Music festival in Saratoga, Grout run in Schenectady among top picks – The Daily Gazette

There’s no shortage of things to do in the Capital Region, whether you’re looking for live music, films, theatre, games or festivals.

If you need some ideas for your weekend plans, we’ve rounded up some of the best bets around.

Here’s an overview of what’s going on:
Music festival at the SPAC
Summer may be in the rearview mirror, 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 world 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 due to perform on Sunday.
No tickets or reservations are required. Participants can bring chairs and blankets. For more information and a full schedule, visit

Union drops the puck
A new era for Union men’s hockey begins on Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Dutch host RIT at Messa Rink.
It’s the first game for new head coach Josh Hauge, who takes over after Union’s tumultuous 2021-22 season which saw the program go 14-19-4 while the longtime head coach Rick Bennett – who led the Dutch to the 2014 NCAA Championship – resigned mid-season following allegations and an investigation into his coaching style and practices.
There won’t be too many chances to see Union at the start of the season, as the team plays eight of its first 11 games on the road.

Both 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 be offering $2 wing samples. Entrants can vote for their favorites via A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
The Schenectady Wing Walk runs from noon to 5 p.m. Participating downtown restaurants serve sample specialty wings to ticket holders. The popular event sold out earlier this week.

grout stroke
Schenectady Central Park will once again host one of its biggest annual events on Saturday morning as one of upstate New York’s largest and oldest high school cross-country races, the ET Grout Memorial Cross Country Invitational, is on the morning and afternoon schedule.
There are 12 races on the schedule, starting with the Modified Boys at 9 a.m., but the main varsity racing action on the 2.75-mile course is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., first with Division C (small school), then Division I and II (big school) racing simultaneously.

Rock (and skate) in Lake George
The first Wild in the Trees Music & Skate Festival kicks off Saturday at Lake George Skate Plaza (17 W. Brook Rd). The two-day event brings together indie, punk and jam bands from across 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 skateboard competitions. The event is a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Capital Region. General admission is $20. It operates from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit

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