Stuff to do this weekend

Mama Mia at Capital Rep

Mama Mia continues this weekend at Capital Rep. / photo: Richard Lovrich

Two words: Summer weekend.

If two words aren't enough for you, then after the jump you'll find more -- a whole list of things to do on this particular summer weekend.

Planning something that didn't make our list? Let us know about it in the comments. And whatever you're up to, remember your sunscreen, and have a fantastic weekend.

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Schenectady Summer Night
Friday: Schenectady County's annual Summer Night block party is in downtown Schenectady (between Broadway and Barrett Street). Live music and entertainment, food vendors, and fireworks. The headlining music act is Blues Traveler. Friday 5-10 pm -- free admission

New York City Ballet
Friday-Saturday:The New York City Ballet wraps up its summer residency at SPAC this weekend with Balanchine shorts on Friday and Saturday night and an all Richard Rodgers program on Saturday afternoon. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Saturday matinee at 2 pm -- various prices

Troy Pig Out
Saturday: The annual Troy Pig Out returns to Riverfront Park in the Collar City. There will be food and craft vendors, a hot dog eating competition, music, fireworks, and the People's Choice Rib competition. Saturday 10 am to 9 pm -- free admission, rib tickets are $2 a piece

Canal Fest
Saturday: The Schenectady County Historical Society is hosting Canal Fest at Mabee Farm. Music, a petting zoo, pony rides, food and craft beer and more. Saturday 11 am to 3 pm -- free

Beat Shot Music Festival
Friday-Saturday: The annual Beat Shot Music Festival is at The Hollow. Founded by DJ Trumastr, it's a two-day event that spotlights indie artists, visual artists, and small local businesses. Friday-Saturday -- $15 per day at the door / $12 per day in advance

Chip Festival
Saturday: Saratoga Springs -- the self-proclaimed home of the potato chip -- hosts the second annual Chip Festival at the Saratoga City Center. Sample and purchase chips and snacks from around the country. Family-friendly activities, a chip competition, and more. Saturday 10 am-4 pm -- $5 / free for kids 12 and under

Hamilton Weekend
Friday-Sunday: The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society is hosting a Hamilton Weekend -- a series of performances, exhibits and presentations about Alexander Hamilton -- at theSchuyler Mansion in Albany. Friday-Sunday various times -- $5 per event

Pinta & Nina
Friday-Sunday: This weekend you can check out replicas of the Christopher Columbus ships the Niña and Pinta at the Albany Yacht Club in Rensselaer. The ships will be open for tours. Friday-Sunday 9 am-6 pm -- $8 adults / $7 seniors / $6 students 5-16 / children under 4 are free.


Mamma Mia!
Friday-Sunday: It's second weekend of Mamma Mia! at Capital Rep. Friday-Sunday various times and prices (limited seating)

Friday-Saturday: Park Playhouse in Albany's Washington Park continues its production of the relevant and powerful musical Ragtime. Based on E.L. Doctorow's novel of the same name, Ragtime chronicles the lives of three different families from very different worlds that collide at the start of the 20th century. (The show continues Tuesdays-Saturdays through July 29.) Friday and Saturday 8 pm -- free bleacher seating is unreserved / reserved seats available for $24

Friday-Sunday: The Williamstown Theatre Festival opens a new production of Where Storms are Born. The WTF production of The Roommate (starring S. Epatha Merkerson Jane Kaczmarek) continues this weekend. Friday-Sunday various times -- various prices

Opera Saratoga
Friday-Sunday: Opera Saratoga has multiple shows this weekend including the operas Zemire Et Azor(Beauty and the Beast), Falstaff, and The Cradle Will Rock, and the review, Broadway in the 1930's at the Spa Little Theatre. Friday-Sunday various times and prices

Fiddler on the Roof
Friday-Sunday: Not So Common Players presents a free production of the musical classic, Fiddler on the Roof, starring Matthew Coviello as Tevya, the dairyman with five daughters, who struggles with the change in age old traditions. Friday-Sunday, 8 pm -- free

Buyer and Cellar
Friday-Sunday: Curtain Call Theater presents its new season with Buyer and Cellar, a one-man comedy about a struggling actor in LA working for a beloved megastar. Friday-Saturday 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday matinee 3 pm -- $24

Legally Blonde
Friday-Sunday: Consortium Actors presents the musical Legally Blonde, based on the film. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm -- $15/$20

Saturday Night Fever
Friday-Saturday: The Mac Haydn continues its season with Saturday Night Fever, a disco musical based on the John Travolta movie, featuring music from the BeeGees. Friday-Sunday --- various times and prices

Drama, monologues and stand-up
Friday-Sunday: Soul Rebel Performance Troupe presents a weekend of drama, comedy, monologues and stand-up comedy, including four one-act plays at the First Congregational Church in Albany. Friday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 4 pm -- $12

The Little Mermaid
Friday-Sunday: Family Players presents Disney's The Little Mermaid at Schenectady Light Opera Company. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm -- $15

Children of a Lesser God
Saturday-Sunday: Berkshire Theater Festival just opened a production of The Music Man. Their production of Children of a Lesser God , starring Joshua Jackson continues this weekend. Friday-Sunday, various times and prices

Sunday: Albany Civic Theater is showcasing Register, an original play by Michael C. Mensching. Sunday 3 pm -- free (donations suggested)


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

John Morgan
Friday-Sunday: Comedian John Morgan is headlining at The Funny Bone at Crossgates. Friday-Sunday various times -- $12 to $15

Jim McCue
Friday-Saturday: The Comedy Works in Saratoga presents an evening of stand-up with comedian Jim McCue (Boston Comedy Festival). Friday and Saturday various times and prices

Mopco Improvapalooza
Saturday: The Mop & Bucket Company are joined by some of the Capital Region's region's best up-and-coming improvisors for =Improvapalooza -- a night of improv games, songs, and scenes based on audience suggestions. Saturday at 8 pm -- $15 / $6 for students and seniors


Friday: The Deslondes at Helsinki Hudson
New Orleans R&B. 9 pm -- $15

Friday: Prison + Sun Natives + New Life at The Low Beat
A benefit for RISSE. 8 pm

Saturday: New Found Glory at Upstate Concert Hall
Pop punk. With: Can't Swim. 8 pm -- $22 ahead / $26 day of

Saturday: Memories of Elvis at Proctors
Elvis tribute artist Patrick Johnson at Proctors. Saturday 7 pm -- $25 to $30

Sunday: The Moody Blues at SPAC.
The Days of Future Past 50th Anniversary Tour. 8 pm -- $20 to $210

Sunday: Desertion Trio, at One Caroline
"Exploring the sonic space between Neil Young's expansive work with Crazy Horse, late 60s free jazz, and the NY Downtown scene." Part of a Sunday Jazz Jam. 8 pm --

Sunday: Amadou and Mariam at Music Haven
Afro-beat, pop and folk. Sunday 7 pm -- free

Sunday: Gangstagrass at Caffe Lena
Bluegrass/hip-hop from Brooklyn. 7 pm -- $20


Mad Max with original live score
Saturday: MASS MoCA is screening Mad Max with an original accompanying score played live. Saturday 8:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $26 day of / $16 students

Saturday: Proctors is screening the Lincoln Center Theatre performance of the Tony Award-winning musicalFalsettos -- the story of an unorthodox family and their way of living a non-traditional lifestyle. Saturday 2 pm and 7 pm -- $15

Family Movie Sunday
Sunday: The GE Theatre at Proctors is screening The Great Muppet Caper as a part of Free Family Movie Series. Sunday 10:30 am and 1 pm -- free

The Madison
This weekend the The Madison is screening Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, John Wick 2, and Ocean's Eleven.

Drive-in season continues:
+ Malta: Screen 1: Spider-Man:Homecoming and Wonder Woman | Screen 2: War for the Planet of the Apes and Baby Driver
+ Jericho:: Despicable Me 3 and Spider-Man: Homecoming
+ Hollywood: Despicable Me 3, and Spider-Man: Homecoming

Pool season is here. Public public pools and spray pads are open for the season.


Frances Day at The Tang Museum
Saturday: It's Frances Day at Skidmore's Tang Museum. Named for Frances Young Tang, it's a community open house with music, art and family friendly activities.Saturday noon to 5:30 with a reception to follow -- free admission.

The Clark
The Clark recently opened a new Picasso exhibit, Picasso: Encounters (on display through August 27). Also now on display is an exhibit of work by Helen Frankenthaler (through October 9).

Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region
The Albany Institute recently opened the Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibit, an annual exhibit highlighting the work of the visual artists in the region. (On display through September 3.)

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.

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.

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

UAlbany Art Museum
Friday: The University Art Museum has Abstracts, "a large-scaled landscape exhibit where the paintings represent the relationship between communities and reality," and Gloves Off, "a video, photography and sculpture to create an kaleidoscopic view of contemporary culture." (On display until September 29)

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.)

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

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

Blueberry season started around the Capital Region -- here are a bunch of places where you ca pick your own.


Farmers' markets
+ 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.

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Barrington Stage Company is doing the play "Speech and Debate" July 13-29

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