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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

Exploration Stations

August 20, 2014
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free!
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-474-5877
  • Visit Website

Exhibition Halls Stations are hosted by a member of the Education staff and offer visitors a hands-on opportunity to explore and learn about the Museum's vast teaching collection.

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. 

Summer Plaza and Egg Tours

June 30, 2014 to October 10, 2014
  • Times: 11:15 AM and 1:15 PM
  • Location: Empire State Plaza
  • Venue: Empire State Plaza
  • Admission: Free!
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12242
  • Phone: 518-474-2418
  • Visit Website

Beginning Monday, June 30th through Friday, October 10th, the Visitor Center will be offering the Empire State Plaza/ EGG Tour. This tour will be offered to the general public at the following hours...

On-Going Events

Afterschool Adventurer

September 18, 2014

Hey kids! Want to get some exercise and have fun outdoors? Well bring an adult and join us for our semi-monthly after school hiking adventure club. We will meet on the first and third Thursday of each...

Alison Lurie, Reigning NY State Author

September 18, 2014

The reigning New York State Author (2012-14) will present her new nonfiction book, The Language of Houses (2014), about the expressive power of everyday architecture, including homes, schools, stores,...

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...

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...

Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos

August 21, 2014 to October 18, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: T-S 11am - 4 pm
  • Location: University at Albany Art Museum
  • Admission: Free and open to public
  • 1400 Washington Ave
  • Albany, NY 12222
  • Phone: 518-442-4038
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Exhibition of videos and working objects of distinguished artist Mary Reid Kelley

Small and Seductive: Contemporary Art from the Institute's Collection

May 03, 2014 to September 28, 2014
  • Times: Wed - Sat 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Thurs until 8:00 PM); Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 PM
  • Location: Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA)
  • Venue: Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA)
  • Admission: Members and Children under 6 are FREE; Adults $10; Seniors and Students $8; Children 6-12 $6
  • 125 Washington Ave
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 518-463-4478
  • Visit Website

Sometimes intimate, occasionally intricate, but always intriguing, small works of art invite us to step close and peer into their spatially bounded world. The Albany Institute's new exhibition, Small ...

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 Fine Craft Show

September 05, 2014 to October 10, 2014
  • Times: From: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Location: Albany Center Gallery
  • 39 Columbia Street
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-462-4775
  • Send Email
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Crafts and fine art are considered by many to be two distinct categories: In one, crafts are seen as functional objects made skillfully by hand; in the other, works of fine art transcend function to s...


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