WEEKEND PLANS – 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:
Fonda 200 weekend
The final weekend of auto racing at Fonda Speedway for 2022 brings a huge lineup to the Montgomery County racetrack.
The action started Thursday, but ramps up Friday with qualifying races and more for Saturday’s main event — plus a post-race party with live music at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds entertainment building — and then on Saturday the Fonda 200 for the Short Track Super Series Modifieds will pay $53,000 to the winner.
Tickets are $25 for reserved grandstand seating and $22 for general admission on Friday, and $40 for reserved seating and $35 for general admission on Saturday. Racing starts at 7 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday.
Union women’s hockey exhibition
It’s still (technically) summer for a few more days, and temperatures in Schenectady on Saturday are forecasted in the high 70s, but it’s never too early to get thinking about winter sports.
The Union women’s hockey team doesn’t play its first official game until next weekend at New Hampshire, but an early preview of head coach Josh Sciba’s team will be available Saturday at 3 p.m. at Messa Rink when the Dutchwomen host Syracuse for an exhibition game.
Union is coming off a 5-28-1 record in 2021-22, and Sciba is entering his seventh season as the team’s head coach as the Dutchwomen are still in search of the program’s first-ever winning record.
Music and yoga featured at Albany festival
Albany will be rocking out all day and into the evening on Saturday with PearlPalooza, which features a packed line-up of bands, headlined by the Capital Region’s own Phantogram.
The day kicks off at 11 a.m. on N. Pearl Street with YogaPalooza, a street-wide mass yoga gathering. Then the music starts at noon with BattleaXXX, a hard-rocking trio of ladies from Albany. Precious Metals, The Kaleidoscope Kid and Whole Damn Mess are to follow.
Phantogram will go on at 6 p.m. with a DJ set, spinning a mix of original songs and songs that have influenced the duo. For more information visit weqx.com.
Focus on food and wine at Altamont festival
The popular Capital Apple & Wine Festival returns to the Altamont Fairgrounds this weekend. Featuring a wide variety of wine and spirits, as well as food and entertainment, including a Kids Zone.
There will be cider donuts and cider from Altamont Orchards in addition to a dozen food vendors offering steak, fries, potato pancakes, sausage and onions, chicken kebabs, falafel, tempeh Reuben sandwiches and more.
Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $10. For more information visit starbirdevents.com.
Outlaw Festival at SPAC
Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival returns to Saratoga Performing Arts Center Sunday, starting at 3:25 p.m.
A strong slate of openers includes Billy Strings, The Avett Brothers, Brittney Spencer, Larkin Poe and Particle Kid. Nelson is set to go on at 9:20 p.m. As with most of his shows, he’ll open with his signature tune, “Whiskey River” and follow up with some classics.
The festival’s Outlaw Village will feature vendors selling tie-dye t-shirts and more. Doors open at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $54. 35. For more information visit spac.org.