Stuff to do this weekend

tugboats in Waterford

The tugboats are back in Waterford this weekend.

These next few weekends in September are some of the busiest of the year here in the Capital Region. This week alone has tug Boats, a bunch of street festivals, roller derby, and a jazz festival. There is plenty of stuff to do.

After the jump, you'll find our list of things we thought you might enjoy. 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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Tugboat Roundup
Friday-Sunday: The tugboats return to Waterford for the annual Tugboat Roundup. More than 20 boats, music, food, vendors, rides, tours, kids activities, and fireworks on Saturday. Here's the schedule. Friday-Sunday various times -- free admission

Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival
Saturday: The Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival returns to Jennings Landing. This year's headliner is Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. The lineup also includes Somi, Michael Benedict and Bopitude, The Piggly Wigglies, and The Jecco Trio. Saturday 1-8:30 pm -- free admission

Saratoga Wine & Food Festival
Friday-Saturday: The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival is back at SPAC for a weekend of food, wine, and fancy cars. There's a grand tasting with food from 20 Capital Region restaurants, a Fired Up barbecue event, wine, cigars, and a classic car show and road rally. This year's headlining personality is Red Sox great David Ortiz. Friday and Saturday, various times and prices

Roller Derby
Saturday: The Albany Brawl Stars take on the Ladies' Death and Derby Society at the Albany Capital Center. Saturday 7 pm -- $10 advance / $12 at the door / $5 for kids 10 and under


St. George Greek Festival
Friday-Sunday: The annual St. George Greek Festival returns to Liberty Street in downtown Schenectady near City Hall. Music, food, dance, arts and crafts and more. Friday and Saturday 11 am-11 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm -- free admission

Little Italy Street Festival
Saturday: Schenectady's annual Little Italy Street Festival returns to Jay Street with music, performances, food, and kids activities. Saturday noon-9 pm -- free admission

Carrot Festival
Sunday: Congregation Agudat Achim in Schenectady hosts its annual Carrot Festival with music, food, craft vendors, kids activities, a petting zoo, and all things carrot. Sunday 10 am-5 pm -- free admission

Mississippi Day
Saturday: The annual Mississippi Day is back in Albany's Lincoln Park. It's a celebration of the families who came to Albany from Mississippi during the Great Migration. Music, food, games, historical presentations. The day starts with a parade. Saturday 11 am-7 pm -- free admission

Saratoga Native American Festival
Sunday: The National Museum Of Dance in Saratoga hosts the Saratoga Native American Festival. The festival is a family-friendly event with authentic northeastern Native American drumming and dance, storytelling, music, crafts, art, and native food. Sunday 9:30 am-7 pm --

Stockade Art Show
Saturday: The annual Stockade Outdoor Art Show is in the historic Schenectady neighborhood this weekend. (Rain date is Sunday noon-4 pm.) Saturday 10 am-4 pm

Tarzan Zerbini Circus
Friday-Sunday: The Tarzan Zerbini Circus is at the Times Union Center. Friday-Sunday, various times and prices


Peter and the Starcatcher
Friday-Sunday: Albany Civic Theater presents Peter and the Starcatcher, the beautifully written back story to Peter Pan. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- $18 / $10 students with ID

Lost in Yonkers
Friday-Sunday: Curtain Call Theater presents Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers. Friday and Saturday 8 pm , Sunday 3 pm -- $20

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

Twelfth Night
Saturday-Sunday: Will Kempe's Players present a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at Siena College. Saturday and Sunday 2 pm -- $10 / free for students

The Last Five Years
Friday-Saturday: Round Lake Auditorium presents Jason Robert Brown's song cycle The Last Five Years, tracing a five-year relationship through two characters, one from the beginning-forward and one from the end-backward. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm -- $8


Backpack Full of Cash
Friday: The NYS Writers Institute Film Series returns with Backpack Full of Cash, a documentary exploring the move to privatize public schools and its impact on children. Friday 7:30 pm in Page Hall on the UAlbany Downtown Campus -- free

The Humanity Project: A Devised Documentary Film at Proctors
Friday: Proctors is screening The Humanity Project: A Devised Documentary Film about two communities, separated by oceans, language and culture, that cross paths when a newly-married American couple comes to a small Tanzanian village. (The screening is a fundraising event for the Mloka Village Health Center.) Friday 7 pm -- $20

Man in the Red Bandana
Saturday-Sunday: Proctors is screening The Man in the Red Bandana, the story of Welles Remy Crowther, a man who saved the lives of many 9/11 survivors, and how his acts have inspired others. The film will be followed by a screening of pre-recorded event with Crowther's father. Saturday 7 pm and Sunday 2 pm -- $5

New York State International Film Festival
Friday-Sunday: The Madison Theater hosts the New York State International Film Festival. The two-weekend festival runs through September 14 and features screenings of 64 short films. Friday-Sunday various times -- $10

+ Also screening at The Madison Theater is the original 1969 The Italian Job, starring Michael Caine.

Gone with the Wind corrected
Friday: The Palace Theater is screening Gone With The Wind. Saturday at 8 pm -- $5 / free for kids 12 and under

Drive-in season continues:
+ Malta:Screen 1: It, and The Hitman's Bodyguard Screen 2: Home Again and Annabelle Creation
+ Jericho:It, and Annabelle Creation
+ Hollywood: It, and Annabelle Creation


Storytime Time
Friday: Ethan Ullman's comedic story telling night, Storytime Time, returns to the MopCo Theater with true comedic stories told by the people who lived them. Friday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors

Comedy Works
Friday-Saturday: The Comedy Works in Saratoga presents Jimmy DellaValle and Frank DelPizzo. Friday-Saturday various times and prices

Sean Patton
Friday-Sunday: The Albany Funny Bone presents stand-up comedian Sean Patton. Friday-Sunday various times -- $15


Friday: Hieroglyphic Being at EMPAC
"A night of outer-orbit house music..." 7:30 pm -- $18

Friday: Hurricane Harvey relief concert at The Low Beat
A bunch of local acts raising money for the Galveston County Food Bank. 7 pm

Friday: Rik Emmett at The Upper Room
From Triumph, in an acoustic duo with Dave Dunlop. 7 pm -- $25 and up

Friday: Shun Ng & Magic Dick at Caffe Lena
"Magic Dick the legendary harmonica player for the J. Geils Band partners up with acoustic guitar sensation and singer, Shun Ng." 8 pm -- $24

Friday-Saturday: Eastbound Throwdown in Salem
Eastbound Jesus-organized festival with Driftwood, The Mallett Brothers Band, Formula 5, Black Mountain Symphony, Swamp Candy, Wreckloose, Green, The Old Main, Cobblestone, Dan Johnson, and Upchuck Ramblers. $70 weekend pass / $40 Saturday pass

Saturday: Sydney Worthley at Lucky Strike
Album release show. With: Ryan Clark, Zan Strumfeld. 7 pm -- $10

Sunday: Little Feat at The Egg
First formed as a band in 1969. 7 pm -- $49 and up

Sunday: L.O.C.H.H.DOWN #10 at The Low Beat
Hip hop showcase featuring a bunch of acts. 7 pm

Sunday: Edison at Caffe Lena
Indie folk rock. 7 pm -- $18

Sloop Clearwater public sail
Saturday: The Sloop Clearwater is offering a public sail from Rensselaer Riverfront Park. Saturday 2 pm -- $50 / $15 kids

National Drive Electric Week in Schenectady
Saturday: You can check out electric vehicles on Jay Street near Schenectady City Hall on at a National Drive Electric Week event. Saturday 10 am-3 pm -- free admission.

Meet The Breeds
Saturday: The Saratoga County Cooperative Extension is hosting a Meet the Breeds event at which 30 different breeds of dogs will be there for people to meet, play with, and learn about. Saturday 11 am-2 pm -- free admission


Albany Institute
The Albany Institute recently opened a new exhibit of its Hudson River School works -- more than 80 pieces, almost the entire collection. And it has a new exhibit about the anti-suffrage movement in Albany.

Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson's exhibit at MASS MoCA invites viewers to explore a multi-functional constellation of galleries and installations including a working studio, audio archive, exhibition venue, and a virtual reality environment that highlights her creative process and some of her best known works. (On view through 2018)

Design@Work: The Karene Faul Alumni Invitational Exhibition
The College of Saint Rose opens a new exhibit featuring ,a href="">printed media, web and video works by 14 alumni of its graphic design program.
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)

The Clark
The Clark has 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.

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)

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

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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The link to the Gone with the Wind screening at the Palace says it's tonight, not Saturday, and that it's $5/adults, free for kids under 12, not free.

Editors: Fixed. Thank you.

Was neat to see 'Gregg the Great' when i stepped outside to see another week of noise, house shaking & smell completed during the new gas line, side walks, and road calming on Madison Ave!
Channel 10 has been coming in pixilated & was totally gone on my t.v.. I use a roof antenna.
Someone in their news room told me that while he was in Utica his cable company told him that the defense department needed more channels in case of an emergency. That would mean WE ALL WOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO WATCH T.V. THRU CABLE!
I asked to be switched to their engineers & could not even get thru to them. Years before my sister & i had been told this same MIS- information! I talked to the 2 engineers at both 6 & 13 they confirmed the gent in 10's news room was WRONG! Luckily a tech -savy friend of mine scanned my t.v. disconnected it , connected it & i scanned it again. Lo & behold channel 10 is back, thankfully

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