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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

'Tute for Tots- a preschool program

September 09, 2014 to December 16, 2014 (Every Tuesday)
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Location: Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA)
  • Venue: Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA)
  • Admission: Fees cover all 7 weeks; $70 for non-member, $60 for members
  • 125 Washington Ave
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 518-463-4478
  • Visit Website

‘Tute for Tots classes give children, and parents a chance to discover the Albany Institute, and the world of art together. In this program we'll explore in the galleries, read stories, have a g...

1st Annual Halloween Bash at The Hollow

October 31, 2014

Death of a Contract Brewer 1st Annual Halloween Bach at The Hollow with Mirk & Wild Adriatic Doors Open at 8 PM Costume Contest with over $2000 in cash and prizes Walk the De...

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...

Art for All- a family program

October 11, 2014 to December 27, 2014

Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative. Activities include paper pieced quilts, yarn lacing designs, printmaking, collage, and more! Watch for guest Art for All appearances...

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 ...

Grounded a play by George Brant

October 30, 2014 to November 19, 2014
  • Times: Times vary- see description
  • Location: Locations vary- see description
  • Phone: 518-244-2248

The Theatre Institute at Sage (TIS) and Women Against War (WAW, Albany Chapter) are working together to produce George Brant's new play Grounded. The play is the final performance project of graduatin...

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. 


November 01, 2014

The Egg has announced that it will present the "Johnny Winter Remembrance Concert" on Saturday, November 1st at 7 PM as part of the American Roots & Branches concert series. The sh...

Monster Scramble 5K, 10K, and 1 mile family-fun walk

November 01, 2014
  • Times: Registration 8:30am Run Starts at 10am
  • Location: Oakwood Cemetery
  • Admission: Runner: $25 pre-event / $30 day-of the event. Walker: (age 3 and up) $5 pre-event / $10 day-of.
  • 50 101st Street
  • Troy, NY 12180
  • Phone: 518-464-0112
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"A Wicked Run That's Wicked Fun!" A Halloween-themed, chip-timed fundraising run with prizes awarded to top fundraisers, top overall finishers, the best in each age category, and for best co...

Shaker Christmas Craft Fair

November 01, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Find perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list at our annual Christmas Craft Fair! Over 50 regional crafters and artisans are represented, offering thousands of items for your perusal. Jewelry...

The Jayhawks at The Egg

October 30, 2014

The Egg has announced that The Jayhawks will perform on Thursday, October 30th at 7:30 PM as part of the American Roots & Branches concert series. Touring with their 1997 touring lineup - Gary...

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

Consider the Source & Mister F

October 31, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Location: Parish Public House
  • 388 Broadway
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-465-0444
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Get dressed up and come see the most high energy Halloween show in town as local favorites Mister F team up with another crowd favorite, Consider the Source!

Lemon: The Movie

November 01, 2014

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...

Twiddle with MUN

October 30, 2014

Chances are you know about The Hollow's reputation for great shows. This month, there are a number of opportunities to experience it for yourself.

Where O' Where are White Tailed Deer?

November 01, 2014
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 12:30 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
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What is able to leap a six foot fence in a single bound in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve? Come and join us for an exciting program on the largest mammal that lives here in the Pine Bush. We will start...

Zendaya & Bridgit Mendler

October 30, 2014

Disney Stars Zendaya & Bridgit Mendler Together for One Night Only! Multi-talented actress and Hollywood Records Platinum-Selling Artist, Zendaya, recently released her self-titled 2013 debut ...

On-Going Events

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 ...

End of Season Party - The Refrigerators

November 01, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 7:00 PM
  • Location: The Boathouse Grille
  • Admission: Please visit Boathousegrille.com for registration information
  • 80 Shady Harbor Drive
  • New Baltimore, NY 12124
  • Phone: 518-756-7300

The last of the summer music series at Shady Harbor Marina. Celebrate the end of the boating season wit everybody's favorite cover band, The Refrigerators.

Film: Bram Stoker's Dracula

October 31, 2014
  • Times: 7:30 PM
  • Location: University at Albany Downtown Campus, Page Hall
  • Admission: Free
  • 135 Western Ave.
  • Albany, NY 12203
  • Phone: 518-442-5620
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Directed by Francis Ford Coppola (U.S., 1992, 128 min., color) With Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins One of the great horror spectacles of its time, the film manages to be faithful to the or...

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise

April 26, 2014 to November 01, 2014 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy a narrated scenic trip on the Hudson River on our Sightseeing Cruise from 1:00pm-2:30pm. Boat will begin boarding at 12:30pm. Cruise departs from 141 Broadway, Albany, NY 12202 and sails South t...

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