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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

2014 Exhibition By Artists Of The Mohawk-Hudson Region

September 27, 2014 to January 19, 2015

The Albany Institute of History & Art is pleased to present the 78th Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region. Established in 1936, this annual, juried exhibition pays tribute to the many...

Goold Orchards Pick Your Own Season

August 30, 2014 to November 04, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: From: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Location: Goold Orchards, Inc.
  • Venue: Goold Orchards, Inc.
  • Admission: Free
  • 1297 Brookview Station Rd
  • Castleton, NY 12033-3166
  • Phone: 518-732-7317
  • Visit Website

Goold Orchards is know open for you to come in and pick your own apples! Check the website for more details about whats available for you to pick and what else is going on at the farm. In addition to ...

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. 

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers

October 24, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Venue: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Admission: 28.00
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12223
  • Phone: 518-473-1845

One of the country's premier contemporary Asian-American companies, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers performs an evening of repertory works including "BE/LONGING-Light/Shadow" - a deeply spiritual and u...

UNDERCOVER: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets and Bed Hangings

October 11, 2014 to March 08, 2015

In the private space of the bedroom, the world takes center stage. There, on the elevated platform of the bed, matters of politics, international trade, social events, religion, and cultural affairs c...

Special Events

Good Fiction (with special guest Spaceland)

October 24, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Location: Parish Public House
  • Admission: Tickets are $10
  • 388 Broadway
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-465-0444
  • Visit Website

Good Fiction is a three piece alternative rock band from Albany, NY. Their lineup consists of members Patrick Grace (Vocals,Drums), Alex Wollyung (Guitar), and Taylor Abbitt (Bass). After forming in M...

Halloween Howl Prowl

October 24, 2014
  • Times: From: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Location: Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission
  • Venue: Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission
  • Admission: $3 per person/$5 per family/Children under 5 yrs free. Registration required.
  • 195 New Karner Rd
  • Albany, NY 12205-4605
  • Phone: 518-456-0655
  • Visit Website

Join us for a howling good time at the Discovery Center! Our annual Howl Prowl will begin inside the Center with hands-on exploration of Halloween topics including skulls, bats, spiders, night time s...

Lemon: The Movie

October 24, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 7:30 PM
  • Location: University at Albany, Page Hall
  • Admission: Free
  • 135 Western Ave
  • Albany, New York
  • Phone: 518-442-3995
  • Visit Website

This intricately crafted documentary follows Lemon's struggle to free his family from poverty and pain by embarking on a harrowing journey to bring his life story to the stage. It follows his despera...

Primus & The Chocolate Factory

October 24, 2014

"Tommy the Cat." "John the Fisherman." "Jerry Was A Race Car Driver." "My Name is Mud." "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver." Yessiree, Primus is responsible f...

Viewing of Movie "Ironweed"

October 24, 2014

Based Pulitzer Prize Winning Author William Kennedy's (2014 Governor Hugh L. Carey Awards Gala honoree) novel of the same name Ironweed is set in the waning years of the Depression. Jack Nicholson pla...

On-Going Events

"Spirits on the Hudson" Cruise

October 24, 2014

Join us for a ghostly good time as we explore the historical ghosts that inhabit Albany. The Tri-City NY Paranormal Society will be on board to conduct a "Spirit Circle" - which is a relaxed...

Celebrating Albany's Dutch Heritage and the 400th Anniversary of Fort Nassau

September 09, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Original oil paintings by Vince Forte, Jr. will be displayed and sold at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center. These high quality fine art paintings depict Fort Nassau and other local scenes such...

Down the Hall: An Immersive Psychological Thriller

October 16, 2014 to November 01, 2014 (Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

This immersive theatre piece takes audiences on a live tour of the haunted history of Russell Sage Hall. Down the Hall is an interactive piece modeled after Punchdrunk’s NYC production of Sleep ...

Making Sense of Sound @ miSci

June 14, 2014 to June 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Discover sound with hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Play and experiment, make some noise, and listen. Explore hearing, human speech and communication. Experience – as neve...

Saratoga Scare Fair

October 10, 2014 to November 01, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Times: 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: Saratoga County Fairgrounds
  • Admission: $8 per adult
  • 162 Prospect Street
  • Ballston Spa, NY 12020
  • Phone: 518-796-5190
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  • Visit Website

The Saratoga Scare Fair is an 8,000-square-foot indoor haunted house located at Gate 5 of the Saratoga Fairgrounds. Open only during the Halloween season, the Scare Fair is designed for teens and adul...

Standing in Two Worlds: Iroqois in 2014

April 01, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in April and Nov.; 10 to 5 p.m. all others. Closed Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving Day
  • Location: Iroquois Indian Museum
  • Admission: $8 adults. $5 children. Group rates available
  • 324 Caverns Road
  • Howes Cave, NY 12092
  • Phone: 518-296-8949
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  • Visit Website

The new exhibit, “Standing in Two Worlds: Iroquois in 2014”,showcases Iroquois art which explores contemporary issues including the environment, the digital/disposable age, the impact of ...

The Comedy Works

April 25, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)

The Comedy Works presents outstanding talent every Friday & Saturday night @ 7:30 & 9:30 pm at our NEW LOCATION! "Dinner and a Show" packages also available both nights, seating at...

The Opalka Gallery at Sage Presents: Meander, Because You Don't See Much While Marching

October 21, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: 10:00 AM Weekdays, 12:00 PM Weekends
  • Location: Sage College of Albany, Opalka Gallery
  • Admission: Free
  • 140 New Scotland Ave.
  • Albany, NY 12208

In the 1980s, Glier became known for paintings that explore white male identity. This show of 80 works will include his series "White Male Power," "Exploding Refrigerators," "...


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