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When: Today until Sun, Aug 3, 2014 | 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Where: Funplex Funpark. 589 Columbia Trnpk, E. Greenbush, NY 12061
Beat the Heat with a buy one get one free bumper boat ride! Also check out our ice cream float special at Lickety Split, and also $1 off any purchase of $5 or more at the Boat House Grill!
When: Today | 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free
Lionel Popkin is an inventive, highly original dancer and choreographer. He and his company will introduce the Just for Fun audience to the world of modern dance through a performance exploring the joys of movement and music and giving the audience an opportunity to try a few modern dance moves themselves. Pamela Squires in the Washington Post wrote, "Popkin has a flair for originality that periodically has you realizing that you are smiling to yourself in the dark." 
When: Today | 8:15 PM
Where: More Perreca's Italian Kitchen, 33 North Jay Street, in Schenectady's Little Italy
Cost: Free
Friday, August 1, at dusk, . Outdoor Movie. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food available. Rain date, Saturday, August 2. "Big Night," is one of the great food movies of all time, is a witty drama with, a pair of brothers trying to succeed in the restaurant business. Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci) have journeyed from Italy to New Jersey in the mid-1950s, determined to make a killing with an authentic Italian restaurant, The Paradise. But their food is a bit too authentic.
When: Today | 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History and Art
Cost: Free
The Albany Institute of History & Art will be open FREE to the public as part of 1st Friday Albany. Visitors are welcome to explore our galleries and museum shop.
When: Today | 6:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History and Art
Cost: Free
Join us to hear artists talk about their work. Confirmed artists as of July 30, 2014 are Fern Apfel, David Austin, Carol Caruso, Katharine Kreisher, Harold Lohner, Willie Marlowe, and Doretta Miller
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When: Today until Sat, Aug 2, 2014
Where: Ballston Spa High School Auditorium and Old Iron Spring Park
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Whether you're film-maker or just a film-lover, mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Ballston Spa Film Festival (BSFF) taking place August 1 & 2, 2014.
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When: Sat, Aug 2, 2014 | 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Come celebrate the traditions and contributions of the African American community through music, art and community with special musical guests, inspiring speakers and family-oriented activities for all ages.
When: Sat, Aug 2, 2014 | 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075
Cost: Free and open to the public.
The 2014 Music Omi International Musicians Residency will conclude with a concert of collaborative new works created while in residence. Omi invites visitors to experience a unique concert of new global music, presented under a big tent by the Charles B. Benenson Visitor Center in the The Fields Sculpture Park. Enjoy an afternoon of unforgettable new music collaborations amidst over 80 works of contemporary sculpture on 120 acres of rolling farmland, wetlands and wooded areas.
When: Sun, Aug 3, 2014 | 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Where: Huyck Preserve & Biological Research Station
Cost: free
Join us for an edible plant walk! Explore the woods of the the Preserve in search of plants that make tea and more, with Perry Davenport, who also volunteers with the Cornell Cooperative Ext.
When: Sun, Aug 3, 2014 | 7:00 PM
Where: Clifton Common Stage
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
A premier party band that plays today's top songs and yesterday’s greatest hits.
When: Tue, Aug 5, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Identical Cuban triplets Angel, César and Marcos, age 11, are passionate about becoming ballet dancers. Each wants the same thing: to be chosen for a role in an important ballet in Havana. Who will be chosen? Directed by Sylvie Collier. UK. 2011. 58 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
When: Wed, Aug 6, 2014 | 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Green Island Bridge Parking lot, 251 River Street, Troy, New York
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Don't miss Fleetwood Macked, a tribute to Fleetwood Mac with opener Brian & Kevin Tiernan at Rockin' on the River!
When: Wed, Aug 6, 2014 | 6:30 PM
Where: Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave. Guilderland, NY 12084
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Spend an entertaining, fun filled hour with sailing Captain "Henry Hudson" and learn about his sailing career of some 400 years ago. All ages are welcome - Register online or by phone. Norman H. Bauman is a re-enactor and Tour Guide Specialist for the Capital Region. He was a tour guide for Albany AquaDucks, as well as the City of Albany and Capital District. Mr. Bauman has thirty years of sailing experience on the Hudson River and is captain and owner of the sailing ketch, Old Friend.
When: Wed, Aug 6, 2014 | 7:00 PM
Where: Clifton Common Stage
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Farmer Tom is so entertaining with incredibly funny songs and stories. His unique audience participation will inspire kids and grown-ups to join in the fun! The entire multitude will dance, groove, hop, see angels, clap, sing, and twirl.
When: Wed, Aug 6, 2014 | 7:00 PM
Where: Freedom Park, Scotia, NY
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a performance by Hair of the Dog.
When: Wed, Aug 6, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free
An intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists- now in their 70s, 80s and 90s- who gave birth to modern ballet. Directors: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine. Belgium. 2005. 118 minutes.
When: Wed, Aug 6, 2014 | 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Latham NY
Cost: Free
Live Band
When: Thu, Aug 7, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free
Teenagers perform "Kontakthof" by Pina Bausch. This was the last film and the last interview with the world-famous dancer and choreographer. Every Saturday, 40 students, aged 14 to18, rehearsed under the direction of Bausch dancers Jo-Ann Endicott and Bénédicte Billiet, and under the intense supervision of Bausch herself. This film by Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffmann documents the process culminating in the opening night performance. Germany. 2009. 92 minutes. German with English subtitles.
When: Thu, Aug 7, 2014 | 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Latham NY
Cost: Free
Live Band
When: Thu, Aug 7, 2014 until Sun, Aug 10, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Where: Windham Mountain
Cost: FREE
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Festival is returning to Windham Mountain August 7th through 10th. This is an exciting, hire energy event that draws visitors from all over the world and brings professional mountain bikers of Olympic caliber to compete. The weekend consists of professional and amateur racing, kids' races, an outdoor concert and downtown Windham Block Party.
When: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 | 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free
Did you ever wonder what goes on in the barnyard when you aren't looking? Join Carapace Farm Puppetry for an illuminating hour of stories, songs, and silliness that will bring new meaning to the phrase, "Ain't nobody here but us chickens".
When: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free
Six of George Balanchine's finest stars, Maria Tallchief, Mary Ellen Moylan, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley and Darci Kistler pay a moving tribute to the legendary choreographer and describe how he shaped them as dancers and influenced their lives. USA. 1989. 86 minutes
When: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 | 8:15 PM
Where: More Perreca's Italia Kitchen, 33 North Jay Street
Cost: Free
Outdoor movie. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food available. Rain date, Saturday, August 9. "8 ½" won an Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, in director Federico Fellini's finest. Marcello Mastroianni delivers a brilliant performance as Fellini's alter ego Guido Anselmi. The film was one of the most influential and commercially successful European art movies of the 1960s and defines what became known as "Felliniesque!"
When: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 | 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Omi International Arts Center, 59 Letter S Road, Ghent, NY 12075
Cost: Free
With a diverse group of dancers from all over the world, Omi's Open Salons allow residents to share their individual work with the public before exhibiting their collaborative projects later in the month. Taking place in the Studio Barns at Omi.
When: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free
Starting his career as a modern dancer, Jerome Robbins began to appreciate the technique involved in ballet, the two of which he merged in his choreography, especially in musical theater. Features many greats from the worlds of Broadway and the ballet. USA. 2009. 120 minutes
When: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 | 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: Donovan's Shady Harbor Marina
Cost: Free
Donovan's Shady Harbor Marina presents a dazzling summer fireworks show over the Hudson River.
When: Sun, Aug 10, 2014 | 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: 2725 Mariaville Rd, Rotterdam, NY 12306
Have you ever wanted to break a world record? The Guiness Book holds TONS of them, almost too many to choose from! You can be a part of history on August 10 by playing the World's Largest Game of Tag! There's no better way to burn off some calories, relive your childhood, and most importantly-break a world record! Come join the crowd and help rally up the biggest game of tag-EVER.
When: Sun, Aug 10, 2014 | 7:00 PM
Where: Clifton Common Stage
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Modern and classic rock tunes with a “jazzy twist”, with standards by such greats as Bobby Darin, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett (to name a few).
When: Sun, Aug 10, 2014 | 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Where: CT@HB
Cost: Free
Want to learn about Bitcoin and digital currencies? How about winning $10,000 worth of Bitcoins or a 2014 Kia Soul? Come check out the North American Bitcoin Car Giveaway Tour 2014 at CT@HB in Albany - Sponsored by Kryptoz and Bitpages.co
When: Mon, Aug 11, 2014 | 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Colonie High School (Mug) 1 Raider Blvd. Colonie
Colonie Girls Basketball Booster club bottle and can drive.
When: Tue, Aug 12, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Where: PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village
Cost: Free
Follows acclaimed director/choreographer Bill T. Jones for two tumultuous years, as he tackles the most ambitious work of his career, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial. Choreographer's Choice: Jamal Jackson, who introduces the film. USA. 2011. 1 hour 23 minutes
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When: Wed, Aug 13, 2014 | 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Where: Empire State Plaza - 240 STATE ST. ALBANY, NY
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Sample foods from around the region while enjoying live music throughout the day. The Empire State Plaza Food Festival, on August 13th, 2014.
When: Wed, Aug 13, 2014 | 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Green Island Bridge Parking Lot, Downtown Troy, NY
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
From ABC to You Rock My World, no song is forgotten in this electrifying revival of Pop Music's Royal Highness. As the longest running MJ tribute band and the only one that predates his passing, Who's Bad has awed Michael Jackson fans at sold-out shows the world over.
When: Wed, Aug 13, 2014 | 7:00 PM
Where: Freedom Park, Scotia NY
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
August 13, Grand Central Station is coming to Freedom Park. Get ready to dance the night away to this amazing band.
When: Wed, Aug 13, 2014 | 7:00 PM
Where: Clifton Common Stage
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
A fun-filled performance that utilizes drama, music, complex rhythms, and acrobatics. Children, as well as their parents, will enjoy watching and participating along with our three chefs who cook up a fantastic time!
When: Thu, Aug 14, 2014 | 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Hilton Garden Inn
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Plan Ahead Events Of Albany & Saratoga is proud to present the Second Annual TOTAL HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO ON Thursday, August 14th from 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the HILTON GARDEN INN at Clifton Park Center.
When: Fri, Aug 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Huyck Preserve & Biological Research Station
Cost: free
Come meet Olivia Bouler, artist, environmental activist, and author of Olivia's Birds! In collaboration with the Rensselaerville Library and the Rensselaerville Festival of Writers, join us at the research station to meet Olivia, hear her story, and meet live birds with a wildlife rehabilitator!
When: Fri, Aug 15, 2014 | 8:15 PM
Where: More Perreca's Italian Kitchen, 33 North Jay Street, in Schenectady's Little Italy
Cost: Free
Outdoor movie Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food available. Rain date, Saturday, August 16. Filmed on location in Rome, "Roman Holiday" garnered an Academy Award and propelled Audrey Hepburn's status as a star. Hepburn's character, Princess Anne, escapes her royal retainers and scampers incognito through the Eternal City, meets American journalist Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), who, recognizes a hot news story, and pretends not to know who she is. A guided tour of Rome, a few paparazzi type encounters and finally, LOVE!
When: Today until Fri, Dec 12, 2014 | 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: United Church Of Cohoes
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
The United Church of Cohoes has a free meal, open to all people of all backgrounds, and can help provide a hot meal for those who don't have one, as well as some much needed socialization for others.
When: Today until Thu, Dec 31, 2015 | 8:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Where: International Bar & Restaurant (90 Central Avenue)
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
The latest fad is now in Albany. Every Thursday come sing the night away to your favorite song or come enjoy the show while enjoying drinks from our specials. Doors open at 8 PM with FREE admission all night.
When: Today until Wed, Aug 13, 2014 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: various locations
Cost: free
Community Caregivers provides non-medical services that can often keep relatives out of nursing homes and other care facilities for years, just by helping with bills, shopping, errands and transportation to appointments. Let us match you with one of our clients, either for one ride or recurring visits/assistance.
When: Today until Wed, Dec 17, 2014 | 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Geno's on the Avenue, 2197 Central Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12304
Cost: 0.
Weekly Open Mic -Every WEDNESDAY Night - 8-11pm. Bring your vocals, instrument & cords or what have you....Full back line provided. 21+ only.
When: Today until Thu, Oct 30, 2014 | 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: SUNY Plaza
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Get outside and do some shopping! The Farmer's Market is held in downtown Albany every Thursday throughout the summer from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Expect to see baked goods, plant seedlings, fresh fruits and vegetables - and even some funky sauces and condiments. You might even spot the downtown Albany table where you can enter to win a t-shirt, mug, or other great prizes. Check out what the market has this week. Rain or shine.
When: Today until Mon, Sep 1, 2014 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: miSci (museum of innovation and science)
Cost: free with admission
Explore the (impolite) science of the human body. Discover digestion, play with organs, and much more … with interactive games, larger-than-life exhibits and hands-on fun! See why our bodies produce mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly, and stinky gunk. GROSSOLOGY at miSci is sponsored in part by Ellis Medicine. May 17 - September 1, 2014. Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm; 12 - 5 pm, Sunday.
When: Today until Tue, Oct 7, 2014 | 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Where: 916 Western Ave., Albany,New York
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
2014 will be our 3rd year providing the area near the NYS Harriman Office Campus with vendors - offering fresh foods, pastries, cheese, maple syrup, bread, flowers and many other assorted foods (including hot food for dinner) and crafts.
When: Today until Sat, Sep 13, 2014
Where: Empire State Plaza - 240 State Street, Albany, NY
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
The Empire State Plaza will host tons of free, fun events all summer long, June - September. The festivities will include cultural celebrations, family fun, live music & more.
When: Today until Thu, Sep 25, 2014 | 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: 2176 Broadway, Schenectady,NY
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Local farmers produce, berries, plants, fresh eggs, grass fed meats, plants, Music every wk. Promotions, SNAP/EBT accepted. Our vendors for 2014 are: Barber Family Farm, Bella Terra Farm, Broadway Lunch (famous hot dogs), Buhrmaster Fruit and Produce, Napoli Bakery, Soulicious (soul food and barbeque) and There's No Place Like Home (baked Goods)
When: Today until Sat, Sep 27, 2014 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 333 NY 351 Averill Park - Algonquin Middle School Lawn
Cost: Free
Saturday morning Farmers' Market in Poestenkill NY. 20 minutes from Albany. Easy access off Exit 8 of I90. Produce, eggs, Battenkill Dairy milk, artisan breads, baked goods, jewelry. More to be added. Events planned.
When: Today until Sat, Sep 27, 2014 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Algonquin Middle School lawn
Cost: Free
Weekly Farmers' Market - fresh artisan baked goods, fresh eggs & produce, local honey, Battenkill Creamery milk, Argyle Cheese Factory Greek yogurt & cheddar cheese curds, plants, handmade soaps/lotions, pottery, Amish & primitive handcrafts, kettle corn, local maple products, seasonal produce as available, handcrafted jewelry, avon products, and much more coming as the summer progresses!
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When: Today until Thu, Aug 28, 2014 | 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Wiswall Park, downtown Ballston Spa, 39 Front Street
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Enjoy your summer Thursday evenings at the Ballston Spa Free Concerts in the Park Series! Thursday evenings, starting June 26 - August 28, enjoy live music in Wiswall Park in downtown Ballston Spa from 6 -8 p.m.
When: Today until Sun, Aug 3, 2014 | 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: The Photography Center of the Capital District (404 River Street, Troy)
Cost: Free
Award-Winning Underwater Photography comes to the Albany Area!
When: Today until Sun, Aug 3, 2014 | 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Photography Center of the Capital District, 404 River Road, Troy
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Forty underwater photographs by David Hall, from his latest book Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, will be on display at the Photography Center of the Capital District, June 27-August 3. Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri hrs: 5-9pm. Sat-Sun hrs: 12-6pm. Closed Weds.
When: Today until Sun, Sep 28, 2014 | 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: The Arts Center of the Capital Region
Cost: Free
We are barraged with images of people taken to display their best features and enhance their beauty. Conversely, Philip J Palmieri's paintings illustrate the unglamorous human face behind many medical maladies.
When: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 until Thu, Aug 21, 2014 | 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Where: Sorelle Gallery - Stuyvesant Plaza
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Sorelle Gallery Artist Feature: Christine Averill-Green on display August 8 - August 21.

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