Things to do near Albany, Saratoga Springs, Troy this weekend
things to do near albany, saratoga springs, troy this weekend

Things to do near Albany, Saratoga Springs, Troy this weekend

Every week, we scour event calendars to find the things that are especially worth your time and attention, and we share them here. Check out our Hudson Valley list too.

June 17-19

Pride Month continues: Were you Seen at the Capital Pride Festival and Parade in Albany or the  Schenectady Pride Festival? For more fun, Bar Vegan in Albany is hosting a Dine and Pride drag dinner Saturday. Get tickets. For more ways to celebrate this month, view our list.

Don’t forget Dad! Father’s Day is Sunday. Instead of a last-minute dash to the grocery store for a card, here are some suggestions from readers, based on our Best of the Capital Region reader poll. Our Shopportunist column is also here with some fun activities happening around the region if you need to stick to a budget. Want to give Dad the gift of time together? Take him to Washington Park in Albany on Sunday for Dad Fest. Get details.

Free music offerings tonight: Here’s a little roundup of who’s performing around the region. But keep an eye on the skies, thunderstorms are expected.

  • It’s Jam Night at Alive at Five in Albany, featuring Spafford with Annie in the Water. Get details.
  • Cohoes kicks of its Rock the Block summer concert series with The Refrigerators. Get details.
  • Jazz on Jay in Schenectady will feature the Arch Stanton Quartet. Get details.
  • For more jazz, check out Heard at Bethlehem’s Thursdays in the Park. Get details.
  • Looking for classic rock, blues and R&B? Look no further than the Niskayuna Summer Concert Series, featuring ABP. Get details.

Cornhole (and music) for a cure: Head out to Wolf Hollow Brewing in Glenville on Sunday and sign up for a tournament. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystropy Association. Local rock duo Sirsy will be performing. Find out more.

Pop-up pierogis: The Pierogi Bar will be popping up Saturday at the Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa Church in Latham. Babcia’s Pierogi out of Buffalo will be serving up pierogis hot with a variety of creative toppings. Find out more.

Time is running out: The exhibition by a Taiwanese American artist, “The Four Elements of Leigh Li-Yun Wen,” at Albany Institute of History & Art will be gone after Sunday. Don’t miss your chance to view the paintings, prints, ceramics and more on display. Read more about the exhibit and plan your visit here.

Happy Birthday, Ulysses! Celebrate the 200th birthday (technically April 27, 1822) of the 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, with an open house Saturday at his cottage in Wilton. There will be tours, complimentary birthday cake, music, games and more. Get details.

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Looking ahead

More free movies: In addition to the free summer movie options already detailed in our summer arts guide, Palace Theatre has announced a lineup of family-friendly films you can view in July and August. Check the schedule.

More free music: The Linda in Albany announced it will host “Summer on Central,” a series of free concerts in its parking lot on Saturdays in August. Check out the lineup.

Miscast Cabaret: This free event at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady on June 25 celebrates local performers as they break the boundaries of traditional roles. Find out more.

Concerts and shows: Pop, rock, rap, country, comedy … see who’s performing in the area.

Fairs and festivals: County fairs and festivals of all types are set. Explore our guide.

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