Stuff to do this weekend

Samascott apple orchard Kinderhook 2018-September

Also: It's a good weekend to spend some time in an apple orchard.

Hello, weekend. Hello, October. Hello, apples and pumpkins and cider and cider donuts.

We've raked together a whole pile of stuff to do this weekend, so jump in and pick some stuff you want to try. Doing something that didn't make our list? Share it with the rest of us in the comments.

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


1st Friday
Friday: It's 1st Fridayin Albany with art and entertainment at venues around the city.
+ The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence opens Seeking Sanctuary, an art exhibit focused on the principle of sanctuary in the United States.
+ The Resonators headline the monthly Albany Swing Dance. 8-11 pm -- $15 / seniors/students $10


Drink Albany
Friday: The Drink Albany craft beverage celebration returns to the New York State Museum. Samples of craft beverages and food. Friday 6-9 pm -- $35 / $5 designated driver

Saratoga International Flavorfeast
Saturday: The annual Saratoga International Flavorfeast returns. Take a trolley around downtown Saratoga Springs and sample flavors from around the world at a variety of participating restaurants. Entertainment at a variety of venues. Saturday 11 am- 4 pm -- free admission

Wing Walk
Saturday: Downtown Schenectady's annual Wing Walk is sold out. People who already have tickets can sample chicken wing recipes from participating restaurants around Downtown Schenectady. Saturday, noon - 5 pm -- SOLD OUT

Sunday: Chowderfest returns to Downtown Troy. Sample chowders from 22 chowders from 16 establishments from around the Capital Region, and vote for your favorites. Sunday, noon to 4 pm -- $1 chowder sample tickets are available in Monument Square

Cider Sunday
Sunday: Samascott Orchard and Nine Pin Cider host Cider Sunday at the Kinderhook orchard. It's a fall celebration with apple picking, a pop-up hard cider bar, food trucks, and music. Sunday noon-5 pm -- free admission

Electric City Food Truck Festival
Friday: Food trucks from around the Capital Region gather near the river at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady for a food truck festival. Family-friendly entertainment. Friday 5-9 pm -- free admission

Maple Ski Ridge Fall Festival
Saturday: Maple Ski Ridge hosts its annual Fall Festival with a craft show, flea market, car show, chair lift rides, haywagon rides, and family-friendly fall activities. Saturday 10 am-4 pm -- free admission


Capitol Hauntings
Thursday-Saturday: The popular Capitol Hauntings tours continue at state Capitol. "The tour lasts about an hour, but the chilling, ghostly tales might haunt you forever." Thursday-Friday 1 pm and 5:30 pm / Saturday 1 pm -- free (but you must make a reservation and they fill up)

Ghosts of Albany
Friday-Sunday: Ghosts of Albany has returned and is offering haunted tours of the downtown Albany. Friday-Sunday -- $20

Ghosts in the Yaddo Garden Tours
Friday: The annual ghost garden tours return at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs. Meet in the Yaddo Gardens parking lot. Friday 5 pm -- $10 / under 12 free

Haunted Saratoga Ghost Tours
Friday-Saturday: Take a haunted ghost tour of Saratoga Springs. Friday and Saturday 7-9:30 pm -- $20

Schuyler Farms Moonlight Corn Maze
Friday-Sunday: Schuyler Farms in Schuylerville has a Wizard of Oz-themed haunted corn maze (there's also a non-haunted version). Friday-Sunday various times -- $8 / under 3 admitted free

Corn maze
Thursday-Sunday: Fort Ticonderoga's corn maze is open 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


Thursday: The Decemberists at MASS MoCA
Rescheduled from June. 8 pm -- $45 ahead / $55 day of

Thursday: Alice Cooper at The Palace
"A paranormal evening with..." 8 pm -- $39.75 and up

Thursday: The Blue Stones at Browns Fall Sessions
Outdoor concert behind the brewery on the riverfront. With: The Late Shift. 5 pm -- free

Thursday: The Way Down Wanderers at Caffe Lena
Roots. 7 pm -- $20

Friday: The Australian Pink Floyd Show at The Palace
What is says on the label. 8 pm -- $29.50 and up

Friday: Shawn Holt and the Teardrops at The Linda
Blues. 8 pm -- $15

Friday: We Came as Romans at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. With: Bad Omens, Ghost Chant. 8 pm -- $17.50 ahead / $20 day of

Saturday: Steven Page Trio at The Egg
Formerly of the Barenaked Ladies. With: Wesley Stace/John Wesley Harding. 8 pm -- $34

Saturday: Mamadou Kelly at The Linda
"With an encyclopedic knowledge of Mali's music, Kelly represents the link from great traditions to the new sophistication of Mali." 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: Virtual Garden of Eden: Chris Cool Peeples at The Low Beat
With: Lord Ozymandias, Clarisse Harbour, Promise the Unbreakable, Andrew Wolfgang Williams. 8 pm -- $10

Saturday: One King Down
Return for the hardcore punk band. With: All Our War, Wisdom in Chains, Downswing. Scavengers. 7 pm -- $20 ahead / $24 day of

Saturday: Garnet Rogers & Archie Fisher: The Final Tour at Caffe Lena
Folk. 4 pm and 8 pm -- $35

Saturday: Turkuaz at Putnam Place
Funk. With: Butcher Brown. 9:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $22 day of

Saturday: Harold López-Nussa at MASS MoCA
Cuban jazz. 8 pm -- $26 ahead / $40 day of

Sunday: Dwight Yoakam at The Palace
Country star. 8 pm -- $39.50 and up

Sunday: Birds of Chicago at Caffe Lena
"Their rock and roll poetry, acapella spirituals, acoustic balladry and driving country rock is built on a blend of harmonious instruments that feature Nero's fractured country soul croon and Russell's silver and gold voice." 8 pm -- $25

Sunday: Horse Feathers at The Hangar
Indie folk. With: Lowland Hum. 7 pm -- $15


The Royale
Friday-Sunday: The Royale continues at The Rep this weekend. "Jay 'The Sport' Jackson needs one more win to become heavyweight champion of the world, but in the Jim Crow reality of 1905 America, his greatest opponent may not be in the ring. Inspired by the true story of trailblazing boxer Jack Johnson, The Royale bristles with the thrilling rapid-fire dialogue and rhythmic punctuation of playwright Marco Ramirez (Netflix's Daredevil, Orange is the New Black)." Friday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

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

Our Town
Friday-Sunday: The Theater Institute at Sage presents the Thornton Wilder classic Our Town. Friday-Sunday various times -- $15

Confetti Fest
Saturday-Sunday: Confetti Stage hosts Confetti Fest, its annual original short play festival. Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2 pm -- $15, $10

Always Patsy Cline
Thursday-Sunday: Park Playhouse presents the musical Always Patsy Cline at Cohoes Music Hall. Thursday-Sunday various times -- $17 - $27.

Marvel Live
Thursday-Sunday: The Times Union Center hosts Marvel LIVE: Age of Heroes , a live stage show for kids featuring Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and other Marvel characters. Thursday-Sunday various times and prices

The Price Is Right Live
Saturday: The Palace Theater hosts The Price is Right Live -- the TV game in a live, interactive format that gives audience members an opportunity to win appliances, vacations, cars and more. Saturday at
7:30 pm -- $32.50 - $92.50


Spontaneous Broadway
Saturday: Mopco opens a new season of Spontaneous Broadway, a fully-improvised musical experience inspired by audience suggestion. The first act is a backers audition in which songs are invented based on audience title suggestions. The crowd votes for a favorite song and in the second act improvisors build an entire musical around the selected song. Saturday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors


Bubba Ho-Tep
Thursday: Proctors is screening Bubba Ho-Tep. "In Mud Creek, Texas, at the Shady Rest Convalescence Center, a man called Sebastian Half claims to be the real Elvis Presley, explaining that - growing weary of fame - he switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his 'death.'" Thursday 7 pm -- $9 /$6 students and seniors

The Seventh Seal
Friday: The NYS Writers Institute film series continues with a screening of Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. Friday 7:30 pm, UAlbany downtown campus, Page Hall -- free

Sunday: The Spectrum is screening the National Theater Live production of Julie. "Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean--which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival." Sunday 11 am -- $15

Here's what's playing at the drive-ins:
+ Malta: Screen 1: Venom, Searching | Screen 2: Night School, A Simple Favor
+ Jericho Drive-in: Venom, Searching


Tara Westover
Thursday: Tara Westover will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. She'll be talking about her bestselling memoir Educated. (She's also giving a craft talk at 4:15 pm on the uptown campus.) Thursday 7:30 pm, downtown campus, Page Hall -- free

The Bandleader Who Changed America
Thursday: The Egg is hosting a program about James Reese Europe, an influential jazz bandleader who also served with the Harlem Hellfighters during WWI (the same unit with which Henry Johnson served). Thursday 6:30 pm -- free

Literary Local History Walk
Thursday: Maeve McEneny Johnson is leading a walking tour of Albany's literary history. "We'll admire the buildings, visit some Albany neighborhoods, but more importantly, Maeve will tell us the stories behind Albany's surprising literary history. Albany was the home to many literary legends, such as our own William Kennedy and Gregory Maguire." It's a collaboration between the Albany Institute and WMHT as part of the f Great American Read PBS. Thursday 6 pm -- free

Rochmon Record Club Listening Party -- Sgt. Peppers
Saturday: Proctors hosts a Rochmon Listening party about Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. "A Rochmon Record Club Listening Party is meant to inform and deepen our understanding of the history of the individual performers, songs and stories that went into the making the iconic albums from the 60's and 70's that Rochmon loves." Saturday 7:30 pm -- $10

State Education Building Tour
Saturday: Take a free tour of the NYS Education Building. Saturday 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm -- free (pre-registration required)

Albany Institute
Sunday-Monday: The Albany Institute hosts a Lego Building Challenge. Sunday and Monday various times -- $5

The Institute is currently exhibiting 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.

Science Festival of the Capital Region
Friday-Sunday: miSci hosts the Science Festival of the Capital Region. Friday-Sunday various times

State Museum
The State Museum has opened the second phase of its Enterprising Waters: New York's Erie Canal exhibit.

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

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 still open for the season.


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 is at the Capital South Campus Center in Albany. 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

The Albany Institute of History and Art, MopCo, Troy Downtown BID, and Nine Pin advertise on AOA.


The 40th Annual Carrot Festival is scheduled for Sunday, October 7th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 a.m. As always this year's festival will include great food, fun activities for adults and kids, a farmers market, mini-car show, a community service tent, a pet adoption clinic, lots of carrot cake, and music throughout the day. There will be a special afternoon concert by The Accents!

Election Day is coming up. Are you going to vote? Have you met Larry Sharpe? He is running for Governor as the Libertarian candidate. His campaign is becoming a movement, you should find out who he is.

Larry Sharpe Rally for #aNewNY
Saturday, October 6
Holiday Inn Express Latham
400 Old Loudon Road
Latham, New York 12110

Come hear a new way to think about governing and what we can do this election in New York. Go to or look up Larry Sharpe in your favorite media format. It's time to get informed and time to clean up the corruption and debt that threatening the future of our State.

Grafton Peace Pagoda 25th Anniversary Ceremony
Saturday October 6, 2018, 11:00am

All Are Warmly Welcome
Buddhist Ceremony
Interfaith Prayers for Peace

Nippozan Myohoji-Grafton Peace Pagoda
87 Crandall Rd Petersburg, NY 12138

The Way We Were Car Show will be back in Ballston Spa on Sunday! It's on Front St from 9 am - 4 pm. Fun even for non-car-buffs like myself :) (Food, music, kids activities, etc... )

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