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Looking for something to do? There are dozens of museums, planetariums, historic sites, art galleries, and higher education institutions all around the region. There is plenty of nightlife along Broadway, Pearl, and Lark Streets, and along Madison Avenue, too. Albany also boasts a number of art and history venues for your enjoyment. We can't wait for you to visit!

Listed below are just a few of the many events happening every day and night in Albany County. 

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Signature Events

2016-2017 Plaza Ice Rink

December 02, 2016 to March 12, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, weather permitting
  • Location: Empire State Plaza
  • Venue: Empire State Plaza
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12242
  • Phone: 518-474-4759
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Hours: Every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather dependent. The rink will be closed daily from 3 to 4 p.m. for maintenance. Cost to Skate: Free Skate Rental: $3 for children 12 and under and $4...

Dave & Buster's Breakfast with Santa!

December 11, 2016
  • Times: From: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Location: Dave & Buster's
  • Venue: Dave & Buster's
  • Admission: see package details in description
  • 1 Crossgates Mall Road
  • Albany, NY 12203
  • Phone: 518-313-4507
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Dave & Buster's Breakfast with Santa Includes: Package 1 Includes: -Breakfast Buffet ~Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Danish, Mini Muffins, Breakfast Potatoes, Bagels, Fresh Fruit, Assorted Juices and...

Guided Tour of the New York State Capitol Building

October 10, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Saturday)

Staring on Saturday August 8 tours of the Capitol will be offered on the second Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Reservations are required. All Saturday tours will be limited to a ma...

Hudson Valley Ruins

September 18, 2016 to December 31, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Hudson Valley Ruins Photography Exhibition August 20, 2016-December 31, 2017 New York State Museum 222 Madison Avenue Tuesday - Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This beautiful exhibition features...

Special Events

1st Friday Albany

January 01, 2016 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday)
  • Times: From: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location: Various Locations throughout Albany
  • Admission: Free!
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1st Friday in Albany is a monthly arts and culture event that takes place on the 1st Friday of every month, from 5:00 until 9:00 PM, in various neighborhoods throughout the city.Since its beginnings...

2nd Sunday of Each Month Ballroom Dance

February 14, 2016 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Sunday)
  • Times: 6-7 PM
  • Location: Ukrainian-American Citizens Club
  • Admission: $10 for Workshop, $10 for dance, buffet and group lesson
  • 1 Pulaski Street
  • Cohoes, NY 12047
  • Phone: 518-727-3525
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2nd Sunday of Each Month Ballroom Dance NO PARTNER NEEDED! NEW DANCERS WELCOME! Dance the night away under the whimsical décor created by Wendy J. Jules Julian ( Professional Dancer...

4th Annual Gifted Artisan Fair

December 02, 2016

This is not your grandmother's craft fair! Join us for a unique night of live music, fine art, fashion, accessories, refreshments and more-made by local artists and artisans! Public reception to be he...

A Taste of Change: Handwritten Cookbooks as Documents of Social & Family History

December 03, 2016

Cookbooks and scrapbooks tell us a lot more than just how a dish is made. What recipes are included often give us an indication of the family’s ethnicity and how that ethnicity was retained over...

An Evening with Yo-Yo Ma

December 08, 2016

David Alan Miller, Conductor Yo-Yo Ma, Cello Wagner: Prelude to “Die Meistersinger” Dvorak: Serenade For Strings Conor Brown: [New Work, World Premiere] Elgar: Cello Concerto "H...

Art at Overit: Video Games

December 02, 2016
  • Times: From: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location: Overit
  • Admission: Free
  • 435 New Scotland Ave
  • Albany, NY 12208
  • Phone: 518-465-8829
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As part of the Upstate Artists Guild's 1st Friday Albany, Overit will host Art at Overit: Video Games on Friday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature video game themed artwork...

Bach's Magnificat in D major

December 04, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 4:00 PM
  • Location: Emmanuel Baptist Church
  • Admission: Free/ donations accepted
  • 275 State Street
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 518-377-0930
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Magnificat in D---Emmanuel Baptist Church choir, soloists, and friends, present the Johann Sebastian Bach masterpiece. Sunday December 4th at 4 PM in the sanctuary of Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 Sta...

Christmas Holiday Concert

December 04, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 3:00 PM
  • Location: All Saints Catholic Church
  • Admission: $10 donation
  • 16 Homestead Street
  • Albany, NY
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A Christmas Holiday concert will be performed by the women’s chorale of the Monday Musical Club on Sunday, December 4 at 3 PM at All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead Street, Albany. The chor...

City Beer Hall's House Party

February 27, 2016 to December 31, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 11:00 PM
  • Location: City Beer Hall
  • Venue: City Beer Hall
  • Admission: No cover
  • 42 Howard St.
  • Albany, NY 12207
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Albany's only 90s Dance Party! DJ starts at 11 pm. 

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides through Capital Holiday Lights

November 25, 2016 to January 01, 2017 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides through Capital Holiday Lights Horse drawn carriage rides are offered Thursday through Sunday evenings at the Madison Avenue entrance to the Park by Saratoga Horse and Carr...

Italian Christmas Market

December 02, 2016 to December 04, 2016

FRIDAY, DEC. 2 & SATURDAY, DEC. 3: 10 am to 5 pm SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4: 11am to 3 pm Share with us in this truly old Italian Tradition in our Museum building. Our Exhibit rooms will be transforme...

Junior League

January 05, 2016 to December 06, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 5:30 PM
  • Admission: $40
  • 161 Washington Ave. Ext. #205
  • Albany, NY 12205
  • Phone: 518-452-2687
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If you feel that your pre-teen is the next Michael Schumacher or Danica Patrick, then our youth kart racing league is for you! Our Junior League is designed for children who are 4′ to 4'9″...

Learn-to-Skate Clinic

December 03, 2016 to March 04, 2017

Learn-To-Skate Clinic sponsored by BlueShield of Northeastern New York. Clinics will be offered on December 3, January 7, February 4 and March 4. Online pre-registration required.  Clinics off...

Magic Of Christmas

December 04, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 3:00 PM
  • Location: Palace Performing Arts Center
  • Venue: Palace Performing Arts Center
  • Admission: Adults: $28/$42 Children: 1/2 Price
  • 19 Clinton Avenue
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-694-3300
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David Alan Miller, Conductor Celebrate the magic of the season with family and friends at the Capital Region's premiere holiday celebration. Festive carols and sparkling holiday favorites led by Musi...

Matinee performances - Theatre Institute at SAGE presents Alice in Wonderland The Musica

November 30, 2016 to December 15, 2016 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Times: Starting: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Theatre Institute at Sage
  • Venue: Russell Sage College
  • Admission: Adults: $15 - Senior and Students: $12
  • 45 Ferry St
  • Troy, NY 12180
  • Phone: 518-244-2248
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Matinee performances weekdays (call to inquire about seating availability) Wednesday - Friday at 10am November 30 - December 15   Lewis Carroll's unflappable young heroine takes a tumble...

New Year Bird Research Walk

January 02, 2017

Start the new year off with a chirp, peep, squeak and a squawk and join us for our New Year Bird Research Walk. We will hike approximately one mile outside to practice searching for and identifying bi...

Night Sky Adventure Lecture at miSci

December 20, 2016
  • Times: From: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Location: miSci
  • Venue: Museum of Innovation and Science
  • Admission: Admission to miSci ($10.50 adult, $7.50 child age 3-12, $9 senior 65+), Free for miSci members
  • 15 Nott Terrace Heights
  • Schenectady, NY 12308
  • Phone: 518-382-7890
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Tonight's topic: 2016 Discoveries: A year in review Join us as we summarize the latest and greatest astronomical discoveries of 2016! Then enjoy a live planetarium show focusing on Winter sky constel...

Open Mic Night

December 10, 2015 (Every Thursday)
  • Times: 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Hudson River Coffee House
  • Admission: Free
  • 227 Quail Street
  • Albany, NY 12203
  • Phone: 518-449-2174
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Join the Hudson River Coffee House for a night of fun at our Open Mic Night! From live music to poetry readings, you won't want to miss out on our talented performers!

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