Capital Region Weekly Events: Sept. 7-12

Capital Region Weekly Events: Sept. 7-12

Whether you took advantage of a little R&R over your labor day weekend, worked it away or hit the road, why not keep up a little fun momentum at home? New York’s Capital Region hosts arts, music, food, skate meet-ups, record-sharing and more this week:


Book Signing and Author Talk: Meredith Ireland’s “The Jasmine Project”
3:30-4 PM & 7 PM @ Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs | FREE – $27.50 (book included)
Author Meredith Ireland will sign copies of her debut novel “The Jasmine Project” at Northshire this afternoon. This romantic comedy follows a teen Korean-American adoptee who finds herself at the center of a competition for her heart, orchestrated by her overbearing yet loving family. At 7 PM, Ireland will take part in a virtual author talk with Jennifer Dugan, author of “Some Girls Do.” All copies of “The Jasmine Project” bundled with a ticket or preordered on the bookstore’s website will be also personalized by the author.

B-Side Record Night
4 PM @ Rare Form Brewing Co., Troy | FREE
Super Dark Collective’s Shane Sanchez hosts this weekly music sharing event in which you bring in one of your favorite LPs for a spin. In return, you get one free draft, and the house plays one side from your record.

Taproom Dance Takeover
7 PM @ Frog Alley Brewing, Schenectady | $10
Aaron’s “A” Team of Line Dancers hosts this weekly takeover at Frog Alley. The contemporary country group leads beginner (7 PM) and intermediate (8:30 PM) dancers alike in group dances and a bit of socializing over some local brews. Please RSVP at the link above, no walk-ins will be admitted.



You-Pick Apples
9 AM @ Bowman Orchards, Rexford | $2+
Ah, it has begun. The season of apple-picking is upon us so get in there early for some prime picking of your favorite varieties, baked goods, mums and more. 

Blind Visionaries: Work by The Seeing with Photography Collective
12-5 PM @ The Courthouse Gallery – Lake George Arts Project | FREE
A multi-media collaboration with Seeing with Photography Collective, a pioneering group whose work is a collaboration between visually impaired and sighted photographers using a technique called light painting. In this, a visually impaired or blind photographer works with a photographer assistant to share a vision in their mind’s eye. What results are riveting, surreal images that have helped these seemingly disabled artists to heal through their work.

Dr. Dog
7 PM @ Empire Live, Albany | $25
Catch Dr. Dog on their very last tour as they pass through Albany at the brand new Empire Live venue. The space offers some beautiful views for this momentous event. Raleigh, NC folk band Bowerbirds will open the show. 

NOTE: All Empire Live concert goers must be vaccinated and wear masks upon entrance. Proof of vaccination (Excelsior Pass phone app, photo of vaccination card, or the physical card itself) is required for entry. Non-vaccinated patrons will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 48 hours prior to the event. 



Food and Craft Market
4:30 PM @ The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls | FREE
Enjoy this weekly food truck and craft market at Glens Falls’ prime arts space featuring three stages of live music, pony rides, a petting zoo and more. 

7 PM @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs | $5+
The name Cantrip is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief. This Edinburgh-based trio has been crafting their sound of swirling border pipes, raging fiddle, thunderous guitar and rich voices for 20 years. Echoes can be heard of trad music from the 1960s and ‘70s, as well as funk, metal, bluegrass, swing, and klezmer. 

Joan Osborne with Madeleine Peyroux
7 PM @ The Egg Performing Arts Center, Albany | $39.50+
Seven-time GRAMMY winner Joan Osbourne will take The Egg with Madeleine Peyroux, both performing their multi-platinum, beloved albums–Osbourne’s Relish and Peyroux’s Careless Love–in their entirety. Masks are required at all times inside the venue.

The Gangsters of Saratoga
7 PM @ Canfield Casino at Congress Park, Saratoga Springs | FREE
Retired Chief of Police Greg Veitch will tell stories of Saratoga’s nefarious past from his two books, “All the Law in the World Won’t Stop Them” and “A Gangster’s Paradise.” Learn about the murders, bootlegging, gambling and fixed horse races that took place in the Spa City.


Creative Pairings: Tunes and Tacos
6 PM @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall | $35
Quintocracy will perform in the courtyard for an evening of food and music. Enjoy mouth-watering taco pairings by La Capital Tacos with Latin-inspired music (Piazzolla, Medaglia, D’Rivera, and more). Reserve your spot (and pick out your taco order) by Sept. 8.

Super Dark Days: Haley Moley, Sky Creature, Natural Classics
6 PM @ Rare Form Brewing Co., Troy | Free
Ballston Spa electro/post-punk band Haley Moley, NYC zen-punk duo Sky Creature and house/dance act Natural Classics will take the patio of Troy’s corner brewery.

NOTE: Super Dark Collective strongly urges all attendees to please wear a mask at all shows whether they’re inside or outside. They also strongly encourage bringing proof of vaccination when coming to shows.

Create n’ Skate Workshop | Bring your own board $25, board provided $50
6:30 PM @ Noteworthy Resources, Albany
Design & paint your very own skateboard deck with Noteworthy Resources. Paint, brushes and supplies will be provided and registration is required to attend. Please email the team at if you plan on bringing your own skateboard deck to decorate. In this case, you can pay at the event with cash or Venmo, but the email will hold your spot. 

Only the Lonely: The Roy Orbison Tribute Show
8 PM @ The Linda WAMC Performing Arts Center, Albany | $20
Las Vegas Weekly called the show “an amazing performance – as close to Roy Orbison as you will find.” Watch this musical group bring rock n’ roll hitmaker Roy Orbison back with a tribute to the artist’s look, sound and legendary songs. Hear “Oh Pretty Woman”, “Only The Lonely”, “Crying”, “Blue Angel”, “In Dreams”, “It’s Over” and more.

Ariel Posen
8 PM @ The Park Theater, Glens Falls | $25-$30
As Jamie Dickson of Guitarist Magazine UK writes, “Ariel Posen is guitar’s man for all seasons – he’s got the songs and the voice but he’s also a stellar slide guitarist with a gutsy, expressively melodic style.” The artist recently released his sophomore album Headway, which is said to be a testament to Posen’s multi-instrumental talent. 

NOTE: The Park Theater requires proof of vaccination and/or negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, and encourages wearing masks indoors when not eating or drinking. 



Outdoor Flea Market
7:30 AM @ Malta Drive-In Theater | $2 per car
Shop antiques, clothing, collectables, crafts, jewelry, toys and much more.

Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival
12 PM @ Jennings Landing, Albany | FREE
Enjoy the live jazz stylings of artists Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, Lao Tizer feat. Elliott Yamin, Cubaquinto, Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes and Heard at the 19th annual jazz fest. A firework display will follow the day’s performances as well as a presentation of the Henry Johnson award and a tribute to our first responders on the anniversary of 9/11.

Caribbean Day in the Park
12 PM @ Prospect Park, Troy | FREE
Celebrate the beauty and depth of the Caribbean diaspora with your local community at this festival featuring DJs and live Reggae, Soca, African and Latin music, great food, kids’ activities and local vendors. Please wear a mask.

Skate Albany Meet-up
12 PM @ Blue Banks-Washington Park, Albany | FREE
Skate Albany connects & empowers all humans to skateboard! Each meet-up is centered around building the skate community and encouraging healthy activity and new hobbies. Join at the park and take part however you feel most comfortable–whether that be skating, roller blading, scootering or biking. If you need to borrow a skateboard or protective gear, you must sign them out by one of the volunteers for the time of use. Water and light refreshments will be provided and attendees can look forward to free skate lessons, fundraising raffles, merch, vendors, music and more. Please wear a mask, especially when in contact with others or walking in crowds.

Unveiled: Historic Wedding Dresses from the NYS Museum
2 PM @ Schenectady County Historical Society | FREE for members, $5 general entry
NYS Museum curator of clothing and textiles, Connie Frisbee Houde, shares how wedding gowns can demonstrate the changes of the wedding ritual throughout history. By identifying the wearers of these garments, we can place them in the context of their era, and gain a better understanding of our community and its changes across time. 

Collar City Art Bazaar
6 PM @ Iron Works Grill, Troy | FREE
Come experience the best of Troy’s street art and live music. Enjoy a BBQ picnic on Burden Pond while the weather is still nice and explore this bazaar that offers a free, open space for local artists to share their work with the community. 



Albany Record Riot
10 AM @ Ramada Plaza, Albany | $3 entry, $10 early admission (8 AM)
Peruse more than 50 tables of LPs, CDs, 45s and more. Dealers from all over the northeast have brought their massive selection of vinyl and more for you to add to your home collection.

Outlaw Music Festival
5:15 PM @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center | $25 +
Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Gov’t Mule and Margo Price will play SPAC for this very special outlaw country event. Go buck wild.


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