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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

Albany Gun Show

January 21, 2017 to January 22, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Starting: 9:00 AM
  • Location: Empire State Plaza Convention Center
  • Venue: Empire State Plaza
  • Admission: General: $7.00 Children 12 & under: Free with Parent Seniors: $5.00
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12242
  • Phone: 607-748-1010
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The Albany Gun Show will be held on Jan 21st - 22nd, 2017 in Albany, New York. This Albany gun show is held at Empire State Plaza Convention Center and hosted by New York State Arms Collectors Associa...

Family Fun Day

January 21, 2017

Check with Main Lobby Desk for location | Families | Free Each third Saturday of the month, the Museum offers fun for the whole family with games, crafts, and other theme-based activities.

Gallery Talk: Lorna Bieber

January 21, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
  • Location: The Hyde Collection
  • Admission: Free with Museum admission
  • 161 Warren Street
  • Glens Falls, NY 12801
  • Phone: 518-792-1761
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Artist Lorna Bieber will describe the means and motivations by which she creates her photo murals and photo montages of the natural world, featured in the exhibition Forces of Nature. By manipulating ...

Night Sky Adventure Lecture at miSci

January 17, 2017
  • Times: From: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Location: miSci
  • Venue: Museum of Innovation and Science
  • Admission: Cost: Admission to miSci ($10.50 adult, $7.50 child age 3-12, $9 senior 65+), Free for miSci members.
  • 15 Nott Terrace Heights
  • Schenectady, NY 12308
  • Phone: 518-382-7890
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Tonight's lesson: Exploring Pluto The New Horizons mission flew past Pluto back in July of 2015, and astronomers are still analyzing the images the spacecraft sent back. Help us re-discover Pluto lea...

Open Mic Night

December 10, 2015 (Every Thursday)
  • Times: 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Hudson River Coffee House
  • Admission: Free
  • 227 Quail Street
  • Albany, NY 12203
  • Phone: 518-449-2174
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Join the Hudson River Coffee House for a night of fun at our Open Mic Night! From live music to poetry readings, you won't want to miss out on our talented performers!

On-Going Events

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...

Challenger Adventure

November 07, 2015 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Times: From: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Venue: Museum of Innovation and Science
  • Admission: Children (3 -12) accompanied by an adult, admission + $5 Seniors (65+), admission + $8 Adults (13+), admission + $10
  • 15 Nott Terrace Heights
  • Schenectady, NY 12308
  • Phone: 5183827890x236
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Join other museum visitors in this out-of-this-world experience! See what it's like to do experiments in space and take home a souvenir from your experience. Based on NASA astronaut training, the Ch...

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...

Improv Jam!

October 27, 2016 to June 29, 2017 (Every Thursday)
  • Times: From: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location: The Mopco Improv Theatre
  • Admission: $5
  • 10 North Jay Street
  • Schenectady, NY 12305
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Half show, half class, half party, a jam is 150% a great way to spend your Thursday night at The MopCo. It's an opportunity for new improvisers and veterans alike to get on stage, stretch their skills...

Live Music At The Ginger Man!

January 08, 2016 (Every Monday, Thursday, Friday)

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

Lorna Bieber: Forces of Nature

January 21, 2017 to May 14, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: The Hyde Collection
  • 161 Warren Street
  • Glens Falls, NY 12801
  • Phone: 518-792-1761
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Lorna Bieber’s photo murals and montages look like snatches of memories and elusive recollections of familiar images. Comprised of stock media photography manipulated in scale and medium, and th...

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...

Reel Seafood Sunday Brunch

September 25, 2016 (Every Sunday)

Make your stay in Albany memorable! 

Saturday Night Mainstage

October 29, 2016 to June 24, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Times: From: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Location: The Mopco Improv Theatre
  • Admission: $15
  • 10 North Jay Street
  • Schenectady, NY 12305
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Saturday Night Mainstage will feature two-time Best of the Capital Region recipient The Mop & Bucket Company in TheatreSports (TM) Created by living improv legend Keith Johnstone and developed at ...

Spontaneous Broadway!

January 07, 2017 to January 28, 2017 (Every Saturday)

Created by Kat Koppett in association with Freestyle Repertory Theatre Co. in New York City, SPONTANEOUS BROADWAY is a fictional backers audition for a new Broadway musical. Act one: Audience members...

Sunday Night Blues Jam

May 08, 2016 (Every Sunday)

Sunday Night Blues Jam

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

December 07, 2016 to February 24, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm; Saturday 10am-3pm; Sunday 11am-3pm
  • Location: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center
  • Venue: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center
  • Admission: Free admission
  • 25 Quackenbush Sq (Corner of Broadway & Clinton Ave.)
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 118-434-0405
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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'...

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...

Troy Maker's Market

January 07, 2017 to April 29, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Times: From: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Location: Troy Atrium
  • Admission: Free!
  • 4 3rd St
  • Troy, NY 12180
  • Phone: 518-279-7997
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The Troy Makers Market is a market of local craft vendors which is held in conjunction with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. The markets take place Saturdays in the Troy Atrium from 9:00am - 2:00pm...

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