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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

Mardi Gras Festival

February 05, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 6:00 PM
  • Location: Proctors Theatre (the Mainstage)
  • Venue: Proctors
  • Admission: $40
  • 432 State Street
  • Schenectady, NY 12305
  • Phone: 518-346-6204
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Join us on Friday, February 5 for our Mardi Gras Festival. The event starts at 6pm with authentic cajun cuisine, Hurricanes & cocktails, traveling music, a drag queen parade and, of course, BEADS....

Open Skate at the Conway Ice Rink

January 01, 2016 to March 06, 2016
  • Times: Weekdays 12-2 PM; Weekends 4-6:15 PM
  • Location: Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC)
  • Venue: Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC)
  • Admission: $3 for adults and $2 for children under 12
  • 80 Vandenburgh Ave
  • Troy, NY 12180
  • Phone: 518-629-4850
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Indoor skating for all ages, along with quality skate rentals and skate shop. Ice skating birthday parties can be arranged, and there is a discount for skating groups of 10 or more. Lessons by appoint...

Skating at the Empire State Plaza Ice Rink

December 04, 2015 to March 05, 2016 (Recurring daily)

General Rink Information ·         Hours: Every day from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., weather dependent. ·     &...

Swinburne Ice Skating Rink

December 04, 2015 to March 04, 2016
  • Location: Albany's Swinburne Skating Rink
  • Admission: Free
  • 810 Clinton Ave
  • Albany, NY
  • Phone: 518-434-5699
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The ice rink is open seven days a week. Learn to Skate and a Learn to Play Hockey programs are now available for kids age 5-9. The programs are free of charge unless you need to rent skates ($3). H...

Whole New Ballgame Exhibit

November 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will tell the story of baseball's most recent era in its Whole New Ballgame exhibit. The Museum's newest permanent exhibit, located in the Janetschek Gall...

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...

Activate

February 05, 2016 to March 25, 2016 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Times: Monday-Friday 10 AM-5 PM; Saturday from 12-4 PM
  • Location: Albany Barn, Inc.
  • Venue: Albany Barn, Inc.
  • 56 Second St.
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 917-520-9831
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Activate an exhibition of works inspired by modern day activism and social justice movements. All mediums will be considered, including digital media.

Activate: Artist's Reception

February 05, 2016
  • Times: 5-9 PM
  • Venue: Albany Barn, Inc.
  • Admission: Free
  • 56 Second St.
  • Albany, NY 12210

2015 has been a year marked by serious movements for social justice and equality for all. From the Black Lives Matter working to rebuild the Black liberation movement to the fight for marriage equalit...

Albany Civic Theater presents Ain't Misbehavin', the Fats Waller Musical Show

February 05, 2016 to February 21, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horowitz Created and Originally Directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. Original Choreography and Musical Staging by Arthur Faria Musical Adaptation, Orchestra...

Albany First Friday

February 05, 2016

Exhibitions Featuring: Select Artworks from Nigerian artist Louis-Collins Ejeh and local artists Elizabeth Zunon, Larry Johnson and Malik Penn Performances by Spoken Wo...

Buffalo Stack at the Madison Theater

February 05, 2016
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Location: Madison Theater
  • Admission: $16.82 in advance
  • 1036 Madison Avenue
  • Albany, NY
  • Phone: 518-438-2094
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Being a full-time musician in NYC is tough. You have to take a lot of gigs that you wouldn't if you had the choice, the price of living is high and competition is fierce. Andy Stack didn't just surviv...

CR Kids presents: West Side Story

February 05, 2016 to February 07, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM
  • Location: The Hart Theater at The Egg
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12223
  • Phone: 518-473-1845
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Since 2006 students have participated in C-R Kids productions for various reasons. Some students want to study to be actors in college and become professional actors, some just to overcome shyness. So...

Film Screening: The Killing of Chinese Bookie

February 05, 2016
  • Times: 7:30 PM
  • Location: University at Albany SUNY - Page Hall, Downtown
  • Admission: Free & Open to Public
  • 135 Western Avenue
  • Albany, NY
  • Phone: 442-5620
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Directed by John Cassavetes (United States, 1976, 135 minutes, color) Starring Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel Ben Gazzara plays an insolvent strip club owner at the mercy of the Mob in t...

Mopco Presents: Theatresports

January 08, 2016 to February 26, 2016 (Every Friday)
  • Times: 8:00 pm
  • Location: Underground at Proctor's
  • Admission: $6 children and seniors, $14 general
  • 432 State St.
  • Schenectady, NY 12305
  • Phone: 518-577-6726
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THEATRESPORTS (tm) combines all the fun and creativity of improv with the excitement of a sporting event. Teams of improvisers compete for your approval by making up scenes, songs and stories based on...

Morris Code

February 05, 2016
  • Times: 9:00pm
  • Location: Parish Public House
  • Admission: $10
  • 388 Broadway
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-465-0444
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Morris Code w/s/g Hasty Page Featured Shows Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 9:00 PM Times listed are when doors open. Music typically begins one hour later. Morris Code is an Albany-based...

Normal Instruments

February 05, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Hollow Bar & Kitchen
  • Venue: The Hollow Bar & Kitchen
  • Admission: $12, $15 at the door
  • 79 North Pearl St.
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-426-8550
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Story Art

February 05, 2016
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free, tickets required.
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-474-5877
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Enjoy the Museum by listening to a story, exploring objects from the teaching collection and creating a fun art project. Themes will be announced on the day of the program. Toddlers and Preschooler...

On-Going Events

ABANDONED

January 29, 2016 to March 19, 2016

Greg Cuda documents abandoned buildings, ruins, and rust in his exhibit Abandoned. The images in the exhibit were made utilizing High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, which combines several exposures ...

Earth Exposed: Discover our Planet's Hidden Secrets

June 20, 2015 to June 05, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm; 12 - 5 pm, Sunday (closed Easter Sunday, April 5)
  • Venue: Museum of Innovation and Science
  • Admission: Members: Free Children(3-12): $6.50 Seniors(65+): $8.00 Adults(13+): $ 9.50
  • 15 Nott Terrace Heights
  • Schenectady, NY 12308
  • Phone: 518-382-7890
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Explore the tumultuous forces of our planet: earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes & more! Discover the science behind weather patterns, ocean currents, and all of the forces of nature that fo...

Gerard & Kelly: Performance Documents

February 02, 2016 to April 02, 2016

Gerard & Kelly: Performance Documents (Nancy Hyatt Liddle Gallery) will draw from the projects of collaborative artists Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly over the past five years. This rare exhibition...

Keltie Ferris: Body Prints and Paintings

February 02, 2016 to April 02, 2016

The second floor exhibition, Keltie Ferris: Body Prints and Paintings will pay special focus on the evolution of Ferris's body prints from singular black and white impressions to multiple and increasi...

Live Music At The Ginger Man!

January 08, 2016 (Every Friday)

Live Music at The Ginger Man every Friday night! Click the website link for more details. 

LIVING COLOR

January 29, 2016 to March 19, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Jenny Kemp and Richard Garrison are winners of The Arts Center's 2015 Emerging and Established Artist Awards. These awards honor and recognize the wide variety of local talent in the region, highlight...

Naked Influence

January 22, 2016 to February 14, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Tues., Weds., Thurs., at 7:30 pm; Fri. and Sat. at 8 pm; Sat. at 3:00 pm, Sun. at 2:00 pm, Weds., 2/3 at 2:00 pm
  • Venue: Capital Repertory Theatre
  • Admission: Tickets range from $20-$50
  • 111 N. Pearl St.
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-445-7469
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The seductive and lucrative world of strip clubs sets the stage for this spellbinding tale about a charismatic exotic dancer who finds herself engulfed in a doomed relationship with a congressman. Thi...

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