Tom PettyAlbany, N.Y. -- Good times just get better in Albany with a full array of super sports, great concerts, terrific theater and fabulous fairs and festivals. The New York Giants return to New York's Capital City for the 15th year for their training camp. In Saratoga Springs, the thoroughbreds take to the historic Saratoga Race Course for the 142nd meet.  At the Times Union Center, the WWE Smackdown is on the calendar while the Tri-City Valley Cats continue their baseball season. For those who like to compete, the 10th Annual Great Hudson River Paddle comes to Albany in August as does the 7th Annual Great Hudson Valley Pedal Bike Tour. There are concerts for everyone to enjoy including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Doc Watson, O.A.R. with Citizen, Counting Crows, Creed, Tom Petty and Adam Lambert. On stage, great theater productions  include Annie Get Your Gun, The Wiz, Damn Yankees, Mame and more. There are a number of fairs and festivals for family fun including The Altamont Fair, African American Family Day, Carama Caribbean Festival, Albany's Latin Festival and the Summer at the Empire State Plaza Food Festival. For the most up-to-date information about these and other special events in New York's Capital City, as well as special overnight packages, visit http://www.albany.org/ New York Giants Football Training Camp at UAlbany 8/1/2010 - 8/30/2010  University at Albany - Uptown Campus 1400 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12222  518) 442-5566 http://www.ualbanysports.com/ Admission: Free For the 15th consecutive year, the New York Giants hold their training camp in the Capital City at UAlbany.    ********************* Thoroughbred Racing Thru 9/6/2010 Open Wednesday through Monday (Not open Tuesday) Saratoga Race Course 267 Union Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 http://www.nyra.com/index_saratoga.html (518) 584-6200 During Racing Season: (518) 584-6200 Gates Open: 11 am Post Time: 1 pm Admission: $3 Grandstand | $5 Clubhouse The 142nd thoroughbred meet presents some of the finest horses, top jockeys and best trainers in the county. ********************* Tri-City Valley Cats Baseball Thru 9/5/2010 Joseph L. Bruno Stadium 80 Vandenburgh Avenue Troy, NY 12180  (518) 629-CATS info@tvcvalleycats.com http://www.tcvalleycats.com/ Times: Home games start at 7 pm. Monday-Friday; Sunday games at 5 pm. Two 6 pm starts (July 4-5) and two 11 am starts (July 19 and Aug. 12) Admission: Varies. The Valley Cats are a Class A affiliates of the Houston Astros, marking their 9th season in Troy. ************************** Annie Get Your Gun Thru 8/15/2010 The Wiz 8/3/2010 - 8/15/2010 Thru 8/15/2010 Park Playhouse Washington Park Albany, NY http://www.parkplayhouse.com/ (518)434-0776 Times: 5:30 pm The Wiz; 8 pm Annie. Admission: Free. Reserved seats available via online donation. Tuesday through Sunday, Broadway theater under the stars in historic Washington Park. ********************* Damn Yankees 8/1/2010  The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc. P.O. Box 204 Chatham, NY 12037  518) 392-9292 machaydn@fairpoint.net http://www.machaydntheatre.org/ Times: Vary Admission: Varies ********************* Sunday Excursion: Brookview Station Winery and Harvest Spirits 8/1/2010 Presented by Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 446 Albany, NY 12201 http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ info@albanyaquaducks.com (518) 462-3825 Time: Departing at 11 am from Harmony House Marketplace, 184-190 Remsen Street, Cohoes Admission: $60 First stop at Brookview Station Winery in Castleton for tasting seven of their wines and lunch. Then on to Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery or tasting of their Core (apple) Vodka and several other spirits. Hands-on lesson in distilling. Price includes souvenir tasting glasses. ************************** 10th Annual Great Hudson River Paddle (Albany to Peekskill) Thru-8/5/2010  Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square   (Corner of Broadway & Clinton Avenue) Albany, NY 12207   (518) 434-0405 accvb@albany.org   http://www.albany.org/  The 10th annual Great Hudson River Paddle, an eight-day, 100+-mile kayaking and camping trip from Albany to Peekskill, is scheduled for July 29 to August 5, 2010. www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us/Trailsandscenicbyways/GHRP.aspx ********************* Doc Watson 8/1/2010  The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org http://www.theegg.org/ Times: 7:30 pm Admission: $34.50 Doc Watson, one of the most admired and imitated traditional country musicians in America, performs his time-honored mix of mountain music, blues and early country music accompanied by guitarist Richard Watson, banjo player David Holt and bassist T. Michael Coleman.  ****************** O.A.R. with Citizen 8/1/2010  Saratoga Performing Arts Center {SPAC} 08 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  (518) 584-9330 media@spac.org  http://www.spac.org/ Time: 7:30 pm Admission: Varies ********************* Chamber Music Festival 8/2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17/2010 The Little Theater Saratoga Performing Arts Center {SPAC} 108 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs, NY 12866   (518) 584-9330 media@spac.org  http://www.spac.org/  A farewell celebration for renowned violinist and Music Director Chantal Juillet who founded the program in 1991. ********************* Duck & Dine at Jack's Oyster House 8/2, 11, 25/2010 Tour of Proctors Theatre and Lunch at Aperitivo 8/27/2010 Presented by the Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 466 Albany, NY 12201 http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ info@albanyaquaducks.com (518) 462-3825 Times: Starting at 5 pm at Jack's, 42-44 State Street, downtown Albany Admission: $50 Take a sunset tour along Hudson River aboard the Aqua Duck and enjoy a three-course meal at Albany's landmark restaurant. ******************* Counting Crows 8/2/2010 Saratoga Performing Arts Center {SPAC} 108 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  518) 584-9330 media@spac.org  http://www.spac.org/ Time: 7:30 pm Admission: Varies *********************** Splash & Lunch by Yono's 8/3&17/2010 Presented by the Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 466 Albany, NY 12201 http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ info@albanyaquaducks.com (518) 462-3825 Time: Duck departs from 54 State Street at 12 Noon. Returns at 1 pm Admission: $25 Adults | Children $21 (includes lunch) Make a splash during lunch time. Board the Duck, enjoy lunch on board and a cruise along the Hudson River. ********************** Hair of the Dog -- Irish Night at the Barn 8/4/2010  Pruyn House 207 Old Niskayuna Road Newtonville, NY 12128  (518) 783-1435 pruynhouse@colonie.org  http://www.pruynhouse.org/ Admission/Donation: Adult $5 | Children12 and under free. ********************* The Philadelphia Orchestra 8/4,5,,6, 7, 11,12.13,14, 18,18,20,21/2010 Saratoga Performing Arts Center {SPAC} 108 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  518) 584-9330 media@spac.org  http://www.spac.org/ Time: All performances at 8 pm Admission: Varies Conductor Charles Dutoit's final season with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center continues the tradition of offering classical work including Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" and "Firebird," and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony ********************** Mame  8/5/2010  - 8/15/2010  The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc. P.O. Box 204 Chatham, NY 12037   (518) 392-9292 machaydn@fairpoint.net  http://www.machaydntheatre.org/  Times: Vary Admission: Varies    ********************* Outdoor Jazz Concerts 8/5, 12, 19, 26/ 2010 Proctors Theatre 432 State Street Schenectady, NY 12305  (518) 382-3884 http://www.proctors.org/ Times: Noon-1:30pm Admission: Free ********************* Alive at  Five 8/5/2010  Riverfront Park at Corning Preserve Presented by the City of Albany Office of Special Events and Volunteer Services City Hall Room 402 Albany, NY 12207   (518) 434-2032 info@albanyevents.org http://www.albanyevents.org/ Time: 5 pm Admission: Free. Featuring Fran Cosmo, the former lead singer of Boston. Also performing, Crossfire ********************* 1st Friday Albany 8/6/2010  Upstate Artists Guild 247 Lark St. Albany, NY 12210  (518) 426-3501 http://1stfridayalbany.org/ Admission: Free. Times: 5pm-9pm Held at various participating locations on the 1st Friday of every month: Upstate Artists Guild {UAG}, Albany Center Gallery {ACG}, Albany Institute of History & Art {AIHA}, Broadway Arts Center, & more... Promoting interest in the arts with numerous gallery openings, one-night shows, local shops, restaurants, & live entertainment ************* Jack & The Beanstalk 8/6/2010  & 8/7/2010  The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc. P.O. Box 204 Chatham, NY 12037  (518) 392-9292 machaydn@fairpoint.net  http://www.machaydntheatre.org/ Time: 10:30 am Admission: $9/General Magic beans lead Jack to an enchanted giant's kingdom. ********************* African American Family Day 8/7/2010  Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12242  (518) 473-0559 Convention.Center@ogs.state.ny.us  http://www.empirestateplaza.org/ Times: 12 Noon - 7pm Admission: Free Celebrate a diverse blend of art, music, culture, and history with performances, food, vendors, and displays.     ********************* Sunday Excursion: Altamont Vineyard & Winery Tour 8/8/2010 Albany Aqua Ducks &Trolleys Albany, NY http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ info@albanyaquaducks.com (518) 462-3825 Time: Departing at 11 am from Harmony House Marketplace, 184-190 Remsen Street, Cohoes Admission: $43 Tastings of fine wines, a boxed lunch and a tour of this vineyard and winery. Wines produced from hand-picked grapes grown on site. ******************** Summer Concert with Folk Balladeer Rich Bala 8/8/2010  Albany County Historical Association at Ten Broeck Mansion 9 Ten Broeck Place Albany, NY 12210-2524  (518) 436-9826 http://www.tenbroeckmansion.org/     Time: 3 pm Admission: Adults $10| Children 12 and under $5.. Folk Balladeer Rich Bala will perform authentic, traditional folk music that weaves a tale of living history about our nation´s people and heritage.     ********************* 7th Annual Great Hudson Valley Pedal Bike Tour  8/10/2010  - 8/15/2010  Presented by Parks and Trails New York 29 Elk Street Albany, NY 12207  518-434-1583 http://www.albany.org/   The Great Hudson Valley Pedal is a six-day, 200-mile bicycle tour from Albany to New York City. For further information on the Great Hudson Valley Pedal, e-mail hudsontour@ptny.org  or visit www.ptny.org/hudsontour. Call 518.434.1583 for information on either tour.      ********************* Sunset River Tour 8/10&28/2010 Presented by Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 446 Albany, NY 12201 http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ info@albanyaquaducks.com (518) 462-3825 Time: Departs from the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at Quackenbush Square at 8 pm Admission: Adults $20 | Children (ages 4-12) $15 Music, Splashdown and sunset cruise along the Hudson River. ********************* Trolley Ride Through Sculpture in the Streets 8/13&24/2010 Presented by Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 446 Albany, NY 12201 http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ info@albanyaquaducks.com (518) 462-3825 Time: Two departures on each scheduled day -- 10 am and 6 pm from the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at Quackenbush Square. Admission: $27 (water and snacks provided) Hop on the Albany Trolley for a narrated tour of Downtown Albany's  Sculpture in the Streets, a 16-piece exhibit by Seward Johnson, noted for his lifelike bronze sculptures. A wonderful adventure, full of surprises. ******************* Antiques Show and Sale  8/13/2010 - 8/15/2010  Adirondack Museum Routes. 28N and 30 Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812   (518) 352-7311 http://www.adirondackmuseum.org/       ********************* The Frog Prince 8/13/2010 - 8/21/2010  The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc. P.O. Box 204 Chatham, NY 12037   (518) 392-9292  machaydn@fairpoint.net   http://www.machaydntheatre.org/  Only a Princess's kiss can break the wicked spell.         ********************* 11th Annual Carama 8/14/2010  Central Park Wright Avenue Schenectady, NY   (518) 382-5152 http://www.carama.org/  Times: Noon - 8:30 pm Admission: Free. Caribbean Cultural Festival, a family-oriented event. Masquerade parade, live entertainment, food, vendors.         ********************* The Altamont Fair 8/17/2010 -- 8/22/2010  Altamont Fairgrounds 29 Grand Street Altamont, NY 12009  (518) 861-6671 info@altamontfair.com  http://www.altamontfair.com/  Times: 11 am - 10 pm The Altamont Fair is a three-county fair representing Albany, Schenectady and Greene counties.           ********************* Summer at the Plaza Food Festival 8/18/2010  Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12242  (518) 474-0538 http://www.empirestateplaza.org/  Times: 11 am-9 pm Admission: Free.  More than 80 food vendors including local, state and ethnic specialties, and wineries. Super 400 and The Smithereens perform. ********************* Showboat  8/19/2010 - 9/5/2010  The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc. P.O. Box 204 Chatham, NY 12037  (518) 392-9292 machaydn@fairpoint.net  http://www.machaydntheatre.org/  Beloved, classic favorite "just keeps rollin´ along." Times: Vary Admission: Varies            ********************* 3rd Annual Taste of Sand Lake 8/19/2010  Sand Lake Center for the Arts 2880 NY 43 Averill Park, NY 12018  (518) 674-2007 info@slca-ctp.org  http://www.slca-ctp.org/  Enjoy a night of celebration! Sample fare from local businesses. Participate in the silent auction. Listen to local musicians. Mingle with friends, old and new.             ********************* River of Stars 8/20/2010  Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square (Corner Broadway & Clinton Avenue)  Albany, NY 12207  (518) 434-0405 accvb@albany.org   http://albany.org/ Times: 10:00 am - 12:15 pm Admission: Adults $20 | Children |$18 Reservations: 518-462-3825  The journey begins in the Henry Hudson Planetarium at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, where you will be transported to the skies! The voyage continues aboard the Albany Aqua Ducks, traveling from land into the mighty, historic Hudson River. ********************* Adam Lambert with Special Guest Allison Iraheta 8/23/2010 Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-3334 http://www.palacealbany.com/ Time: 8 pm Admission: $32.50 Adam Lambert brings his Glam Nation Tour to Albany. ********************* Creed 8/25/2010  Saratoga Performing Arts Center {SPAC} 108 Avenues of the Pines Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  (518) 584-9330 media@spac.org  http://www.spac.org/              ********************* Justin Bieber with Sean Kingston  8/25/2010  Times Union Center 51 South Pearl St Albany, NY 12207  (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com  http://www.timesunioncenter-albany.com/  Admission: TBA.              ********************* Tour of Proctors Theatre and Lunch at Aperitivo 8/27/2010 Presented by the Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 466 Albany, NY 12201 http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ info@albanyaquaducks.com (518) 462-3825 Time: Trolley departs Albany Visitors Center at Quackenbush Square at 10:30 am Admission: $50 Learn about Schenectady's historic theater with a special tour by Richard Feldman. After, enjoy a three-course lunch at from the new menu at Aperitivo Bistro. ******************** Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Crosby, Stills & Nash 8/27/2010  Saratoga Performing Arts Center {SPAC} 108 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  518) 584-9330 media@spac.org  http://www.spac.org/  Time: 7:30 pm              ********************* Tour: "A SOLDIER FROM EVERY WAR" 8/28/2010  St. Agnes Cemetery 48 Cemetery Ave. Menands, NY 12204  518) 463-0134 http://www.rcdacemeteries.org/ Time: 10 am Admission:  $25 Reservations (518) 462-3825 To honor the many veterans who served our country in time of need, St. Agnes Cemetery, in conjunction with the Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys.               ********************* Latin Festival 8/28/2010 Washington Park Madison and New Scotland Avenues Albany, NY (518) 542-7212 http://www.albanyevents.org/ Times: 11 am-6 pm Admission: Free Featuring  local and international Hispanic artists, food and craft vendors. ******************** Big Day Out 8/28/2010 Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 108 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  (518) 584-9330 media@spac.org  http://www.spac.org/  Time: 3:30 pm Admission: Varies Featuring Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Halestorm. ********************* WWE Smackdown 8/31/2010  Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com  http://www.timesunioncenter-albany.com/  Times: 6:45 pm Admission: $17-$67

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