Stuff to do this weekend

capital district scottish games caber toss

It's Labor Day weekend, which means it's time to toss around the caber.

It's the last unofficial weekend of summer. Before the leaves begin to turn and the cider donuts begin appear, there is still some swimming to be done and ice cream stands to visit. Below you'll find a few ideas for squeezing the last drop from the season.

Doing something you don't see here? Share it with us in the comments.

And whatever you're doing, remember your sunscreen and have fantastic weekend.

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Troy Night Out
Friday: The last Troy Night Out of the summer is a fashion-themed fall preview.
+ There will be a fall fashion show that will start in a number of downtown shops and process to Monument Square.
+ Troy Cloth & Paper hosts a tie-dye event
+ Franklin Alley is hosting a patio party from 5 pm - 11 pm

County fairs
County fair season wraps up this week with three fairs around the region:

Schaghticoke Fair
Thursday-Labor Day: The Schaghticoke Fair at the fairgrounds in Schaghticoke. It's the county fair for Rensselaer County. This is the 199th year for Schaghticoke Fair -- it's said to be the 3rd oldest fair of its type in New York State.

Columbia County Fair
Thursday-Labor Day: The Columbia County Fair at the fairgrounds in Chatham.

Fonda Fair
Thursday-Labor Day: The Fonda Fair at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. It's the county fair for Fulton and Montgomery counties.

Capital District Scottish Games
Saturday-Sunday: Labor Day weekend means caber tossing and bagpipes in Altamont. The Capital District Scottish Games return to the Altamont Fair Grounds. Celtic music, dance, bagpipes, sporting events and more. Saturday and Sunday various times -- $22 Saturday / $12 Sunday / kids 12 and under free

The Track
It's the last weekend of the season at the Saratoga Race Course, which wraps up on Labor Day. The big race this week is the Woodward Stakes on Saturday.

Here's a big list of public pools and spray pads around the Capital Region open for the season. Most will close for the season after Labor Day. (Some may already be closed.)

Free summer concert series
Free summer concert season nears an end...

Upbeat on the Roof
Thursday: The Upbeat on the Roof series at the Tang Museum on the Skidmore campus has improvisational jazz with Arthur Brooks Ensemble V. Thursday 7 pm -- free


Thursday: Dom Flemons "Black Cowboy Tour" at Caffe Lena
"Grammy winner Dom Flemons is the 'American Songster,' pulling from old-time folk music to create new sounds. During the past few years he has been heard by millions as part of his trio, the Carolina Chocolate Drops." 7 pm -- $26

Thursday: Arthur Brooks Ensemble V at Upbeat on the Roof
Improvisational jazz. Thursday 7 pm -- free

Friday: Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy "Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond" at The Egg
"Two of the world's most celebrated fiddlers." 7:30 pm -- $36

Friday: Blue Ranger, Zan & The Winter Folk, Oobleck at River Street Pub
Folk rock + funk. 8:30 pm -- $5

Saturday: Wynton Marsalis Quintet at Tanglewood
With a performance by the Ellis Marsalis Quintet. 7 pm -- $29 and up

Saturday: Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles at MASS MoCA
"As a member of jazz-R&B collective Snarky Puppy, Cory Henry has won three Grammy Awards and earned a spot on the proverbial Mount Rushmore, among the greats who play contemporary keys." 8 pm -- $24 ahead / $34 day of

An Evening with Tom Rush at Caffe Lena

"A mainstay of the '60s folk revival, Tom Rush has enjoyed a long-running career spanning seven decades." 4 pm and 8 pm -- $65

Saturday: The Dead Daisies at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. With: Dizzy Reed's Hookers & Blow, Frozen Sun. 8 pm -- $18 ahead / $20 day of

Sunday: Steve Martin and Martin Short at Tanglewood
"An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life with The Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko." 2:30 pm -- $32 and up

Sunday: Celia Woodsmith Album Release with Say Darling at Caffe Lena
"A veteran of the Boston Rock scene, and a GRAMMY Nominated vocalist of Bluegrass supergroup Della Mae." With: Rebel Darling. 7 pm -- $20


Sister May Ignatius Explains It All For You/The Actors Nightmare
Thursday-Friday: 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. (Selling quickly. Only Friday matinee seats remain) various times and prices

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

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


Aziz Ansari
Thursday: Aziz Ansari is trying out new material at the Albany Funny Bone -- and the shows are sold out.

Michelle Wolf
Sunday: Michelle Wolf headlines two shows at the Albany Funny Bone. Sunday 7 pm (sold out) and 9:45 pm -- $35

Kevin Downey Jr.
Friday-Sunday: Comedian Kevin Downey Jr wraps up his summer stint at The Comedy Works in Saratoga. Friday-Sunday various times and prices

Andy Woodhull
Friday-Saturday: Andy Woodhull (Conan/Comedy Central) brings his stand-up act to the Albany Funny Bone. Friday and Saturday various times -- $10 and $12

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


Marvel Film Festival
Thursday-Monday: Regal Crossgates is hosting a Marvel Film Festival starting this weekend with screenings of Spiderman:Homecoming, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, and others. Thursday-Monday various times -- a $50 marathon pass is available via the Regal Mobile app

Don't Torture a Duckling
Thursday: It Came From Schenectady is screening the Lucio Fulci horror film Don't Torture a Duckling, sandwiched between several of his other films, including Lizard With a Woman's Skin, Zombie and The Beyond. Thursday 7 pm -- $9 / $6 for students

Here's what's playing at the drive-ins:
+ Malta: Screen 1: Crazy Rich Asians,The Meg, Happytime Murders / Screen 2: The Incredibles, Hotel Transylvania 3, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
+ Hollywood: The Incredibles, Christopher Robin
+ Jericho Drive-in: Incredibles, Christopher Robin

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


Scandalous Schenectady Walking Tour
Friday: Schenectady County Historical Society is offering a Scandalous Schenectady walking tour through the Stockade neighborhood, with tales of the city's most nefarious characters. Friday 7 pm -- $10

The Clark
The Clark's two summer exhibitions are closing soon: 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).

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.

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

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photo: Capital District Scottish Games


Don't forget the wonderful annual festival at the Iroquois Museum:

37th Annual Iroquois Indian Festival:
September 1 & 2 from 10am to 5pm
Iroquois Indian Museum
324 Caverns Road
Howes Cave, NY 12092

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