Stuff to do this weekend

ValleyCats game The Joe early evening

The ValleyCats are at home all weekend.

Ever get the feeling summer is just slipping away? Us too. It's the end of July already, so take advantage of what summer has to offer. Here's a midsummer weekend's stuff to do -- our list of weekend events we thought might interest you.

Doing something you don't see on our list? Share it with the crowd. And whatever you're doing, have a fantastic weekend.

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Troy Night Out
Friday: Time for another Troy Night Out.
+ Stroll through the pop-up art plaza in Monument Square
+ Check out the 2017 Fence Select show at the Arts Center for the Capital Region
+ Tech Valley Games Space hosts an interactive gaming showcase at the Arts Center media lab.
Friday, 5 pm to 9 pm

The Big Veg
Friday: Capital Roots celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Veggie Mobile with The Big Veg, an evening of music and food. Friday 5-10 pm -- free admission

Troy Summer Square
Friday- Saturday: The Troy Summer Square public art series continues at Monument Square. Friday's event will include the unveiling of 10 public art ideas for Troy. And Saturday there's a poetry showcase.

Schoharie County Sunshine Fair
Saturday-Saturday: This weekend is the kickoff of the annual Schoharie County Sunshine Fair in Cobleskill. Music, animals, contests, performers, fair food, a midway, and more. (Continues through next Saturday.) Saturday 9 am-10 pm, Sunday 7-7 pm -- $15 / free for children 2 and under

The Track
Racing continues this weekend at Saratoga Race Course.

Old Austerlitz Blueberry Festival
Sunday:The annual Old Austerlitz Blueberry Festival returns with early-19th century craft demonstrations and wares, music, family-friendly activities, and all things blueberry. Sunday 9 am-4 pm -- $7 / free for kids under 12

PYO blueberries
Speaking of blueberries... here are a bunch of places around the area where you can pick your own.


Mamma Mia!
Friday-Sunday: Mamma Mia! continues at Capital Rep. Friday-Sunday various times and prices (limited seating)

Friday-Saturday: This is the last weekend to see the Park Playhouse production of Ragtime in Washington Park. 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. Friday and Saturday 8 pm -- free bleacher seating is unreserved / reserved seats available for $24

Saratoga Shakespeare in the Park
Friday-Saturday: This is the last weekend for the Saratoga Shakespeare Company production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Saratoga Springs Congress Park. Friday-Saturday 6 pm -- free

The Williamstown Theatre Festival has the last weekend of the production of The Clean House. And it recently premiered a new production of Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, an adaptation of Chekov's The Three Sisters with Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother). Friday-Sunday various times -- various prices

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

Sweeney Todd
Friday-Sunday: The Mac-Haydn in Chatham continues its production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. Friday-Sunday various times -- various prices

Berkshire Theater Festival
Saturday-Sunday: Berkshire Theater Festival continues its productions of The Music Man and Edward Albee's Zoo Story
Friday-Sunday various times and prices

The Winter's Tale
Saturday: Adirondack Shakespeare Company presents a production of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga. Saturday 3 pm -- $20 / $17 for students and seniors

Roxxi Tart's 1920's Burlesque Revue
Saturday: Roxxi Tart brings her 1920s Burlesque Review to the Hudson Harbor House. Saturday 7 pm -- $20


Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Andy Sandford
Saturday: Andy Sanford (Conan, Adult Swim) headlines Pretty Much the Next Comedy Show at Proctors. Saturday 8 pm -- $15 in advance / $20 at the door

MopCo Family Show
Saturday: MopCo hosts a comedy show for all ages. All acts are based off audience suggestions. Saturday 8 pm -- $9.50 adults / $3 children and seniors

Late Night Improv Comedy
Saturday: "Cheaper than counseling, and a whole lot funnier." MopCo's late night improv show takes deepest, darkest truths and turns them into comedic songs and stories. Saturday 10 pm -- $9.50

NYS Writers Institute
+ Friday: The NYS Summer Writers Institute wraps up for the season with readings and talks by Rick Moody (Hotels of North America) and Jim Miller (author "Democracy Is In The Streets" and other books). Friday 8 pm in the Davis Auditorium in Palamountain Hall at Skidmore College -- free


Friday-Sunday: This weekend the ValleyCats wrap up a three-game series against Staten Island and begin a series with Vermont. Friday and Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 5 pm -- $5.75 and up

Albany Dutchmen
Saturday: The Albany Dutchmen has a home games this weekend at Siena College. Saturday at 3 pm -- $5 / $4 for students and seniors / $3 for kids under 12


Friday: John Prine at The Palace
With: Margo Price. 8 pm -- $38 and up

Friday: The Big Veg at Capitol Roots
Celebration of The Veggie Mobile with The Parlor, Kimono Dragons, and a bunch of others. Also food trucks and beer/cider. 5-10 pm -- free admission

Saturday: The Peter Yarrow show at Caffe Lena is sold out.

Saturday: Glass Animals at Brewery Ommegang
With: Little Dragon. 7 pm -- $40

Saturday: The Australian Pink Floyd Show at SPAC
"The Best Side of the Moon 2017." 8 pm -- $25 and up

Saturday: Young Syrup at The Low Beat
Hip hop. A fundraiser for WCAA. With: Ellis, The Hudson Underground. 7 pm

Saturday: Linda Lavin at Helsinki Hudson
"My Second Farewell Concert." With: Billy Stritch, Aaron Weinstein. 8 pm -- $65

Saturday: Bang on a Can All-Stars at MASS MoCA
Part of the annual festival. 8 pm -- $12 ahead / $18 day of

Sunday: BeauSoleil and Michael Doucet at Music Haven
With Vishtèn. 7 pm -- free

Sunday: Girls, Guns and Glory at Caffe Lena
Alt country. 7 pm -- $18

Freedom Park
Saturday-Sunday: The schedule for the summer concert series at Freedom Park in Scotia includes Betsy and the ByeGons, and the The Route Fifty 5 this weekend.


Cuckoo's Nest
The Madison Theater is screening One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest this weekend. Other films include Kingpin, Colossal, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Sunday: The Spectrum is screening the National Theater Live production of the biblical story of Salome. Sunday 11 am -- $15

Drive-in season continues:
+ Malta: Screen 1: Emoji Movie and Spiderman: Homecoming | Screen 2: Dunkirk and War for the Planet of the Apes
+ Jericho:: Emoji Movie and War for the Planet of the Apes
+ Hollywood: Emoji Movie, and War for the Planet of the Apes


Albany Institute
+ The Albany Institute recently opened a new exhibit of its Hudson River School works -- more than 80 pieces, almost the entire collection.
+ The Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibit, an annual exhibit highlighting the work of the visual artists in the region, continues. (On display through September 3.)

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

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 has a summer exhibition.

Arts Center of the Capital Region
The Arts Center of the Capital Region recently opened this year's Fence Select, an exhibition composed of 78 pieces selected from the Fence Salon by Michael Oatman. (On display until August 26.)

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
Corrected The USS Slater, the destroyer escort historical museum in Albany, is open for tours. Wednesday-Sunday 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

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


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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The date for the next home game on the Albany Dutchmen website says 7/29 at 3pm--maybe you were looking at the wrong month on the schedule?

Editors: Fixed. Thanks.

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