FREE FOR ALL: This Weekend

July 24th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

Low on dough? All tapped out? Wallet empty? No problem around Nippertown. Here’s a round-up of some fun things to do this weekend that won’t cost you a dime…

TODAY (FRIDAY, JULY 24)

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off to Saratoga, various locations, Saratoga Springs. Featuring the Legato Blues Band, Kings English, Erin Harkes, George Fletcher$ Foldin’ Money and the Racing City Chorus. 7pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Commander Cody & His Modern Day Airmen @ River Front Park, Athens. 7pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Rosary Beard @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The UpBeat On the Roof concert series continues with acoustic guitar instrumentals by Hunter Sagehorn and Matthew Loiacono. 7pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: The Ruddys @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Spiritual Rez @ Shepard Park, Lake George. With Houde & Hofmanis. 4pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Grand Central Station @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm.

MUSIC: Marty Wendell & His Tour Band @ American Legion Post 490, Stillwater. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: The Back 40 Band @ Canal Square, Cohoes. 6:30pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

THEATER: “Romeo & Juliet” @ the First Street Common, Pittsfield. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s timeless and tragic tale of star-crossed lovers stars 17-year-old Joey LaBrasca and 18-year-old Fiona Barnett-Mulligan. 8pm. Through August 2.

MUSIC: The Ameros @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. With Jefferson James. 9pm.

MUSIC: Sonny & Perley @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm.

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SATURDAY (JULY 25)
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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off to Saratoga, various locations, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Fenimore Blues, Kings English, the Hot Club of Saratoga, Lost Wages and the Racing City Chorus. 7pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Jocelyn Arndt @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. 7pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Stockade Kids @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

FESTIVAL: CanalFest @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. A celebration of all things Erie Canal-related, including storytelling with Alden Doolittle, music by Cosby Gibson and Mark Baptiste, games, crafts, vendors, tastings, blacksmithing, cooking demonstrations, tours of the historic Mabee house and the grand opening of the ne exhibit “unLocked: Discovering the Erie Canal in Schenectady.” And free ice cream sundaes, too. 11am-4pm.

MUSIC: Shinobi Ninja @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm.

THEATER: “Romeo & Juliet” @ the First Street Common, Pittsfield. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s timeless and tragic tale of star-crossed lovers stars 17-year-old Joey LaBrasca and 18-year-old Fiona Barnett-Mulligan. 8pm. FREE. Through August 2.

MUSIC: Al Bruno @ Powers Park, Troy. 6pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

READING: Poets in the Park @ the Robert Burns Statue in Washington Park, Albany. Featuring Alison Koffler and Dayl Wise. 7pm. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of readings…

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SUNDAY (JULY 26)
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MUSIC: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba @ the Music Haven in Central Park, Schenectady. Mali’s Bassekou Kouyate is a true master of the ngoni, an ancient West African lute. In addition to leading his own dynamic band, he has sparkled alongside other musical
luminaries such as Paul McCartney, Bela Fleck, Taj Mahal, Toumani Diabate and Ali Farka Toure. With Baye Kouyate & les Tougarakes. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Whitewater @ North Greenbush Town Hall Gazebo, Wynantskill. 6pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Route Fifty 5 @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

THEATER: “Romeo & Juliet” @ the First Street Common, Pittsfield. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s timeless and tragic tale of star-crossed lovers stars 17-year-old Joey LaBrasca and 18-year-old Fiona Barnett-Mulligan. 8pm. FREE. Through August 2.

MUSIC: Sonny & Perley @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. With bassist Lou Pappas. 7pm.

FILM: “Brave” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. 10:30am & 12:30pm. FREE.

MORE REAL GOOD FOR FREE EVENTS FOR 2015
VARIOUS DAYS
Hats Off to Saratoga @ various locations, Saratoga Springs (Friday & Saturday, July 24 & 25 at 7pm)
Medicare’s 50th Anniversary Celebration featuring Peter Yarrow @ Canal Square, Cohoes (Thursday, July 30 at 12noon)
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Jennings Landing, Albany (Saturday, September 12 at 1pm)
Pearlpalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany (Saturday, September 12 at 1pm)
Freedom Park Concert Series @ Freedom Park, Scotia (various days @ 7pm)
Inside/Out Performances @ Jacob’s Pillow, Becket (various days at 6:15pm)
Summer NYS Writers Institute Reading Series @ Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs (various days at 8pm)
MONDAYS
Dana Park Concert Series @ Dana Park, Albany (Mondays at 7pm)
Pine Hills Concert Series @ Elks Lodge Lawn, Albany (Mondays at 7pm)
Rotterdam Summer Concert Series @ Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center Lawn, Rotterdam (Mondays at 7pm)
TUESDAYS
Summer Concert Series @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown (Tuesdays at 6pm)
Cook Park Concert Series @ Cook Park, Colonie, (Tuesdays at 6:30pm)
Brunswick Summer Concert Series @ Brunswick Family Center, Troy (Tuesdays at 6:30pm)
Music On Main Street @ NBT Bank Lawn, Canajoharie (Tuesdays at 7pm)
Music in the Park @ Town Park, Stony Creek (Tuesdays at 7pm)
WEDNESDAYS
Made in the Shade of The Egg @ Empire State Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays at 12noon)
Rockin’ On the River @ Green Island Bridge Parking Lot/Riverside Park, Troy (Wednesdays at 5pm)
Capital Concert Series @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays at 5pm)
Green Island Gazebo Concert Series @ River Park, Green Island (Wednesdays at 6pm)
Music in the Park @ North End Firehouse Lawn, Rensselaer (Wednesdays at 6pm)
Live On the Lake @ Burbank Park, Pittsfield (Wednesdays at 6pm)
Summer Concert Series @ Windsor Lake, North Adams (Wednesdays at 6:30pm)
Sharon Springs Summer Concert Series @ the Chalybeate Park Pavilion, Sharon Springs (Wednesdays at 7pm)
Evenings On the Green @ Bethlehem Public Library Lawn, Delmar (Wednesdays at 7pm)
Summer Music Series @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush (Wednesdays at 7pm)
Lake George Arts Project’s Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Wednesdays at 7:30pm)
THURSDAYS
Kids’ Summer Series @ Barker Park, Troy (Thursdays at 11am)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (Thursday at 12noon)
Alive at Five @ Jennings Landing in the Corning Preserve, Albany (Thursdays at 5pm)
Evenings On the Green @ Coeymans Landing Park Gazebo, Coeymans (Thursdays at 6pm)
Concerts in the Park @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa (Thursdays at 6pm)
The Crossings Summer Concert Series @ the Crossings of Colonie, Colonie (Thursdays at 6:30pm)
The Schaghticoke Summer Concert Series @ the Schaghticoke Town Hall Lawn, Melrose (Thursdays at 6:30pm)
Music in the Park @ Dutchmans Landing, Catskill (Thursdays at 7pm)
Guilderland Performing Arts Center Concert Series @ Tawasentha Park, Guilderland (Thursdays at 7:30pm)
FRIDAYS
Fridays at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Fridays at 4pm)
Canal Square Concert Series @ Canal Square, Cohoes (Fridays at 6:30pm)
UpBeat On the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (Fridays at 7pm)
Music at Sunset Concert Series @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson (Fridays at 7pm)
Athens Summer Concert Series @ River Front Park, Athens (Fridays at 7pm)
SATURDAYS
Powers Park Concert Series @ Powers Park, Troy (Sundays at 6pm)
Riverlink Summer Concert Series @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays at 7pm)
Poets in the Park @ Washington Park’s Robert Burns Statue, Albany (Saturdays at 7pm)
SUNDAYS
North Greenbush Summer Concert Series @ North Greenbush Town Hall Gazebo, Wynantskill (Sundays at 6pm)
The Music Haven Concert Series @ the Music Haven in Central Park, Schenectady (Sundays at 7pm)