Stuff to do this weekend

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The Troy River Festival returns Saturday.

Ready? Set? Weekend!

But wait -- first you have to decide what to do. That may not be as easy as it sounds. We've pulled together a list of things we thought you'd like to try.

Doing something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comments.

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

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Troy River Fest
Saturday: River Fest returns to Monument Square and River Street in Troy. Artists, music, local crafters and food vendors, kids activities and more. Saturday 10 am-5 pm -- free admission

Dad Fest
Sunday: Albany's Dad Fest, the city's annual Father's Day celebration, returns to Washington Park. Music, food, beverage tastings, kids activities, and more. Sunday 1-6 pm -- free admission

There are two celebrations of Juneteenth -- which commemorates the end of slavery -- in the Capital Region this weekend:

Saturday: The Hamilton Hill Art Center in Schenectady hosts its 17th Annual Juneteenth Celebration with music, dancing food, Double Dutch and more. Saturday noon-8 pm -- free admission

Sunday: The Albany Juneteenth celebration is at the Capital South Campus Center (20 Warren Street, between Eagle and Grand). There will be music, entertainment, free food and beverages, giveaways, and more. Sunday 1-6 pm -- free admission

Upper Union Street Strawberry Fest & Art Show
Saturday: The annual Upper Union Street Strawberry Fest & Art Show returns, with music, food, crafters and all things strawberry. Saturday 10 am-3 pm -- free admission

Strawberry Festival for Regional Food Bank & Patroon Land Farm
Saturday: The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and the Patroon Land Farm
are hosting a Strawberry festival at the Altamont Fairgrounds. There will be a petting zoo, pony rides, train and tea cup rides, performances, and local food and craft vendors. Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm -- $8, free for kids under 12

Saratoga Balloon & Craft Festival
Friday-Sunday: The Saratoga County Fairgrounds is the site for the Saratoga Balloon & Craft Festival. Balloon launches, music, crafters, performers, vendors, helicopter rides, a wiffle ball tournament, kids activities and more. Friday-Sunday, various times -- $5 to $15

Downtown is Pawsome party
Friday: There's a party to celebrate the debut of "Downtown is Pawsome" public art project at Albany City Hall (moved from Tricentennial Park because of rain). Proceeds will benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and other Downtown Albany BID projects. Friday, 5:30-8 pm -- $65 ($40 under 30)

Sand Lake Summer Fest
Friday-Sunday: Butler Park in Sand Lake will host the annual Kiwanis Sand Lake Summer Fest with music, rides, attractions, vendors, a tennis tournament and more. Friday-Sunday , various times and prices

The Stockade Scavenger Hunt
Saturday: The Schenectady County Historical Society hosts a Stockade Scavenger Hunt. Follow clues and learn about the Stockade and its history. Saturday 10 am-1 pm -- free but pre-registration is requested

A Cause for Paws
Sunday: Food, live music, beer and more at the Wolf Hollow Brewing Company at the Cause for Paws Father's Day celebration. Proceeds benefit local animal shelters. Sunday 1-5 pm --- $40 general / $15 12 and under


Friday-Sunday: Riverdance brings its 20th anniversary Celtic music and dance tour to Proctors this weekend. Friday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Friday: The Irish American Heritage Museum hosts a reading of portions of James Joyce's Ulysses, in honor of Bloomsday -- the day on which Joyce's groundbreaking novel takes place. Selections will be read by local actors and supporters of the museum. Friday 7 pm -- $5

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

This Is Not A Test (a one-man clown show)
Saturday: Round Lake Auditorium hosts Marquis Productions' This Is Not a Test -- a one-man clown show featuring Aaron Marquis. Saturday 8 pm -- $15

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Friday-Sunday: The Mac Haydn Theater presents the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the film of the same name. Friday-Sunday, various times and prices

Dogfight: The Musical
Friday-Sunday: Troy Civic Theater presents Dogfight: The Musical, based on the film of the same name. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $15 / $13 students and seniors

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

Opera Saratoga presents music by Marc Blitzstein
Friday: Opera Saratoga presents a program featuring the work of Marc Blitzstein, author of the 1937 agitprop musical theater work, The Cradle Will Rock, on the eve of the work's 80th anniversary. Friday 7:30 pm -- free

Friday-Saturday: Choreographer Jonah Bokaer and dancers will be at Basilica Hudson for a performance of OCCUPANT, inspired by the Edward Albee play of the same name. It feature works by NYC visual artist Daniel Arsham and music by Japanese electronic composer and sound artist Ryoji Ikeda. Friday and Saturday 8 pm -- $25 / $15 students and seniors


Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show Dave Hill
Saturday: Dave Hill (The King of Miami, Comedy Central) headlines Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Capital Rep in Albany. Saturday 8 pm --- $15 advance/ $20 at the door

Comedy Supermoms, Sherry Davey & Patty Rosboro
Saturday: The Comedy Works at Cohoes Music Hall presents an evening of stand-up with Comedy Supermoms Sherry Davey and Patty Rosboro. Saturday 8 pm -- $25

Sherry Davey
Friday: Comedian Sherry Davey (NickMom Night Out, Gotham Live) headlines at The Comedy Works. Friday various times and prices

Yannis Pappas
Friday-Sunday: Yannis Pappas, host of AOL's Original Series 2 Point Lead headlines this weekend at The Funny Bone. Friday-Saturday, various times and prices

Alf Pacino & Guest
Friday: Alf Pacino, MopCo's long form improv group, headlines with scenes and songs based on audience suggestions. 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.

Tom Whiteley
Saturday: Tom "The Coach" Whiteley is playing two shows at Comedy Works in Saratoga. Saturday 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm -- various prices

Mountain Jam
Friday-Sunday: The Mountain Jam music festival returns to Hunter Mountain. This year's lineup is headlined by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band, The String Cheese Incident, Peter Frampton, The Head and the Heart, and Gary Clark Jr. single day passes starting at $119 / festival passes $215


Friday-Saturday: Dave Matthews + Tim Reynolds at SPAC
The Saturday show is sold out, and it looks like the Friday show is close to it. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm -- $40.50 and up

Friday: Bobby Whitlock with CoCo Carmel at The Egg
Blues rock singer + saxophonist. 8 pm -- $29.50

Friday: Jouska, Summer Legs, Broken Field Runner, Hate Club at The Low Beat
Including an album release for Summer Legs. 7:30 pm

Friday: NEQ at The Hangar
Jazz. With: Average Bear. 7 pm

Saturday: The Shins at Brewery Ommegang
James Mercer outside at the brewery. With: Tennis. 7 pm -- $42.50

Saturday: Happy Together Tour at The Palace
"The 2017 version of The Happy Together Tour features a cavalcade of Top 40 hits by The Turtles ... Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night ... The Association ... The Cowsills ... The Box Tops ... and Ron Dante of the Archies." 8 pm -- $52.50 and up

Saturday: Griffin House at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriter. 8 pm -- $24

Saturday: Grand Night for Singing at the Massry Center
The Albany Gay Men's Chorus presents a show featuring pop hits, Broadway tunes, and classical music. Saturday 7:30 --- $12 Adults / $9 students / free for kids under 12

Sunday: Train at SPAC
With O.A.R, and Natasha Bedingfield. 7:30 pm -- $25 and up


Friday the 13th
The Madison is screening the original Friday the 13th. Also screening at The Madison this weekend: Heavyweights, Meatballs and Wet Hot American Summer .

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Sunday: The Spectrum is showing the National Theatre production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?-- starring Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill. Sunday 11 am -- $15

Outdoor movies -- Rogue One
Friday: Christ's Church Albany kicks off its Movies Under the Stars program with Rouge One at The College of Saint Rose. Live music and activities before the movie and free popcorn provided. Must bring lawn chairs, suitable seating, etc. Friday 7:30 pm -- free admission

Drive-in season has arrived:
+ Malta: Screen 1: Cars 3 and Captain Underpants | Screen 2: Wonder Woman and The Mummy
+ Jericho:: Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid
+ Hollywood: Cars 3, and Captain Underpants

African Burial Ground Dedication Ceremony
Saturday: St. Agnes Cemetery hosts a ceremony to honor the remains of 14 African people who were once enslaved by a branch of Albany's Schuyler family. The ceremony will include traditional African music, drumming, poetry readings and dance. Saturday 10:30 am

Albany Secret City Garden Tour
Saturday: The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center's Secret City Garden Tour is a guided tour of city parks and hidden gardens in Albany. Saturday 11 am -- $5


Albany Institute
+ The Albany Institute opens the new Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibit with a reception on Friday.

+ This is the final weekend to see the Wampum World exhibit at the Albany Institute. (On display through June 18.)

Hyde Collection
The Hyde Collection recently opened its new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery. 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, adding 106,000 square feet to the already massive museum. And Nick Cave's Until is still on display until the end of August.

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

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.

Learn To Row Day
Saturday: The Albany Rowing Center is hosting a program for National Learn to Row Day. You can stop by the boathouse on Saturday morning and give the sport a try for free, with experienced rowers. Saturday 8:30 am to noon -- free

Sundae on the Farm
Sunday: The annual Sundae on the Farm returns to Kings-Ransom farm in Schuylerville. There will be farm tours, a market, demos by local chefs, wagon rides, music and more. Sunday from noon to 4 pm -- free admission.


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

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

The Mop & Bucket Company, DadFest, Downtown Troy BID, and The Albany Institute advertise on AOA. And AOA is a media sponsor of the This is Not A Test performance.


PetAPalooza - An enormous, multi-location pet adoption event
Saturday, June 17th, 10am-3pm

Might be a bit late on this, but...

There's also the St. Anthony's Italian Festa in Schenectady this weekend.

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