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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...

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...

Amy Schumer

October 25, 2014

Be sure to get some of Amy Schumer's Comedy she hits the road next year. This is Schumer's second national tour with COMEDY CENTRAL which kicks off in January and stops at Albany's Palace Theatre on M...

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 ...

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. 

Monster Mash & Bash

October 25, 2014 to October 26, 2014
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: $5.00 per child, ages 2 and up.Cash only
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-474-5877
  • Visit Website

Toddlers to 10 year olds will laugh, celebrate and have Halloween fun with a host of kooky characters at the State Museum. Join in on the fun with creative craft projects, spooky storytelling, scary s...

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

Albany Devils Hockey against Hartford Wolf Pack

October 25, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 5:00 PM
  • Location: Times Union Center
  • Venue: Times Union Center
  • Admission: Tickets start at $17
  • 51 S Pearl St
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 1-800-745-3000
  • Visit Website

For some, the return of fall means thoughts of holidays, sweaters, or pumpkin spice everything - but it also means hockey season. The Albany Devils return in October, and they're ready to hit the ice.

Conehead Buddha with Hornitz

October 25, 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.

Havana Cigar Night at La Serre

October 25, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 6:00 PM
  • Location: La Serre Restaurant
  • Venue: La Serre Restaurant
  • Admission: Tickets are $65
  • 14 Green St (Off State St.)
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-463-6056
  • Visit Website

An intimate evening with Marvin Samel. Gourmet three-course meal includes three cigars. Reservations by calling 518.690.2222

Kids Halloween Discovery Day: Celtic Origins of Halloween

October 25, 2014

Trick-or-treating, "Jack-o-Lantern," carving pumpkins,other Halloween traditions traced to Ireland & Celtic New Year? Kids' Halloween Discovery Day explores the Celtic origins of many of...

Spectacular Spiders

October 25, 2014
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 2:30 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
  • Visit Website

Spiders are feared by many but are actually an important part of our ecosystem. Are you already a fan? Or just a little bit afraid? Come learn more about these crawling creatures in the Pine Bush and...

Storytelling Sundays

October 12, 2014 to October 26, 2014

Storytelling Sundays take place October 12, 19, 26 in the Iroquois Indian Museum's historic 1850s log cabin, with Mohawk story teller Amanda Tarbell. The story sessions start at 1 p.m. and last abo...

The Arch Stanton Quartet CD Release Party

October 25, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Location: Parish Public House
  • 388 Broadway
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-465-0444
  • Visit Website

The Arch Stanton Quartet, based in upstate New York, is putting a new spin on bop and post-bop jazz, with funk and Latin grooves, expansive improvisation, and inventive original tunes steeped in the t...

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 ...

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...

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise

April 27, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Every Sunday)

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...

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...

Mindfulness Meditation: A Rejuvenating Mini-Retreat

October 25, 2014
  • Times: 1:30 - 5:00pm
  • Location: Mandala Room
  • Admission: $35 until October 15th ($40 beginning October 16th)
  • 596 New Loudon Rd.
  • Latham, NY 12110
  • Phone: 518-786-6556
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  • Visit Website

Take a break from the stresses of daily life with a restorative afternoon of mindfulness meditation (Vipassana). This is a mini-meditation course that is useful for beginners as well as experienced m...

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
  • Send Email
  • 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...

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