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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...

Alexander Hamilton, Albany and The First Church in Albany

December 10, 2016

Following up on the documentary "Hamilton's Albany", the First Church in Albany will be hosting tours on Saturday, December 10 at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. First Church historians wil...

Guided Tour of the New York State Capitol Building

October 10, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Saturday)

Staring on Saturday August 8 tours of the Capitol will be offered on the second Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Reservations are required. All Saturday tours will be limited to a ma...

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

City Beer Hall's House Party

February 27, 2016 to December 31, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 11:00 PM
  • Location: City Beer Hall
  • Venue: City Beer Hall
  • Admission: No cover
  • 42 Howard St.
  • Albany, NY 12207
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Albany's only 90s Dance Party! DJ starts at 11 pm. 

Club Night with DJ Costa at Jupiter Hall

December 10, 2016

You are cordially invited to enjoy complimentary entry at Jupiter Hall Albany - Saturday, December 10th inside Lucky Strike Social at Crossgates Mall! Join us for the ultimate nightclub experience ...

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides through Capital Holiday Lights

November 25, 2016 to January 01, 2017 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides through Capital Holiday Lights Horse drawn carriage rides are offered Thursday through Sunday evenings at the Madison Avenue entrance to the Park by Saratoga Horse and Carr...

Matinee performances - Theatre Institute at SAGE presents Alice in Wonderland The Musica

November 30, 2016 to December 15, 2016 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Times: Starting: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Theatre Institute at Sage
  • Venue: Russell Sage College
  • Admission: Adults: $15 - Senior and Students: $12
  • 45 Ferry St
  • Troy, NY 12180
  • Phone: 518-244-2248
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Matinee performances weekdays (call to inquire about seating availability) Wednesday - Friday at 10am November 30 - December 15   Lewis Carroll's unflappable young heroine takes a tumble...

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!

Rascals Holiday Open House

December 09, 2016
  • Times: From: 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
  • Location: Rascals, Crossgates Mall
  • Admission: $40 - $60
  • One Crossgates Mall Road
  • Albany, NY 12203
  • Phone: 518-426-4099
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Tired of the standard, stuffy Christmas party? Join Rascals for their holiday open house—filled with great music, fab food and good people—and help a local charity that’s doing amazi...

Ten Broeck Mansion Holiday House Tea

December 10, 2016

Holiday House Teas at the Ten Broeck Mansion. Two sittings. Pre-Paid reservations required. Sit with friends and enjoy a traditional tea in the formal dining room. Enjoy the lovely rooms and halls ...

Theatre Institute at SAGE presents Alice in Wonderland The Musical

December 02, 2016 to December 11, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Theatre Institute at Sage
  • Venue: Russell Sage College
  • Admission: Adults: $15 - Senior and Students: $12
  • 45 Ferry St
  • Troy, NY 12180
  • Phone: 518-244-2248
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Lewis Carroll's unflappable young heroine takes a tumble down an enchanted rabbit hole to an off-kilter world of mock turtles, dancing flora, punctual rabbits, and mad tea parties. Whimsy and wordplay...

Trivia Night at LAX

March 09, 2016 to December 28, 2016
  • Times: From: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location: LAX On Lark
  • Admission: Free to play!
  • 205 Lark St.
  • Albany, NY 12210
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Trivia Night with Chad Koenig! Great prizes, drink specials, & more! 

On-Going Events

20th Annual Price Chopper Capital Holiday Lights

November 27, 2016 to January 03, 2017 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location: Washington Park
  • Venue: Washington Park
  • Between Washington, Madison, S. Lake and Willett
  • Albany, NY 12203
  • Phone: 518-435-0392
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November 25, 2016 - January 3, 2017 Sundays - Thursdays from 6 - 9 pm Friday and Saturdays from 6 - 10 pm Washington Park The Lake House will be closed December 24 & 25 as well as Decemb...

20th Annual Price Chopper Capital Holiday Lights

December 02, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Location: Washington Park
  • Venue: Washington Park
  • Between Washington, Madison, S. Lake and Willett
  • Albany, NY 12203
  • Phone: 518-435-0392
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The Lake House will be closed December 24 & 25 as well as December 31 and January 1-3, but the drive through show will still be running these days at the above times. Admission: Passenge...

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...

Camelot

November 25, 2016 to December 24, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Experience the magic and “shining moment” that is Camelot, one of America’s most beloved musicals, created for you in a fresh new staging only possible at theREP! The four-time Tony...

Challenger Adventure

November 07, 2015 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Times: 2pm-3pm
  • 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...

Dudley Observatory Senior Science Day

May 02, 2016 to February 06, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Monday)

miSci and the Dudley Observatory are committed to lifelong learning and have created programming specifically designed for senior citizens! Come explore the museum on a quiet afternoon, then join the ...

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...

Future Perfect: Picturing the Anthropocene

July 12, 2016 to December 10, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Museum Summer Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm Museum Hours (after August 27): Tuesday 10 am – 8 pm; Wednesday through Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday noon – 4 pm
  • Location: University at Albany Art Museum
  • Venue: University at Albany Art Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • 1400 Washington Ave
  • Albany, NY 12222
  • Phone: 518-442-4035
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Future Perfect is an artwork exhibit that explores the relationship humans have with the natural world. It aims to inform visitors how we view the past, the present, and how we might imagine the fut...

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...

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