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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

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
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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...

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 ...

John Mayer

March 31, 2017

John Mayer performing at the Times Union Center March 31. Doors open at 6:30PM, show starts at 7:30PM

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

March 26, 2017
  • Times: 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Location: The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence
  • Admission: Free
  • 194 Livingston Avenue
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 518-432-4432
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Visit one of New York’s most fascinating stops on the Underground Railroad and hear the story of Stephen Myers, who, after gaining his freedom, turned his home into a refuge for people escapin...

Mensa Admission Test Session

March 26, 2017

Mensa, the High IQ Society, will be holding a test session at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science, on Sunday, March 26th 2:30 – 5:00. Applicants scoring in the top two percent of the g...

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!

Soups and Stews

March 30, 2017
  • Times: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Voorheesville Public Library
  • Admission: Free
  • 51 School Road
  • Voorheesville, NY 12186
  • Phone: 518-765-2791
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Karen Roberts Mort of the Cornell Cooperative Extension presents tried and true tips to help you create soups and stews from simple ingredients. Sample some nourishing and warming dishes, take home a...

University Symphony Orchestra

March 26, 2017

With conductor Christopher David Neubert, this large UAlbany ensemble presents works representing outstanding repertoire from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods of the 20th and 21st centuries...

When Women Lead: Intersectional Perspectives on Working for Social Justice

March 29, 2017

The City of Albany invites you to celebrate Women's History Month with the program When Women Lead: Intersectional Perspectives on Working for Social Justice on March 29 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Free a...

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
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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 ...

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