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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

“1614,” the 37th New Netherland Seminar

September 20, 2014
  • Times: From: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Location: Cultural Edication Center, The New York State Museum
  • Admission: Standard registration $95, Student registration $45
  • 222 Madison Ave
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-486-4815
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The New Netherland Institute announces its 37th New Netherland Seminar, which will take place on September 20th in the Huxley Theater of the Cultural Education Center in Albany, NY. The full brochure ...

15th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble

September 06, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Capital District
  • Hudson Valley, NY
  • Phone: 800-453-6665
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Guided walks, hikes, paddles, biiking tours; cultural events and festivals from the Capital Region to NYC; call for a free program guide.

Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival

September 06, 2014
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location: Jennings Landing
  • Admission: Free!
  • 1 Quay Street
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-434-2032
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For over a decade, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival has featured a veritable "who's who" of jazz greats, critically acclaimed up-and-coming artists and local favorites at one of the area'...

Before & After: Walking Through Sequence

August 21, 2014
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free, tickets available at front desk
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-474-5877
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Kids' Cove Children ages 6 and under From tadpoles growing into frogs, and seeds sprouting into flowers, walk with us as we watch the world change. As walking through the Museum will be part ...

Berne Summerfest

August 23, 2014
  • Times: From: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location: Berne Town Park
  • Admission: Free!
  • 1883 Helderberg Trail
  • Berne, NY 12023
  • Phone: 518-872-1448
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Join the fun at this year's Summerfest! Activities will include: Car show with trophies awarded Live performances from local bands Animal exhibits (owls and reptiles)  Vendors an...

Billy Cobham at The Egg

August 30, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Venue: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Admission: $29.5
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12223
  • Phone: 518-473-1845

In 1973, critically acclaimed jazz drummer Billy Cobham, fresh off his success with the Mahavishnu Orchestra released his first solo album Spectrum The album featured a unique blend of jazz, funk, an...

Cider & Sides

May 22, 2014 to September 04, 2014 (Every Thursday)

Each Thursday in July, Cider & Sides (including the popular Cider & Sliders series) will take place at Nine Pin's tasting room and loading dock area starting at 4 p.m. Nine Pin teams up with l...

Classifying Nature

August 15, 2014 to August 22, 2014
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-486-4845

Children will learn how to identify animals and objects based on their environments or adaptations. Participation will facilitate the child's understanding as to how and why scientists classify the na...

Classifying Nature

August 21, 2014

Kids' Cove Children, ages 6 and under Children will learn how to identify animals and objects based on their environments or adaptations. Participation will facilitate the child's understanding as ...

Exploration Stations

August 20, 2014
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free!
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-474-5877
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Exhibition Halls Stations are hosted by a member of the Education staff and offer visitors a hands-on opportunity to explore and learn about the Museum's vast teaching collection.

Exploration Stations

August 11, 2014
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-486-4845

Stations are hosted by a member of the Education staff and offer visitors a hands-on opportunity to explore and learn about the Museum’s vast teaching collection.

Family Fun Day

August 16, 2014
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-486-4845
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The Museum offers fun for the whole family with games, crafts, and other theme-based activities.

First Annual Beard and Mustache Championship

August 23, 2014
  • Times: 4 PM
  • Location: Berne Town Park
  • Admission: Free!
  • 1883 Helderberg Trail
  • Berne, NY 12023
  • Phone: 518-728-5296

How does your beard measure up? Full and fluffy, sparse and scratchy? A pencil thin moustache or a goatee? Mutton chops or a handlebar? Join the HANDSOME HILLTOWN HIRSUTES...that's all the beard...

First Annual Hilltowns Squash-off

August 23, 2014
  • Times: Judging is at 4 PM
  • Location: Berne Town Park
  • Admission: Free!
  • 1883 Helderberg Trail
  • Berne, NY 12023
  • Phone: 518-872-9370

It lurks in the back corner of your garden, growing, growing, growing. With seeds the size of hubcaps, it waits for the chance to burst out of the garden and into the kitchen! No modest little sti...

Friday Night Flicks in West Capitol Park

August 01, 2014 to August 29, 2014 (Every Friday)

The popular outdoor movie nights will return, but on a new night and in a new location. Friday Night Flicks will feature classic films suitable for the entire family every Friday in August, beginnin...

Harvest Faire

September 13, 2014
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Crailo State Historic Site
  • Venue: Crailo State Historic Site
  • Admission: Free, nominal donations suggested to enter museum
  • 9 1/2 Riverside Ave
  • Rensselaer, NY 12144
  • Phone: 518-463-8738
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HISTORIC FUN FOR EVERYONE AT CRAILO HARVEST FAIRE On Saturday, September 13th, Crailo State Historic Site and the Friends of Fort Crailo present Harvest Faire, an event with something for everyone...

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

September 13, 2014

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with this updated tribute to Latin culture. Rich in tradition, the Hispanic community comes together in the Convention Center for a colorful pageantry of live music, ...

Holly and Evan

September 17, 2014
  • Times: From: 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Admission: FREE
  • Broadway and Colombia Street
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-434-5416

Holly & Evan are the blues. Both from long, rich musical backgrounds, Holly Taormina and Evan Conway have updated the tradition of the barrelhouse with their unique style. Together, they showcase ...

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival

September 06, 2014
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds
  • Admission: $40 for tasting ticket, $70 for two day tasting ticket or $22 for regular admission, and $37 for 2 day regular admission
  • Phone: 845-658-7181
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Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival opens its gates this September 6 and 7 anticipating record attendees and participants eager to taste, test and learn about award winning wines, state-of-the-art di...

Indian Ink: Iroquois and the Art of Tattoos

May 04, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Once widespread among Indigenous peoples of the Northast, this exhibit will showcase contemporary tattoo art and look back at historical tattooing. 

King Crimson at the Egg

September 09, 2014 to September 10, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 7:30 PM
  • Location: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Venue: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Admission: $43.75 and $36.75
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12223
  • Phone: 518-473-1845
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King Crimson returns to active service in the front line at The Egg on September 9th and 10th at 7:30 PM each night to kick off their US tour, the first since 2008. Tickets for the two Albany ...

Mind, Body & Spirit Health Fair

September 14, 2014

Mind, Body & Spirit Health Fair Presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York On Sunday, September 14 from 12pm - 4pm the Palace Theatre will open its doors to the public for our FREE Annu...

Rain or Shine…It’s Reading Time

August 27, 2014
  • Times: From: 10:30 AM to 11:15 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free!
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-474-5877
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Meet at Kids' Cove Preschoolers Read a story with Museum staff and visit a special exhibit to learn more about New York State.

Science or Imagination

August 21, 2014
  • Times: From: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free!
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-474-5877
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Meet at Main Lobby Explore the Native Peoples of New York exhibit and discover the science (and imagination) that went into creating these magnificent life groups.

Smokes & Spirits

August 21, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 7:00 PM
  • Location: The Olde English Pub & Pantry
  • Admission: $40
  • 683 Broadway
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-434-6533
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Enjoy your summer evening in our back garden while sampling some of Aberlour's finest single-malts and smoking a hand rolled cigar! Aberlour vertical tasting of 12, 16, and 18 year old offerings, a...

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