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Looking for something to do? There are dozens of museums, planetariums, historic sites, art galleries, and higher education institutions 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

Annual Holiday House Tour

December 13, 2015
  • Times: From: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Albany Historic Homes
  • Admission: $15-$30, see below for details
  • Phone: (518) 465-0876 x10
  • Visit Website

As part of our mission to promote the appreciation of Albany's magnificent architecture, Historic Albany Foundation hosts an annual Holiday House Tour showcasing 10-15 historic buildings in December. ...

City Tree Lighting

December 02, 2015
  • Times: Starting: 4:30 PM
  • Location: Albany City Hall
  • Venue: Albany City Hall
  • Admission: Free
  • 24 Eagle St
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-434-2032
  • Visit Website

The tree lighting ceremony kicks off with a concert by Amy Heebner on the historic Albany City Carillon beginning at 4:30. Mayor Sheehan, members of the Albany Tulip Court and city officials will ligh...

Family Fun Day

July 18, 2015 to December 19, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday)
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-486-4845
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The Museum offers fun for the whole family with games, crafts, and other theme-based activities.

Farmhouse Breakfast with Santa

December 12, 2015 to December 13, 2015
  • Times: From: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Location: Goold Orchards, Inc.
  • Venue: Goold Orchards, Inc.
  • 1297 Brookview Station Rd
  • Castleton, NY 12033-3166
  • Phone: 518-732-7317

Guided Tour of the New York State Capitol Building

October 10, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Saturday)

Staring on Saturday August 8 tours of the Capitol will be offered on the second Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Reservations are required. All Saturday tours will be limited to a ma...

Italian Christmas Market

December 04, 2015 to December 06, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Share with us in this truly old Italian Tradition in our Museum building. Our Exhibit rooms will be transformed into market places filled with many items for you to enjoy, with something for almost ...

Let's Go Take A Trip

January 03, 2015 to December 05, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday)
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-474-5877
  • Visit Website

Meet at Main Lobby Desk ? Ages 4-6 years old The first Saturday of the month take a trip and be a time traveler throughout the Adirondack Wilderness, New York Metropolis, Native Peoples' Longhouse...

Skating at the Empire State Plaza Ice Rink

December 04, 2015 to March 05, 2016

General Rink Information ·         Hours: Every day from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., weather dependent. ·     &...

Swinburne Ice Skating Rink

December 04, 2015 to March 04, 2016
  • Location: Albany's Swinburne Skating Rink
  • Admission: Free
  • 810 Clinton Ave
  • Albany, NY
  • Phone: 518-434-5699
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The ice rink is open seven days a week. Learn to Skate and a Learn to Play Hockey programs are now available for kids age 5-9. The programs are free of charge unless you need to rent skates ($3). H...

Trash to Treasure

December 05, 2015
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-474-5877
  • Visit Website

Classrooms 2 and 3  Trash to Treasure features an art project using manufacturing mistakes and materials destined for the landfill. Museum art instructor, Peggy Steinbach invites you to spend an...

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...

Special Events

"Us and The Game Industry"

December 03, 2015
  • Times: 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Location: Opalka Gallery on Sage College Campus
  • Admission: free
  • 140 New Scotland Ave.
  • Albany, NY 12208
  • Phone: 518-292-8607
  • Send Email
  • Visit Website

This documentary film explores the motivations and processes of computer game designers at the frontier of experimental game development. According to the Los Angeles Times, "It should absorb gam...

3rd Annual Gifted Artisan Fair at Albany Barn

December 04, 2015

On Friday, December 4th, Albany Barn will present an exhibition of “giftable” original artwork, locally produced food, beverages, music, and more as part of our 3rd annual Gifted artisan f...

A Christmas Story

December 14, 2015

Kinderhook Bank Movie Series presents A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story, The Musical!

November 27, 2015 to December 27, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Based on the motion picture A CHRISTMAS STORY written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, this joyous musical follows 9-year-old ...

A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA

February 14, 2015 to December 31, 2015

The New York State Museum will open a new exhibition featuring Shaker photographs on February 14. A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA features the photography of Noel Vicentini and do...

African Drum and Dance Classes

September 19, 2015 to December 26, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Times: Saturdays From: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Location: The Barn
  • Admission: $15 for individual class, $100 for 10-class package
  • 56 2nd Street
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 917-520-9831
  • Visit Website

Join instructors Atito & Lisa for African & Afro-Caribbean dance for all ages and skill-levels!  Classes will be accompanied by live djembe drumming, and students will learn trad...


December 28, 2015

Kinderhook Bank Movie Series presents Aladdin. FAMILY FUN DAY!

All You Can Eat Wings at Smokey Bones

June 22, 2015 to December 28, 2015 (Every Monday)
  • Times: 9 p.m.-close
  • Location: Smokey Bones
  • Admission: $10.99
  • 1557 Central Avenue
  • Colonie, NY 12205
  • Phone: 518-464-9971
  • Visit Website

Turn your Monday night munchies into a delicious all-you-can-eat wing-fest at Smokey Bones. For only $10.99*, you can enjoy unlimited wings from 9 p.m. to close every Monday. It’s on like wing s...

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