Stuff to do this weekend

capital holiday lights in the park

The Capital Holiday Lights in the Park display is back for the season.

The holiday weekend has arrived!

Once the tryptophan pumpkin pie coma has wears off, you're going to need to find some stuff to do before it's time for leftovers.

That's where we come in.

After the jump, a cornucopia of stuff to do in the Capital Region over the long holiday weekend.

Pick a few, bundle up and get out there and have some fun.

Doing something you don't see on our list? Share it in the comment section. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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Troy Night Out
Friday: Troy Night Out kicks off the holiday season in the Collar City with local shopping and holiday themed events.

Albany Cup
Sunday: The men's and women's basketball teams from UAlbany and Siena renew their rivalry at the SEFCU Arena in the Albany Cup. The women tip off at 3 pm -- tickets are $7. The men tip off at 7 pm -- tickets are $25 and up (and it looks like there aren't many remaining).


Home for the Holidays
Friday-Sunday: The Albany Institute has free admission and all kinds of events this weekend for their Home for the Holidays celebration. There will be reindeer, photos with Santa, and hands on baking and craft opportunities for kids. Friday-Sunday, 10am to 5pm -- free admission

Friday-Sunday: miSci's annual Holiday Train Show opens this weekend with a 19- x 27-foot display of running Lionel model trains. Friday-Sunday -- free with museum admission

Capital Holiday Lights
Friday-Sunday: The Capital Holiday Lights display opens this weekend in Albany's Washington Park. Friday-Sunday starting at 5:30 pm -- $20.00 per car / $25.00 for 10-18 passenger vehicle

Santa's Magical Express
Friday-Sunday: Santa's Magical Express returns to Yankee Trails. It's annual holiday experience where kids help Santa and Mrs. Claus save Christmas. Friday-Sunday -- various times and prices

The Polar Express
Friday-Saturday: The Saratoga & North Creek Railway runs its annual Polar Express experience from the Saratoga rail station. Friday and Saturday various times and prices.

Holiday Markets

Basilica Farm + Flea
Friday-Sunday: Basilica Farm + Flea returns to Basilica Hudson. "Born Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 as the Anti-Black Friday big sister goddess, Basilica Farm & Flea is part timeless flea and farmer's market and part 21st century craft and design fair, showcasing the wealth and splendor of the Hudson Valley's artisanal talents." Friday 2-5 pm early bird kickoff / Saturday 10 am-6 pm / Sunday 10 am-5 pm -- admission is $5 for the whole weekend / free for kids under 12

Also: "Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event, peak hours will have longer waits, but that we are redoubling our efforts to help mitigate capacity issues and the ensuing lines. Based on last year, the best times to arrive are likely Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning..."

Black Friday Fair Trade Market
Friday-Saturday: The Delmar Presbyterian Church hosts a Black Friday Fair Trade Market. This is the seventh year for the Fair Trade Market, which offers products from around world. "Beautiful array of handcrafted gifts, fairly traded from around the world." Friday and Saturday 10 am-3 pm

The Shirt Factory
Friday-Sunday: There's a Holiday Open House at The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls. Artisan gifts, open artists studios, demonstrations. Friday-Sunday, 10-5 pm

Saratoga Craft Marketplace
Saturday: Saratoga Craft Marketplace returns to the Saratoga City Center. The annual sale -- now in its 41st year -- includes more than 100 artisans selling handmade crafts. Saturday 10 am-4:30 pm - admission is $5 (includes one raffle ticket) / kids under 12 are free


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Friday-Sunday: A touring production of the Tony-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time continues at Proctors. "Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever." Friday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Friday-Sunday: Capital Rep's production of the Lerner and Lowe musical Camelot, the story of the rise and fall of King Arthur's court, is in previews this weekend. Friday-Sunday various times -- $25 and up

Farragut North
Friday-Sunday: Curtain Call presents Farragut North, a political drama written by one of the creators of the US version of House of Cards. (The play was adapted as a film starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney a few years ago.) Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $20

Bing Bamboo Burlesque
Sunday: The Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque presents Thanks a Million -- its Thanksgiving holiday show -- at The Low Beat. Sunday doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm -- $12 advance, $15 at the door (21+)


Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Tim Dillon
Saturday: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show hosts Tim Dillon this weekend at Proctors. Dillon name a New Faces comedian in this year's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He's also been seen on NBC's Last Comic Standing. Saturday 8 pm -- $15 ahead / $20 day of

MopCo Improv
MopCo's new North Jay Street theater is open in Schenectady:
+ Friday: MopCo's Micetro show -- where improvisors of all levels compete against each other for the crown. Friday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors
+ Saturday: TheaterSports with The Mop and Bucket Company. Two teams compete with improvised scenes, games and songs based on audience suggestions. Saturday 8 pm -- $15 / $6 for students and seniors


18th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Friday-Sunday: The Animation Show of Shows, a slate of family-friendly animated short films, comes to The Madison this weekend. There is also a late-night version featuring shorts with more adult themes. Friday- Sunday -- various times and prices

Friday-Sunday: The Madison is screening a cinematic adaptation of the Arlo Guthrie Thanksgiving classic, Alice's Restaurant. It's also showing Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Friday-Sunday -- various times and prices


Got people in town and need to take them somewhere? You might hit up a museum:

+ The Albany Institute currently has exhibits about rock 'n roll photography, the design and history of chairs, and Alexander Hamilton. And museum admission is free Friday-Sunday this week as part of the Home for the Holidays program.

+ The State Museum recently opened The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection and Hudson Valley Ruins.

+ MASS MoCA has the big Nick Cave Until exhibit.

+ The Clark has a good permanent collection, and there's currently an exhibit of early travel photography.

+ The Norman Rockwell Museum is just over the Massachusetts border in Stockbridge -- and it currently has an exhibit about Hanna-Barbara cartoons.

+ The Arkell is an easy drive out west to Canajoharie. It currently has an exhibit of the work of pop-up book creators Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart.

+ The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls has this year's Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region.

+ Baseball fans could probably spend most of the day at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.


Saturday: Mike Gordon at The Egg
From Phish. 8 pm -- $31.50

Saturday: Jackie Evancho at Troy Music Hall
Classical crossover pop singer.7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Saturday: Simi Stone at Helsinki Hudson
Soul rock. 9 pm -- $18

Sunday: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at TU Center
Prog rock holiday music. 3 pm and 7:30 pm -- $47.50 and up

Saturday: The Albany Devils take on the Rochester Americans at the TU Center. Saturday 5 pm -- $15 and up

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

Nine Pin production floor tour
Saturday: Another thing out-of-town guests might like: Nine Pin Cider Works is offering a tour of its production floor. Saturday 1-2pm -- $20 includes the tour and the cider of your choice in a souvenir glass

Farmers markets
Farmers markets are indoors for the season:
+ Troy Waterfront Farmers Market moves to the Atrium for the season. Saturday 9 am-2 pm
+ The Saratoga Farmers' Market moves to the Lincoln Baths in Spa 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 back indoors at Proctors. Sunday from 10 am-2 pm.
+ The Spa City Farmers' Market moves indoors at the Lincoln Baths. Sunday from 10 am-3 pm

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