Weekend in the Capital Region: Oct. 15-17

Weekend in the Capital Region: Oct. 15-17


Candlelight Tours
6:30 PM @ The Stockade, Schenectady | $13
Explore the historic Stockade after dark and discover the neighborhood’s most blood-curdling ghost stories. The separate “Colonial Hauntings” or “Ghostly Victorian” tours feature different stories and venture through different parts of the neighborhood. Candlelight Tours are co-sponsored by the Schenectady Heritage Foundation. Tours depart at 6:30 and 7:30 pm, Wed-Sat, from 32 Washington Ave, Schenectady NY. For the full schedule and to register, visit the link above. Please note: these tours are rain or shine and you cannot do both tours on the same night.

Whitewashed: The Racism Project
7 PM @ Madison Theater, Albany | $15-$20
Don’t miss the film of this powerful theatrical performance by the all-Black cast of Capital Region actors Shirey Archie, Danielle Colin, Diaka Kaba Hill, Zoe Lewis, Aaron Moore and Siobhan Shea. The project is directed by Michael Kennedy of Creative Action Unlimited. Director of Photography is Jamel Mosely. The original documentary performance is based on Black history, current events and the personal experiences of the cast. It has been described by audiences as “a game changer, an honor to witness” as well as “intense, powerful and important.”

Dida Ritz: Puttin’ on the Ritz at Waterworks
10 PM @ Waterworks Pub, Albany
Top 5 contender of Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 4, Dida Ritz, will strut her stuff at Waterworks with support from local talents Philly Pina and Opal Essence. Watch them work!



Apple Vs. Pumpkin Fall Throwdown
11 AM @ The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls
When it comes to a superior fall harvest goodie, where do you stand? Have your say and taste plenty of treats at this fun throwdown. Food vendors will offer at least one dish with apple or pumpkin as an ingredient for guest judging. The people’s choice awards will award which is best. There will also be vendors, activities and live music from Jason Irwin and Jim Brown.

Book Swap
12 PM @ Noteworthy Resources, Albany
Doing some seasonal cleaning? In search of new reads? Bring books you have already read and pass it along to someone else at this community book swap. After the swap is over, Noteworthy Resources will donate the leftover books to local organizations and schools in need.

Jay Street Pub Fall Fest 2021 Block Party
1 PM @ Jay Street Pub, Schenectady | $15
Enjoy food, drinks, games and live music from Vinny Michaels Band, The E- Block, The Ill Funk Ensemble and David J Band. 

Homecoming 2021
7 PM @ Times Union Center, Albany | $55+
Performers Lil Durk, Dusty Locane, a Pop Smoke tribute featuring DJ JP, Fivio Foreign, Stunna 4 Vegas, local favorite Johnny 2 Phones w/ DJ Boof and Toosii will take the stage for this year’s killer hip hop showcase.

Dude of Life Band
8 PM @ Lark Hall, Albany | $25
Known for his decades-long songwriting  collaboration with childhood friend Trey Anastasio, The Dude (Steve Pollack) has released a handful of genre-bending, creative rock albums since his 1994 debut, Crimes of the Mind. Come see what else this five-piece band–whose leader helped craft Phish hits like “Fluffhead”, “Run Like an Antelope” and “Suzy Greenberg”–has cooking. 

Electronic Meanderings
8 PM @ 518 Craft, Troy | FREE
DJ Matthias Kirchner will spin this all-vinyl set of jazz- and disco-infused house beats “with some healthy quirkiness thrown in for good measure.”

Midnight North, Hilltop, Pat Ferguson
8 PM @ The Hollow, Albany | $17
Midnight North will regale The Hollow audience this weekend on the There is Always a Story fall tour. Rolling Stone hailed this band as “Best New Act” in its review of 2018’s Peach Music Festival saying the band “takes the best parts of roots music and weaves them into a tapestry of rock and Americana”. They’ll be joined by Amsterdam, NY funk crew Hilltop and opener Pat Ferguson.

Simple Sin, The Hauntings, Lex Naturalis
8 PM @ 42 Degrees Tavern, Glens Falls
Word on the street is, if you like “horror movies, sleeveless shirts, and the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater soundtrack” this show is for you. Saratoga rock band Simple Sin will headline with support from Upstate NY horror punk band The Haunting and the debut of Lex Naturalis–a one-man melodic pop punk act from Glens Falls.



Craft and Draft
1 PM @ Nine Pin Cider, Albany | $16
Troy’s Collar City Candle is back at Nine Pin after a year-long hiatus for this legendary collab. They’ll have over 30 unique scents for you to choose and create a one-of-a-kind candle to take home. Everyone will work at their own table & their own pace, so there’s no follow-along stress. Ticket price includes materials for one candle.

Fall Cleanup
1 PM @ Buckingham Pond Conservancy, Albany
Looking to get outdoors, stay busy, beautify your community and (while socially distanced) make some friends? Come help out at Buckingham Pond, there is plenty to do. Meet up in the parking lot before getting to work tackling tasks like cutting back overgrown bittersweet, tree tagging and planting new tulip bulbs. 

Ben Folds
7 PM @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy | $49+
Beloved singer-songwriter Ben Folds is back on the road with his “In Actual Person Live For Real Tour.” This will be a solo piano performance by the artist and will also be live-streamed via Flymachine if you simply can’t make it off the couch. 

Crys Matthews and Heather Mae
7 PM @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs | $9-$18
Heather Mae is an award-winning songwriter whose evocative vocals and rhythmic piano stylings tackle complex topics surrounding mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, self-love, racial injustice, social inequality, and women’s rights. Her songwriting is inspired by her own personal experiences and identitity (a queer, plus-size woman living with Bipolar Disorder) as well as that of her fans. She is joined by DC artist Crys Matthews, hailed as “the next Woody Guthrie,” who is yet another artist in this generation of social justice music-makers. Her songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls “the poster-child for intersectionality.”

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