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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...

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...

Special Events

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...

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...

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...

Theatre Institute at SAGE presents Alice in Wonderland The Musical

December 02, 2016 to December 11, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • 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
  • Visit Website

Lewis Carroll's unflappable young heroine takes a tumble down an enchanted rabbit hole to an off-kilter world of mock turtles, dancing flora, punctual rabbits, and mad tea parties. Whimsy and wordplay...

On-Going Events

20th Annual Price Chopper Capital Holiday Lights

December 02, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Location: Washington Park
  • Venue: Washington Park
  • Between Washington, Madison, S. Lake and Willett
  • Albany, NY 12203
  • Phone: 518-435-0392
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The Lake House will be closed December 24 & 25 as well as December 31 and January 1-3, but the drive through show will still be running these days at the above times. Admission: Passenge...

A Gather of Glass: Selections from the Museum's Collection

June 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Since its invention, glass has been a critical medium for almost every field and purpose, ranging from elaborate fine-art work to practical household items and everything in between. "A Gather of...

Abraham Lincoln: The Albany Connections

June 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Abraham Lincoln visited Albany twice, the first time in 1861 while on his way from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington for his March 4 inauguration as the country's sixteenth president. When Mayor Ge...

Ancient Egypt

June 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Egyptologist and Guest Curator Dr. Peter Lacovara has incorporated the research and scientific discoveries revealed in the GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition into a new exhibiti...


November 25, 2016 to December 24, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Experience the magic and “shining moment” that is Camelot, one of America’s most beloved musicals, created for you in a fresh new staging only possible at theREP! The four-time Tony...

Fringe Friday

October 28, 2016 to June 23, 2017 (Every Friday)
  • Times: From: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Location: The Mopco Improv Theatre
  • Admission: $10
  • 10 North Jay Street
  • Schenectady, NY 12305
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Fringe Friday will feature local acts and improv groups from the Capital Region and beyond. Each Friday, The Mopco Improv Theatre will host bold and exciting new performers who will surely become Capi...

Future Perfect: Picturing the Anthropocene

July 12, 2016 to December 10, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Museum Summer Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm Museum Hours (after August 27): Tuesday 10 am – 8 pm; Wednesday through Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday noon – 4 pm
  • Location: University at Albany Art Museum
  • Venue: University at Albany Art Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • 1400 Washington Ave
  • Albany, NY 12222
  • Phone: 518-442-4035
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Future Perfect is an artwork exhibit that explores the relationship humans have with the natural world. It aims to inform visitors how we view the past, the present, and how we might imagine the fut...

Live Harness Racing

March 11, 2016 to December 10, 2016
  • Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 6:45pm and Sunday matinees starting at 12:45pm
  • Location: Saratoga Race Course
  • Admission: $3
  • 267 Union Ave.
  • Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
  • Phone: 518-584-6200
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The 25th Live Harness Racing Season at Saratoga Casino & Raceway! Click the link above for more information.  

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. 

New York State Writers Institute Classic Film Series: "Ironweed" - 30th Anniversary Screening

December 09, 2016
  • Times: 7:00PM
  • Location: Page Hall, SUNY Albany Downtown Campus
  • Admission: Free
  • 135 Western Ave.
  • Albany, NY
  • Phone: 518-442-5620
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Directed by Hector Babenco (United States, 1987, 143 minutes, color) Starring Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O’Keefe Adapted for the screen by William Kennedy from his Pu...

Nineteenth-Century American Sculpture: Erastus Dow Palmer and His Protégés Launt Thompson, Charles C

June 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Designed to showcase the museum's nationally known collection of mid- to late-nineteenth-century sculpture, this exhibition features twenty plaster, marble, and bronze sculptures, and framed bas-relie...

Rock and Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron

November 05, 2016 to February 12, 2017

  Capital region resident Patrick Harbron began his career photographing the luminaries of rock and roll. Rock and Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron is an exhibition taken from Harb...


December 09, 2016

Virtuosic Scandinavian folk musicians on Hardanger fiddle and Nyckelharpa. Swedish keyed fiddle player Erik Rydvall and Hardanger fiddle player Olav Luksengård Mjelva, from Røros in Norw...

Shaker Christmas Craft Fair

October 31, 2016 to December 17, 2016 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Shaker Heritage Society
  • Venue: Shaker Heritage Society
  • Admission: Free
  • 25 Meeting House Road
  • Albany, NY 12211
  • Phone: 518-456-7890
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Shop local while supporting a small museum this holiday season! The Christmas Craft Fair features local and regional artisans selling popular items like handmade pottery, jewelry, gourmet preserves an...

The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design

October 01, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)

OCTOBER 1-DECEMBER 31, 2016 The Art of Seating, an exhibition organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, presents exceptional American chair designs from the early nineteenth ce...

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception: A Legacy of Faith, A Vision of the Future

December 07, 2016 to February 24, 2017 (Recurring daily)

The exhibit tells the story of this magnificent 165-year old Albany landmark and institution through artifacts and images from the Cathedral's historical collection, some dating back to the Cathedral'...

The Polar Express Train Ride

November 18, 2016 to December 23, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Departures at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Trips are one hour roundtrip. November 18-20, 25-26* and December 2-4, 7-11, 13-23. *Excluding 7:30pm on November 26th.
  • Location: Saratoga Springs Train Station
  • Admission: $40-$80 (See site for details)
  • 26 Station Lane
  • Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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All Aboard! The Polar Express™ comes to life this holiday season as the Saratoga & North Creek Railway rolls out of the Saratoga Springs station bound for the “North Pole!” Climb...

Traders and Culture: Colonial Albany and the Formation of American Identity

June 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The character and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley have roots in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the early inhabitants of the region, their beliefs, relationships, and interacti...

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