Capital Region

Weekend plans: Festivals in Schenectady among top picks

Steve Giakowmis, left, and Jennie Vlahakis on Tuesday prepare stuffed peppers in the St. George Greek Orthadox Church Hellenic Center for this weekend's Greek Festival in Schenectady.
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Steve Giakowmis, left, and Jennie Vlahakis on Tuesday prepare stuffed peppers in the St. George Greek Orthadox Church Hellenic Center for this weekend's Greek Festival in Schenectady.

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:

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HOME OPENERS
Saturday’s a busy day for Capital Region college football fans, as both Union and UAlbany host their 2022 home openers.

At 1 p.m., Union hosts Worcester State at Frank Bailey Field in Schenectady, where the Dutchmen are coming off an impressive opening win against Allegheny. Tickets are $8-10 for adults and $3 for children.

At 7 p.m., UAlbany plays under the lights at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium against CAA rival New Hampshire. There are family packs of tickets starting at $10 per person for groups of four, eight or 12, and individual tickets range from $15-40.

SCHENECTADY GREEK, ITALIAN FESTIVALS
The smells of delicious Greek and Italian dishes will fill downtown Schenectady this weekend thanks to the St. George Greek Festival and Little Italy StreetFest.

The former starts today and runs through Sunday at the Hellenic Center (510 Liberty Street). Beyond the food, there will be live music, traditional Greek dancing and the Agora Marketplace. Hours are 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday.

Little Italy StreetFest, slated from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday will also offer up music, face painting and improv classes with MopCo.

HERITAGE CELEBRATION RETURNS
Schenectady Caribbean Day returns to Music Haven in Central Park on Saturday. Slated to run from 11 a.m. to dusk, the family-friendly event celebrates Guyanese/Caribbean heritage. There will be live music, food, games, vendors and a raffle. From 2-5 p.m. there will also be free COVID-19 vaccines in the Central Park Pavilion. The celebration has been held intermittently since 2003 and was previously held in Grout Park, bringing in between 2,000 and 3,000 people.

ART IN THE STOCKADE
The Stockade Villagers’ Outdoor Art Show returns on Saturday with more than 50 artists who will be exhibiting their work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be the 71st year the juried show has been held and it tends to draw artists from not only the Capital Region but also beyond it. Around 2,000 people are expected to come out to enjoy the artwork on view, which includes photography, sculpture, drawing, painting and fiber art. In the event of rain, the show will be held on Sunday.

CARROTS, MUSIC AND MORE
Carrots are back in the spotlight with Congregation Agudat Achim’s popular Carrot Festival on Sunday.

As many as 3,000 attendees are expected to turn out to try many of the carrot-based desserts and meals, including several varieties of carrot cake. There will also be traditional Jewish dishes, including brisket sandwiches and potato latkes.

Local music groups Schenectady Light Opera and Roben Kosek Jazz & Blues, among others, will perform throughout the festival and there will be vendors and even pony rides for the kids. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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