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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...

2017 MAAC College Fair

March 03, 2017

Representatives from the 11 MAAC Schools will have academic information available for all attendees. Parents are invited! Attendees will be given a free ticket voucher to either the MAAC Men's or W...

Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest

March 03, 2017
  • Times: From: 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Location: Albany Capital Center
  • Venue: Albany Capital Center
  • Admission: $8 online, $10 at the door
  • 55 Eagle Street
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-434-1217 ext. 100
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You're invited to celebrate the return of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men's and Women's Basketball Championships to downtown Albany with the second annual "Hannaford MAAC-n-Chee...

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...

Kids Curate

February 24, 2017 to February 26, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum - 4th Floor Terrace
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
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Friday, February 24–Sunday, February 26 | 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 4th Floor Terrace | Families | Free The votes are in! Visit the NYS Museum to see what objects are on display for this very sp...

School Break Fun - Follow the North Star

February 23, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 11:00 AM
  • Location: Henry Hudson Planetarium
  • Venue: Henry Hudson Planetarium
  • Admission: $3 all seats; Special discount pricing - $4/child and $6/adult includes admission to the Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence.
  • Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-434-0405
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Sky show explores the important role astronomy played in the freedom seekers’ search along the Underground Railroad. Geared for ages 8 and above and their families. $3 all seats. NEW THIS YEAR...

School Break Fun - Native American Storytelling

February 22, 2017

Native American creation stories and other native mythology! From the creation of the world on the shell of a turtle to what makes thunder boom, Bright Forest Storytelling will bring to life our nati...

School Break Fun - Zoo In the Sky

February 21, 2017

– Meet a lion, bears and other animals of the night sky. Program followed by crafts led by artist, Maria Verdile. Have fun making your own animals from the sky! Appropriate for children grade...

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...

39th Annual Photo Regional

March 17, 2017 to April 21, 2017

The Annual Photo Regional formed in response to the lack of a single survey exhibit strictly focused on photography, has become a staple of the local exhibition season, highlighting new and establishe...

Altered Images - Vacation Art Break

February 21, 2017

A three-day drop-off program where students get the chance to recreate images on view in our current exhibition Captured Moments: 170 Years of Photography from the Albany Institute (Feb 21-23). The fu...

Brainfood for the Curious: Short Talks at Lunchtime “Deciphering the Still-Largely-Unknown Geology

March 07, 2017
  • Times: From: 12:10 PM to 12:30 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum - Huxley Theater
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
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Huxley Theater | Adults | Free Join Curator of Sedimentary Rocks, Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten to learn more about the Catskill Mountains. Between Andes-size mountains to the east and a broad shallow sea t...

Chortle Kombat

February 18, 2017 to April 01, 2017 (Every Saturday)

An all-out rumble between two improv behemoths, directing a cast of seasoned improv comedy pros. The goal? Vanquish their opponent and take home the glory of sweet, hilarious victory! WARNING: This...

Concert in the Round

March 08, 2017

The UAlbany University Concert Band performs its fourth annual concert in the intimate Arena Theatre.

Festival of Contemporary Music

March 06, 2017

The UAlbany University Percussion Ensemble presents an evening of new works.

Improv Jam at the Mopco Improv Theater

February 23, 2017

What's an Improv Jam? A little bit workshop and a little bit show, a jam gives veteran improvisers and newcomers alike a chance to try out games and stretch their improv muscles. It's a great night t...

KT Tunstall at The Egg

February 24, 2017

KT Tunstall released her multi-platinum debut, Eye To The Telescope in 2004, released three more critically acclaimed albums and played everywhere from the rooftops of splashy Las Vegas hotels to Gian...

Learn-to-Skate Clinic

December 03, 2016 to March 04, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday)

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...

MAESTRO: One Improviser to Rule Them All

February 24, 2017

A king or queen to rule them all! In this exciting format, improvisors of all levels compete to escape elimination and be crowned the evening's winner. Actors compete in a barrage of scenes for the a...

Marcus Kwame Anderson: Art Reflecting Social Justice

February 20, 2017

Visit with Marcus Kwame Anderson and learn about his artwork reflecting on the African Diaspora and social change. Mr. Anderson is a local artist and believes that the arts can be a powerful vehicle f...

Memorial Mass

March 18, 2017

Memorial masses are celebrated in memory of all those buried in Albany Diocesan Cemeteries four times annually at St. Agnes Cemetery (Menands), St.Mary's Cemetery (Troy), and Most Holy Redeemer Cemete...

Night Sky Adventure Lecture at miSci

February 21, 2017
  • Times: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • 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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Night Sky Adventure Tonight's lesson: Tracking the stars with Gaia Astronomers at the Dudley Observatory spent many years carefully measuring the positions of stars in the sky. Now we have space tel...

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