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:
Music festival at SPAC
Summer may be in the rearview but there’s still live music in store for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this year. From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday SPAC joins Caffe Lena to present a mix of folk and global music. The line-up includes Resonant Rogues, Cocek! Brass Band and Dreamers’ Circus on Saturday. The Hold on Honeys, Crys Matthews and the Oshima Brothers are set to perform Sunday.
No tickets or reservations are required. Attendees can bring chairs and blankets. For more information and a full schedule, visit spac.org.
Union drops the puck
A new era for Union men’s hockey starts Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Dutchmen welcome RIT to Messa Rink.
It’s the debut game for new head coach Josh Hauge, who takes over following Union’s tumultuous 2021-22 season that saw the program go 14-19-4 while long-time head coach Rick Bennett — who led the Dutchmen to the 2014 NCAA championship — resigned midseason following allegations and an investigation into his coaching style and practices.
There won’t be too many chances to see Union early in the season, as the team plays eight of its first 11 games on the road.
Dual cities host wing events
On Saturday, Schenectady and Saratoga will host events centered around savory and sweet chicken wings.
The Saratoga Wing Off runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and select restaurants around Spa City will offer $2 wing samples. Attendees can vote on their favorites via discoversaratoga.org. A port of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
Schenectady’s Wing Walk runs from noon to 5 p.m. with participating restaurants across downtown serving up specialty wing samples to ticket-holders. The popular event sold out earlier this week.
Schenectady’s Central Park will again play host to one of its biggest annual events on Saturday morning as one of upstate New York’s biggest and oldest high school cross country races, the E.T. Grout Memorial Cross Country Invitational, is on the docket through the morning and afternoon.
There are 12 races on the schedule, starting with the boys’ modified at 9 a.m., but the main action of the varsity races on the 2.75-mile course are set to begin at 11:30 a.m., first with Division C (small-school), then Division I and II (large-school) racing simultaneously.
Rock (and skate) on in Lake George
The first Wild in the Trees Music & Skate Festival kicks off on Saturday at the Lake George Skate Plaza (17 W. Brook Rd). The two-day event brings in indie, punk and jam bands from around the region, including Annie in the Water, Glass Pony, Neon Avenue, El Modernist, The Sugar Hold, The Hauntings and The Skunches.
There will also be skateboarding competitions. The event is a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of the Capital Region. General admission is $20. It runs from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit mirth-films.com.