and Tif Ginn at Caffe Lena
Americana duo performance. 7 pm -- $28

Sunday: Ruby Amanfu at Helsinki Hudson
Soul pop. 8 pm -- $15 ahead / $20 day of

National Learn to Row Day
Saturday: The Albany Rowing Center is inviting members of the public to join them for National Learn to Row Day. Drop by the Corning Preserve Boat Launch and get a tour of the boathouse, learn about boats and rowing terminology, and row in a shell on the Hudson. Saturday 8:30 am to noon -- free (email to register)

Friday and Sunday: The Albany Dutchmen have home games at the Christian Plumeri Sports Complex in Albany. Friday 7:05 pm and Sunday 5:05 pm -- $5 adults / $3 kids

Copa America
Friday: The US men's national soccer team opens its play in the Copa American Centenario against Colombia. This is a major tournament (not as big as the World Cup, but not too far below that). And if you're looking for a place to watch with a crowd, the Albany chapter of the American Outlaws fan group will be at Wolff's in Albany. Friday 9 pm

History of Schenectady Faith
Saturday: The Schenectady County Historical Society continues its series of walking tours with a History of Schenectady Faith Tour -- a walk through the Stockade focused on religious past and present. Saturday 10 am -- $5 (registration required)

Wander through one of the Capital Region's museums:

Alma Thomas
This is the last weekend for the The Tang's exhibit of the bright, colorful paintings of Alma Thomas. It's on display until June 5.

Hyde Collection
The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls recently open an exhibit looking at the work of Christo & Jeanne-Claude. It's on display through June 26.

Saturday: The Crailo State Historic Site in Rensselaer is hosting another Crailofest day, a festival of African culture held in Crailo's riverside park. Dancing, music, crafts, food. Saturday 12:30 pm-4:30 pm -- $6 adults / $1 kids

Masterworks Paper
In honor of its 225th anniversary, the Albany Institute of History and Art is showing some rarely-seen paper items including manuscripts, letters, architectural plans, photographs, ephemera, silhouettes, and maps spanning three centuries in its newly opened Masterworks Paper exhibit. Many of these items can't be exhibited often or for extended periods due to their sensitivity to light. On display through October 16.

Imaging the American West
The exhibit Imaging the American West: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art continues the State Museum. It includes works by artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Paul Manship, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frederic Remington, and Charles M. Russell. It will be on display through July 17.

Ansel Adams
The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown has an exhibit of early works by Ansel Adams on display through September 18.

MASS MoCA has a new exhibit: Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder. Blurbage: "Harnessing the idea of wonder as a thematic metaphor, the exhibition features both existing and new works by twenty-three international artists, each touching on certain facets of wonder, including: the perceptual/ visionary, the technological/scientific, the philosophical/meditative, time/cosmos, and illusion/fear."

Also on view is Alex Da Corte's Free Roses. "Provocative, puzzling, and visually seductive, in his first museum survey Alex Da Corte's neon-bright, exuberant works merge the languages of abstraction and modern design with banal, off-brand items, ranging from shampoo to soda to tchotchkes and household cleaning supplies."

The annual Fence show is now on display at the Arts Center of the Capital Region -- it shows art works from members of the center. Blurbage: "This year we accepted and displayed 382 pieces, including paintings, drawing, photography, fiber arts, stained glass and sculpture. There is also a separate category for young artists in grades K-12." on display through June 26

Sculpture parks
Maybe you'd like to explore some sculpture parks around the region.

Day trips
Explore some waterfalls, head for The Berkshires, The Catskills, or Columbia County. Or check out a state park.

Ice cream stand season
Seasonal ice cream stands around the Capital Region are open.

Farmers' markets
Farmers Markets are outdoors...
+ Troy Waterfront Farmers Market will be on River Street and around Monument Square Saturday 9 am-2 pm
+ The Saratoga Farmers' Market is outdoors at High Rock Park. Saturday from 9 am-1 pm
+ The Delmar Farmers Market is at Bethlehem Central Middle School. Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Schenectady Greenmarket is at its outdoor location around City Hall. Sunday from 10 am-2 pm.
+ The Spa City Farmers' Market is outdoors to the lawn at the Lincoln Baths. Sunday from 10 am-3 pm

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Thanks for the info as always! Just one thing, the Will Bernard link takes you to Super 400's FB page. Here's the link to his show page on Parish Public House's site ->

Can I ask a question? Can you please make this website mobile ready? I like reading your articles but it's very hard to do on mobile devices. Thank you!

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