Albany and Central New York

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  • 1. Freihofer's Jazz Festival

    Festivals

    Some of the hottest jazz musicians stop at the Freihofer's Jazz Festival in June for two days of music to kick off summer. ...Read More

  • 2. Capital Repertory Theatre

    Theater

    The Capital Repertory Theatre is an intimate space for musicals, comedies, and dramas. ...Read More

  • 3. Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival

    Festivals

    National and international groups perform at the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, held at the Farmers' Museum throughout August. ...Read More

  • 4. Empire State Performing Arts Center

    Arts Centers

    Though balanced on a platform that reaches six stories underground, the futuristic Empire State Performing Arts Center, known as the Egg, appears...Read More

  • 5. Freedom Park

    Concerts

    Freedom Park comes alive from June through August with free outdoor concerts of jazz, blues, rock, and polka. Shows start at 7 pm on Wednesday. ...Read More

  • 6. Glimmerglass Opera

    Opera

    Area opera devotees staged a performance of La Bohème at the local high school in 1975. Twelve summers later the company they went on to form...Read More

  • 7. Lake George Opera Festival

    Festivals

    Free pre-opera talks provide some background on the operas performed at the Lake George Opera Festival, which runs for two weeks at the start...Read More

  • 8. Larkfest

    Festivals

    During the daylong, early September street festival Larkfest, more than 100 crafts and food booths line the streets. A separate area for kids...Read More

  • 9. Music Haven Concert Series

    Concerts

    Local, national, and internationally known musicians perform as part of the Central Park Concert Series. The outdoor concerts start at 7 pm...Read More

  • 10. New York State Theatre Institute

    Theater

    The New York State Theatre Institute, a family-oriented professional theater company, presents plays and musicals from September to May. ...Read More

  • 11. Palace Theatre

    Music

    The spectacular Palace Theatre, a restored movie-and-vaudeville house, hosts pop concerts and touring Broadway shows. It's the home of the ...Read More

  • 12. Proctor's Theatre

    Theater

    Proctor's Theatre, a 1926 vaudeville theater with chandeliers, balconies, and 2,700 seats, is one of the crown jewels of the capital region...Read More

  • 13. Revolution Hall

    Music

    Local and touring bands play the popular The converted 18th-century warehouse hosts jazz, blues, and folk acts. ...Read More

  • 14. Saratoga Chamber Music Festival

    Festivals

    The Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, a celebration of music written for ensemble groups, is offered for several days through the Saratoga Performing...Read More

  • 15. Saratoga County Arts Council

    Film

    Changing exhibits in this 2,000-square-foot art gallery and theater-performance space showcase works by local as well as nationally known artists...Read More

  • 16. Saratoga Performing Arts Center

    Arts Centers

    The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The open-air venue, with...Read More

  • 17. Stanley Center for the Arts

    Arts Centers

    At the 2,945-seat Stanley Center for the Arts you can see touring Broadway shows and enjoy performances by the Mohawk Valley Ballet and the...Read More

  • 18. Times Union Center

    Arts Centers

    National music acts, the circus, and wrestling all make stops at the 16,000-seat Times Union Center. ...Read More

  • 19. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

    Concerts

    The beaux arts Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, considered one of the few acoustically perfect concert halls in the world, attracts top international...Read More

  • 20. Tulip Festival

    Festivals

    Hundreds of thousands of tulips are at their peak during the Tulip Festival, a three-day weekend festival in mid-May celebrating Albany's Dutch...Read More

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