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Oct 18

Farmer's Market

05/03/2017 — 10/27/2017
Oct 18

Hudson River …

04/29/2017 — 10/28/2017
Oct 27

Guided Walking Tour

04/28/2017 — 10/27/2017
Nov 1

Special Tours …

11/01/2017 — 02/28/2018
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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

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

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...

Claire Messud (author reading)

October 17, 2017

Join the NYS Writers Institute for a reading with Claire Messud, major contemporary fiction writer and author of The Burning Girl. Event will take place at 8:00pm in the Campus Center Assembly Hall.

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site Commemoration

October 17, 2017

Evening reception and ribbon cutting in honor of the hundredth anniversary of Schuyler Mansion becoming a state historic site. Please check https://parksnygov at a later date for further information a...

On-Going Events

"Capitol Hauntings" Tours

October 02, 2017 to October 31, 2017 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Weekdays Throughout October: Join the "ghost hunting" Capitol Tour Guides as they take you through the "hot spots" of the Capitol. Brave visitors will make their way to the exact s...

"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 ...


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...

Haunted History Pub Crawl

October 17, 2017
  • Times: 5:30, 6:15 and 7:00
  • Admission: Tickets are $20 for Members of Historic Albany Foundation & Albany County Historical Association, $25 for the General Public
  • 9 Ten Broeck Place
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 518.465.0876,ext.14
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Tickets: $20 for HAF and ACHA Members | $25 for non-HAF and ACHA Members Begin your ghost hunt with a tour of Ten Broeck Mansion, one of the most haunted public sites in Albany. Trained docents will ...

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...

Normans Kill East and West: A Hike

October 17, 2017

Normans Kill East and West: A Hike

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...

Student Recitals

October 17, 2017

These performances of solo and ensemble music are by student singers and instrumentalists.

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.

The Wedding of the Waters: Erie Canal and the Underground Railroad

July 03, 2017

The Wedding of the Waters exhibit provides more information about the role that the Erie Canal played for freedom seekers. For many, the Erie Canal served as the last leg of the underground railroad, ...

The Wedding of the Waters: Erie Canal and the Underground Railroad

July 03, 2017 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

The Wedding of the Waters exhibit provides more information about the role that the Erie Canal played for freedom seekers. For many, the Erie Canal served as the last leg of the underground railroad, ...

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...

Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany

October 07, 2017 (Recurring daily)

The Victorian era has received renewed public interest with the recent first season of the PBS television series Victoria, which chronicles the life of the British monarch. Garments produced during th...

Whole New Ballgame Exhibit

November 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will tell the story of baseball's most recent era in its Whole New Ballgame exhibit. The Museum's newest permanent exhibit, located in the Janetschek Gall...


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