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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
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‘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...

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...

Building Time

November 24, 2014 to February 23, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the last Monday)

The Building Blocks of the City Room at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center will be open the last Monday morning of each month, November 2014- February 2015, for children accompanied by adults to...

Celebrating 100 Years of the Carousel

November 29, 2014
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230

We're celebrating the centennial of the State Museum's Carousel this month. The Carousel is located on the 4th floor of the Museum and is a favorite attraction among visitors of all ages. The Caro...

Home for the Holidays: Thanksgiving Weekend

November 28, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Special activity schedule: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28 from 10AM-5PM Photographs with Saint Nicholas: 10AM-5PM Live Reindeer on lawn near Washington Avenue: 12PM-4PM Make Your Own Ornaments...

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 Secret Garden!

November 21, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

A Classics on Stage Production Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman Music by Lucy Simon Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett Directed by Producing Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli...

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

Civil War History: Special Presentation by Harold Holzer and Double Book Signing

November 24, 2014

Harold Holzer, one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, will speak about the Civil War, his new book on President Lincoln and the catalog for the State Museum...

Nature of November

November 28, 2014
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 2:00 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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The clamor of the growing season has quieted down and the brilliance of October has given way to the browns and grays of late autumn. What is happening in nature in November? Come join us for an aft...

Twill’s Children Fashion Show & Company Launch Event

November 29, 2014
  • Times: 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Location: Taste
  • Admission: $25 in advance, $40 at the door
  • 45 Beaver Street
  • Albany, NY 12209
  • Phone: 518-505-4817
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Join us to celebrate the launch of Twill and learn more about our mission to help local children with the gift of a warm and inspiring blanket. The event will feature Marissa Lanchak from FLY 92, who ...

Waddle Walk

November 29, 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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Looking for a way to work off those yummy holiday treats? Our "waddle walk" is a fun way to get outside for some fresh air and vigorous exercise. We will hike 2.6 miles over rolling terrai...

On-Going Events

67th Troy Turkey Trot

November 27, 2014
  • Times: 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
  • Fourth and Fulton Street
  • Troy, NY 12180
  • Phone: 518-273-5552
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Join us Thanksgiving Day for the 67th Troy Turkey Trot, the 11th largest Turkey Trot in the nation. People can participate in the 5k and 10k, as well as the Turkey Walk and Grade School Mile.

FitSimple Training & Wellness Info / Demo Session & Shopping Night

November 24, 2014
  • Times: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: Athleta - Crossgates Mall
  • Admission: FREE
  • 1 Crossgates Mall Road
  • Albany, NY
  • Phone: 518-350-4445
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If you're looking for information about the latest in on-line and in-home personal training, fitness programs and corporate wellness, join us to find out more! For the guys out there, you're welcome t...

Live Music Event - Big Creek

November 29, 2014
  • Times: 6:30pm
  • Location: Cafe NOLA
  • Admission: Free
  • 617 Union Street
  • Schenectady, NY 12305
  • Phone: 518-357-8628
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Big Creek creektunes.com Big Creek will be playing and taking their mix of American roots music and seasoning it with a dash of Cajun.

Live Music Event - From The Heartland

November 28, 2014
  • Times: 6:30pm
  • Location: Cafe NOLA
  • Admission: Free
  • 617 Union Street
  • Schenectady, NY 12305
  • Phone: 518-357-8628
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Black Friday Anti-shopping Event with From the Heartland From the Heartland is an all-acoustic band which has its roots first and foremost in American and American-influenced music, including classi...

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...

MVP Healthcare Presents- Gary Gait FREE Lacrosse Clinic

November 29, 2014

FREE Lacrosse Clinic

Poets Speak Loud

September 30, 2013 (Recurring monthly on the last Monday)
  • Times: 7:00PM
  • Location: McGeary's
  • Admission: Donation
  • 4 Clinton Square
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-308-8466
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Open Mic for Poetry and Spoken Word

Standing in Two Worlds: Iroqois in 2014

April 01, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in April and Nov.; 10 to 5 p.m. all others. Closed Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving Day
  • Location: Iroquois Indian Museum
  • Admission: $8 adults. $5 children. Group rates available
  • 324 Caverns Road
  • Howes Cave, NY 12092
  • Phone: 518-296-8949
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The new exhibit, “Standing in Two Worlds: Iroquois in 2014”,showcases Iroquois art which explores contemporary issues including the environment, the digital/disposable age, the impact of ...

Thanksgiving Traditions of the Past at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown

November 28, 2014 to November 29, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Location: The Farmers' Museum
  • Admission: $12 adults (13-64), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 juniors (7-12), children 6 and younger and members of the New York State Historical Association admitted free.
  • 5775 State Highway 80 (Lake Rd.)
  • Cooperstown, NY 13326
  • Phone: 888-547-1450
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Discover how rural New Yorkers celebrated Thanksgiving in the 1840s. The Farmers' Museum is the ideal setting to spend time with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. See traditional Thank...

The Comedy Works

April 25, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)

The Comedy Works presents outstanding talent every Friday & Saturday night @ 7:30 & 9:30 pm at our NEW LOCATION! "Dinner and a Show" packages also available both nights, seating at...

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