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Nature at Your …

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68th Annual Tulip …

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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

17th Annual Albany History Fair

May 01, 2016

17th Annual Albany History Fair Homegrown History: Albany's Agricultural and Gardening Past  Discover the Capital City's rich heritage at the 17th Annual Albany History Fair! The May ...

18th Annual Mother of the Year Award

May 08, 2016

Mother of the Year Award 12PM, May 8, Local 518 Stage Mayor Sheehan and B95.5's Joe Condon recognize the Capital Region's most outstanding moms. Presented by St. Peter's Health Partners, Times Union...

Celebrate Film in NY: Youth FX Shorts Program & Scenes from As You Are

May 01, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Clark Auditorium
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230

"Celebrate Film in New York," is a series of free screenings of films shot in upstate New York. Created in partnership with the New York State Museum, the New York State Governor's Office ...

Champagne In the Park

May 05, 2016

Champagne In The Park is the BID's annual fundraiser. This event honors members of the greater Lark Street community & helps to support the BID as we work to provide the resources necessary to str...

Drawing Up Central

May 07, 2016
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM
  • Location: Between N. Lake and Quail Street
  • Admission: $10.00
  • 283 Central Avenue
  • Albany, NY 12206
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DRAWING UP CENTRAL 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 283 Central Avenue (between N. Lake & Quail) The City of Albany and the Central Avenue Business Improvement District present this community-wide event fea...

Farmers Market

May 04, 2016 to October 28, 2016 (Every Wednesday, Friday)

The New York State Office of General Services (OGS) is host to a year-round Farmers’ Market program. Farmers’ Markets are a great way to support local business, promote healthy foods and...

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...

Jon Mueller: Concert for Solo Acoustic Percussion

May 23, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Shaker Heritage Society
  • Admission: $10
  • Phone: (518) 456-7890 x23 o
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"You have to bring in this question of energy, where they get their energy from. The energy of the Shakers, as I see it, is what's extraordinary." -Jacob Needleman, philosopher jon muelle...

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

April 29, 2016 to May 15, 2016 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Times: Tuesday, 10 am - 8 pm; Wednesday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday, noon - 4 pm.
  • Location: University at Albany Art Museum
  • Venue: University at Albany Art Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • 1400 Washington Ave
  • Albany, NY 12222
  • Phone: 518-442-4035
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On view April 29 through May 15, 2016 Artists' Reception: Friday, May 6, 5 - 7 pm Museum Hours: Tuesday, 10 am - 8 pm; Wednesday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday, noon - 4 pm. Closed May 5...

Peter Wolf & The Midnight Travelers Celebrate the Release of New Recording

May 13, 2016

Peter Wolf will celebrate the release of his new recording with a concert on Friday, May 13th at 8 PM as part of the American Roots & Branches concert series. The legendary voice of the J. Geil...

Royal Tulip Ball

May 07, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 6:30 PM
  • Location: Peter D. Kiernan Plaza
  • Venue: Peter D. Kiernan Plaza
  • 575 Broadway
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518.382.3884 x 187

ROYAL TULIP BALL 6:30pm, Peter D. Kiernan Plaza (575 Broadway) An elegant evening of dining and dancing to honor the new Tulip Queen & Court. Proceeds benefit Capital Repertory Theatre and the M...

Shaker Barn Storming Weekend!

May 21, 2016
  • Times: Shaker Heritage Society
  • Location: Shaker Barn Storming Weekend
  • Admission: $10 per person
  • Phone: (518) 456-7890 x23
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Back by popular demand! Join us for a special behind-the-scenes tour of the 1915 Church Family barn. This tour is offered as a series with Hancock Shaker Village and Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon. Visit...

Street Scrubbing

May 06, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 12:00 PM
  • Location: State & Lodge Streets
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 518-434-2032
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STREET SCRUBBING Noon, State & Lodge Streets The traditional Dutch ceremony of scrubbing the streets clean before a big celebration has served as the official kickoff to Tulip Festival weekend ...

Tulip Festival Luncheon

May 06, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 12:30 PM
  • Location: 60 State Street
  • Admission: $48.47 – $380.75
  • 60 State Street
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-434-2032
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TULIP FESTIVAL LUNCHEON 12:30 p.m., 60 State Street Immediately following the street scrubbing, the Tulip Festival Luncheon is a farewell and thank you to 2015 Albany Tulip Queen Alexandra Cronin an...

Tulip Queen Coronation Ceremony

May 07, 2016

TULIP QUEEN CORONATION 12:00PM Washington Park Lakehouse Stage  Mayor Sheehan & B95.5's Chad O'Hara crown the 68th Albany Tulip Queen in this traditional highlight of Tulip Festival weeke...

Tulip Tours

May 06, 2016
  • Times: 10:00am, 1:00pm and 5:30 pm
  • Location: Washington Park
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 518-434-2032
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TULIP TOURS 10:00am, 1:00pm & 5:30pm, Washington Park Learn more about the vast variety of flowers planted for Tulip Fest with City Gardener Jessica Morgan. Free. Spaces are limited and reservat...

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

1st Friday Albany

January 01, 2016 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday)
  • Times: From: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location: Various Locations throughout Albany
  • Admission: Free!
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1st Friday in Albany is a monthly arts and culture event that takes place on the 1st Friday of every month, from 5:00 until 9:00 PM, in various neighborhoods throughout the city.Since its beginnings...

2nd Sunday of Each Month Ballroom Dance

February 14, 2016 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Sunday)
  • Times: 6-7 PM
  • Location: Ukrainian-American Citizens Club
  • Admission: $10 for Workshop, $10 for dance, buffet and group lesson
  • 1 Pulaski Street
  • Cohoes, NY 12047
  • Phone: 518-727-3525
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2nd Sunday of Each Month Ballroom Dance NO PARTNER NEEDED! NEW DANCERS WELCOME! Dance the night away under the whimsical décor created by Wendy J. Jules Julian ( Professional Dancer...

35 Years of Iroquois Art: A Retrospective. Opening Reception!

April 30, 2016
  • Times: From: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Iroquois Indian Museum
  • 324 Caverns Rd
  • Howes Cave, NY 12092
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Join the Iroquois Indian Museum for the opening reception of the featured exhibition; 35 Years of Iroquois Art- A Retrospective on Saturday, April 30th from 2-4. This exhibition features highli...

AndersonPonty Band

May 25, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 7:30 PM
  • Location: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Venue: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Admission: $35, $45, $55
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12223
  • Phone: 518-473-1845
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Jon Anderson, the original lead vocalist of the legendary rock band YES, and Jean-Luc Ponty the undisputed master of jazz fusion on the violin join forces to revisit their respective repertoires wit...

Apple Blossom Festival 2016

May 07, 2016
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Riverview Orchards
  • Admission: Free & Open to The Public
  • 600 Riverview Rd.
  • Rexford, NY 12203
  • Phone: 518-371-2174
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  Shenendehowa Rotary in conjunction with the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway and Riverview Orchards will be holding their 3nd annual Apple Blossom Festival. The Apple Blossom Festival wi...

Arlo Guthrie: Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary

May 06, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 7:30 PM
  • Location: The Egg
  • Admission: $39.50, $49.50, $59.50
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12223
  • Phone: 518-473-1845
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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Fruit & Veggie Prints

May 25, 2016

Olana had great success with new programs for our littlest visitors last year and so have decided to add new programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block...

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