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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...

Spotlight: Erie Canal

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

Commemorating the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

An Iliad

March 10, 2017 to April 02, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Tues. - Thurs at 7:30 pm; Fri. & Sat. at 8 pm; Sat at 3 pm, Sun at 2pm; Weds 3/22 at 2pm
  • Location: Capital Repertory Theatre
  • Venue: Capital Repertory Theatre
  • Admission: $20-$55 (student w/ID $16)
  • 111 N. Pearl St.
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-445-7469
  • Visit Website

An Iliad at theREP! Thrilling storytelling explodes across the stage in this sprawling yarn based on Homer’s epic poem. This Obie Award-winning adaptation spins the familiar tale of gods and go...

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...

Capital District Garden & Flower Show

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

The Capital District Garden & Flower Show at Hudson Valley Community College marks the annual arrival of spring to upstate New York. It's been a tradition for 30 years for 15,000 annual visitors ...

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...

Elementary and Middle School Art Exhibit - St. Mary's School, Waterford

March 09, 2017 to April 24, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm (4pm starting April 1); Saturday 10am-3pm; Sunday 11am-3pm
  • Location: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center
  • Venue: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center
  • Admission: Free Admission!
  • 25 Quackenbush Sq (Corner of Broadway & Clinton Ave.)
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-434-0405
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The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center invites all to view the artwork created by students of St. Mary’s School in Waterford, NY. The colorful and imaginative artwork on display is created by ...

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...

Liberty Con 2017 - Americans@Risk: Race, Denial, Privilege, and Who Matters

March 25, 2017

Costumed re-enactors, web based games, Where's Stevie? competition, Art Exhibition, MarketPlace, student poster displays, panel presentations and round table conversations fill the program with engagi...

Lorna Bieber: Forces of Nature

January 21, 2017 to May 14, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: The Hyde Collection
  • 161 Warren Street
  • Glens Falls, NY 12801
  • Phone: 518-792-1761
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Lorna Bieber’s photo murals and montages look like snatches of memories and elusive recollections of familiar images. Comprised of stock media photography manipulated in scale and medium, and th...

Marking the Moment: The Art of Allen Blagden

February 14, 2017 to April 16, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 pm Sunday
  • Location: The Hyde Collection
  • Admission: Museum admission
  • 161 Warren Street
  • Glens Falls, NY 12801
  • Phone: 518-792-1761
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Allen Blagden, a distinguished American contemporary realist painter, is renowned for his paintings of birds, animals, and people, as well as the landscapes of New England and the Adirondacks. Blagden...

Nineteenth-Century American Sculpture: Erastus Dow Palmer and His Protégés Launt Thompson, Charles C

June 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Designed to showcase the museum's nationally known collection of mid- to late-nineteenth-century sculpture, this exhibition features twenty plaster, marble, and bronze sculptures, and framed bas-relie...

Saturday Night Mainstage

October 29, 2016 to June 24, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Times: From: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Location: The Mopco Improv Theatre
  • Admission: $15
  • 10 North Jay Street
  • Schenectady, NY 12305
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Saturday Night Mainstage will feature two-time Best of the Capital Region recipient The Mop & Bucket Company in TheatreSports (TM) Created by living improv legend Keith Johnstone and developed at ...

Traders and Culture: Colonial Albany and the Formation of American Identity

June 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The character and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley have roots in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the early inhabitants of the region, their beliefs, relationships, and interacti...

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