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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

2016-2017 Plaza Ice Rink

December 02, 2016 to March 12, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, weather permitting
  • Location: Empire State Plaza
  • Venue: Empire State Plaza
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12242
  • Phone: 518-474-4759
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Hours: Every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather dependent. The rink will be closed daily from 3 to 4 p.m. for maintenance. Cost to Skate: Free Skate Rental: $3 for children 12 and under and $4...

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...

Los Lobos performing in The Egg's American Roots & Branches Concert Series

January 29, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 7:30 PM
  • Location: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Venue: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Admission: $49.50, $39.50, $34.50
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12223
  • Phone: 518-473-1845
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The Egg has announced that Los Lobos will perform on Sunday, January 29th at 7:30 PM as part of the "American Roots & Branches" concert series. Using musical molds built on the blues...

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...

2017 Elite Bridal Expo!

January 22, 2017
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Admission: FREE Tickets - Register Today!
  • 222 Madison Avenue
  • Albany, NY 12203
  • Phone: 518-207-5398
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Come meet some of the Capital Regions most distinguished Wedding Professionals at the 2017 Elite Bridal Expo. This year’s event will be held at the super modern New York State Museum in downtown...

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...

7th Annual PAWS Bowling 2017

February 12, 2017
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Location: Playdium Bowling Center
  • Venue: Playdium Bowling Center
  • Admission: $25 Per Person, Fundraising, Team Sponsor Options
  • 363 Ontario St
  • Albany, NY 12208
  • Phone: 5184497119ext113
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BOWLING FOR PAWS! A FUN-Raiser for Pets are Wonderful Support Sunday, February 12th at 11 AM – 3 PM Playdium Bowling Center, Albany Albany, NY - Our 7th annual BOWLING FOR PAWS fundraiser wi...

Albany Gun Show

January 21, 2017 to January 22, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Starting: 9:00 AM
  • Location: Empire State Plaza Convention Center
  • Venue: Empire State Plaza
  • Admission: General: $7.00 Children 12 & under: Free with Parent Seniors: $5.00
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12242
  • Phone: 607-748-1010
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The Albany Gun Show will be held on Jan 21st - 22nd, 2017 in Albany, New York. This Albany gun show is held at Empire State Plaza Convention Center and hosted by New York State Arms Collectors Associa...

Amazing China: New Year Spectacular by National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts

February 04, 2017

Featuring performances from the renowned National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (Beijing, China), including Beijing Opera excerpts, traditional Chinese instrumental music, Chinese vocal, Chinese mag...

Brainfood for the Curious - Turned to Stone: The Processes of Fossilizati

January 24, 2017

Huxley Theater | Adults | Free Everyone has seen a fossil, from simple corals to elaborate dinosaur skeletons. But how do fossils form? State Paleontologist, Dr. Lisa Amati will explain the different...

Brainfood for the Curious: Turned to Stone: The Processes of Fossilization

January 24, 2017
  • Times: From: 12:10 PM to 12:30 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum - Huxley Theater
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
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Huxley Theater | Adults | Free Everyone has seen a fossil, from simple corals to elaborate dinosaur skeletons. But how do fossils form? State Paleontologist, Dr. Lisa Amati will explain the different...

Brainfood for the Curious: Short Talks at Lunchtime “Ecosystems out of the Ice Age”

February 07, 2017
  • Times: From: 12:10 PM to 12:30 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum - Huxley Theater
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: Free
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
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Huxley Theater | Adults | Free At the height of the last Ice Age nearly twenty-five thousand years ago, New York is almost entirely covered in ice. As the ice melts, land is open for colonization by ...

Creative Spirits: Tangles and Tea

January 28, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 1:00 PM
  • Location: The Hyde Collection
  • Admission: $30 for members; $40 for nonmembers
  • 161 Warren Street
  • Glens Falls, NY 12801
  • Phone: 518-792-1761
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Relieve stress with friends while creating your own artwork with beautiful patterns and textures. Using colored pencil and ink pen, participants will create their own adult coloring book page based on...

Dobbs-Dikener-Botes Trio

February 16, 2017

Wendell Dobbs, ?ölen Dikener and Johan Botes perform sensible music for flute, cello and piano by pre- to post-romantic composers conveying passion, joy and sentimentalism through sound.

Family Fun Day

January 21, 2017

Check with Main Lobby Desk for location | Families | Free Each third Saturday of the month, the Museum offers fun for the whole family with games, crafts, and other theme-based activities.

Gallery Talk: Lorna Bieber

January 21, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
  • Location: The Hyde Collection
  • Admission: Free with Museum admission
  • 161 Warren Street
  • Glens Falls, NY 12801
  • Phone: 518-792-1761
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Artist Lorna Bieber will describe the means and motivations by which she creates her photo murals and photo montages of the natural world, featured in the exhibition Forces of Nature. By manipulating ...

Latin America in Song

February 13, 2017

Vocalists Celia Castro, Anna Tonna and Celeste Mann join pianist Max Lifchitz for an evening devoted to songs of love and longing by composers from Spain and Latin America.

Learn-to-Skate Clinic

December 03, 2016 to March 04, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday)

Learn-To-Skate Clinic sponsored by BlueShield of Northeastern New York. Clinics will be offered on December 3, January 7, February 4 and March 4. Online pre-registration required.  Clinics off...

Night Sky Adventure Lecture at miSci

January 17, 2017
  • Times: From: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Location: miSci
  • Venue: Museum of Innovation and Science
  • Admission: Cost: Admission to miSci ($10.50 adult, $7.50 child age 3-12, $9 senior 65+), Free for miSci members.
  • 15 Nott Terrace Heights
  • Schenectady, NY 12308
  • Phone: 518-382-7890
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Tonight's lesson: Exploring Pluto The New Horizons mission flew past Pluto back in July of 2015, and astronomers are still analyzing the images the spacecraft sent back. Help us re-discover Pluto lea...

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!

Palissimo Company

February 03, 2017

Often described as both human and humane, this interdisciplinary company’s works merge the abstract aspects of dance with the nonlinear qualities of theatre and mise-en-scène into multidi...

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...

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...

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...

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