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The Calendar: What to Do This Winter

From Schenectady's Soup Stroll to Katt Williams at MVP Arena, there's plenty to do in the Capital Region this season.

January 25
Dancing with the Stars: Live!
Cha cha your way to a fun Thursday night when the cast of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) hits Proctors for a thrilling evening of dance. A range of ticket packages includes photo ops, souvenirs and even a Mirrorball Trivia Showdown with members of the touring DWTS cast.

Albany Chefs’ Wine & Dine for the Arts

January 25-27
Albany Chefs’ Wine & Dine for the Arts
Albany Capital Center
Eat, drink and be merry—and all for a great cause. Support the performing arts in the Capital Region while you sip and taste your way through the festival’s Slider Slam (cast your vote in the People’s Choice Slider Competition!), Grand Tasting (now featuring newly upgraded seminars), and the limited-seating Grand Gala Reception.

January 27
Schenectady Soup Stroll
Downtown Schenectady
While a stroll through a wintry downtown Schenectady is surely beautiful, it’s made 10 times better when soup’s involved. This January 27, the annual Schenectady Soup Stroll will return to town from 11am-4pm. Local restaurants will provide 3-ounce samples for just $1; after you’ve sampled at least 10 of them, vote for your favorite!

January 27
Taylor Swift Laser Dance Party
Jam out to Taylor Swift tunes all night long at Universal Preservation Hall (UPH) in Saratoga as part of a national touring laser show that features a two-hour, all-Taylor live DJ set. True Swifties should arrive by 6:30pm for the Eras pre-party, featuring friendship bracelet-making, a photo booth and Tay Tay–themed cocktails and mocktails. Show starts at 7:30pm.

Snow Fest

January 27
Snow Fest
West Mountain
If you’ve been looking for a chance to get out on the slopes without breaking the bank, West Mountain’s got the event for you. This January, the Queensbury ski slope will present Snowfest, an afternoon party complete with a bonfire, food and drink specials, and free—yes, we said free—four-hour lift tickets.

Winter’s Dream

February 3–25
Lake George Winter Carnival & Winter’s Dream
Lake George Village
Don’t let the cold keep you inside—make the trek up to Lake George this winter to experience the village’s Winter Carnival, going on all four weekends in February. Opening weekend is guaranteed to be a spectacle to behold, with its chili cook-off featuring local chefs, outhouse races on the lake, the annual Winter Carnival parade, karaoke, a keg toss, and ooey-gooey s’mores in Shepard Park. Check out lakegeorge.com for the rest of the month’s programming, and while you’re in town, don’t forget to leave time to see Winter’s Dream, the first-of-its-kind immersive multimedia experience that has taken over Fort William Henry for the duration of the season.

February 4
Hart Theatre at The Egg
One of the most beloved story ballets hits the Hart Theatre at The Egg for a Sunday matinee performance that’s part of the theater’s Family Wonders Series (adults accompanied by a child get in for free). New York Theatre Ballet will dance towards “happily ever after” in Cinderella, with the help of a magical fairy godmother, evil stepsisters and a handsome prince.

February 10
Saratoga Chowderfest
Saratoga County
It’s warm, it’s creamy…it’s Saratoga’s 25th annual Chowderfest! Visit more than 80 of Saratoga’s top restaurants to try their take on the classic winter soup—expect to try 4-ouce samples of all sorts, including buffalo chicken chowder, New England clam chowder and even some vegan options. Downtown Saratoga is the hub, with Caroline Street shutting down for the occasion (live music, kids’ activities and more 25th anniversary surprises are in store!), but restaurants all across the county will be participating. Once you’ve eaten your fill, submit your vote for your favorite, and wait to see which restaurant will be crowned the chowder champ.

February 10
Katt Williams
MVP Arena
Top off a day full of chowder at Albany’s MVP Arena, where actor and comedian Katt Williams will be presenting his Dark Matter Tour. Known for his roles as Money Mike in 2002’s Friday After Next and Bobby Shaw in My Wife and Kids, Williams has made the transition to stand-up to showcase his laugh-out-loud comedic talents. Tickets for his Albany show start at $64.

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