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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

The Fab Faux

April 29, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 7:30 PM
  • Location: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Venue: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Admission: $67; $49; $39
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12223
  • Phone: 518-473-1845
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The Fab Faux "Rhythm International" Concert Series at The Egg April 29, 2017 at 7:30pm Unlike tribute bands who sport wigs and period costumes, The Fab Faux instead features some of...

Special Events

19th Century Landscape Photography

April 30, 2017

Tracing the trajectory of nineteenth-century photographers working in the eastern United States, this talk focuses on a vivid but often overlooked chapter of photography history. Eastern landscape pho...

For the Birds

April 30, 2017
  • Times: 4pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Baptist Church
  • Admission: Free/ donations accepted
  • 275 State Street
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 518-377-0930
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For the Birds: A Vocal Concert of Art songs, Arias and Popular Songs about Birds; performed by Students of Michael Clement; with Michael Clement, piano. Sunday April 30 at 4 pm; Emmanuel Baptist Chur...

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!

Vadim Astrakhan

April 26, 2017

This specialist on Russian Vladimir Vysotosky performs the 20th century bard's poetry through music and song.

Victoria von Arx

April 24, 2017

The pianist and UAlbany faculty member performs works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

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...

Alone In The Remote Place: The Pioneering Women Biologists of New York's Raptor Recovery Programs

April 27, 2017

McGrath will detail the contributions of the forgotten female scientists whose work restored the Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon to the wild during the state's raptor recovery projects. Following her ...

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...

Arbor Day with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy

April 28, 2017

Help the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy plant trees and beautify our new preserve in celebration of Arbor Day! Check out our website for more information. For the past 25 years, the Mohawk Hudson Lan...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

Kearney Cup Dodgeball Tournament

April 30, 2017
  • Times: 9 AM
  • Location: Siena College's Marcelle Athletic Complex
  • Admission: $500 a team, $50 a player
  • 515 Loudon Road
  • Loudonville, NY 12211
  • Phone: 5184625528Ext.13
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On April 30th at 10:00am, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany will host their 7th annual Kearney Cup Dodgeball Tournament. Taking place in the Marcelle Athletic Complex at Siena College, come and bar...

Live Music At The Ginger Man!

January 08, 2016 (Every Friday)

Live Music at The Ginger Man every Friday night! Click the website link for more details. 

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