albany-logo-new.JPGAlbany, N.Y. - September  is a month filled with fabulous festivals in and around New York's Capital City. There's great music on the banks of the Hudson as the City of Albany hosts its annual Jazz Fest. At the Empire State Plaza, it's time for the Hannaford Hispanic Heritage Celebration. The Altamont Fairgrounds is the site for the annual Scottish Games. At the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, the 14th Annual Irish 2000 Festival takes place, featuring Great Big Sea and Irish tenor John McDermott. The 29th Annual Iroquois Indian Festival is on the grounds of the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave.  At St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church in Albany, it's time for the Annual Souvlaki Fest. And, LarkFest has hundreds of vendors and five stages of entertainment in the heart of Albany. On stage, the Palace features Diana Ross, Jackson Browne with David Lindley and The Dark Star Orchestra recreating the Grateful Dead experience. NickelBack and Yo Gabba Gabba appear at the Times Union Center. The Half Moon -- the replica of the ship that Henry Hudson sailed from Holland to discover Albany 401 years ago -- will be open for public tours. And,   the Hudson River Ramble has a wealth of experiences for all to enjoy. For more information about these and other special events in Albany, as well as information about special overnight packages, visit http://www.albany.org/. Showboat  Thru 9/5/2010  Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc., The Chatham, NY 12037   (518) 392-9292 machaydn@fairpoint.net  http://www.machaydntheatre.org/  Beloved classic favorite "just keeps rollin´ along." Romance, laughter, and great music by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. "  ************************ Saratoga Race Course Thru 9/6/2010   Location: Saratoga Race Course 267 Union Ave  Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  http://www.nyra.com/index_saratoga.html  ************************ Forever Plaid Thru 9/12/10 Proctors Theatre 432 State Street Schenectady, NY 12305 (518)346-6204 http://www.proctors.org/ Times: Vary Admission: Varies ************************ September in the City Art Fair Wednesdays  9/1/2010 - 9/29/2010  West Capitol Park Presented by: 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/ Admission: Free   Musical entertainment and art exhibits by local artists.   ************************ Yo Gabba Gabba Live! 9/2/2010   Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com  http://www.timesunioncenter-albany.com/ Times:  2 pm and 5 pm Admission: $29.50, $39.50  ************************** 1st Friday Albany 9/3/2010 Starting at the Upstate Artists Guild 247 Lark Street Albany, NY 12207 1stfriday@upstateartistsguild.org http://www.1stfridayalbany.org/ Times: 5 pm-9 pm Admission: Free Hop on the Albany Trolley to visit a variety of arts venues in Albany. ******************** 29th Annual Iroquois Indian Festival 9/4/2010 - 9/5/2010  Iroquois Indian Museum Caverns Road Howes Cave, NY 12092   (518) 296-8949 info@iroquoismuseum.org  http://www.iroquoismuseum.org/  ********************* Fire Dog Aboard 9/4/2010-9/5/2010 Albany Aqua Ducks Departing from Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center Corner Broadway and Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207 (518) 462-3825 info@albanyaquaducks.com http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ Times: Vary Admission: Varies Tour Albany by land and water with everyone's favorite Fire Dog on board. ********************** Capital District Scottish Games  9/5/2010 - 9/6/2010  Altamont Fairgrounds 129 Grand Street Altamont, NY 12009  (518) 861-6671 info@altamontfair.com http://www.altamontfair.com/   http://www.scotgames.com/  *********************** Kids' Back Pack Giveaway Day 9/6/2010 Albany Aqua Ducks Departing from Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center Corner Broadway and Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207 (518) 462-3825 info@albanyaquaducks.com http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ Times: Vary Admission: Varies Just in time for back to school, children aboard the Albany Aqua Ducks receive a free back pack with paid admission. ************************** Jackson Browne with David Lindley  9/7/2010  Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 http://www.palacealbany.com/ Times: 7:30 PM Admission: Tickets are $80, $70 & $60  ************************ Annual Rustic Fair 9/10/2010 - 9/11/2010  Adirondack Museum Routes 28N and 30 Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812   (518) 352-7311 http://www.adirondackmuseum.org/ Times:  Sept. 6, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sept. 7, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The largest gathering of fine rustic furniture and furnishings in the Northeast.  ********************** Bye Bye Birdie 9/10/2010 - 9/19/2010 Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc., The Chatham, NY 12037   (518) 392-9292 machaydn@fairpoint.net  http://www.machaydntheatre.org/ Take a trip back to the ´50s when a teen idol meets his biggest bobby-soxer fan for One Last Kiss before he goes into the Army.  ******************** Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival  9/11/2010   Presented by: 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/ Admission:  Free Cool water and hot jazz at the Riverfront Amphitheater for one incredible day of music!  Featuring John Scofield Jazz Quartet, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Somi, Troika.  *********************** 11th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble (Weekends only)  9/11/2010 - 9/26/2010  Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square (Corner of Broadway & Clinton Avenue) Albany, NY 12207   (518) 434-0405 accvb@albany.org  http://albany.org/ Times: 11th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble has been scheduled for the last three weekends in September: 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26, 2010!  Over 200 exciting events are being offered including hikes, bikes, walks, historic site tours, festivals, paddles and river explorations. To discover all of the Ramble events offered this year, contact   Hudson River Valley Greenway Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (518) 473-3835 Fax: (518) 473-4518 beth.campochiaro@hudsongreenway.state.ny.us  http://www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us/  | http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/   *************************** Carolina Chocolate Drops with Guy Davis  9/12/2010  The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-1064 info@theegg.org  http://www.theegg.org/ Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $24 ******************** Diana Ross: Greatest Hits Tour  9/15/2010  Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 http://www.palacealbany.com/ Times: 8 pm Admission: Tickets are $119.50, $89.50, $79.50, $59.50 ************************ 14th Annual Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival 9/17/2010 & 9/18/2010 Saratoga County Fairgrounds 162 Prospect Street Ballston Spa, NY 12020 1-888-414-3378 info@irish2000fest.com http://www.irish2000fest.com/ Time: 9/17 from 5 pm to 11 pm; 9/18 from 11 am to 11 pm Admission: $20 at the gate. One of the top 5 Irish festivals in the nation. Featuring Great Big Sea, John McDermott, Gaelic Storm, Screaming Orphans, Enter the Haggis, Seven Nations, Young Dubliners and more. Food, crafts, dancing, Celtic Kids play area. ************************** The Half Moon & New Netherland Museum  Arrives 9/17/10 at 12 Noon Open for public tours 9/19, 9/25 and 9/26 Water Pumping Station at Corning Preserve Albany, NY 12201   (518) 443-1609 info@newnetherland.org  http://www.newnetherland.org/  Times: Tours from 10 is to 4 pm Admission: Admission is charged.  Reproduction of the ship that Henry Hudson sailed from Holland to the New World in 1609.  ********************** Hudson River Valley - South End Ramble  9/18/2010   Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site 32 Catherine Street Albany, NY 12202  (518) 434-0834 http://www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/33/details.aspx Time: 10 am to 12 Noon; 12:30 pm As part of the 11th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble, Schuyler Mansion will offer a free walking tour of Albany's historic South End. Led by City Historian Tony Opalka.  At 12:pm. Tour of the Albany Public Library's Howe Branch follows walking tour. ****************** Hannaford Hispanic Heritage Celebration 9/18/2010    Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12242   (518) 474-0538 http://empirestateplaza.org/ Times: 3 pm to 6 pm  Admission:  Free Join the Capital Region Latino Parade as it winds its way into the Plaza to begin a day-long celebration kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month. **************** Dinosaurs Alive! 9/18/2010 - 9/26/2010 Proctors Theatre 432 State Street Schenectady, NY 12305 (518) 382-3884 groupsales@proctors.org http://www.proctors.org/ Times: Vary Admission: Adults, $8 | Children (17 and under) $7 A global adventure of science and discovery. ******************* Fall Northeast Art and Craft Show at the Empire State Plaza 9/21/2010 - 9/23/2010   Organized by Northeast Show Promoters 12 Avis Dr Latham, NY 12110   (518) 786-1529  neshowpro@aol.com  http://www.northeastshowpro.com/  ***************** NickelBack 9/22/2010   Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com  http://www.timesunioncenter-albany.com/ Time: 6:15 pm Admission: Varies.  ***************** Annual Souvlaki Fest   9/24/2010 - 9/25/2010  St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church and Community Center 440 Whitehall Rd Albany, NY 12208   (518) 489-4442 stsophia@nycap.rr.com  http://www.stsophia.net/  **************** Acoustic Eidolon 9/24/2010 Old Songs Community Arts Center 27 South Main Street Voorheesville, NY 518-765-2815 oldsongs@oldsongs.org http://www.oldsongs.org/ ******************* Mark Morris Dance Group 9/24/2010 The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12222 (518)473-1064 info@theegg.org http://www.theegg.org/ Time: 8 pm Admission: Adult, $36 | Senior, $32 | Child, $18 Choreographer Mark Morris invents lush, expressive movement for his company performing to live music by Chopin Barber and Gershwin. *********************** LarkFEST! 9/25/2010   Organized by Lark Street BID 245 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210  518-434-3861 marys@larkstreet.org  http://www.larkstreet.org/ Times: 10 am-5:30 pm LarkFEST is New York´s largest one-day street festival celebrating the heart of Albany. The event hosts hundreds of vendors, 5 stages of music and entertainment, the Family Zone for kids of all ages, and national headlining music acts. **************** Dark Star Orchestra: Recreating the Grateful Dead Experience  9/25/2010  Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 http://www.palacealbany.com/ Times: 7:30 pm Admission: $31.00  ************************ Rhythm International Concert Series 9/26/2010-11/5/2010 The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12222 (518)473-1064 info@theegg.org http://www.theegg.org/ Series opens with Sol y Canto -- the Latin music sextet -- joined by the Sweet Plantain String Quartet. ************************ Hudson River Bike Adventure: Hudson River Valley Ramble  9/26/2010  Corning Preserve Boat Launch Coordinated by Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square  (Corner of Broadway & Clinton Avenue) Albany, NY 12207   (518) 434-0405 accvb@albany.org http://albany.org/ Times: 1 pm - 3 pm Explore the edge of the Hudson River guided by a naturalist educator.

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