Stuff to do this weekend

Capital Pride Drag Queens

The annual pride parade and festival in Albany is this weekend. / photo: Sebastien B

June, we won't criticize because you're late -- we're just glad you could make it to the party.

This weekend: June weather (finally) -- and lots of stuff to do. After the jump, our roundup of events we thought might interest you. Doing something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comment section.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Art on Lark
Saturday: The annual Art on Lark festival returns. Artists and food vendors will line Lark Street between Madison and Washington and the street will be closed to vehicle traffic for the art fair. Saturday 11 am-6 pm -- free admission

Sunday: The annual Capital Pride celebration wraps up this weekend with the pride parade and festival in Washington Park. Sunday noon-5 pm -- free admission

St. Basil Greek Festival
Friday-Sunday: The St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church in Troy hosts its annual Greek Festival. Greek food, music, dancing and culture. Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday noon-10 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm -- free admission

Saratoga Art Fest Friday
Friday: Saratoga Arts Fest Friday is at the Victoria Pool House in Saratoga Spa State Park. There's a puppet production of Beauty and the Beast, Venetian mask making, horseback riding, a petting zoo, and more. Friday 6-8 pm -- free admission RSVP for tickets

Renaissance Festival
Saturday-Sunday: Indian Ladder Farms hosts the New York Capital District Renaissance Festival. Entertainment, food, marketplace, vendors, and more. Saturday-Sunday 11 am-6 pm --- adults $13 (1 day) and $20 (2-day pass) / kids $5

Troy Flag Day Parade
Sunday: The 50th Troy Flag Day Parade will head up Fourth Street from South Troy to downtown Troy. (This might be the last Troy Flag Day Parade.) Sunday 1 pm

Hudson Flag day parade
Saturday: Hudson's annual Flag Day Parade and Celebration returns. The celebration starts with entertainment, vendors and displays in 7th Street Park at 10 am. The parade at 2 pm, followed by entertainment and amusement park rides and fireworks. Saturday 10 am-10 pm -- free admission

Freak Flag Day
Saturday: That same day Basilica Hudson hosts Freak Flag Day. It's a goth-rave with DJs and art installations. People bring home made flags of all different colors and meanings to wave. Saturday 8 pm -- $5

Beekman Street Art Fair
Sunday: The Beekman Street Art Fair returns in Saratoga Springs. "Over 50 juried fine artists and craft artists will set up individual tents on Beekman, which will be closed to traffic from Grand Ave to West Circular." Also: performers, a children's art tent, and food vendors. Sunday 10 am-5 pm -- free admission


Steel Magnolias
Friday-Sunday: Curtain Call Theater presents Steel Magnolias. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- $24

Freckleface Strawberry
Saturday-Sunday: The Theatre Institute at Sage presents Freckleface Strawberry, a new musical based on actress Julianne Moore's best-selling book. (The League of Extraordinary Red Heads will be attending the Saturday performance, with an afterparty following.) Saturday and Sunday 2 pm -- free admission

Dog Sees God
Friday-Sunday: Steamer No. 10 Theater presents Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead -- an unauthorized parody of the Peanuts gang as they navigate adolescence. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- $20 / $10 students and seniors

Tony Awards party
Sunday: Proctors is hosting a Tony Awards viewing party. The ceremony will be shown on the big screen in the GE Theater. Food will be available for purchase from Apostrophe Cafe and a there will be a cash bar, prizes, and giveaways. Sunday 7:30 pm -- free admission


Friday-Saturday: Comedian Nathaniel "Earthquake" Stroman is performing at the Funny Bone at Crossgates this weekend. Friday-Saturday various times -- $25

Ross Bennett
Friday-Saturday: Stand-up comedian Ross Bennett (The Improv, Addicted to Show Business) is headlining at The Comedy Works in Saratoga this weekend. Friday-Saturday -- various times and prices

Storytime Time
Friday: Storytime Time, Ethan Ullman's curated comedic storytelling series, returns to the MopCo Improv theater this weekend. Friday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors

Saturday: MopCo presents TheaterSports. Teams of improvisors compete against each other to create songs and scenes based on audience suggestion (think Whose Line is It Anyway) Saturday 8 pm -- $15 / $6 for students and seniors.


Friday-Sunday: The Madison is screening the latest batch of short films from the award-winning YouthFX program at multiple times each day. On Saturday there will be a special screening -- YouthFX filmmakers and crew will be there for a Q&A following the screening. And on Sunday there will be screening of the Which Way Is Home series of films that look at the concept of home for range of young people in Albany. Friday-Sunday various times -- $5

Kamikaze Girls
Friday: It Came From Schenectady presents Kamikaze Girls, a story about two Japanese girls with completely different backgrounds. Before it was a film, it was a popular manga. As with all ICFS events, there will be comfy couches, surprises, and drink specials. Friday 7 pm -- $9 / $6 students and people who come in costume

I am Syria
Saturday: Filmmaker -- and high school senior -- Jad Jacob hosts a premier of his new documentary I Am Syria, a documentary comparing the lives of Syrian refugees in Germany to those living in America, at Proctors. Saturday 7 pm -- $12

Peter Pan
Saturday: Proctors is screening the new National Theatre production of Peter Pan. Saturday 1 pm --- $15

Drive-in season has arrived:
+ Malta: Screen 1: Wonder Woman and Baywatch | Screen 2: The Mummy and Alien: Covenant
+ Jericho:: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Alien:Covenant
+ Hollywood: Captain Underpants, and A Wimp Will Rise

Rat Film
Friday: Basilica Hudson kicks off its independent film series with Rat Film, a documentary about rats. It will be followed by a conversation about urban rat life with director Theo Anthony, along with Hudson's planning board chair and a professional exterminator.Friday 7 pm -- $5 to $10 (sliding scale) kids and teens free.


Friday: Ween at Ommegang
"An evening with..." outside at brewery. 7 pm --- $45

Friday: Circa Waves at The Hollow
Indie rock. With: Blaenavon. 9 pm -- $10.27 ahead / $12 day of

Friday: Moon Worship at The Low Beat
Album release show. With: Hill Haints, Sun Natives. 8 pm

Saturday: Foster The People at Ommegang
Outside at the brewery. With: Miya Folick. 7 pm -- $37.50

Saturday: Kimock at Helsinki Hudson
Rock guitarist. 9 pm -- $28

Sunday: Birds of Chicago at SPAC
Part of a Caffe Lena at SPAC series of a free Sunday afternoon shows at the Gazebo stage. With: The Pines. 1 pm -- free

Sunday: Ahn Trio at Helsinki Hudson
Chamber trio playing "works by David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and others." 7 pm -- $20 and up

Capital Region Parade of Homes
Saturday-Sunday: This is the second weekend of the annual Capital Region Parade of Homes, a showcase of 16 homes from builders in the region. Saturday-Sunday 11 am-5 pm -- $20


Hyde Collection
The Hyde Collection opens its new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery this Saturday. It includes 40 works of modern art donated by Schenectady residents Werner Feibes and the late James Schmitt. The exhibit includes works by Josef Albers, Jean (Hans) Arp, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Louise Nevelson, George Rickey, Bridget Riley, and Andy Warhol.

The Clark
The Clark recently opened a new Picasso exhibit, Picasso: Encounters. (On display through August 27.)

MASS MoCA recently opened its new B6 space this weekend, adding 106,000 square feet to the already massive museum. And Nick Cave's Until is still on display until the end of August.

Cohoes Artist Showcase
Sunday: Cohoes Music Hall hosts the 7th Annual Cohoes Artist Showcase at Cohoes Music Hall. Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm -- free admission

USS Slater
The USS Slater, the destroyer escort historical museum in Albany, is open for tours. Friday-Monday 10 am-4 pm -- $9 / $8 for seniors / $7 for kids 6 to 14 / free for kids 5 and under

Fields Sculpture Park
The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi in Ghent recently opened its new summer exhibition.

Berkshire Botanical Garden
The Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge are now open for the season. every day from 9 am-4 pm -- $15 / $14 seniors / $12 students / kids under 12 are admitted free

Albany Institute
There are just a few weeks left to see the Wampum World exhibit at the Albany Institute. (On display through June 18.)

State Museum
The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection, continues at the New York State Museum with works by artists such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, David Smith, and Alexander Calder. (On display through September 3.)

Weather permitting, beaches are open this weekend Grafton, Moreau, and Cherry Plain state parks. Beaches are open for swimming weekends only through June 27, then they open 7 days for the rest of the season.

Wine and Cheese Weekend
Saturday-Sunday: Wine and Cheese Weekend in the Hudson Valley. Take a self guided tour and sample wine and cheese pairings. Enjoy wine tastings and cheese parings along the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail this weekend from participating wineries. Saturday- Sunday --- $35 passport required


Farmers' markets
It's May, and the area farmers' markets are outdoors for the season.
+ Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is on River Street around Monument Square. Saturday 9 am-2 pm
+ The Delmar Farmers Market is Bethlehem Central Middle School (332 Kenwood Ave). Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Saratoga Farmers' Market is outdoors at High Rock Park Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Schenectady Greenmarket is at its outdoor location around city hall. Sunday 10 am-2 pm
+ The Spa City Farmers' Market is on the lawn of the the Lincoln Baths. Sunday 10 am-3 pm.

Troy Makers Market
Saturday: Local craft vendors will display and sell wares at the Troy Makers Market in conjunction with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. Saturday 9 am to noon

Spring Fling Antiques, Collectibles and Crafts Festival
Saturday: Paws Along the Mohawk in Glenville hosts a Spring Fling Antiques, Collectibles and Crafts Festival. Saturday 9 am-4 pm -- free admission

Troy Flea
Sunday: Troy Flea returns to Riverfront Park this Sunday with more than two dozen vendors, food, the Troy Poem Project and more. Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm -- free admission

Ice cream season has started
It's spring, and local ice cream stands are beckoning.

Day trips
Explore New Paltz, head for The Berkshires, the Catskills, or Columbia County.

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MUSIC: Endless Boogie @ The Half Moon, Hudson
I've never seen these guys, but this 57-minute set at England's TUSK Festival is face melting guitar rock at its finest:

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