Saratoga County Fair, NipperFest in Schenectady, Baha Men at Caroga among top picks – Weekend Plans

Emma Zakrzewski, 9, of Corinth, holds food in her hand as Jonathan Wood holds onto Vinny, a yellow-headed vulture outside the Extreme Raptors tent Tuesday  at the Saratoga County Fair.

Emma Zakrzewski, 9, of Corinth, holds food in her hand as Jonathan Wood holds onto Vinny, a yellow-headed vulture outside the Extreme Raptors tent Tuesday  at the Saratoga County Fair.

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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:

Saratoga Hard Seltzer & Daiquiri Fest

The Hard Seltzer & Daiquiri Festival will be returning to Saratoga Springs this weekend. Described as “part bar hop, part summer cocktail celebration,” the event will feature eight bars and restaurants, giveaways and live music and DJs. Participating establishments include Night Owl, Tap & Barrel, Icehouse and Dango’s. Attendees will be able to enjoy $6 Albany Distilling Company vodka soda, $6 Truly vodka soda, $6 Whiteclaw vodka soda and $6 Wild Don Q Rum frozen daiquiri specials.

The Hard Seltzer & Daiquiri Fest will be held this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Saratoga Springs. This is a 21 years of age and older event. Tickets are on sale at and attendees are required to register and receive wristbands at Night Owl between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. the day of the fest.

Baha Men in Caroga Lake

Baha Men, the Bahamian junkanoo band, will be joining this year’s Caroga Lake Music Festival this Saturday. Best known for their Grammy Award-winning song, “Who Let the Dogs Out,” the group will perform at Sherman’s Park along with Balla Kouyaté and Mike Block Band. In honor of their early-2000’s hit, Caroga Lake will direct $1 of every ticket sold to the Fulton County Regional SPCA to help animals in need.

The concert will take place at Sherman’s Park in Caroga Lake this Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at starting at $25. Students and concertgoers under 17 years of age can attend for free.

NipperFest Music and Arts Festival in Schenectady

NipperFest Music and Arts Festival will be returning for its second year this Saturday in Schenectady. The event will feature over a dozen Capital Region performers on two stages at Central Park. The day will be headlined by Jocelyn & Chris Arndt and supported by acts like Angelina Valente, Brule Country Bad Boys and The Sugar Hold.

Festivalgoers will also be able to explore the works of local vendors and artists at The Barn, eat at half a dozen food trucks and play frisbee or swim.

NipperFest will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Music Haven in Central Park on Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.

Saratoga County Fair

The Saratoga County Fair will be enjoying its final few days this weekend. Through Sunday, the annual event features a wide variety of activities from classic amusement park rides to demolition derbies to animal shows. Fair food will also be available to enjoy, including fried dough, fried Oreos and sausage sandwiches. Skeeter Creek, Jukebox Rebellion and The Down Home Boys featuring Dona Federico are also slated to perform during these last days.

The Saratoga County Fair will take place at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds & Expo Center in Ballston Spa. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online at

New York City Ballet at SPAC

The New York City Ballet will be closing out its SPAC residency this weekend with three final performances. The ensemble will perform Swan Lake, Fancy Free & Firebird at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the ballet will also perform Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” “Billy the Kid,” “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo” in collaboration with painter and sculptor Jeffrey Gibson.

Tickets are available online at starting at $25 plus fees.

By Kristina Handy

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