Stuff to do this weekend

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Jack Johnson headlines Mountain Jam this weekend.

Back by popular request: the weekend.

This time of year has the longest daylight, and the days this weekend are packed full of festivals, baseball, strawberries, and music. A big list is below.

Planning 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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Troy River Fest
Saturday: River Fest returns to River Street in downtown Troy with food, music, art, performances, and local craft goods in an open-air market. Saturday 9 am-3 pm -- free admission

Dad Fest
Sunday: Albany celebrates fathers with Dad Fest in Washington Park. Music, food, vendors, kids activities, and a classic car show on the inner roads of Washington Park. Sunday 1-6 pm -- free admission

A handful of celebrations in Albany and Schenectady this weekend for Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery:

Saturday: The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region hosts a Juneteenth celebration at 135 South Pearl Street. There will be food, music, arts and cultural activities. Saturday noon-6 pm -- free admission

Friday-Saturday: Schenectady celebrates Juneteenth with a memorial service and ice cream social at Vale Cemetery on Friday and a festival at the Hamilton Hill Arts Center on Saturday, with music, dance, art, workshops and more. Friday 6 pm / Saturday noon-6 pm -- free admission

JuneTEAnth (Talk Eat Art)
Friday: Proctors hosts JuneTEAnth, a celebration of black culture, beauty, history, and excellence. Art, conversation, and food. Friday 7 pm -- $30 advance / $35 at the door


Friday-Sunday: It's opening weekend for the Tri-City ValleyCats. They have games against the Vermont Lake Monsters Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday and Saturday there are post-game fireworks. Sunday is Pirates and Princesses Day with a Father's Day picnic. Friday and Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 5 pm -- various prices

Albany Dutchmen
Saturday-Sunday: The Albany Dutchmen have two games this weekend at Siena College. Saturday 7 pm and Sunday 5 pm -- $5 / $4 students and seniors / $3 kids

Arena football
Saturday: The Albany Empire takes on the Philadelphia Soul at the Times Union Center. Saturday 6 pm -- $15 and up

Pool season is here. Some public pools and spray pads around the Capital Region are open for the season already, and more will be opening soon.

Strawberry festivals

Upper Union Street BID Strawberry Fest & Art Show
Saturday: The Upper Union Street BID hosts its annual Strawberry Festival and Art Show. Saturday 10 am-3 pm -- free admission

Altamont Strawberry Festival
Saturday: Altamont hosts a strawberry festival to benefit The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and the Patroon Land Farm. Food, music, kid-friendly events, petting zoo, pony rides, wine and cider tastings, and more. Saturday 11 am-8 pm -- $8 / under 12 admitted free

Pick your own strawberries
Strawberry season has arrived in the greater Capital Region -- here are a bunch of farms around the area where you can pick your own.

Drink Saratoga at the Automobile Museum
Friday: The Saratoga Auto Museum hosts Drink Saratoga, a pop-up craft beverage event. Sample a variety of New York State-produced beverages and check out the classic cars at the museum. Friday 6-9 pm --$30

Saratoga Pride Festival
Friday: Saratoga Springs celebrates Pride with a concert at High Rock Park. Friday 5:30 pm -- free

LARAC Arts Festival
Saturday-Sunday: The annual LARAC Arts Festival returns to Glens Falls City Park. About 150 exhibitors with jewelry, fine art, textiles and more. There will also be music, food, arts demonstrations, and children's activities. Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 10 am-4 pm -- free admission

Niskayuna Bike and Pedestrian Festival
Sautrday: Niskayuna hosts a Bike and Pedestrian Festival for cyclists and walkers at Niskayuna Town Hall. Music, refreshments, entertainment, cycling demonstrations, complimentary bike maintenance services, drawings and more. Saturday (rain date Sunday), 10 am to 2 pm - free admission

Mountain Jam

Friday-Sunday: The Mountain Jam music festival returns to Hunter Mountain. This year's lineup is headlined by Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpon, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Portugal: The Man, Father John Misty, and Jenny Lewis. (The Decemberists had to cancel.) single day passes $110 / festival passes $220


Thursday: Albert Hammond Jr. at Alive at Five
The lead guitarist for The Strokes. With: Dark Honey. 5 pm -- free

Thursday: The Valerie June show at Caffe Lena is sold out.

Thursday: Making Movies at The Hollow
"Making Movies blends pulsing Afro-Latino rhythms, psychedelic jams and rock 'n' roll swagger into powerful live performances, full of theatrics and cathartic climaxes." 7 pm -- $12

Thursday: Motionless in White at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: Every Time I Die, Ice Nine Kills, The Plot In You. 7 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Thursday: Emma Dilemma + Morgan Orion at Pauly's
Folk + anti-folk. (Don't let come into contact with each other.) 8:30 pm -- $7

Thursday: Micah Schnable & Shane Sweeney at The Low Beat
From Two Cow Garage. 8 pm -- $6

Friday: The Decemberists show at MASS MoCA is postponed to October.

Friday: Awolnation at Upstate Concert Hall
Alt rock. With: Lovelytheband, Irontom.

Friday: Stellar Young + Titanics + The Age at The Hollow
Three locals, one show. 9 pm -- $10

Friday: Girl Blue at Savoy Taproom
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. With: Weege & The Wondertwins. 9 pm -- no cover

Friday: The Duke Robillard Band at The Upper Room
Blues. 7 pm -- $25

Friday: Kidz Bop at SPAC
A pavilion-only show. 7 pm -- $35 and up

Saturday: Grizzly Bear at MASS MoCA
Indie rock. With: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. 8 pm -- $32 ahead / $40 day of

Saturday: Foreigner at SPAC
With: Whitesnake, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. 7 pm -- $29 and up

Saturday: Warren G at Upstate Concert Hall
Hip hop. With: Mind Over Matter, Johnny 2 Phones and Suave the Don. 8 pm -- $22 ahead / $25 day of

Saturday: Night Riots at The Hollow
Alt rock. 8:30 pm -- $12.50

Saturday: Back to Black: Tribute to Amy Winehouse, featuring Remember Jones at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
As it says on the label. 9 pm -- $20

Sunday: Caffè Lena @ SPAC: Darlingside
Indie folk. At the gazebo stage. With: Oshima Brothers (noon), Kuinka (1:30 pm). 3 pm -- free

Sunday: Darlingside at Caffe Lena
This time at Caffe Lena itself. 7 pm -- $35

Sunday: Mary Ocher at Pauly's
Berlin-based art rock. With: Doom Fuck. 8 pm -- $10


Someday at SLOC
Friday-Saturday: Some of the Capital Region's most talented performs imagine scenes and songs from Broadway shows from the company's future in Someday at SLOC. Songs from Hamilton, Waitress, Once, and others. Also previews of next season's shows: In the Heights, The Wild Party, and others. Friday and Saturday 8 pm -- $20

Be Scene
Saturday: Schenectady Civic Playhouse hosts its annual Be Scene evening. Actors perform a selection of scenes from their favorite shows. Saturday at 7:30 pm -- pay what you will

Barrington Stage
Friday-Sunday: Barrington Stage opens its summer theater season with productions of The Royal Family of Broadway and Typhoid Mary. Friday-Sunday -- various times and prices

Funny Girl
Friday-Sunday: The MacHaydn presents Funny Girl. Friday-Sunday -- various times and prices

Don't Dress for Dinner
Friday-Sunday: Curtain Call Theater presents the farce Don't Dress for Dinner. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- $19.50

Young Dr. Jekyll: A New Musical
Friday-Sunday: Proctors presents Young Dr. Jekyll, a new musical about a young scientist on a quest to become the youngest person to be admitted to The Royal Society of Scientific Minds. Friday and Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $30


Anthony Jeselnik
Friday: Anthony Jeselnik will be at The Egg for a stand-up show. Friday 8 pm -- $36.25

Electric City Puppets / The Company Men
Friday: MopCo presents a double bill featuring Electric City Puppet improv (grown-up improv with puppets) and The Company Men (a long form improv group). It's a night of improvised scenes, songs, games and stories based on audience suggestion. Friday 8 pm -- $10, $6 for students and 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

Tini Giorgi / Andy Fiori
Friday-Saturday: The Comedy Works presents a double bill featuring Tina Georgi and Andy Fiori. Friday and Saturday -- various times and prices


Movies Under The Stars: Black Panther
Friday: The Movies Under the Stars series hosted by Christ Church Albany begins this weekend with a screening of Black Panther in Albany's Washington Park. (The screening will in the parade ground, the same place where the main stages are for events like Tulip Fest.) There will be snacks and drinks. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Friday 7:30 pm (movie starts at 8:30 pm) -- free

The documentary RBG -- about Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- is playing at The Spectrum. It's gotten good reviews.

Drive-in movie season has returned. Here's what's playing:
+ Malta: Screen 1: Ocean's 8, Hotel Artemis / Screen 2: Deadpool 2, Solo
+ Hollywood: Solo, Deadpool 2
+ Jericho Drive-in: Deadpool 2, Solo


Adult scavenger hunt (with beer)
Thursday: Oakwood Cemetery in Troy is hosting a scavenger hunt for adults. There will also be a beer tasting with Rare Form Brewing. Thursday 5-7:30 pm -- scavenger hunt $15 / beer tasting $15 (reservations recommended)

Interplanetary Travel: do we have the heart for Mars?
Thursday: The Science on Tap series will be at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs for from talk about traveling to Mars by Dr. Heidi DeBlock. "Dr. DeBlock will discuss the physiological possibility of humans colonizing Mars as well as the health problems our astronauts face. If you are lucky, she may even talk about how astronauts use the bathroom on the International Space Station!" Thursday 7 pm -- free admission

Women's History Walking Tour at Albany Rural Cemetery
Saturday: Albany Rural Cemetery hosts a walking tour focusing on the lives of some of the historic women buried there, "from abolitionists to poets." The walk will include hills and unpaved paths, so wear sensible shoes and bring bug spray. Space is limited. Call 518-463-7017 to register. Saturday 10:30 am -- $15

The Fields Sculpture Park
Saturday is Opening Day at the Art Omi Field Sculpture Garden. It's a fun exhibit of outdoor sculptures, and it's free and open to the public.

Theodore Roosevelt's Night Ride to the Presidency
Saturday: Grant's Cottage on Mt. McGregor in Wilton hosts Jonathan Duda, who will share the story of his great-grandfather, the man who transported Theodore Roosevelt to the North Creek train station on his journey to become President of the United States. Saturday at 1 pm -- $6, $5 for seniors and children

Scots Day
Saturday: Fort Ticonderoga celebrates Scottish history, heritage, and culture with Scots Day. Tour Scottish clan tents, watch border collie demonstrations, pipe band performances, and tours. Saturday, 9:30 am-5 pm -- fort admission $24 / $22 for seniors

The Clark
The Clark's two new summer exhibitions Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900 and The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy have opened.

Saratoga Auto Museum
The Saratoga Auto Museum in Spa State Park recently opened a new cars of the 1950s exhibit.

USS Slater
The USS Slater is open for the season.

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.

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

Albany Institute
The Albany Institute of History and Art has mummies and Hudson River School paintings.

Repair cafe
Saturday: The Saratoga Public Library hosts a repair cafe. Bring broken items (electrical items, wood, jewelry and more) and fix them with the help of repair coaches. Saturday, 11 am - 2 pm -- free admission

Farmers markets
+ The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is outdoors on 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 Colonie Farmers' Market is at The Crossings. 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 Downtown Troy BID, Albany Institute, and the Mop & Bucket Company advertise on AOA.

photo via Jack Johnson Facebook


On Sunday we are going to a birthday party for my neighbor.
It is his 100th birthday and he is a WWII vet.

@Dave is this an open invitation? I will have my wife make deviled eggs.

We had a group cancel so walk-ins are very welcome at the Albany Rural Cemetery Women's History Tour (and there will be doughnuts after).

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