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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!


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

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Signature Events

Erie Canal Re-Imagined

July 01, 2017 to October 07, 2017
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Mabee Farm Historic Site
  • Venue: Mabee Farm Historic Site
  • Admission: $5 Adults/$8 combined tour & exhibits/Children are free
  • 1080 Main St
  • Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150
  • Phone: 518-887-5073
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To celebrate the Erie Canal's bicentennial, Dana Hatchett worked with historical photos of the Erie Canal from the SCHS library. The result? A great visual adventure in pencil, conte crayon, and charc...

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...

Schuyler's Canal Revolution

September 21, 2017

Phil Lord, a former curator at the New York State Museum, will trace the evolution of canals and navigation experiments fostered by Schuyler's initiative, first begun in 1792 with the formation of the...

Spotlight: Albany and Anti-Suffrage

September 07, 2017
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Location: Albany Institute of History & Art
  • Venue: Albany Institute of History & Art
  • Admission: Adults $10, Seniors/Students $8, Children 6-12 $6, Children under 6 free.
  • 125 Washington Ave
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 463-4478
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2017 marks the centennial of women's suffrage in New York State. There is no suffrage story without the anti-suffrage story. Discover New York's capital's "anti" movement through the...

The Irish and the Erie Canal

April 19, 2017 to October 29, 2017 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

The Irish were involved from start to finish, from originally proposing the concept a hundred years before a shovel was even put into the ground, to the routing, to its design, to securing support f...

Special Events

Always Know Your Pal

May 02, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center
  • Admission: $5 Adults
  • 2 Museum Lane
  • Waterford, NY 12188
  • Phone: 518-238-0809
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The Erie Canal celebrates its 200th Anniversary beginning this year across New York State. The museum presents "Always Know Your Pal", an exhibit that shares with visitors the histo...

Brows That Wow!

September 21, 2017
  • Times: 6-8pm
  • Location: Complexions Spa
  • Admission: $50
  • 221 Wolf Rd
  • Albany, NY 12205
  • Phone: 518-489-5231
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We’re welcoming all ladies to join us for a BROW PARTY where you’ll learn how to shape your brows, what products work best, receive a FREE brow wax and learn about the benefits of our 3D B...

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!

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site Lecture: Schuyler's Canal Revolution

September 21, 2017

Phil Lord, a former curator at the New York State Museum, will trace the evolution of canals and navigation experiments fostered by Schuyler's initiative, first begun in 1792 with the formation of the...

On-Going Events

"Laini Nemett: When We Lived Here"

August 26, 2017 to December 03, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Artist Laini Nemett works with cardboard models, collage, and large-scale oil paintings to create architectural environments that explore the idea of home in the exhibition When We Lived Here. Nemett ...

"Last Call: A Collaborative Oratorio" Art Exhibition Opens at Wood Theatre

September 16, 2017 to September 30, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Noon - 9 p.m.
  • Location: Charles R. Wood Theatre
  • Admission: Free
  • 207 Glen St.
  • Glens Falls, NY 12801
  • Phone: 518-798-8512
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North Country Arts will open their "Last Call: A Collaborative Oratorio Art exhibition on September 16 at the Charles R. Wood Theatre in Glens Falls. The exhibition, was created by North Country...


September 05, 2017 to November 27, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: 10am- 6pm
  • Location: Union College, Wikoff Student Gallery
  • Admission: Free and Open to the Public
  • Schenectady, NY 12308
  • Phone: 518-388-6000
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“What would you talk about if asked to tell a story?” This is the question, Union College Senior, Sophie Rosen, asked over twenty friends and classmates to create the series of expressive ...

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...

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...

Enterprising Waters: New York's Erie Canal

September 14, 2017 to October 20, 2019 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

The Erie Canal directed the course of New York and American history. When it opened in 1825, this "boldest and biggest American engineering project of its century" unlocked the Western inter...

Ice Ages

January 03, 2017 to February 28, 2019 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

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...

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...

OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernández confronts Frederic Church at Olana

May 14, 2017 to November 05, 2017 (Recurring daily)

The Olana Partnership/Olana State Historic Site is pleased to announce the ground-breaking, an innovative collaboration between The Olana Partnership and the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisner...

Schuyler Mansion Special Focus Tour: When Alexander Hamilton Called Albany Home

May 18, 2017 to October 29, 2017 (Every Sunday, Thursday)

Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), was a remarkable political figure who was "actively involved in nearly every aspect of the nation's founding" and, as the son-in-law of Major-General Philip...

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site: 2017 Season

May 17, 2017 to October 29, 2017

Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00AM to 5:00PM. Beginning at 11:00a.m., tours are offered on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 4:00p.m. As pre-registered groups, focus tours, and site events ma...

The Fashionable Portrait

July 15, 2017 to March 31, 2018 (Recurring daily)

This exhibition brings together fourteen paintings and four miniature portraits from the Albany Institute's collection to specifically highlight nineteenth century fashion as depicted in the work of p...

The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute

July 08, 2017 (Recurring daily)

This exhibition explores a visual history of the United States during the 19th century with over 80 paintings by artists such as Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Jasper Cropsey, Asher Durand, and others.

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