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Looking for something to do? You've come to the right place! There are dozens of museums, planetariums, historic sites, art galleries, and events happening 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!

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Listed below are just a few of the many events happening every day and night in Albany County. 

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Signature Events

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...

School Break Fun - Zoo In the Sky

April 18, 2017

Meet a lion, bears and other animals of the night sky. Appropriate for children grades preK – 2 and their families.

Spotlight: Erie Canal

March 25, 2017 to August 20, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Commemorating the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal

They Built America: The Workers of the Erie Canal

March 30, 2017

Capital Repertory Theatre will be at the museum to perform a 1-hour play about the real men, women and children who built the Erie Canal! Igniting this momentous anniversary in New York State history,...

Women's Suffrage in New York State

March 01, 2017 to March 31, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: From: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Location: Empire State Plaza
  • Venue: Empire State Plaza
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza, Capitol Corridor
  • Albany, NY 12242
  • Visit Website

This exhibit, located in the Capitol corridor, which connects the state house to the Empire State Plaza, includes imagery of pro- and anti-suffrage propaganda with historic photographs of the women wh...

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...

2nd Annual Clucks and Pucks for LLS

March 25, 2017

Join Little Dog Advertising and the Albany Devils for our 2nd Annual Clucks and Pucks, a family-friendly fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Saturday, March 25th! This event brings t...

2nd Sunday of Each Month Ballroom Dance

February 14, 2016 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Sunday)
  • Times: 6-7 PM
  • Location: Ukrainian-American Citizens Club
  • Admission: $10 for Workshop, $10 for dance, buffet and group lesson
  • 1 Pulaski Street
  • Cohoes, NY 12047
  • Phone: 518-727-3525
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2nd Sunday of Each Month Ballroom Dance NO PARTNER NEEDED! NEW DANCERS WELCOME! Dance the night away under the whimsical décor created by Wendy J. Jules Julian ( Professional Dancer...

39th Annual Photo Regional

March 17, 2017 to April 21, 2017

The Annual Photo Regional formed in response to the lack of a single survey exhibit strictly focused on photography, has become a staple of the local exhibition season, highlighting new and establishe...

A Trip to Asia in a Cup: Fundamentals of Tea

April 04, 2017
  • Times: 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Voorheesville Public Library
  • Admission: Free
  • 51 School Road
  • Voorheesville, NY 12186
  • Phone: 518-765-2791
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Join Hayley Stevens Miller from Saratoga Tea & Honey and learn how to brew whole leaf teas and more.

Americans@Risk: Race Denial, Privilege, and Who Matters

March 24, 2017 to March 26, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Join Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region as we transform our history conference into the format of a historical Comic-Con. Americans@Risk is a broader undertaking than our previ...

Beer & The Erie Canal: 2017 Hudson Valley Hops

April 08, 2017
  • Times: 4-7PM
  • Location: Albany Institute of History & Art
  • Venue: Albany Institute of History & Art
  • Admission: In advance: $35 non-members/ $30 members. At the door: $40 non-members/$35 members
  • 125 Washington Ave
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 518-463-4478
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This fun, regional craft beer and cider tasting is a fundraiser for the museum and it’s an opportunity for the community to see brewing and distilling artifacts from the Albany Institute’s...

Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tours

April 20, 2017
  • Times: 5:30PM
  • Location: Albany Institute of History & Art
  • Venue: Albany Institute of History & Art
  • Admission: $15 per person, RSVP over phone or online
  • 125 Washington Ave
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 518-463-4478 ext 412
  • Visit Website

Curious about where we store our collections? Want to see some of the things that are not on view? Take a tour with curator Diane Shewchuk and get a glimpse behind-the-scenes at the oldest museum in N...

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...

Dance Heginbotham

April 20, 2017

Well-known for his dozen plus years as a dancer with Mark Morris Dance Group, Artistic Director John Heginbotham has quickly established his own company as one of the most adventurous and exciting on ...

Dave & Buster's Breakfast With The Easter Bunny

April 08, 2017
  • Times: 8:00-10:30 AM
  • Location: Dave & Busters
  • Venue: Dave & Buster's
  • Admission: see package details for pricing
  • 1 Crossgates Mall Road
  • Albany, NY 12203
  • Phone: 518-313-4500
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The Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event will be hosted in one of Dave & Buster's event spaces where food, beverages, and activities will be. As a guest of the event, you will have access to this...

Drink Schenectady

April 15, 2017
  • Times: 2 PM - 6PM
  • Location: Schenectady Armory Center
  • Admission: $35-$60
  • 125 Washington Ave
  • Schenectady, NY 12305
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The Capital Craft Beverage Trail proudly presents DRINK SCHENECTADY, an all local craft beverage celebration! Join us on April 15th in The Schenectady Armory in downtown Schenectady for one of the mos...

Easter Sunday Brunch Cruise

April 16, 2017
  • Times: Board 11AM, Sail 12-2:15PM
  • Location: Lake George Steamboat Company
  • Admission: Adults $55, Children 3-11 $20
  • 57 Beach Road
  • Lake George, NY 12845
  • Phone: 518-668-5777
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Cruise Lake George this Easter Sunday aboard the Lac du saint Sacrement. Pastry Station, Omelet Station, Bacon and Sausage, Home Fries, Texas French Toast, Tossed Salad, Tomato and Cucumber trays, R...

Erie Canal Concert

April 21, 2017

Dave Ruch is an award-winning musician who sings and plays music for all ages on an assortment of instruments including mandolin, spoons and more. During this multi-generational concert, Ruch will pre...

Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman #6

April 08, 2017

The Albany Symphony features a new work by one of America's most distinguished composers, Joan Tower. The Symphony will perform Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman #6, a work in a series by Tower....

Gallery Talk with Caroline Welsh

March 30, 2017
  • Times: 6:30 pm
  • Location: The Hyde Collection
  • Admission: $8 for members; $10 for nonmembers
  • 161 Warren St.
  • Glens Falls, NY 12801
  • Phone: 518-792-1761
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Exhibition curator Caroline Welsh will speak about her twenty-five-year association with Allen Blagden, his art, inspiration, and influences while touring the exhibition Marking the Moment, featuring ...

Good Friday Fish Fry aboard the Lac du St. Sacrement

April 14, 2017
  • Times: Board 5 PM, Sail 6-8PM
  • Location: Lake George Steamboat Company
  • Admission: Adults $20.17, Children ages 3-11 $18.17
  • 57 Beach Road
  • Lake George, NY 12845
  • Phone: 518-668-5777
  • Send Email
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Good Friday Fish Fry Join us for a Good Friday Fish Fry aboard The Lac du Saint Sacrement. This weekend marks 200 years of continual service for The Lake George Steamboat Company. On April 15th, 1817...

Hiking & Backpacking: Workshop with Ondatra Adventures

April 08, 2017

We are happy to partner with David M. Muska from Ondatra Adventures to learn about backpacking and hiking. This event will take place at one of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy preserves. Please vis...

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