Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day will be a day off from work for most Saratogians and for many, it’ll be a day of reflection on the life of one of America’s most iconic Civil Rights figures. Saratogians are lucky, in that we have countless ways to celebrate the life of Dr. King. In fact, MLK Saratoga, a Spa City-based community organization, has planned an MLK 2020 Celebration Weekend of events throughout the city in the days leading up to MLK Day on Monday, January 20.
The weekend’s events officially kick off on Friday, January 17 at The Holiday Inn on Broadway with the 5th Annual Dr. King Challenge, which will include an opening reception, as well as artistic performances and live music by the Azzaam Hameed R&B Ensemble. Saturday, January 18 will feature four events, the first of which begins at 9:30am with a workshop presented by the Sunrise Movement, a national, youth-led organization that addresses climate change; and concluding with a discussion at 6:30pm presented by Yaddo on writing across racial/religious boundaries with award-winning author Uwem Akpan. Both Sunday, January 19 and Monday, January 20 will be equally packed with fun, educational events, including a A Joyful Noise! performance, featuring Soul Session frontman Garland Nelson at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church on Sunday; and a Dr. King CommUNITY Commemoration Program at Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church on Monday.
Take a look at the rest of the week/weekend’s events below.
Monday, January 13
Local favorite DJ Dingz will be playing on the fourth floor of the Saratoga City Tavern January 13-14
Tuesday, January 14
Take part in Mom Meetup, a new real-talk mom group at the Palette Cafe in Saratoga
Wednesday, January 15
Cantina in Saratoga will be donating 33 percent of all proceeds from its Cantina for a Cause’s Incredible Teddy Fundraiser
Dancing with the Stars: Live! 2020 is coming to the Palace Theater in Albany
Author Thomas Travisano will discuss his biography, Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop, at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck
Catch the critically acclaimed comedy Jojo Rabbit running at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady from January 15-18
Thursday, January 16
Those looking to spice up their palate should head down to the Albany Capital Center for the 2020 Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival from January 16-18.
The 2020 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championship will take place at Albany’s Times Union Center from January 16-18
Friday, January 17
Catch Troy native/guitarist George Muscatello at 9 Maple Avenue
Don’t miss Dashboard Anthem, a rock anthem band, perform a “Benefit for the Family of Big Joe” at Putnam Place in Saratoga
Famed jam band Umphrey’s McGee returns to the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan for a pair of shows on January 17 and January 18
Saturday, January 18
Raise money for local animal shelters and rescues through the 2nd Annual Pours for Paws Pub Crawl starting Saratoga City Tavern
Regional mystery authors Phil Bayly (Murder on Skis) and Catherine Bruns (Penne Dreadful) will be giving a talk at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga
There’ll be plenty of spirits and good times during the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at the Brooklyn Expo Center
Listen to Van Morrison’s classics performed live by the Van Morrison Experience at the Cohoes Music Hall
The Village of Rhinebeck kicks off its regular ArtWalk series, open the third Saturday of every month
Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY presents the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret
Sunday, January 19
The Battenkill Chorale will kick off its 25th season with Coronation: Royal Masterworks of Mozart and Handel at Skidmore’s Arthur Zankel Music Center
Proctors in Schenectady will present We Shall Overcome, a celebration of Dr. King through African-American music that includes spirituals, gospels, jazz, Broadway tunes and more
Don’t miss a Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Brunch (plus day party) at the Taj II Lounge and Event Space in Manhattan