Stuff to do this weekend

Saratoga Race Course from clubhouse 2017

It's a big weekend in Saratoga.

Do you feel that cool breeze? That's the feeling of summer rushing by. Get some fun in while you can. This weekend promises to be a late-summer gift from the weather gods, with lots of sunshine and comfortable temperatures.

After the jump, you'll find our list of stuff going on that we thought might interest you. Planning something that didn't make our list? Drop it in the comments so everyone can see.

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

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Troy Night Out
Friday: It's the last Troy Night Out of the summer. Shops and galleries in downtown Troy will be open late with art, music and other surprises. Here are a few things to check out:
+ Twenty downtown businesses are participating in a TNO treasure hunt.
+ The Arts Center of the Capital Region hosts performance art in response to our political world.
+ Scarlet Seven Fine Art Gallery opens a show called Origine Du Monde: Eroticism with a burlesque performance by Persephone Pomme and Noelle Reign
+ There's midnight brunch at The Bradley starting at 11 pm
Friday, 5 pm to 9 pm -- free admission

The Track
Friday-Sunday: This is Travers weekend at the Saratoga Race Course. The Travers Stakes race is Saturday -- the biggest horse race of the season -- but the whole weekend will be a busy one in Saratoga.

Washington County Fair
Friday-Sunday: The Washington County Fair is at the fairgrounds in Greenwich. It touts itself as the "New York's #1 Agricultural County Fair." Admission is $12 / children 13 and under are free. An all-week pass is $36. Free admission for all active military service members with military ID. Admission does not include carnival rides. During the fair, ride tickets are $1.25 each.

Albany Latin Fest
Saturday: Albany's annual LatinFest returns to Washington Park. It's a family-oriented celebration of Latin culture with music, food, arts and craft vendors, kids activities, and more. Saturday 11am-6 pm -- free admission

ValleyCats baseball
Friday-Sunday: The Tri City ValleyCats are at home this weekend for a three game series against the Lowell Spinners. Friday and Saturday 7 pm, Sunday at 5 pm -- $6 and up

Mabee Farm Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday: Mabee Farm Historic Site hosts an Arts & Crafts Festival with more than 60 artists showing and selling jewelry, soap, maple, mead, wine, textiles, and more. Saturday 10 am-3 pm -- $5

East Greenbush Car Show, Food and Music Festival
Saturday: The town of East Greenbush is hosting a Car Show, Food and Music Festival in Onderdonk Park. Music, vendors, kids activities, classic cars, and more. Saturday 3-9 pm -- free admission


Friday-Sunday: Barrington Stage presents Stephen Sondheim's Company. Friday 2 pm and 8 pm, Saturday 8 pm (sold out), Sunday 5 pm (limited tickets, call ahead) -- $15 and up

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

Like Breathing
Friday: Some of the Capital Region's finest singers present Like Breathing, a cabaret featuring songs of perseverance. Friday 8 pm -- $16 / $8 for students and children.

Roxxi Tart's 1920s Speakeasy Burlesque Revue
Saturday: Hudson Harbor House hosts Roxxi Tart's 1920s Speakeasy Review. Saturday 8 pm -- $20


Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Casey James Salengo
Saturday: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show returns to Proctors with headliner Casey James Salengo. Salengo was on Jimmy Kimmel earlier this month. And he has a half-hour Comedy Central special coming out this fall. And he's originally from Middleburgh. As he posted on Facebook this week: "My entire extended family and many childhood friends will be seeing me for the first time so come on out if you want to witness an actual nightmare I've had come to life." He's joined on the bill by Courtney Maginnis. Saturday 8 pm -- $15 advance / $20 at the door

Maestro: One Improviser to Rule Them All!
Friday: The Mop & Bucket theater hosts Maestro, an improv elimination competition in which contestants create songs, scenes, and games based on audience suggestions. Friday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors

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

Eddie Clark
Friday-Saturday: Stand-up comedian Eddie Clark headlines at The Comedy Works in Saratoga this weekend. Friday and Saturday, various times and prices

Adam Ferrera
Friday-Sunday: The Albany Funny Bone presents stand-up comic Adam Ferrera (Top Gear, Nurse Jackie). Friday-Sunday various times and prices


Angels in America Part II: Perestroika
Sunday: The Spectrum is screening part II of the new production of Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika, starring Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn. Sunday 11 am -- $15

Friday-Sunday: This weekend at The Madison: Alien:Covenant, Point Break, and Eddie Murphy's Dr. Doolittle

Drive-in season continues:
+ Malta: Triple Feature Weekend. Screen 1: The Hitman's Bodyguard, The Dark Tower and Atomic Blonde| Screen 2: Anabelle: Creation,Kidnap, and Girls Trip
+ Jericho:: Anabell and Dunkirk
+ Hollywood: Leap, and Nut Job II

Search party
Saturday: Confetti Stage is hosting a Search Party scavenger hunt. Participants will solve six puzzles with clues hidden inside the Albany Masonic Lodge. "Calling all gamers, detectives, adventurers, and eccentrics: Confetti Stage needs your help finding a (very special) lost sock. It's our take on the scavenger hunt, with coded messages, mysterious clues, hidden map pieces, and more Masonic claptrap than the two National Treasure movies put end-to-end." Saturday noon-6 pm (participants are welcome to show up until 4 pm) -- $13 for an individual ticket / $10 each for teams of four or more


The Clark
This is the last weekend for 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).

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.

Arts Center of the Capital Region
This the last weekend for the Arts Center of the Capital Region's Fence Select, an exhibition composed of 78 pieces selected from the Fence Salon by Michael Oatman. (On display until August 26.)

Other Side: Art, Object, Self
The Tang Museum at Skidmore College recently opened 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.)

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 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.

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.

Freedom Park
This is the last week for the summer concert series at Freedom Park in Scotia, which has American Runaways on Wednesday and the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra on Saturday.


Friday: Matchbox Twenty + Counting Crows at SPAC
With: Rivers and Rust. 6:45 pm -- $22 and up

Friday: Stellar Young at The Hollow
With: Bad Mothers, The Midnight Society. 8 pm -- $10

Friday: 10 Years of Loud Punk Records at The Low Beat
Zex, Rotten UK, Cinderblock, Executors, Capitle, Neutron Rats, Male Patterns, New Life, Mystery Girl. 7 pm

Saturday: Luke Bryan at SPAC
With: Brett Eldridge, Craig Campbell. 7 pm -- $33.50 and up

Saturday: The Sea The Sea at The Hollow
With: Girl Blue. 8 pm -- $10.27

Saturday: Roomful of Teeth at MASS MoCA
Avant garde vocal group. 8 pm -- $16 ahead / $22 day of

Saturday: Royal Jelly at The Linda
"Combining elements of Soul, Rock, Swing and Hip-Hop..." 7 pm -- $15

Saturday: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez at Caffe Lena
"[Q]ueen of blue-eyed rock n' soul..." 8 pm -- $25

Saturday: The Orange at The Low Beat
With: Sly Boots, Kimono Dragons. 8 pm

Saturday: Dylan Perrillo Orchestra at Freedom Park
Last show of the season for the series. 7 pm -- free

Sunday: Sean Rowe at Stella Pasta Bar & Bakery at Fo'Castle Farm
Sean Rowe plays the first in the farm's music series. Sunday 3 pm -- $20


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

Troy Flea
Sunday: Troy Flea returns to Riverfront Park with vendors selling vintage items and locally made crafts. Sunday 10 am-3 pm -- free admission

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

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