What’s Up, Upstate?: Weekend of 9/5 – 9/8

What’s Up, Upstate?: Weekend of 9/5 – 9/8

Hello and welcome to the very first Mirth Films Capital Region weekend rundown (or, What’s Up, Upstate? for short)! It’s the first full weekend in September, and there is a ton to choose from if you’re bored this weekend. Are you into food? What about live music? Bar crawls? Farmer’s markets? There is SO much to do in Schenectady, Albany, Troy and beyond this weekend. Let’s begin, shall we?

Thursday, September 5th

Festivals and Fairs:

Fallbany Art and Craft Market / 11:30am / Tricentennial Park in Albany

Live Music:

Moon Hooch w/ Jaw Gems / 8:00pm / The Hollow in Albany
Super Dark Thursday: Galene / Land, Man / Walrus Junction / 9:30pm / Desperate Annie’s in Saratoga Springs

Bars, Dance Nights and Clubs:

Therapy Thursday Graffiti Party / 11:00pm / Waterworks in Albany


Bites Camera Action: Bohemian Rhapsody / 6:30pm / Times Union Center in Albany

Friday, September 6th

Art and Plays:

Schenectady and Me Human Mosaic / 10:00am / Schenectady City Hall
Dorothy Englander: Then & Now: Journey / 5pm / Albany Center Gallery
Open Gallery Garden Party / 5:30pm / Liberty Park in Albany
Pop-Up Beer Garden / 6pm / Opalka Gallery in Albany
In-faux-structure Exhibition Reception / 6pm / Opalka Gallery in Albany
Album Experience / 7:00pm / Albany Heritage Visitors Center
Albany Civic Theatre Presents: The Heiress / 7:30pm / Albany Civic Theatre
Broadway Bound by Neil Simon / 8pm / Curtain Call Theatre in Latham

Live Music:

First Annual Underrated Fest / 6pm / The Low Beat in Albany
Super Dark Collective / Super Dark First Friday w/ Architrave / Machine Revival + Super Dark Collective DJ Set / 7:00pm / Pint Sized in Albany
Live Music for First Friday / 7:00pm / City Beer Hall in Albany
Steve Turre / 7:30pm / Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady
The National Reserve / 8:00pm / The Hangar on the Hudson in Troy
SK Live! Rivers Casino Country Weekend / 8:00pm / River’s Casino in Schenectady
Exhumanity Presents: The Exyversary feat. iV:Singularity + Worms / 9:00pm / The Fuze Box in Albany
Grand opening at Molly O’Bryans w/ The Refrigerators / 9:00pm / Molly O’Bryans in Albany

Bars, Dance Nights and Clubs:

Matty’s Patio Party / 5:00pm / Sinclair Saratoga
Old School R&B Night / 8:00pm / Skyloft in Albany
Latin Night / 8:00pm / Dance Fire Studio in Niskyauna
Friday Night / 11:00pm / Waterworks in Albany


Animal House / 6:00pm / Proctor’s in Schenectady 

Live Comedy:

Guy Torry / 7:30pm / Funny Bone in Albany
Dane Cook / 8:00pm / Turning Stone Casino in Verona

Saturday, September 7th


Stockade Art Show / 10:00am / Front + Ferry Streets in Schenectady
Stitch n Sip / 10:00am / Albany Library
Art’s Bar / 11:00am / Arts Center of Cap Region in Troy
Generation Vintage Co Reception + Live Music / 7:00pm / Storied Coffee in Scotia

Farmer’s Markets and Food Fests

Troy Farmer’s Market / 9:00am / Troy Waterfront
Washington Park Farmer’s Market / 10:00am / Washington Park in Albany

Live Music

Outlaw Music Festival w/ Willie Nelson / 2:30pm / SPAC
Harbor Jam / 6:00pm / River’s Casino in Schenectady
That 80’s Band / 8:00pm / Sharp Shooter’s in Amsterdam
Johnny Lang  / 8:00pm / The Egg in Albany
SPARK Independent Artist Experience presented by DJ Hollyw8d / 9:00pm / The Fuze Box
Doug Villano Band / 9:30pm / Dinosaur BBQ in Troy 

Bars, Dance Nights and Clubs

Friends Trivia Bar Crawl / 4:00pm / Albany
Lost & Found 2nd Anniversary Party / 5:00pm / Lost & Found in Albany
Five Kill Records Bday Bash / 8:00pm / The Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Albany
90s Night / 11:00pm / City Beer Hall in Albany

Festivals and Fairs

Pioneer Bank Foundation Grand Carnival / 11:00am / Pioneer Bank HQ in Albany
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival / 12:00pm / Jennings Landing in Albany
Caribbean Day in the Park / 12:00pm / 65 Prospect Park Rd in Troy
14th Annual Little Italy StreetFest / 12:00pm / Union St @ North Jay in Schenectady


Pet Connection Tailgate Party / 2:00pm / Maria’s Tailgate Tavern in Guilderland
Puppy Playdate / 3:00pm / Colonie Center in Albany


Insane Inflatable 5K / 8:00am / Ellms Family Farm in Ballston Spa

Sunday, September 8th


Board Game Brunch / 11:00am / Bard & Baker in Troy
Yoga and a Pint / 11:00am / Fort Orange Brewing in Albany

Farmer’s Markets and Food Fests

41st Annual Carrot fest / 10:00am /  Congregation Agudat Achim in Schenectady
Albany VegFest 2019 / 10:00am / Albany Cap Center
Schenectady Outdoors Farmer’s Market / 10:00am / Schenectady City Hall

Live Music

Sheer Terror / 5:00pm / The Fuze Box in Albany
Rockin’ on the River – Balún w/s/g Dark Honey + Laveda / 5:00pm / Riverfront Park in Troy
Sunday”s Songwriter Series ft. Amani O / 6:00pm / Little Peck’s in Troy
Blues Jam / 7:30pm / McGeary’s in Albany

Live Comedy

Ms. Pretty Ricky / 7:00pm / Funny Bone in Albany


Fiddlin’ Movie Premiere / 6:00pm / Proctor’s in Schenectady


Upstate NY Collector’s Show / 10:00am / The Venue in Cohoes
JDRF Annual Family Picnic / 3:00pm / Halfmoon Town Hall

All Weekend Long

44th St. George Greek Festival / St. George Greek Orthodox in Schenectady
Country Folk Art / Hudson Valley Community College in Troy
Eastbound Throwbound / Irwin Road in Salem

With so much stuff to do in Albany (and, like, 25 miles in any direction), use this guide to figure out where to spend your time for the unofficial beginning of fall. 

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