Stuff to do this weekend

Saratoga Race Course from clubhouse 2017

It's the biggest weekend of the season at the Saratoga Race Course.

We're running out of summer, so don't waste it. This weekend includes a county fair, baseball, festivals, music, summer stock and more.

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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Washington County Fair
Thursday-Sunday: The Washington County Fair is at the fairgrounds in Greenwich. It touts itself as "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 20 for $20.

Albany LatinFest
Saturday: Albany's annual LatinFest returns to Washington Park. It's a family-oriented festival with Latin music, food, crafts, and more. Saturday 11 am-6 pm -- free admission

Saratoga Race Course
Racing continues this weekend at the Saratoga Race Course. And the 149th running of the Travers is on Saturday. It's the biggest race of the season, and there will be big crowds at the track and around Saratoga Springs.

Ukrainian Festival
Saturday: The Ukrainian American Citizens Club hosts the Capital District Ukrainian Festival. Ukrainian foods, a concert, traditional dancing, costumes, and more. Saturday 1-10 pm -- $5 / kids admitted free

Sunday: The Tri-City ValleyCats start a three-game series against the Aberdeen IronBirds at The Joe. Sunday 5 pm -- $6.50 and up

518 Sneaker Fest
Sunday: The Saratoga City Center hosts 518 Sneaker Fest. "Buy, sell or trade sneakers and apparel." Sunday noon-6 pm -- $10 ahead / $20 at door

Here's a big list of public pools and spray pads around the Capital Region open for the season. Many will be closing for the season in just a few weeks (and some will be closing sooner than that).

Free summer concert series
Free summer concert season continues...

Upbeat on the Roof
Thursday: The Upbeat on the Roof series at the Tang Museum on the Skidmore campus has Bear Grass. Thursday 7 pm -- free

Freedom Park in Scotia
+ Saturday: Hot Club of Saratoga. Saturday 7 pm -- free
+ Sunday: Annie & The Hedonists. Sunday 7 pm -- free


Thursday: Chris Stapleton at SPAC
Country singer/songwriter/guitarist. With: Marty Stuart, Brent Cobb. 7 pm -- $35 and up

Thursday: Blue Oyster Cult at the ESP
Rescheduled from earlier this summer. 5:30 pm -- free

Friday: Roomful of Teeth at MASS MoCA
Grammy-winning vocal ensemble. 8 pm -- $16 ahead / $26 day of

Friday: John Hiatt and The Goners featuring Sonny Landreth at The Egg
"John Hiatt reunites with the Goners featuring slide guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the release of their classic album, 'Slow Turning'." 8 pm -- $39.50 and up

Friday-Saturday: Livingston Taylor at Caffe Lena
Folk singer/songwriter royalty. 8 pm -- $60

Friday: Souly Had at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
R&B. With: Austin Awake, Johnny 2 Phones, D3V, P.A. Soul. 7 pm -- $15 ahead / $20 day of

Friday: The Blasters at The Hangar
"Blasters shows have been described as a cross between Creedence and the Clash, with a display of passion and energy only deepened by decades of experience." 8 pm -- $25

Friday: Front Business + NXNES x Pink Nois at The Hollow
Funk rock + neo soul. 8 pm

Friday: Donnybrook Fair at The Egg
Irish folk. 7:30 pm -- $29.50

Sunday: The Wailin' Jennys at The Egg
Folk/bluegrass. 7:30 pm -- $39.50 and up

Sunday: A Joyful Noise! Gospel Brunch at Caffe Lena
Gospel music + brunch from Hattie's. 1 pm -- $35


Hairspray the Musical
Friday-Sunday: Consortium Actors present Hairspray, The Musical at Siena College. Thursday-Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $10-$18

Sister May Ignatius Explains It All For You/The Actors Nightmare
Thursday-Saturday: Tony Award winner Harriet Harris is at Berkshire Theater Festival's Unicorn Theater playing the lead role in Christopher Durang's dark comedy Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. The play is part of a double feature with Durang's The Actor's Nightmare. (Friday's show is already sold out, the plays run through August 31.) Thursday-Saturday, various times and prices

The Petrified Forest
Thursday-Saturday: Berkshire Theater Festival presents David Auburn's play The Petrified Forest. Thursday-Saturday, various times -- $66

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Thursday-Sunday: The Theater Barn in New Lebanon presents a production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Thursday-Saturday, various times and prices

Friday-Sunday: The Mac-Haydn theater presents the last show of its season, Annie the musical based on the film of the same name. Friday-Sunday, various times, $15-$40

Pool (No Water)
Friday: Creative License Theater Company brings the dark comedy Pool (No Water) to the Arts Center for the Capital Region. Friday 7:30 pm -- $10

The Greatest Generation Podcast Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
Saturday: The Greatest Generation Podcast brings its live comedic Star Trek podcast to MASS MoCA. "This self-proclaimed 'Star Trek podcast by two guys who are a bit embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast' focuses its phasers on the hilarious and beloved classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan..." Saturday 8 pm -- $12 - $36

Friday and Sunday: Saratoga Polo Association is hosting matches on Friday and Sunday this week. Matches are played on Whitney Field or on adjacent fields. Here are some hints for novice polo spectators.Friday and Sunday 5:30 pm -- various prices

Friday: The Double M Rodeo in Ballston Spa continues its season. Friday 8 pm -- $15 / $5 for kids


Wayne Brady
Friday: Rivers Casino hosts an evening with actor, singer, dancer, comedian and songwriter Wayne Brady. Friday 8 pm -- $35 and up

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Chris Lamberth
Saturday: Chris Lamberth headlines Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors Underground. Saturday 8 pm -- $15 advance / $20 at the door

Maestro: One Improviser to Rule Them All!
Friday: MopCo Improv Theater hosts Maestro, a comedy elimination showdown in which improvisors compete against each other with songs, scenes, and games based on audience suggestion. Friday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors

Joe List
Thursday-Saturday: Joe List -- who's appeared on the The Tonight Show and Conan -- brings his stand-up to the Albany Funny Bone this weekend. Thursday- Saturday, various times and prices

Kevin Downey Jr.
Friday-Sunday: Comedian Kevin Downey Jr continues a long run at The Comedy Works in Saratoga. Friday-Sunday various times and prices

Summer league TheaterSports
Saturday: The Mop and Bucket Company kicks off its summer league TheaterSports tournament. Teams of improvisors compete by creating songs, scenes and games based on audience suggestions. Saturday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors


Seven Samurai
Saturday: It Came From Schenectady presents a screening of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. Prizes, surprises, drink specials, and comfy couches. Saturday 2 pm -- $9 / $6 for students and seniors

Deconstructing The Beatles
Thursday-Friday: Proctors is screening composer/producer Scott Freiman's Deconstructing the Beatles lectures about Rubber Soul (Thursday), The White Album (Friday). Thursday and Friday 7 pm -- $6

Howl's Moving Castle
Saturday: It Came From Schenectady is screening Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle at Proctors. Prizes, surprises, and comfy couches. Saturday 11 am -- $9 / $6 for students and seniors

Here's what's playing at the drive-ins:
+ Malta: Screen 1: The Meg, Crazy Rich Asians, The Spy Who Dumped Me / Screen 2: The Happytime Murders, Mile 22, The Equalizer 2
+ Hollywood: The Meg, Mile 22
+ Jericho Drive-in: The Meg, Slender Man

Corn maze
Thursday-Sunday: Fort Ticonderoga has opened its corn maze for the season. The maze is two miles of winding trails of corn stalks. Thursday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm (last entry at 4:30 pm) -- various prices


Poestenkill Community Forest walk
Thursday: The Rensselaer Land Trust's After Work Walks series has a "Poestenkill Community Forest - Where is the water in the woods?" walk. Thursday 6 pm -- free

Steepletop Tree Walk & Talk
Saturday: Steepletop, the former home of Edna St. Vincent Millay, offers a walking tour of the grounds with arborist Frank Buddingh. Saturday 10 am-noon -- $10 (pre-registration encouraged)

Albany Institute
The Albany Institute of History & Art has three new exhibitions this summer: Thomas Cole's Paper Trail, Birds & Beasts: The Scary, Magical, and Adorable Animals of the Albany Institute, and A Menagerie of Whimsey: The Art of William B. Schade.

UAlbany Art Museum
The UAlbany art museum continues Younger Than Today: Photographs of Children (and sometimes their mothers)by Andy Warhol. It's part of a series of five Andy Warhol exhibitions being presented at five Hudson Valley College Museums this year. (On display through September 15.)

Also on display:
+ Mickey Mouse has grown up a Cow: Videos by Kalup Linzy, Yoshie Sakai, Frances Stark, and Abbey Williams
+ Triple: Alex Bradley Cohen, Louis Fratino, and Tschabalala Self.

The Fields Sculpture Park
The Art Omi Fields Sculpture Garden has its summer exhibition on display. It's free and open to the public.

The Clark
The Clark's two summer exhibitions Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900 (closes September 3) and The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy (closes September 6).

Saratoga Auto Museum
The Saratoga Auto Museum in Spa State Park has a 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.

Free Fitness in the Park
Sunday: Free exercise classes in Troy's Riverfront Park. Sunday 9-10 am -- 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 South End Healthy Market opens its season at the Capital South Campus Center. Saturday 10 am-3 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

Mabee Farm Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday: Mabee Farm Historic Site hosts an Arts and Crafts Festival with more than 60 artists and crafters from around the Capital Region selling jewelry, soap, pottery, candles and more. Saturday 10 am-3 pm -- free admission

Olana Summer Market
Saturday-Sunday: More than 25 local vendors will be displaying and selling their crafts and foods at a summer market at Olana State Historic Site in Hudson. Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 10 am-4 pm -- suggested admission $5

Troy Ally Rally
Saturday: Troy's Ally Rally Neighborhood Garage Sale is this weekend. Furniture, antiques, housewares, jewelry, music and more. Saturday 10 am-2pm (rain date, Sunday) -- free admission

Troy Flea Market
Sunday: Troy Flea will be back in Riverfront Park, featuring a rotating lineup of more than two dozen vendors. Sunday 10 am-3 pm

MopCo and The Albany Institute of History and Art. And AOA is a media sponsor of the ESP summer events.

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