Music festival in Lake George, high school football 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:
Jamming in Lake George
Moe., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Dopapod are heading to Lake George this weekend for the Adirondack Independence Music Festival.
This three-day multi-band festival, held for the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons, features a mix of jam and rock from more than 20 bands.
Music at the Festival Commons will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday, with music non-stop on two side-by-side stages until 11 p.m. each evening. There will also be food and drink vendors. One-day tickets start at $70 and three-day tickets start at $190. For more information, visit

High School Football Kick Off
While some teams won’t be in action until next weekend, for many Capital Region secondary school football teams, the season will open with “week zero” matches on Friday or Saturday. There are a number of matchups between local rivals, but the biggest event of the weekend is Friday’s Upstate vs. Downstate challenge at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany. The triple match will consist of Averill Park vs. Middletown at 2:45 p.m., Colonie vs. Eastchester at 5:30 p.m., and Niskayuna vs. Washingtonville at 7:45 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics.

In Vogue in Schenectady
On Saturday, R&B group En Vogue will perform at the Event Center at the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, performing hits like “Free Your Mind” and “Never Gonna Get It.” Known for their vocal harmonies, En Vogue reunited in 1989 and rose to fame with “Hold On,” which reached number one on the dance and R&B/hip-hop charts.
The band’s lineup includes Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron-Braggs and Rhona Bennett. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $50. For more information, visit

Music and more
The Fonda Fair continues through Labor Day at the Fonda Fairgrounds. The program is filled with tractor pulls, demo derbies, animal shows and live music.
Country group Big Sky is scheduled to play from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at the Kane Entertainment Building. Skeeter Creek is next Saturday and Vegas Crush completes the weekend on Sunday.
The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. General admission is $12 per person, with seniors 62 and older admitted for $5 on Fridays. Admission is $2 for children ages 6-11 and free for children under 6. Parking fees are $5.

ring of fire
As part of a long-standing tradition, the waterfront property owners of Great Sacandaga Lake will be lighting up the night sky this weekend.
The annual Ring of Fire event will take place on Monday. As night falls, people will build campfires of varying sizes and light them along the shores of the lake, creating a ring.
It’s a tradition that dates back decades and is often seen as a sign of the end of summer as families prepare to get back into the rhythm of work and school life.

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