Stuff to do this weekend

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PearlPalooza is back in downtown Albany this Saturday.

Psst... it's the last weekend of summer -- savor it.

This is one of the best times of year to live in the Capital Region. September is overflowing with music festivals, farm festivals, food festivals, farmers markets -- and all that is on top of the regular bounty of stuff to do.

Pick a few things from our list and enjoy. Planning something you don't see here? Share it with everyone else in the comment section.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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The Enchanted City
Saturday: The Enchanted City, the annual steampunk festival, returns to the Collar City this weekend. Steampunk art, costumes, vendors, a concert and more at various locations throughout Downtown Troy. The public festival is free but there are a variety of ticketed events. Saturday 11 am-6 pm -- free festival admission

Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival
Saturday-Sunday: The Altamont Fairgrounds hosts the annual Capital Region Apple and Wine Festival. Tastings, cooking demonstrations, a haunted house, kids activities and more Saturday 10 am-6pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm -- $8

Irish 2000 Festival
Saturday: The Irish 2000 festival returns to the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. Celtic music, arts, craft vendors and culture. Saturday 11 am-11 pm -- $20 / $15 with Price Chopper Advantage card / under 12 free

Saratoga Native American Festival
Sunday: The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga hosts the annual Saratoga Native American Festival. "Authentic northeastern Native American drumming and dance, storytelling, music, crafts, art and native food." Sunday 9:30 am-7 pm -- free admission

Discover the Hill Towns driving tour
Saturday-Sunday: Take a self-guided driving tourof the Albany Hill Towns with visits to farms, markets, eating establishments, studios, museums, and more. Saturday and Sunday 10 am-4 pm -- free

Clifton Park Farm Fest
Saturday: Participating farms in Clifton Park are offering tours, events, and activities for the annual Clifton Park FarmFest. Saturday 10 am-5 pm -- free admission

Plein Air Arts Festival
Saturday: Round Lake Auditorium hosts the Round Lake Plein Air Arts Festival, a celebration of art and history. Saturday 8:30 am-3 pm -- various prices

Troy Restaurant and Craft Beer Week
Friday-Sunday: It's Troy Restaurant and Craft Beer Week. Restaurants around downtown Troy will be offering specials and there will be beer-focused events at many places.

Troy on Tap
Saturday: The Troy on Tap beer festival will be at the River Street Field. "We'll be pouring up 130+ styles from over 65 of America's best craft breweries..." Saturday 2-5 pm -- $40

Troy Art Attack
Saturday-Sunday: The Troy Art Attack includes local artists in venues around the Collar City along with a theater piece and film screening.

An Evening With Pete Rose
Friday: Complicated baseball great Pete Rose will be at The Palace Theater to share stories of his career. Friday 8 pm -- $50 and up

Roller Derby
Saturday: The Albany All Stars take on the New Hampshire Roller Derby at the Albany Capital Center. Saturday 7 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 day of / $5 kids

Saratoga County Showcase of Homes
Saturday-Sunday: The annual Saratoga County Showcase of Homes opens its three-week run this weekend. It's a self-guided tour of new homes decorated by some of the region's top designers and suppliers. Friday and Saturday 11 am-5 pm -- $20

Music festivals

Saturday: PearlPalooza -- the annual day of music on Pearl Street in downtown Albany organized by WEQX -- returns. This year's lineup: Superorganism, Caroline Rose, The Greeting Committee, Kitten, Good Fiction, and El Modernist. There's also yoga in the morning and a cornhole tournament. Saturday 11 am-8 pm -- free admission

Basilica Soundscape
Friday-Sunday: Basilica Hudson again hosts Basilica Soundscape, a music and art festival. This year's music lineup includes Grouper, Lightning Bolt, Haxan Cloak x Nick Zinner, and many others. (Sunday is a day of free events with art, music, and food.) Friday-Sunday various times -- $40 day music pass / $75 weekend pass

Fresh Grass
Friday-Sunday: The alt-country/folk/bluegrass festival Fresh Grass is back at MASS MoCA. This year's lineup includes Flogging Molly, Trampled By Turtles, Indigo Girls, Rhiannon Giddens, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck, and many others. Friday-Sunday various times -- adults day passes $49 and up / adult festival passes $119

More music

Friday: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at SPAC
Was part of a somewhat famous music group in the past. 8 pm -- $45 and up

Friday: The Skatalites at The Linda
"The Skatalites are Jamaica's premier ska band since 1964 who backed artists like Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and most of the singers of the day." 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $30 day of

Friday: John Pizzarelli Trio featuring Catherine Russell at The Egg
"The world-class jazz guitarist and singer of standards John Pizzarelli joins forces with jazz vocalist Catherine Russell in a program entitled 'Billy and Blue Eyes' - a tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra." 8 pm -- $39.50

Friday: Hot Club of Saratoga at Brown's Walloomsac Taproom
"Saratoga/Capital Region's premier gypsy swing ensemble." 6:30 pm

Friday: Harpeth Rising at Caffe Lena
"Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe." With: David Huck felt. 8 pm -- $22

Friday: The Dead Boys show at The Low Beat is sold out.

Saturday: Wyclef Jean at Putnam Place
From The Fugees. With: Jazzy Amra, Sophistafunk. 8 pm -- $40 ahead / $47 day of

Saturday: Kid Rock + Brantley Gilbert at SPAC
"Red Blooded RocknRoll Redneck Extravaganza." With: Wheeler Walker, Jr. 6:30 pm -- $24 and up

Saturday: Stellar Young at The Hollow
PearlPalooza after party. 9 pm -- $10

Sunday: Holly Bowling at Cohoes Music Hall
Classically-trained pianist "who infuses jam band music with a technically advanced, emotionally rich style." 8 pm -- $22 ahead / $25 day of

Sunday: Che Apalache at Caffe Lena
"Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States." 7 pm -- $20

Stage and screen

Listening Creates an Opening
Friday-Saturday: The Mary Armentrout Dance Theater will be at EMPAC for a work called Listening Creates an Opening. It "focuses on how various types of technology impact our physical experience of moving through the world. By inviting the audience to move with the performers through a variety of environments, the performance explores what types of histories and contexts reveal themselves from a consciously embodied perspective." Thursday-Saturday 5:30 pm -- $18 / $13 students and seniors

Biloxi Blues
Friday-Sunday: Curtain Call Theater presents Neil Simon's classic Biloxi Blues. Thursday-Saturday various times -- $25

The Gingerbread Lady
Friday-Sunday: Albany Civic Theater opens a production of Neil Simon's The Gingerbread Lady. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 3 pm -- $18 / students $10

Dietrich Rides Again
Saturday: The Arts Center of the Capital Region hosts the one-woman, off-Broadway play Dietrich Rides Again, based on the life of Marlena Dietrich. Saturday 1 pm and 7 pm -- $18

Karen or Bust
Sunday: The Arts Center for the Capital Region is screening the Upstate premiere of Karen or Bust, a film about a pair of Troy teenagers who hitchhike to Florida in search of an old girlfriend.


Improv ladies night
Friday: Some of the area's best female improvisors will create scenes songs and games based on audience suggestions. Friday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors

Saturday: MopCo continues its run of summer league TheaterSports, with teams improvisors competing against each other by creating songs, stories and games based on audience suggestion. A new show every night. Saturday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors

Sebastian Maniscalco
Saturday: Stand-up comedian Sebastian Maiscalco brings his "Stay Hungry" tour to the Palace Theater for two shows. Saturday7 pm and 9 pm -- $42.75 and up


Forbidden Planet
Friday: It Came From Schenectady celebrates its 10th anniversary with a screening of Forbidden Planet at Proctors. As with all ICFS screenings, there will be prizes, surprises and comfy couches. Friday 7 pm -- $9 / $6 students, seniors, kids

Here's what's playing at the drive-ins:
+ Malta: Screen 1: The predator, Peppermint / Screen 2: The Nun, Slenderman
+ Hollywood: The Nun, Slenderman
+ Jericho Drive-in: Crazy Rich Asians, The Nun

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


In the last Days of the City
Friday: The NYS Writers Institute will be showing In the Last Days of The City in Page Hall on the downtown UAlbany campus with commentary by writer/director Tamer El Said. "This film within a film is a haunting, lyrical chronicle of recent years in the Arab world, where revolutions seemed to spark hope for change and yield further instability in one stroke." Friday 7 pm -- free

Back to School Expo
Saturday: The Empire State Plaza hosts a Back to School Festival with an interactive STEM event for kids 4 to 14. Saturday 10 am-3 pm -- free admission

Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence Garden Work Party
Saturday: The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence is hosting a garden work party for volunteers. Saturday noon-3 pm

Opalka Gallery
The Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus has Sharon Bates: Exhibit B.

Albany Institute
The Albany Institute of History & Art opened 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.


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.

Albany Bazaar
Sunday: The Grand Street Community Arts Center is hosting the Albany Bazaar, a market with arts, crafts, clothing and accessories. This week it features women's clothing. Sunday, noon to 5 pm -- free admission

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 of History and Art and MopCo advertise on AOA.


Electric vehicles for viewing and test drives at Delmar Farmers market Saturday 9-1. Currently, 45 cars available for viewing!

The Berkshire Fermentation Festival is this Sunday in Great Barrington. $5. The great fermentation guru Sandor Katz will be there!

Harvest Fest in Sharon Springs, Saturday, 9/15 & Sunday, 9/16 10am-5pm. Events schedule:

An event I will be at again this year (with family and two very floofy dogs) and always enjoy so much is... the Communication Support Groups 9th Annual Moving Message Walk and Festival. Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10:00-2:00. For the brochure:
"Our goal continues to be to raise awareness for communication difficulties that arise from brain injuries, stroke and other neurologic conditions. In addition, we will continue raising money for The Moving Message Fund, to financially assist those who need but cannot afford long-term speech therapy. We expect attendance in excess of 300 people. Attendance is free and there is live music, a number of activities, vendors and a huge gift basket raffle."

To add to the above, I should have mentioned that this is held at the College of St. Rose in Albany on the main Green. They have signs directing you to parking, which is also free.

Fall Fly-In Breakfast
Saturday September 15
8 am to Noon
(rain date Sunday, September 16)

... at the Kline Kill Airport (NY1) in West Ghent, NY. See our beautiful airplanes, some large, some small, mostly home-built. Everyone is welcome! We put on a great pancake & egg breakfast from 8 am to Noon, and a fun time is guaranteed.

$20+ for Holly Bowling?! That's either a typo, or must include a beer and a CD.

Historic Homes self-guided (driving) tour in Wilton, today Sept 16 through 3 pm. Pick up a map at the Wilton Heritage Museum off Exit 16 or download here:

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