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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
  • Visit Website

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...

2017 MAAC College Fair

March 03, 2017

MAAC colleges and universities will have representatives on hand to provide academic information to Capital Region high school students during the MAAC College Fair on the first floor of the Albany Ca...

Bounce to the Albany Capital Center

March 04, 2017
  • Times: Registration begins at 10 a.m.
  • Location: Albany City Hall to Albany Capital Center
  • Venue: Albany City Hall
  • Admission: FREE
  • 24 Eagle St
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-383-6183
  • Visit Website

The Bounce to the Albany Capital Center will welcome local children to dribble basketballs from the steps of Albany City Hall to the entrance of the Albany Capital Center. The first 200 participants w...

Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest

March 03, 2017
  • Times: From: 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Location: Albany Capital Center
  • Venue: Albany Capital Center
  • Admission: $8 online, $10 at the door
  • 55 Eagle Street
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-434-1217 ext. 100
  • Visit Website

You're invited to celebrate the return of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men's and Women's Basketball Championships to downtown Albany with the second annual "Hannaford MAAC-n-Chee...

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...

MAAC Band Jam

March 03, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 12:00 PM
  • Location: West Capitol Park
  • Admission: FREE
  • State Street
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 518-383-6183
  • Visit Website

Pep bands and spirit squads from Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) colleges and universities will spread excitement about the return of the MAAC Basketball Championships to downtown Albany wit...

Special Events

1st Friday Albany

January 01, 2016 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday)
  • Times: From: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location: Various Locations throughout Albany
  • Admission: Free!
  • Visit Website

1st Friday in Albany is a monthly arts and culture event that takes place on the 1st Friday of every month, from 5:00 until 9:00 PM, in various neighborhoods throughout the city.Since its beginnings...

Chortle Kombat

February 18, 2017 to April 01, 2017 (Every Saturday)

An all-out rumble between two improv behemoths, directing a cast of seasoned improv comedy pros. The goal? Vanquish their opponent and take home the glory of sweet, hilarious victory! WARNING: This...

Learn-to-Skate Clinic

December 03, 2016 to March 04, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday)

Learn-To-Skate Clinic sponsored by BlueShield of Northeastern New York. Clinics will be offered on December 3, January 7, February 4 and March 4. Online pre-registration required.  Clinics off...

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
  • Send Email
  • Visit Website

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!

Sister Maureen Joyce Center Dinner

February 28, 2017

Join us for a Mardi Gras celebration to support the Sister Maureen Joyce Center! Price includes dinner, with beer, wine and soda. We are delighted this year to honor our Community Partners – al...

The Other Mozart

March 01, 2017

This “gem of a show” [London’s The Stage] is the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer who performed throughout E...

Wampum World: An Art Installation by Rene Ridgway

March 04, 2017

Exhibition Opening Celebration

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...

Captured Moments: 170 Years of Photography from the Albany Institute

February 01, 2017 to May 01, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st day)

The Albany Institute of History & Art's newest exhibition Captured Moments: 170 Years of Photography from the Albany Institute will run from January 28-May 21, 2017. Elephants marching down...

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...

Conor Backman: A Clock and Map Minute

February 02, 2017 to March 01, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Conor Backman's first solo museum exhibition will feature paintings, assemblages, and sculptures completed within the last five years. Lushly depicted fruit trees, tinted glass panels, cast-resin oran...

Dave McKenzie: An Intermission

February 02, 2017 to March 01, 2017

Known for his multi-disciplinary performances, sculptures, and videos, Dave McKenzie is a keen observer of the ways in which larger truths are embedded in words and images from everyday life. Are imag...

First Friday Art Show and Wine Tasting

January 06, 2017 to October 06, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday)
  • Times: From: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Location: IL FARO restaurant & bar
  • Admission: Free
  • 698 N Pearl St
  • Albany, NY 12204
  • Phone: 518-463-2208
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  • Visit Website

First Friday Art Show and Wine Tasting

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
  • Visit Website

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...

Ice Ages

January 03, 2017 to February 28, 2019

This long-term exhibition explores both the landscape and animals of the Pleistocene, or Ice Ages, of New York. Over the last two million years, New York has experienced several Ice Ages interspers...

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