Stuff to do this weekend

Washington Park tulips 2017

You know what weekend it is.

Onto every Tulip Festival a little rain must fall.

Well, maybe not every one, but sometimes it seems that way. Don't let a little rain ruin your weekend. There's plenty to do. We've put together our list below. Feel free to add to it if you're doing something we missed.

And whatever you're up to, don't forget to do something special for your mom -- and have a fantastic weekend.


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Tulip Festival
Friday-Sunday: It's Mothers' Day weekend, which means it's Tulip Festival in Albany's Washington Park. It starts on Friday with the scrubbing of State Street and continues through the weekend with craft vendors, art, food, kids activities, the crowning of the Tulip Queen and Mother of the Year. And music on two stages -- here's the lineup with sample clips. Saturday and Sunday 11 am-6 pm -- free admission

Tulip tours
Friday: Albany city gardener Jessica Morgan will be leading a series of tours of the flowers planted in the Washington Park tulip beds. Monday-Friday various times -- free (registration required)

Royal Tulip Ball
Saturday: The Albany Capital Center hosts the annual Royal Tulip Ball. Saturday 6:30 pm -- $95 and up (proceeds go to the Capital City Fund to help Albany's non-profits)

Champagne on the Park
Thursday: The annual Champagne on the Park event returns to Albany's Washington Park. The party, staged near the tulip beds, includes food from Lark Street neighborhood restaurants, drinks, music, and a photo booth. This year's theme is "Pretty in Pink." It's a fundraiser for the Lark Street BID. Thursday 6 pm -- $80

Basilica Farm and Flea
Saturday-Sunday: The annual Basilica Farm and Flea market is this weekend in and around Basilica Hudson, with local, vintage and handmade goods. Saturday and Sunday 10 am-6 pm -- $5 admission for weekend / kids 12 and under free

Saratoga Historic House Tour
Sunday: The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation is hosting a historic homes tour. It's a self-guided walking tour of historic homes on the east side of the city. Saturday 10 am-4pm -- $40

Pop Up Art on Beekman
Friday: There is a pop-up art event on Beekman Street in Saratoga Springs with more that 10 art openings, along with food and drink specials at local restaurants. Friday 5-7 pm -- free admission


Friday-Sunday: Albany Civic Theater presents the drama Appropriate. "After a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father's possessions, the children's reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations." Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- $18 / $10 with valid student ID

The School for Lies
Saturday: Schenectady Civic presents a fun and very well done production of David Ives' The School for Lies. "Adapted from Molière's The Misanthrope, the play borrows from Shakespeare, reality TV, and everything in between... an inspired entertainment as well as a pointed study in self-delusion, all rendered in sparkling couplets." Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $20

Happy Birthday Wanda June
Friday: Will Kempe's players present Kurt Vonnegut's first play, Happy Birthday Wanda June, at The Arts Center of the Capital Region. "When the great hunter Harold Ryan -- missing and presumed dead --returns from South America after eight years, his wife is aghast and his son is enchanted." For mature audiences. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 1 pm -- $20

LAGS New Play Festival 2.0
Friday-Sunday: The Local Actors Guild of Saratoga presents a festival of one-act plays featuring The Hook Up by M*A*S*H writer Ken Levine. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $20

Sister Act
Friday-Sunday: Schenectady Light Opera continues a production of Sister Act, the musical based on the 1990s Whoopie Goldberg film. (All shows are nearly sold out, purchase ahead or call first.) Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $18-$28


Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless
Friday: Whose Line Is It Anyway alums Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood bring their two-man improv show to Proctors. Friday 8 pm -- $30.75-$40.75

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show With Tim Dillon CANCELED
Saturday: Capital Rep hosts comedian/writer Tim Dillon for Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show. Saturday 8 pm -- $15 ahead / $20 at door

Alf Pacino
Friday: MopCo presents longform improv troupe, Alf Pacino with guests Down the Rabbit Hole, for an evening of laughter, music, and experimental storytelling Friday 8 pm -- $15 / $6 kids, students, seniors

Mick Treadwell's 10 North Jay
Saturday: MopCo presents Mick Treadwell's 10 North Jay, an improv variety show with games, songs and scenes based entirely on audience suggestion. Sunday 5 pm -- $10 / $5 kids, students, and seniors


Dawson City: Frozen Time
Friday: The Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus is hosting a screening of Dawson City: Frozen Time, which "pieces together the bizarre true history of a collection of some 500 films dating, from 1910s - 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a subarctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory." The film's director will be there for a post-screening Q&A. Friday 6 pm -- free

The Last Pig
Friday: Honest Weight Food Coop presents a screening of The Last Pig, the documentary featuring local farmer Bob Comic and the personal journey that led him to stop raising pigs for slaughter. Friday at 6:45 pm -- free

Film Noir Classic Series: Blackout
Saturday: The Pine Hills Film Colony presents a screening of the 1954 noir film Blackout at Steamer 10 Theater in Albany. Saturday 7 pm-- $10

Drive-in movie season has returned. Here's what's playing for opening weekend:
+ Malta: Screen 1: Avengers, Black Panther / Screen 2: Life of the Party, I Feel Pretty
+ Hollywood: Rampage, Avengers
+ Jericho Drive-in: Avengers, Rampage


Friday: The Bouncing Souls at Upstate Concert Hall
Punk. With: Iron Reagan, Crazy & The Brains. 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 day of

Friday: Alejandro Escovedo at Cohoes Music Hall
Austin icon. 8 pm -- $25-35

Friday: Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra at Proctors
Salsa dance night, with dance lesson and food. 6:30 pm -- $35

Friday: Lil Rev at Old Songs
"Lil' Rev is well known on the international ukulele scene as a protector of old songs and playing styles including early blues, Tin-Pan Alley, old time, Yiddish and American folk styles." (The "Spring into Uke" workshop is Saturday.) 7:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $22 at door / $5 kids 12 and under

Saturday: Josh Ritter at Troy Music Hall
Acoustic show. With: Caitlin Canty. 8 pm -- $35 and up

Saturday: The Indigo Girls show at the Zankel Center is sold out.

Saturday: Bullet For My Valentine
Metal. With: Trivium, Toothgrinder. 7:30 pm -- $30 ahead / $33 day of

Saturday: Terrance Simien And The Zydeco Experience at Cohoes Music Hall
"Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today." 7:30 pm -- $12-$19

Saturday: Parsonfield at The Hangar
Folk rock. 7 pm -- $13

Saturday: Reggie Harris at Proctors
Album release show. 7:30 pm -- $28 and up

Saturday: Amy Shark at The Hollow
Indie pop. With: Tomi. 9 pm -- $10.27 ahead / $12 at door

Saturday: Weakened Friends at The Low Beat
Indie rock. With: Hubris Djinn, Crossed Paths. 8 pm -- $10

Saturday: Heather Maloney at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriter. With: Ken Yates. 8 pm -- $20

Sunday: Yanni at Proctors
25th Anniversary of "Live At The Acropolis" tour. 7 pm -- $35 and up

Plant sales
Spring plant sale season is underway:

Bethany Reformed Church Flower & Plant Sale
Friday-Saturday: The Bethany Reformed Church in Albany hosts an annual flower and plant sale (now in its 31st year). Patio pots, hanging baskets, vegetables, geraniums, herbs, perennials, and more. There will also be a Hanging garden basket raffle. The church is at 760 New Scotland Avenue. Friday 8 am-6 pm and Saturday 8 am-1 pm

Fort Orange Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
Saturday: The annual Fort Orange Garden Club plant sale is at the Pruyn House in Colonie. "Beautiful perennials, annuals, Mother's Day baskets, tomato plants, herbs, gardening accessories and more.." Saturday 9 am-2 pm

Delaware Avenue Neighborhood Association plant sale
Saturday: The annual DANA plant sale is in the St. Francis parish parking lot (formerly St. James). Saturday,9-11:30 am


State Museum
The State Museum has a few new exhibits: "A small fort, which our people call Fort Orange" and Art of the Erie Canal. And this is the last weekend for Votes For Women.

Hyde Collection
The Hyde Collection recently a opened an exhibit of work by Rockwell Kent. (On display through July 22.)

Albany Institute
Well-Dressed, an exhibit of high fashion from the 19th century, continues at the Albany Institute of History and Art. Also at the Institute -- Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige's Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido.

Octagon Barn Star Party and Lecture
Friday: The Knox Octagon Barn in Delanson will have a star party (weather permitting) and an astronomy talk. Friday 8 pm -- free admission

Annual Audubon Bird Walk
Saturday: Steepletop in Austerlitz, the home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, will host its annual Audubon Society bird walk. Bring binoculars and hiking clothes. Saturday, 7:30 am - 9:30 am -- $10

Food Tours
Saturday: Taste of Troy Food Tours has started running its food tours in both Albany and Troy.

Farmers markets
+ The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market has moved outdoors to River Street. Saturday 9 am-2 pm
+ The Delmar Farmers Market is outside at Bethlehem Central Middle School. Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Saratoga Farmers' Market is outside at High Rock Park. Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Schenectady Greenmarket is outdoors around City Hall. Sunday 10 am-2 pm
+ The Spa City Farmers' Market is outside at the Lincoln Baths. Sunday 10 am-2 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

The Albany Institute, Honest Weight, Mop & Bucket Company, and Troy Music Hall advertise on AOA.


Nice list!!

Contra dance at Albany Hibernian Hall 8 pm tonight,,no partner necessary

Piano Bar (singalong with a piano maestro) at Soindles in Cohoes

Salsa with Alex Torres Orchestra, Proctors (Maybe sold out)

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