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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
  • Visit Website

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

MAAC colleges and universities will have representatives on hand to provide academic information to Capital Region high school students during the MAAC College Fair on the first floor of the Albany Ca...

Bounce to the Albany Capital Center

March 04, 2017
  • Times: Registration begins at 10 a.m.
  • Location: Albany City Hall to Albany Capital Center
  • Venue: Albany City Hall
  • Admission: FREE
  • 24 Eagle St
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-383-6183
  • Visit Website

The Bounce to the Albany Capital Center will welcome local children to dribble basketballs from the steps of Albany City Hall to the entrance of the Albany Capital Center. The first 200 participants 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
  • Visit Website

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
  • Visit Website

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...

MAAC Band Jam

March 03, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 12:00 PM
  • Location: West Capitol Park
  • Admission: FREE
  • State Street
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 518-383-6183
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Pep bands and spirit squads from Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) colleges and universities will spread excitement about the return of the MAAC Basketball Championships to downtown Albany wit...

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!
  • Visit Website

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...

Brainfood for the Curious: Introduction and History of the NYS Museum's Malacology Collection

March 21, 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 Museum Malacologist, Dr. Denise Mayer, as she discusses the New York State Museum’s collection of mollusc shells and some of the historic acquisitions that ...

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.

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...

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...

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
  • Send Email
  • Visit Website

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!

Sarah Jarosz at The Egg

March 09, 2017

A gifted multi-instrumentalist, insightful songwriter, and singular vocalist, Sarah Jarosz has been Americana's fastest rising star from her days as a child prodigy to her critically acclaimed recordi...

Sister Maureen Joyce Center Dinner

February 28, 2017

Join us for a Mardi Gras celebration to support the Sister Maureen Joyce Center! Price includes dinner, with beer, wine and soda. We are delighted this year to honor our Community Partners – al...

The Creative Life: A Conversation with David Salle

March 23, 2017

WAMC Roundtable host Joe Donahue interviews this renowned American painter followed by a Q&A with the audience. Internationally known with works in the permanent collections of the Museum of Moder...

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