Guns N' Roses, The Ultimates, Scottish Games among top picks
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Guns N' Roses, The Ultimates, Scottish Games among top picks

Jun 20, 2023

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:

Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose, left, and Slash perform in 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

Guns N’ Roses and Noah Kahan at SPAC

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center will be presenting two big shows this weekend.

On Friday, hard rock band Guns N’ Roses will take the stage as part of their North American tour. They will be joined by Los Angeles rock band Dirty Honey. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. at the venue’s Amphitheater.

Folk-pop singer-songwriter Noah Kahan is slated to perform on Saturday as part of the tour for his most recent album, “Stick Season.” His performance will be preceded by pop singer Ruston Kelly. The concert will start at 8 p.m.

Tickets for Guns N’ Roses start at $69.70 and at $79.90 for Noah Kahan. They can be purchased online at

The Ultimates and Fireworks at Caroga Lake

Kick off the Labor Day weekend with music and a fireworks show at Sherman’s Park in Caroga Lake this weekend. The night will begin with a performance by The Ultimates, a Capital Region-based party band that performs rock and pop hits from artists like Ed Sheeran, Tom Petty and more. Following the concert, attendees will be able to enjoy a fireworks show, provided by Majestic Fireworks.

The event will take place at the Pavilion at Sherman’s Park on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased online at $1 of every ticket sold will be donated to the Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Company. Students and children aged 17 and under can attend for free.

Scottish Games

The Capital District Scottish Games will return to the Altamont Fairgrounds this weekend. The day-long event aims to celebrate Scottish culture and arts with traditional music, athletics, food and more. There will even be a Scottish Breed Dog Show. The festival, which has been celebrated in Scotland and beyond for centuries, is expected to draw thousands of attendees. The weekend’s live entertainment lineup includes Enter the Haggis, The McKrells and Kilted Colin.

The Capital District Scottish Games will take place this Saturday from 8 a.m to 6 p.m. and is a family-friendly event. Tickets and the event schedule can be found online at

Jersey Boys

The Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham will be closing its production of “Jersey Boys” this weekend. The jukebox musical, with songs like “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Oh What a Night…,” follows the formation, success and breakup of the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll group The Four Seasons.

Shows will run on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham. Tickets can be purchased online at Due to profanity and violence, the show is recommended for those 13 years and older.

Schaghticoke and Fonda fairs

Fair season continues in the Capital Region as the Schaghticoke Fair and Fonda Fair run through the weekend.

The Schaghticoke Fair will run through Sept. 5 and will feature livestock exhibitions, arts and crafts vendors and entertainment from groups like North & South Dakotas and the Mountain Gators Band.

The Fonda Fair will also have plenty of family-friendly activities, such as demolition derbies, tractor pulls and a rodeo. It will run through Sept. 4.Tickets and schedule information for each fair can be found at or