CAPITAL REGION – There’s no shortage of things to do in the Capital Region, whether you’re looking for live music, films, theater, games or festivals.
If you’re in need of a few ideas for your weekend plans, we’ve rounded up a few of the best bets from around the area.
Here’s a look at what’s going on:
JAMMING OUT IN LAKE GEORGE
Moe., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Dopapod are heading to Lake George this weekend for the Adirondack Independence Music Festival.
This three-day, multi-band festival, which is set for the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons, features a mix of jam and rock music from more than 20 bands.
Music at the Festival Commons will start at 1 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday, with music running continuously across two side-by-side stages until 11 p.m. each night. There will also be food and drink vendors. Single-day tickets start at $70 and three-day tickets start at $190. For more information visit adkmusicfest.com.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL KICKS OFF
While some teams won’t be in action until next weekend, for many Capital Region high school football teams, the season will open with “Week Zero” games on Friday or Saturday. There are a number of clashes between local rivals, but the biggest event of the weekend is Friday’s Upstate vs. Downstate Challenge at UAlbany’s Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. The tripleheader will consist of Averill Park vs. Middletown at 2:45 p.m., Colonie vs. Eastchester at 5:30 p.m. and Niskayuna vs. Washingtonville at 7:45 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Special Olympics.
EN VOGUE IN SCHENECTADY
R&B group En Vogue will play the Event Center at Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady on Saturday, bringing hits like “Free Your Mind” and “Never Gonna Get It” to the stage. Known for its vocal harmonies, En Vogue came together in 1989 and rose to fame with “Hold On,” which reached number one on both the dance and R&B/hip-hop charts.
The group’s line-up includes Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron-Braggs and Rhona Bennett. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $50. For more information visit riverscasino.com.
MUSIC AND MORE
The Fonda Fair continues through Labor Day at the Fonda Fairgrounds. The schedule is packed with tractor pulls, demo derbies, animal shows and live music.
Country band Big Sky is set to play from 7-11 p.m. Friday in the Kane Entertainment Building. Skeeter Creek is up next on Saturday and Vegas Crush rounds out the weekend on Sunday.
The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. General admission is $12 per person, with senior citizens 62 and over admitted for $5 on Friday. Admission is $2 for children ages 6-11, and free for children under 6. The parking fee is $5.
RING OF FIRE
As part of a longstanding tradition, homeowners along the Great Sacandaga Lake will light up the night sky this weekend.
The annual Ring of Fire event will take place on Monday. As dusk falls, people will build campfires of varying sizes and light them along the shores of the lake, creating a ring.
It’s a tradition that dates back decades and is often seen as a sign of summer ending as families prepare to get back into the swing of work and school life.