From strawberries to heavy metal music, there’s a ton going on this weekend in the north country. And, since Sunday is Father’s Day, you shouldn’t need any more reason to take the family out for live music, festival food or outdoor fun.
1) A great option for Father’s Day, the Tug Hill Bluegrass Festival is taking Lowville by storm this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Maple Ridge Center. The festival has an impressive lineup of bands this year, including the Atkinson Family, the Spinney Brothers, Doyle Lawson and Lost Time. Weekend passes are $60 and day rates are $30 Friday, $35 Saturday and a free-will donation Sunday. A Father’s Day chicken barbecue will conclude the weekend on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. For more information and a complete lineup, visit www.tughillbluegrass.com.
2) Nothing says summer quite like a delicious, ripe strawberry. Head to the Annual Strawberry Festival held at Sixtown Meetinghouse in Adams today from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to strawberries and numerous variations of strawberry-infused desserts, you can also enjoy a bake sale, chicken barbecue, craft sale and silent auction. The Meetinghouse is located at 33 E. Church St.
3) If you’re in the mood for live music at a good price, check out Drowning Pool tonight at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds Arena in Watertown. Drowning Pool, a heavy metal quartet hailing from Texas, released its fifth studio album this year and is known for its support of the military, having toured Kuwait, Iraq, Korea and Guantanamo Bay. The show, which starts at 6:30 p.m. (doors 6 p.m.) will also feature Eye Empire, Even the Dead Love a Parade, Exilia, Caustic Method, Lake Effect Mud, Maps of War and Tyrade. Tickets are $19.94 and can be purchased at the door or on online.
4) Sample food and wine from more than 70 exhibitors at the Great NY State Food and Wine Festival today from 1 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Cerow Recretion Park Arena (615 East Line Road) in Clayton. All of the products, which will include candies, cheeses, nuts, sauces, maple syrup, apple cider, cookies, and, of course, wines, are made in New York from vendors hailing from as far away as the north fork of Long Island. Tickets are only $5 for adults, $4 for military and $3 for children.
5) If you’re feeling outdoorsy, check out the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Spring Outing based at the SUNY Potsdam campus. In addition to an extensive schedule of hikes, paddling trips and biking excursions all over the Adirondacks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, ranging from easy to strenuous, the weekend will also feature a planetarium show on Friday night and a concert by Adirondack folk musicians on Saturday night. The registration fee is $25 for adults and $5 for youth 18 and younger. You don’t have to be a member of the ADK to attend, and you don’t have to attend the full slate of weekend events, so pick and choose something that suits your whole family’s fitness level! Get the full schedule of events and pricing information here.
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