Weekend in the Capital Region: Sept. 23-26
THURSDAY, SEPT. 23
Grand Opening! Herbie’s Burgers
11 AM @ Lark Street, Albany
Don’t miss the grand opening of the latest and greatest burger spot to hit the Capital Region. The joint will have vegan options for all their burgers and shakes and we can vouch that anything you get there will blow you away without even bruising your wallet.
2021 Adirondack Balloon Festival
5 PM @ Glen Street, Glens Falls
The weekend long balloon festival kicks off in downtown Glens Falls with a block party featuring music, a car show, balloon baskets on display & kid’s activities. Apparel will be available on site in limited quantities. Please note that there will be no food or craft fair vendors, no commercial balloon rides available for purchase and a smaller number of balloons so plan accordingly. Check out the full weekend schedule here.
Shake, Rattle, ‘n Roll Dueling Pianos!
7 PM @ Frog Alley Brewing, Schenectady | $5
The celebrated dueling pianos will perform an all-request, rock-and-roll party where YOU pick the playlist! The two top piano entertainers will mix music, comedy and audience interaction in a sing-, laugh- and dance-along show playing everything from Billy Joel to Bon Jovi, Britney Spears and Bruno Mars.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 24
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company performance
5 PM @ Monument Square, Troy | FREE
September’s Troy Night Out performance by Ellen Sinopoli Dance will take place on the front stoops of four private residences on 2nd St., near Monument Square. Music will be played live by classical Indian tabla musician, Devesh Chandra. If you miss the 5 PM show don’t fret, performances take place every hour on the hour (5-8 pm) and last approximately 15 minutes.
Slidin’ Dirty Block Party
5 PM @ Slidin’ Dirty, Troy | FREE
Capital Region jam band faves Let’s Be Leonard and Philly rock band Chestnut Grove–who have frequently performed at The Summit (including the upcoming 2021 fest)–will co-headline this block party with support from shoegaze legends Laveda. The bands will be performing in celebration of seven years of Slidin’ Dirty. The restaurant will be serving up their sliders and Rare Form is bringing the beers!
Shmaltz Brewing 25th Anniversary Extraveganza
6 PM @ 518 Craft, Troy | FREE
Super 400 will play this quarter-century celebration of the local brewery. Plus, check out food from Chewish Food Co., vendors Make It Upstate, Nadine Medina Designs and DJs Nate the Great and JB & The Funky Nuggets.
7 PM @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA | $25-$75+
A family-friendly weekend-long festival brimming with bright talent. Headliners Dispatch (acoustic), Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Béla Fleck My Bluegrass Heart and more will grace the four stages. Plus, explore the galleries, brick-lined courtyards and grassy field, produced in partnership by MASS MoCA, the FreshGrass Foundation, and No Depression.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 25
Art in the Park
10 AM @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs
Explore over 70 vendor tables of craft goods and gorgeous art at Saratoga’s Art in the Park. You can plan your route by checking out the map and listing of vendors here. Plus, starting at 1 PM, catch musical performances from Angelina Valente, Cosby Gibson & Tom Staudle and Golfstrom.
Alacrity Fall Art Festival
11 AM @ Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany
Check out paintings, jewelry, photography, sculpture and crafts made by local artists at this two-day art festival. The event runs through Sunday at 5 PM.
Dead Man’s Waltz (formerly Steal Your Peach)
8 PM @ The Hollow, Albany | $15
Interweaving the stylings of The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band and The Band, the Northeastern-based collective Dead Man’s Waltz’s top-notch musicianship offers a refreshing twist to the music of the three legendary bands while staying true to the spirit of the music.
Five for Fighting feat. String Quartet
8 PM @ The Egg Performing Arts Center, Albany | $39.50+
Enjoy an intimate performance by singer-songwriter and pianist John Ondrasik. Performing under the moniker of Five for Fighting, the artist garnered national acclaim in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song “Superman,” and his performance at The Concert For New York. His music has been featured in over 350 films, TV shows, and advertisements.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 26
7 PM @ The Egg Performing Arts Center, Albany | $34.50 +
This legendary roots-rock band has blended the sounds of their Mexican-American heritage with blues, rockabilly, jazz and Latin for over 40 years. They’ve influenced generations of musicians and bands to continue sharing their legacy and culture in authentic ways.