Stuff to do this weekend

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The holiday lights are on in Washington Park.

Once the parades are over, and the turkey and stuffing have trimmings have been devoured, there's something else to be thankful for -- the weekend. (OK, also family and friends.)

We've pulled together a few things we thought might interest you.

Doing something you don't see here? Tell us about it in the comment section. It is, after all, the season of sharing.

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


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Turkey trotting

Troy Turkey Trot
Thursday: The annual Troy Turkey Trot is Thanksgiving morning. More than 7,000 people will be running/walking/trotting through downtown Troy. The event includes a 5k, 10k, walk, and kids' mile. There's in-person registration and bib pickup Wednesday from 11 am to 6 pm at the Atrium. And there's also day-of registration starting at 6:30 pm until 15 minutes prior to the start of each event.

Thursday: The annual Chris Dailey Turkey Trot 5k is in downtown Saratoga Springs. Online registration closes this Tuesday at noon. Last chance registration is Wednesday from 4-8 pm during packet pick-up. There is no day-of registration.

Holiday shopping

Basilica Farm + Flea
Friday-Sunday: This is the sixth year for the Basilica Farm + Flea holiday market, and it's very popular. "Born Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 as an antidote to big box Black Friday, Basilica Farm & Flea is part timeless flea and farmer's market and part 21st century craft and design fair. With over 10,000 square feet of raw space, Basilica Farm & Flea is the only market of this scale in the region." Friday noon-7 pm, Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm -- admission is $5 for the whole weekend / free for kids under 12

Black Friday/Saturday Fair Trade Market
Friday-Saturday: The Delmar Presbyterian Church (585 Delaware Ave) hosts the 9th annual Fair Trade Market. "A huge array of fairly traded, hand crafted giftware offered by multiple vendors and gathered from over 50 fair trade cooperatives in developing countries. Jewelry, accessories, apparel, home accents, holiday decorations, coffee, tea, chocolate and much more." Friday and Saturday 10 am-3 pm

Holiday Open House at The Shirt Factory
Friday-Sunday: The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls hosts a holiday market open house this weekend. "We have open studios on all four floors of the building (come see what those artists are doing behind the closed doors), and guest vendors in the halls. This year we will have a pop-up cafe, a letters to Santa station and more way to create holiday fun with your friends and family." 10 am-5 pm each day

Handmade at The Hollow
Saturday: The Hollow in downtown Albany hosts a handmade holiday market. "Get a handmade start to your holiday shopping at Handmade at The Hollow! Crafters, makers and artisans are coming together to offer you the finest array of candles, soaps, art, confections and much more!" Saturday 10 am-4 pm

Saratoga Craft Marketplace
Saturday: Saratoga Springs City Center hosts its 43rd annual Saratoga Craft Marketplace, with more than 145 artisans selling handmade crafts. Saturday 10 am-4:30 pm -- admission is $5 / kids under 12 are free

Small Business Saturday
Saturday: Downtowns in Schenectady, Saratoga Springs and Troy will be celebrating Small Business Saturday with shopping and sales.


Capital Holiday Lights
Saturday-Sunday: The Capital Holiday light display in Washington Park is open for the holiday season. Friday and Saturday 6-10 pm, Sunday 6-9 pm -- $20 per car

Bicycle Night at the Lights
Late Sunday afternoon you can ride your bicycle through the lights. Sunday 4:45-5:30 pm -- $5 per person / $10 per family

Thanksgiving on the Farm in Hancock Shaker Village
Friday-Sunday: Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield hosts a Thanksgiving on the Farm day with crafts, music, food, performances and more. Friday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm -- $20 adults / $8 for youth, under 12 attend free

Saturday: It Came From Schenectady presents a screening of Elf at Proctors. There will be prizes, surprises, comfy couches, and all the popcorn you can eat with toppings. Saturday 11 am -- $9 / $6 for students and seniors

Siena basketball
Saturday: The Siena men's basketball team is at home at the TU Center against Colgate. Saturday 2 pm -- $10 and up

Troy Prom: A Grown-Up Only Themed Dance Party
Saturday: The Takk House hosts Troy Prom, a prom for adults, with a Great Gatsby theme. Saturday 8 pm -- $80


Wednesday: Myles Kennedy & Co. at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. With: Walking Papers. 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Wednesday: Hamell on Trial at The Low Beat
November residency. 7 pm

Friday-Saturday: The Disco Biscuits at The Palace
Two nights. $39.50 ahead / $42.50 day of

Friday: NRBQ at The Hangar
"Burn off those Turkey Day calories by groovin' to the Q!" 8 pm -- $25

Friday: Souly Had at Upstate Concert Hall
Hip hop. 27delly, Jay P Finesse (with Hank Stacks & TB), The Age. 8 pm -- $13 ahead / $15 day of

Saturday: Sean Rowe at The Hangar
The one and only. 8 pm -- $20

Saturday: Reel Big Fish at Upstate Concert Hall
"Tickle My Tiki TOURch." With: Ballyhoo!, We are the Union. 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Sunday: A Joyful Noise! Gospel Brunch at Caffe Lena
"Gospel Music director & Soulist Garland Nelson leads Lena's Inspirational Voices gospel choir for an afternoon of joyful noise." Plus: food from Hattie's. 1 pm -- $35


Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
Friday-Sunday: The Rep's production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, featuring the characters of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice, is in previews this weekend. Friday-Sunday various times and prices


Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show - Andy Sandford
Saturday: Proctors hosts Pretty Much The Best Comedy Show with headliner Andy Sanford. Saturday 8 pm -- $15 ahead / $20 at the door

Kurt Metzger
Friday-Saturday: Kurt Metzger headlines at The Comedy Works in Saratoga. Friday and Saturday various times and prices.

Shane Torres
Saturday-Sunday: The Albany Funny Bone hosts stand-up comic Shane Torres. Saturday and Sunday, various times and prices

Maestro: One Improviser to Rule Them All
Friday: Mopco Improv Theatre hosts the monthly Maestro competition. It's a comedy elimination showdown in which improvisors compete by creating scenes, songs, and games based entirely on audience suggestions. Friday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors

Spontaneous Broadway
Saturday: The Mop & Bucket Company continues its run of Spontaneous Broadway. Act one is an improvised backers audition in which performers invent songs based on audience suggestion. The crowd then votes for their favorite song. In act two improvisors create an entire musical based on that song. Saturday 8 pm -- $10 / $6 for students and seniors


Museums are a great place to spend time with visiting family and friends.

Albany Institute: Home for the Holidays
Friday-Sunday: The Albany Institute of History and Art will be open free of charge this weekend for its annual Home for the Holidays celebration. The museum will be decorated for the holidays and, in addition to the exhibits, there will be photos with Santa, crafting, holiday shopping in the museum store, and more. Friday and Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm -- free admission

Rochomon presents Fleetwood Mac Rumors
Friday: Proctors hosts a Rochmon Record Club Listening Party, a multimedia event focused on deepening an understanding of performers. This one is focused on Fleetwood Mac's best-selling album Rumors. Friday 7:30 pm -- $10

State Museum
The State Museum recently opened the new exhibit The Historic Woodstock Art Colony: The Arthur A. Anderson Collection. "Long before the famous music festival in 1969, Woodstock, New York, was home to what is considered America's first intentionally created, year-round arts colony--founded in 1902 and still thriving over 100 years later. Collecting the remarkable range of work produced there has been Arthur A. Anderson's focus for three decades, resulting in the largest comprehensive assemblage of its type." It's on display through the end of 2019.

miSci Toy exhibit
Saturday-Sunday: miSci hosts a 20th Century Toy Chest exhibit with a collection of toys, games, action figures and more.

Screenprint Biennial
The 2018 Screenprint Biennial is on display at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus. On display through December 14.

Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region
The 2018 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region exhibit is on display at the University Art Museum on the uptown UAlbany campus. On display through December 8.

Albany Institute
The Albany 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.

USS Slater
The USS Slater is nearing the end of its season.

Visit some castles
Take a drive to check out one of the castles that are day trip from the Capital Region.

Albany Sports Card & Memorabilia Show
Saturday-Sunday: The Park Manor Hotel in Clifton Park hosts the Albany Sports Card & Memorabilia Show with cards, toys coins and other collector items. Saturday & Sunday, 9 am - 3 pm -- $3, under 12 free

Farmers markets

Farmers markets have moved indoors:
+ The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is in the Troy Atrium. Saturday 9 am-2 pm
+ The Saratoga Farmers' Market is at the Lincoln Bathhouse. Saturday 9 am-1 pm
+ The Schenectady Greenmarket is indoors at Proctors. Sunday 10 am-2 pm
+ The Spa City Farmers' Market is 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, Downtown Troy BID, and MopCo advertise on AOA.


The Collar City Clay Guild is holding its annual Pottery Market 11/24 &11/25 at Pat's Barn in Rensselaer Tech Park. Look at their facebook page for more details.

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