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THURSDAY

Adirondack Lobster and Crab Festival

LAKE GEORGE — The Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center will host the Adirondack Lobster and Crab Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 48 Canada St. The all-you-can-eat buffet includes steamed lobster, soft-shell clams, snow crab claw clusters, grilled medallions of beef and kielbasa. The buffet sides include clam chowder, corn on the cob, coleslaw, salt potatoes and watermelon. Drawn butter, lemons, cocktail sauce and tartar sauce will be provided. Meals cost $69.95. Reservations are required. Call 518-964-6628 for reservations.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MONDAY

Adirondack Independence Music Festival

LAKE GEORGE — The Funky Dawgz Brass Band will perform a free show with Capital Zen in Shepard Park to kick off the 2018 Adirondack Independence Music Festival from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday on Canada Street. The festival will continue Saturday and Sunday.

The evening will start with the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and Capital Zen performing at 6 p.m. in Shepard Park, followed by Sophistafunk and Half Step at King Neptune's Pub at 9:30 p.m.

The Funky Dawgz Brass Band is one of the premier touring acts on the live music scene today. Emerging from Connecticut, these young men have engulfed the spirit and traditions of New Orleans as well as earned the respect from local musicians who grew up and reside in the city.

Capital Zen has swept the scene with innovative riffs and challenging compositions. With a wide spectrum of inspiration, Capital Zen’s roots tap everything from Jazz to Punk, Prog to Classical, Metal to Blues, along with many other stops in between.

Twiddle and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will headline at the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons on Saturday and Sunday. The two-day, multi-band event will feature several of the premiere touring bands currently on the festival circuit, including headliners Twiddle and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, each of whom will perform two sets at this year’s festival.

The two-day festival will feature music across two alternating main stages at the festival commons from 1 to 11 p.m., with late-night sets taking place at King Neptune’s (just a short walk up the lake) until 3 a.m. Admission to the late-nights sets is free to festival attendees 21-plus. The festival will wrap up with a free “Last Chance Beach Party” at Shepard Park from 1 to 6 p.m. featuring Shu, Hartley’s Encore and multi-instrumentalist Rich Ortiz.

Tickets to the festival are just $80 in advance for weekend tickets and $45 for day tickets. There is also a special VIP option available, which includes admission to both days of the festival, a buffet dinner each night, free snacks, half-priced adult beverages, $1 water/soft drinks, a private viewing area (with private bar) and access to private bathrooms. For more information, visit www.adkmusicfest.com.

FRIDAY

‘Hamiltunes,’ an American singalong at The Park Theater

GLENS FALLS — The Park Theater will host “Hamiltunes,” an American singalong, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 14 Park St. “Hamiltunes” gives fans of the musical “Hamilton” an opportunity to sing the part of one of their favorite characters onstage before a live audience. Some of the best local talent has been gathered to sing the character “roles,” and there will be lots of singalong opportunities for the audience. “Hamiltunes” has been officially endorsed by the producers of “Hamilton: An American Musical.”

There is a suggested donation of $10. For more information, go to www.parktheatergf.com.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY

Docent Tours at The Hyde

GLENS FALLS — Join The Hyde Collection’s docent for a tour of the museum's permanent collection or exhibitions at 1 and 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at 161 Warren St. The tour is free with museum admission. Call 518-792-1761, ext. 350, to confirm availability.

SATURDAY, SUNDAY

Family Savings Weekend at Gore Mountain

NORTH CREEK — Gore Mountain will host a Family Savings Weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 793 Peaceful Valley Road. Kids 19 and younger can enjoy unlimited activities for just $20 per person, per day. This includes scenic gondola rides, bounce inflatables, climbing structures, bungee trampoline, mini golf and more.

Parents can get a $14 gondola ride while kids are participating in the promotion.

Enjoy lunch on the spacious patio; save 40 percent on all kids' menu items for ages 15 and younger at the Open Pit Grille.

FRIDAY

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

HARTFORD — The Hartford Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 8118 state Route 40. Doors open at 6 p.m. Hartford’s own musical sensation, The Bluebillies, with open the show at 6:30 p.m. The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band featuring Leroy Troy will take the floor at 7:45 p.m.

Food and beverages will be available. For information and $20 tickets, call Chris Jones at 518-632-5326. All profits will benefit the Hartford Volunteer Fire Company. 

SATURDAY

Billy Wylder at The Park Theater

GLENS FALLS — The Park Theater will host Billy Wylder at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 14 Park St. From the front lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem, the Sahel Desert to Carnegie Hall, music has been the source of strength for Billy Wylder.

The band features Avi Salloway joined by an inspired cast of singular artists who have performed across five continents, including concerts at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. From 2013-16, Salloway toured the globe with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar hero from Niger, Africa.

The music weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert: think Andrew Bird meets Ali Farka Toure, Pete Seeger and the Talking Heads. Mother Earth is at its center, surrounded by stories of love, conflict, change and dreams.

Tickets cost $17 to $20. For more information, go to www.parktheatergf.com.

SATURDAY

Ernest LaRouche at The Strand

HUDSON FALLS — Ernie LaRouche and friends will perform a concert of music by Boston, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Bryan Adams and Styx at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Strand Theater, 210 Main St. General admission is $12. For more information, go to www.mystrandtheater.org.

SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MONDAY

Heroic Corn Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure

TICONDEROGA — Explore Fort Ticonderoga’s six-acre corn maze from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 102 Fort Ti Road. Get lost in this life-size puzzle and use knowledge of Fort Ticonderoga's history to guide you through towering corn stalks. The maze is divided into two phases so you can customize your experience. 

The Heroic Corn Maze is part of your Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket. For more information, go to www.fortticonderoga.org.

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