Stuff to do this weekend

Altamont Fair 4H cow show

It's Altamont Fair weekend!

Listen. Do you hear that? It's summer calling. Right there, outside your window. And with a weekend coming and everything.

What more do you need?

A list of stuff to do? We've got that, too. After the jump we've pulled together a bit list of things happening this weekend that might interest you.

Planning something you don't see here? Drop it into the comments and share with the rest of the crowd.

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

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Altamont Fair
Friday-Sunday: The Altamont Fair -- the county fair for Albany, Schenectady, and Greene counties -- is at the fairgrounds in Altamont. This is its 125th year. The one-price admission includes "parking, attractions, Circus Hollywood, music and Unlimited Rides." Friday-Sunday -- $17

Philadelphia Orchestra
It's the third and final week of the Philadelphia Orchestra's residency at SPAC. This weekend's schedule:
+ Friday: French Festival Day 2
+ Saturday: A Night at the Opera

The Track
The season continues this weekend at Saratoga Race Course.

Friday-Monday: The ValleyCats continue their home stand at The Joe with games against Hudson Valley (Friday) and Brooklyn (Saturday, Sunday). $6 and up

Roller derby
Saturday: The Albany All Stars Roller Derby returns to the Albany Capital Center as the All Stars take on the Philly Roller Derby. Saturday 7 pm -- $10 advance / $12 at the door / $5 for kids 10 and under

Electric City Food Truck Fest
Saturday: Food trucks from around the Capital Region will line up outside of Rivers Casino for the Electric City Food Truck Festival. Saturday noon to 5 pm -- free admission

Hudson SummerFest
Saturday: The inaugural Hudson Summerfest -- a music/literature/food event -- is at Henry Hudson Waterfront Park in Hudson. Music headliners include NRBQ, Black Mountain Symphony, and The Matchstick Architects. Authors and illustrators include Albany's Elizabeth Zunon , Esme Shapiro, and Victor Ramone Mojica. There's also an Etsy collage making workshop, origami demonstrations, performances by members of the Bindlestiff juggling club, and more family fun. Saturday 11 am-7 pm -- $25 / age 7-17 $13 / 6 and under free

Rensselaerville Ride: From Hill to Hollow
Sunday: The Rensselaerville Ride, a day of community bike rides, returns. Bike rides of 10, 24, 44, and 64 miles -- plus music, barbecue, and beer. Sunday various times and prices


The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues the production of A Legendary Romance. And its production of Actually, starring Alexandra Socha and Joshua Boone, also continues. Tuesday-Sunday various times - various prices

Friday-Sunday: Barrington Stage presents Stephen Sondheim's Company. Friday and Saturday are sold out, Sunday 5 pm (limited tickets, call ahead) -- $15 and up

Loving Us
Friday: MopCo theater hosts Loving Us, a play by Penny Meacham. "Each selection of poetry by Penny Meacham is intended to honor Black History month in general, but more specifically it is about loving the variety of wonderfully strong, striving, loyal, other-wordly, attitudinal and funny everyday characters that make up the Black family/community." Friday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors

Avenue Q
Friday-Sunday: The Local Actors Guild of Saratoga presents Avenue Q -- the grown-up puppet musical. Yes, there are puppets. No, you probably shouldn't bring the kids. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $20

Friday-Sunday: The MacHaydn Theater in Chatham presents Spamalot, the musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Friday 8 pm, Saturday 4 pm and 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm and 7 pm -- $15 and up

Park Playhouse
Friday-Saturday: Park Playhouse in Albany's Washington Park presents a youth production of The Music Man, with some of the Capital Region's most talented young people. Friday-Saturday 7:30 pm -- $16 and up / free lawn seating

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

Pop Culture Provocateurs Burlesque Revue
Friday: The Fuze Box hosts the Pop Culture Provocateurs Burlesque Review. The show is followed by a Cretin Hop punk dance party . Friday 9 pm -- $12

David Sedaris
Sunday: David Sedaris comes to Tanglewood to read from his newest book, Theft by Finding. Sunday 8 pm -- $43 and up


Sherry Davey
Friday-Saturday: Sherry Davey, from Nick at Nite's Search for the Funniest Mom in America, will play four shows at The Comedy Works in Saratoga this weekend. Friday and Saturday, various times and prices

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

Rod Paulette
Sunday: The Albany Funny Bone hosts stand-up comic Rod Paulette. Sunday 7 pm -- $12


Friday: The Movies Under the Stars series continues at on the lawn at The Sage College of Albany with a screening of the animated feature Sing. Drinks, snacks, and pre-show fun. Friday 7:30 pm -- free admission

Friday: Schenectady County's Family Movie Night continues with a screening of Sing at Robert B.Shafer Memorial Park in Delanson. Pre show entertainment and free Stewarts ice cream. Friday 7 pm -- free admission

I am the Blues
Friday: Proctors is screening the music documentary I am the Blues, featuring performances by the genre's oldest living icon, Bobby Rush, and a host of other known and lesser-known blues musicians. Friday 4:30 pm and 7 pm -- $5

Drive-in season continues:
+ Malta: Screen 1: The Hitman's Bodyguard and Kidnap | Screen 2: Anabelle: Creation and Dunkirk
+ Jericho:: Dark Tower and Kidnap
+ Hollywood: Anabelle: Creation, and Atomic Blonde


Friday: In The Valley Below at The Hollow
Indie pop. 9 pm -- $15

Friday: Cro-Mags & Brick By Brick at Upstate Concert Hall
Hardcore. With: All Out War, Cold As Life, Wrong Move. 7:30 pm -- $18 ahead / $20 day of

Friday: Khalif Neville at The Low Beat
From the "First Family of Funk." 8 pm -- $8

Saturday: Colin Hay at The Egg
Was a man at work. 8 pm -- $35 and up

Saturday: G. Love & Special Sauce at Lucky Strike
(The special sauce is Thousand Island dressing.) 9 pm -- $25 ahead / $30 day of

Saturday: Jazz In the Key of Dylan: A Tribute to Bob Dylan at Caffe Lena
Featuring Keith Pray, Chuck Lamb, Lecco Morris and the Arch Stanton Quartet. 8 pm -- $25

Saturday: Nona Hendryx + Nick Cave at MASS MoCA
Music + art. 7 pm -- $30

Sunday: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals at The Egg
With: Tom Freund. 8 pm -- $49.50 and up

Sunday: Richard Barone - Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 60s at Caffe Lena
From the Bongos. 7 pm -- $20

Sunday: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at Freedom Park
Modern dance. 7 pm -- free


Other Side: Art, Object, Self
The Tang Museum at Skidmore College opens a new exhibit called Other Side: Art, Object, Self. This group show features contemporary art that examines ways in which artists use materials, found objects, or even their own bodies to explore questions of national, cultural, and self-identity. (Through December 30)

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
Time is running out on the The Clark's 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.

The Arkell Museum in Canajoharie has an exhibit of paintings marking the 200-year anniversary of the Erie Canal, and an exhibit of portraits of suffragists. (Both on display through September 3.)

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
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 pools and spray pads are open for the season.

Hop Fest
Saturday: Chatham Brewing hosts Hop Fest, a celebration of the harvesting of the hops. Help pick the hops from the bines and enjoy music games and food. Saturday 4 pm -- free admission

Bath Bombs Away
Saturday: Fort Orange General Store hosts a workshop on making your own bath bombs. Saturday noon to 2 pm -- $35


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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