BEST BETS: Aug. 1 to 7, 2014
Laura Ingalls Wilder Days
The Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford is honoring 19th-century frontier life with Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Saturday and Sunday. Through two TV series and 10 novels, Laura Ingalls captured imaginations and showed what life was like in pioneer days. And Laura Ingalls had several ties to Western New York. Melissa Sue Anderson, who starred as Mary Ingalls in the "Little House" TV series, will be on hand to meet visitors and sign copies of her book, "The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House." Visitors can make a handkerchief doll, churn butter and take part in other old-time games and activities. Go to gcv.org.
Park Ave Fest
The 37th annual Park Ave Summer Art Fest is Saturday and Sunday. More than a quarter million people are expected to attend the festival, held outside on a mile-long stretch of Park Avenue closed off from Culver Road to Alexander Street. More than 300 artists and exhibitors from 21 states and Canada are expected. The festival opens at 10 a.m. both days, wrapping up at 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Businesses along Park get into the spirit too, offering samples of their goods and services. More than 30 musical groups will perform at several stages. Visit park-avenue.org or rochesterevents.com. Also, here's a festival map.
Luke Bryan at CMAC
Country star Luke Bryan performs Friday at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua. This week, Bryan ranked No. 5 on Forbes' 2014 list of highest-paid country music acts. Clare Dunn opens. Go to cmacevents.com. Check out Bryan singing "Roller Coaster" on YouTube.
On the big screen
Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is the story of Peter Quill, who finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana star. Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in "Get On Up." Find movie times.
Blake Shelton at Darien Lake
Blake Shelton takes the stage Saturday at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. "The Voice" judge's hits include "Home," "The More I Drink," "She Wouldn't Be Gone," "Honey Bee," "Drink on It" and "Boys 'Round Here." Neal McCoy, Dan & Shay and The Band Perry open. Shelton tied at No. 12 on the Forbes list of highest-paid country music acts this week. Check out Shelton singing "Doin' What She Likes" on YouTube. ("The Voice" returns to NBC Sept. 22.) Go to livenation.com.
Benefit for AIDS
"Fight With Love," a student-run musical, is this weekend. The vision for "Fight with Love" is to take the emotional journey of victims of AIDS and tell their story through a combination of song and dance. All proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a national organization providing assistance to those struggling with HIV/AIDS. Now in its eighth year, the production is presented Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Geva Theatre Center's Nextstage. Go to fightwithlove.webs.com or gevatheatre.org.
Glorious Garlic Festival
At Fox Run Vineyards' Glorious Garlic Festival this weekend in Penn Yan, visitors can taste a garlic-infused festival menu, hear live local music, savor local farmers' fresh garlic and learn new recipes from Finger Lakes wine country chefs while enjoying the scenery of Seneca Lake. The free festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There's a concert tonight to launch the festival. Food and drinks will be available starting at 5, with music by The Town Pants kicking off at 6 p.m. Admission and parking is free. Visit foxrunvineyards.com/ for details.