dark arts in the park, Albany’s Washington Park, Albany. 4 to 6 p.m. $8. Bring your paints and easels and enjoy painting in the great outdoors. Bring blankets, snacks, some iced tea, and paint some landscape and architectural studies in Washington Park. Meet at the war memorial with the statue of Ceres at the park entrance on Henry Johnson Boulevard. gallery Tour of the erie Canal exhibition, State Museum, 222 Madison Ave., Albany. 2 to 2:45 p.m. Free. Tread the path of 19th-century history. Join a museum educator for a guided tour that explores the Erie Canal’s creation, construction, and contributions to the Empire State and the U.S. hudson river Fish Count, Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Citizen Science Volunteers needed to help record and send data from ashore, or hop into a pair of chest waders to help capture fish using a 40-foot seine net. Fish species will be sorted, counted, and recorded; and then released back into the Hudson. 518-7660010. kayak through history, Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Ave., Schenectady. 2 p.m. $20 to rent, $10 bring your own boat. See Schenectady from a different vantage point: the Mohawk River. Audrey Egleston of Amsterdam’s Down by the River Tours will be the expert guide. penny Lane summer Concerts, Hope Club, 1 Penny Lane, Latham. 5 p.m. Free. Performance by “Key Element,” Hudson Valley’s party rock cover band. Food provided, but bring your own chair or blanket and cooler. No glass bottles permitted.
Wild Tails of albany animals, Family Themed guided Tour, Albany Visitors Center, 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany. 11 a.m. $3, free for children. First of its kind guided walking tour leads your family on a safari through downtown as participants uncover many creatures in the form of carvings and statues hidden in plain sight.