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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

'Tute for Tots- a preschool program

September 09, 2014 to December 16, 2014 (Every Tuesday)
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Location: Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA)
  • Venue: Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA)
  • Admission: Fees cover all 7 weeks; $70 for non-member, $60 for members
  • 125 Washington Ave
  • Albany, NY 12210
  • Phone: 518-463-4478
  • Visit Website

‘Tute for Tots classes give children, and parents a chance to discover the Albany Institute, and the world of art together. In this program we'll explore in the galleries, read stories, have a g...

2014 Exhibition By Artists Of The Mohawk-Hudson Region

September 27, 2014 to January 19, 2015

The Albany Institute of History & Art is pleased to present the 78th Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region. Established in 1936, this annual, juried exhibition pays tribute to the many...

3rd Annual Holiday Market

December 03, 2014
  • Times: From: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Location: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center
  • Venue: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center
  • Admission: Free!
  • 25 Quackenbush Sq (Corner of Broadway & Clinton Ave.)
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-434-1217
  • Send Email

Bigger and better than ever, the Holiday Market is back! With shop specials, unique Albany gift items, local artisans and specialty shops selling their own items. This market event is the perfect pl...

Annual Holiday House Tour

December 14, 2014
  • 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 a part of our mission to promote the appreciation of Albany's magnificent architecture, Historic Albany hosts an annual Holiday House Tour showcasing 10-15 historic buildings in December. The tour...

Art for All- a family program

October 11, 2014 to December 27, 2014

Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative. Activities include paper pieced quilts, yarn lacing designs, printmaking, collage, and more! Watch for guest Art for All appearances...

Brad Mehldau Trio

December 14, 2014

Over the past two decades, no artist has done more to extend and refine the piano trio's possibilities than Brad Mehldau. Along with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, the trio is at...

Building Time

November 24, 2014 to February 23, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the last Monday)

The Building Blocks of the City Room at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center will be open the last Monday morning of each month, November 2014- February 2015, for children accompanied by adults to...

Celebrating 100 Years of the Carousel

November 29, 2014
  • 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

We're celebrating the centennial of the State Museum's Carousel this month. The Carousel is located on the 4th floor of the Museum and is a favorite attraction among visitors of all ages. The Caro...


December 15, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Palace Performing Arts Center
  • Venue: Palace Performing Arts Center
  • Admission: $28, $38, $48 & $58
  • 19 Clinton Avenue
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

In CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE, Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginati...

City Tree Lighting

December 03, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 5:00 PM
  • Location: Albany City Hall
  • Venue: Albany City Hall
  • Admission: Free
  • 24 Eagle St
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: 518-434-2032
  • Visit Website

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan will host a tree lighting ceremony at Albany City Hall on Wednesday, December 3 at 5 p.m. in honor of the holiday season. The tree lighting will include refreshments, a perf...

Family Fun Day

August 16, 2014
  • 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.

Gabriel Iglesias

December 05, 2014

Gabriel Iglesias brings his "Unity Through Laughter" tour to the Palace Theatre on December 5. Iglesias is one of America's most successful stand-up comedians and he performs in sold-out con...

Holiday Greens Boutique

December 05, 2014 to December 06, 2014
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Location: Pruyn House
  • Venue: Pruyn House
  • Admission: Free
  • 207 Old Niskayuna Road
  • Latham, NY 12110
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Sponsored by the Fort Orange Garden Club, this event will be held for two days on Friday and Saturday, December 5th and 6th from 10-5 pm each day in the Verdoy Schoolhouse at the Pruyn House Complex, ...

Home for the Holidays: Thanksgiving Weekend

November 28, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Special activity schedule: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28 from 10AM-5PM Photographs with Saint Nicholas: 10AM-5PM Live Reindeer on lawn near Washington Avenue: 12PM-4PM Make Your Own Ornaments...

John Oliver at The Palace Theatre

December 13, 2014

John Oliver is an Emmy and Writer's Guild Award winning writer. His HBO show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events. On his oc...

Shaker Christmas Craft Fair

November 01, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Find perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list at our annual Christmas Craft Fair! Over 50 regional crafters and artisans are represented, offering thousands of items for your perusal. Jewelry...


December 05, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Venue: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Admission: $24
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12223
  • Phone: 518-473-1845

Solas is the quintessential Irish-American band that continues to define the path for the Celtic music world and drive the genre forward with fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old tunes, comp...

Steve Hackett - Genesis Extended

November 23, 2014
  • Times: Starting: 7:30 PM
  • Location: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Venue: The Egg (Swyer Theater)
  • Admission: $58, $48, $38
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12223
  • Phone: 518-473-1845
  • Visit Website

Steve Hackett revisits the ground-breaking prog-rock classics from his years as guitarist for the legendary band Genesis, such as The Musical Box, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight and Supper's Ready.

TasteNY Holiday Expo

December 07, 2014
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Location: New York State Museum
  • Venue: New York State Museum
  • Admission: $5 per person, children 12 and under free, Cash only
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12230
  • Phone: 518-473-0559
  • Visit Website

For five hours the Museum will be transformed into a bustling shopping emporium for the state's finest specialty items, including cheese, chocolates, apples, hand-crafted beer, wine and spirits, maple...

The 58th Annual Holiday Greens Show

December 04, 2014 to December 07, 2014
  • Times: From: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Location: Historic Hart-Cluett House
  • Admission: $7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children over 4, FREE for children under 4
  • 59 Second Street
  • Troy, NY
  • Phone: 518-272-7232
  • Visit Website

The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) and the Van Rensselaer Garden Club will present the 58th Annual Greens Show, December 4 - 7, 2014. This year's theme is Countdown to Christmas. The ...

The Secret Garden!

November 21, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

A Classics on Stage Production Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman Music by Lucy Simon Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett Directed by Producing Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli...

UNDERCOVER: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets and Bed Hangings

October 11, 2014 to March 08, 2015

In the private space of the bedroom, the world takes center stage. There, on the elevated platform of the bed, matters of politics, international trade, social events, religion, and cultural affairs c...

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