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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...

Alexander Hamilton, Albany and The First Church in Albany

December 10, 2016

Following up on the documentary "Hamilton's Albany", the First Church in Albany will be hosting tours on Saturday, December 10 at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. First Church historians wil...

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...

Schuyler Mansion "Salutations Of The Season!"

January 07, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017 4:00pm to 7:00pm "Salutations Of The Season!" An evening of merriment for everyone! Special Twelfth Night festivities will highlight the holiday season as ...

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...

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. 

Club Night with DJ Costa at Jupiter Hall

December 10, 2016

You are cordially invited to enjoy complimentary entry at Jupiter Hall Albany - Saturday, December 10th inside Lucky Strike Social at Crossgates Mall! Join us for the ultimate nightclub experience ...

Grand Gatsby NYE

December 31, 2016
  • Times: From: 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
  • Location: City Line Bar & Grill
  • Admission: $125 (includes tax & gratuity)
  • 1200 Western Avenue
  • Albany, NY 12203
  • Phone: 518-504-1200
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Join us for our 3rd annual New Year's Eve bash Grand Gatsby on Saturday, December 31st from 9:30pm-1:00am. This year, cheers with Glenlivet scotch tastings and our premium open bar, enjoy gourmet pass...

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...

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...

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!

Rascals Holiday Open House

December 09, 2016
  • Times: From: 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
  • Location: Rascals, Crossgates Mall
  • Admission: $40 - $60
  • One Crossgates Mall Road
  • Albany, NY 12203
  • Phone: 518-426-4099
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Tired of the standard, stuffy Christmas party? Join Rascals for their holiday open house—filled with great music, fab food and good people—and help a local charity that’s doing amazi...

Ten Broeck Mansion Holiday House Candlelit Tour

December 15, 2016 to December 16, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Journey through the history of Christmas in America while taking a guided tour through the mansion. Presented on two evenings- 12/15/16 and 12/16/16 Reservations are encouraged. Ample parking on sit...

Ten Broeck Mansion Holiday House Children's Story Hour

December 17, 2016

Sinterklaas will read holiday stories to children. Take a photo, decorate cookies, and enjoy the beautifully decorated rooms. Recommended for children ages 3 to 10. Ample parking available on site.

Ten Broeck Mansion Holiday House Heldergerg Madrigals

December 17, 2016

Enjoy afternoon coffee and desserts while listening to holiday songs performed by the full ensemble of the Helderberg Madrigals. The mansion will be beautifully decorated by local garden club volunte...

Ten Broeck Mansion Holiday House Lecture "A Mark Twain Christmas"

December 13, 2016

Carlo DeVito will talk about his book "A Mark Twain Christmas" Light refreshments will be served. Visit the mansion and view the lovely decorations. Ample parking available on site. Reserv...

Ten Broeck Mansion Holiday House Musicians of Ma'alwyk

December 18, 2016

Enjoy refreshments while listening to this talented duo play a variety of Christmas tunes from around the world. Reservations are encouraged. Visit the mansion at its best, decorated by local volunt...

Ten Broeck Mansion Holiday House Tea

December 10, 2016

Holiday House Teas at the Ten Broeck Mansion. Two sittings. Pre-Paid reservations required. Sit with friends and enjoy a traditional tea in the formal dining room. Enjoy the lovely rooms and halls ...

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