In Schenectady's Central Park, the Capital District Caribbean American, African Alliance Inc. will hold a free festival Saturday, Aug. 11, from noon to 8:30 p.m. The festival is the Alliance's main event of the year and highlights Caribbean and African culture and heritage.
Also on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. residents can enjoy bird watching at Niskayuna's Lock 7. Bird experts from the state Department of Environmental Conservation's Five Rivers Environmental Education Center will staff a viewing station to help patrons spot and identify local birds.
At night, resident can enjoy BLOTTO in concert at Freedom Park in Scotia at 7 p.m. on Saturday and the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company Sunday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. The Freedom Park stage is an outdoor venue, so bring lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray.