albany.jpgAlbany, N.Y. -- Albany celebrates its history, diversity, culture and more when August arrives in the Capital City on the Hudson.

The Times Union Center features AC/DC, Jamie Foxx, Daniel O'Donnell & Mary Duff and the American Idols Tour. The Empire State Plaza hosts African-American Family Day, with Latin Festival taking place in Washington Park. The Altamont Fair opens mid-month and brings city and country together for agricultural competitions, farm animals, rides, games and more. At the University of Albany Campus, the New York Giants return for the 14th consecutive year to hold their training camp. And, Albany continues to celebrate the 400th anniversary of its discovery with special lectures, exhibits and programs. The nearby Town of Bethlehem celebrates the discovery at Henry Hudson Park with waterfront activities, period-costumed performers and music. For the most up-to-date information about these and other special events in New York's Capital City, plus information about special overnight packages, visit http://www.albany.org/. 8/1/2009 African-American Family Day Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12242 (518) 473-0559 Times: Noon - 7 pm http://www.empirestateplaza.org/ Celebrate a diverse blend of art, music, culture and history with performances, food, vendors and displays.  *********************** 8/1/2009 & 8/2/2009  Shear Madness Capital Repertory Theater 111 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 462-4531 info@capitalrep.org The longest running play in American Theatre history is a wacky whodunit set in a hairstyling salon  *********************** 8/1/2009 Clarksville Heritage Day and Car Show Clarksville Community Church State Route 443 Clarksville, NY 12041  518-768-8133 Times: 9 am - 3 pm The Clarksville Historical Society's Fourth Annual Clarksville Heritage Day and Car Show with great food, village wide garage sale, crafts and children's activities. ******************** 8/1/2009 Howe Caverns 80th Anniversary Celebration Howe Caverns 255 Discovery Drive Howes Cave, NY 12095 (518) 296-8900 Times: 9 am -9 pm http://www.howecaverns.com/ The Northeast's great cave celebrates its 80th anniversary of re-opening to the public in 1929. Music by Flame and Back 40. Refreshments and tours available. The Cave House Museum of Mining & Geology will be open for tours. Unveiling of Orange County Choppers cave-themed motorcycle among the day's features.  *********************** 8/2/2009 AC/DC Times Union Center 51 S. Pearl St Albany, NY 12207  (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com http://timesunioncenter-albany.com/ Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $91.50 ******************** 8/2/2009 Bill Bragg in Concert The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223   (518) 473-7773  info@theegg.org Time: 7:30 pm Tickets: $34.50 British singer/performer Bill Bragg's music is a blend of poetry and political comment, with a dash of romance. ********************************* 8/3/2009-8/25/2009 New York Giants Football Training Camp University at Albany - Uptown Campus 1400 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12222   (518) 442-5566 http://www.albany.edu/ Times: Vary. For the 14th consecutive year, the New York Giants hold their training camp here in the Capital City at the University at Albany. Albany is the longest of any camp location in the team´s 83-year history.  ********************************* 8/4/2009-8/16/2009 Seussical Jr. Park Playhouse Washington Park Albany, NY Box Office (518) 434-0776 parkplay@aol.com Times: 5:30 pm, Tues.-Sun. Free theater performances that bring to life favorite Dr. Seuss characters including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and Lazy Mayzie. ********************************* 8/4/2009 Dream Theater: Progressive Nation 2009 Tour Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-3334 Time: 6:30 pm Admission: Varies. Featuring Zappa Plays Zappa, Big Elf and Scale the Summit. ********************************* 8/5/2009 Hair of the Dog - Irish Night at the Barn Pruyn House 207 Old Niskayuna Road Newtonville, NY 12128   (518) 783-1435  pruynhouse@colonie.org Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00pm Donations:  $5.00 Adults | $2.00 Children 8-13 | Free for children under age 8. Come early and enjoy the buildings and gardens on the grounds Vendors are available for dinner. ********************************** 8/6/2009 & 8/13/2009 Alive at Five Albany's Riverfront Park at Corning Preserve Times: 5 pm - 8 pm Admission:  Free Alive at Five has kept downtown Albany's spirits high after work on Thursdays throughout the summer for 20 years. Featured Performers: 8/6 -- Soul Night with the Neville Brothers.: 8/13-- Reggae Night with the Original Wailers: ******************** 8/7/2009 & 8/21/2009 Duck into History - Journey Up the Hudson with Henry and the Stars Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square Albany, NY 12207 http://www.albany.org/ or http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ 518-462-3825 Admission: Adults, $18.00 | Children (ages 4-12), $18.00 Celebrate Albany's 400th anniversary of discovery and the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first observations. Begin by journeying along the river aboard the Albany Aqua ducks. Then, journey to the skies in the Henry Hudson Planetarium in the Visitors Center. Reservations required. ******************** 8/8/2009 CARAMA 2009 Central Park Wright Avenue Schenectady, NY  (518) 346-7625 http://www.carama.org/ Admission: Free 10th Annual Caribbean Carnival/Festival. Parade and festival with live entertainment including The Chosen Few Reggae Band and Lady G.  Food, crafts and children's activities. ******************** 8/7/2009 Arabian Night Best Western Sovereign Hotel 1228 Western Ave Albany, NY 12203  (518) 489-2981 carol33110@gmail.com Times: 7pm-11pm Tantalize your senses by joining the Best Western Sovereign Hotel for their first Arabian Night's evening.  You will be treated to a live performance by a professional belly dancer, a henna tattoo artist, and a DJ to help get you in the mood to party.  Traditional Mediterranean cuisine f will be served.  Seating is limited to the first 150 people.  For more information, please call us at 518-618-1123 and ask about the Arabian Night's package.  ********************************* 8/7/2009 1st Friday in Albany Starting at Upstate Artists Guild 247 Lark Street Albany, NY (518) 426-3501 Times: 4-8 pm Admission: Free. Board the Albany Trolley and visit numerous gallery openings, one-night shows, local shops and restaurants.  ********************************* 8/8/2009-8/9/2009 Canal Splash! Celebration Knickerbocker Historical Society Schaghticoke, NY 10154  (518) 459-5098 ardrigh_2000@yahoo.com Times: 10 am-4 pm Canal Splash is held in communities across upstate New York. It is a celebration of the beauty, culture and recreational appeal of New York State's canal system. At the Knickerbocker Mansion, there will be Revolutionary War re-enactors, mansion and cemetery tours.  ***************************** 8/8/2009 The Industrial Age of Cohoes - Hudson 400  Harmony Mill District   100 North Mohawk Street Cohoes, NY 12047  518-237-7999 Time: 2 pm Contact: Paul Dunleavy,  518-237-7999 or cohoes90@nycap.rr.com Sponsored by the Spindle City Historic Society, the tour includes the city's Mill District, the Erie Canal and a visit to the Turbine Room at Mill 3.  ***************************** 8/9/2009   Senior Sunday Sponsored by the City of Albany Office of Special Events and Volunteer Services City Hall Room 402 Albany, NY 12203   (518) 434-2032 http://www.albanyevents.org/ Times: 11:30 am-2:30 pm ******************** 8/10/2009 Daniel O'Donnell & Mary Duff Times Union Center 51 S. Pearl St Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com http://timesunioncenter-albany.com/ Time: 2 p.m. Admission: $87.00 | $&1.00 | $57.00 ******************** 8/10/2009 Colonie Town Band Concert - Hudson 400 Colonie Town Park 71 Schermerhorn Road Cohoes, NY 12047  (518) 783-2760 parks@colonie.org  Time: 7 pm  http://www.colonietownband.org/ An evening of music that features marches, light classics and popular tunes to commemorate the Hudson 400 Celebration. **************************** 5th Annual Great Hudson Valley Pedal Bike Tour 2009 8/11/2009  - 8/16/2009 Contact: Parks and Trails New York 29 Elk Street | Albany, NY 12207 518-434-1583 A six-day, 200-mile bicycle tour from Albany to New York City through the magnificent and historic Hudson Valley. *************** 8/11/2009  - 8/16/2009  Altamont Fair Altamont Fairgrounds 29 Grand St. | Altamont, NY 12009  (518) 861-6671 Times: 11 am-10 pm http://www.altamontfair.com/ A three-county fair consisting of animals, arts & crafts, 4H exhibits, entertainment, carnival games, rides and historical museum exhibits. ****************** 8/11/2009 Girls Night Out Tour: Cyndi Lauper & Rosie O´Donnell Proctors Theatre 432 State Street Schenectady, NY 12305  518) 382-3884 info@proctors.org http://www.proctors.org/ Time: 8 pm *********************** 8/15/2009 Ajkun Ballet Theatre Performs Cinderella The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-7773  info@theegg.org Time: 7:30 pm Admission: $29.00 Adult | $17 Child (ages 2-11 years) *********************** Bethlehem Voyage 400 - A Festival Commemorating Henry Hudson's 1609 Journey 8/16/2009     Henry Hudson Park  Barent Winne Road  Selkirk, NY Contact: Bethlehem Parks & Recreation 445 Delaware Ave | Delmar, NY 12054 (518) 439-4955   A day-long family event including waterfront activities, historical exhibits and tours, music, vendors, period -costumed performers and children's entertainment. ******************** 8/18/2009  The Allman Brothers Band with the Doobie Brothers Saratoga Performing Arts Center {SPAC} 108 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs, NY 12866   (518) 584-9330 http://www.spac.org/ Time: 7 pm ******************** 8/19/2009 American Idols Tour 2009 Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com http://timesunioncenter-albany.com/ Time: 2 pm Admission: $69.50 | $55.50 | $40.50 ******************** 8/19/2009 Ernie Williams at Ten Broeck Mansion Albany County Historical Association-Ten Broeck Mansion 9 Ten Broeck Place Albany, NY 12210-2524   (518) 436-9826 Times: 6:30 to 8:30 pm http://www.broeckmansion.org/ Concert in the garden. Bring blanket or lawn chair. Prepaid box lunches available by reservation. ********************************* 8/19/2009 Crailo State Historic Site Lecture Series - Hudson 400 9 1/2 Riverside Avenue Rensselaer, NY 12144  (518) 463-8738 Time: 6:30 pm http://www.nysparks.com/  Walter Wheeler, Senior Architectural Historian with Hartgen Associates, will present a lecture on 17th  Century Dutch Vernacular Architecture.  ****************************** 8/22/2009 Rain date: Sunday, Aug. 23 Family Program - Historic Cherry Hill Program Series - Hudson 400 Historic Cherry Hill 523 1/2 South Pearl Street  Albany, NY 12202   (518) 434-4791 info@historiccherryhill.org http://www.historiccherryhill.org/ Times: 1-4 pm Admission: Free. Second program in a series entitled: "Where the Past Beats the Present: The Cherry Hill Family´s View of their Hudson River Heritage," funded by the New York State Council for the Humanities, featuring interactive and game-based activities, ************************** 8/22/2009 Jamie Foxx: Intuition Tour 2009 Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  (518) 487-2000 info@timesunioncenter-albany.com http://timesunioncenter-albany.com/ Time: 2 pm Admission: $65.00 | $45.00 ************************** 8/24/2009-9/24/2009 MYTH & LEGENDS -- Summer Camp at eba Theater eba Dance Theater 351 Hudson Avenue Albany, NY 12210   (518) 465-9916  ebadance@eba-arts.org http://www.eba-arts.org/  Kids ages 7-12 will dance and develop characters to bring their own story to life! ************************** 8/26/2009 The Moody Blues in Concert Saratoga Performing Arts Center {SPAC} 108 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs, NY 12866   (518) 584-9330 http://www.spac.org/ Time: 8 pm  ********************************* 8/29/2009  Latin Festival in Washington Park Contact: City of Albany Office of Special Events and Volunteer Services City Hall Room 402 | Albany, NY 12203   (518) 434-2032 info@albanyevents.org http://www.albanyevents.org/ Times: 11 am-6 pm Admission: Free. Best in Latin music, food and craft vendors and children´s rides. ******************** 8/31/2009 Blink 182, Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French Saratoga Performing Arts Center {SPAC} 108 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs, NY 12866   (518) 584-9330 http://www.spac.org/ Time: 6:30 pm On-Going Events Thru 8/23/2009 Disney´s High School Musical Park Playhouse Washington Park Albany, NY Box Office (518) 434-0776 parkplay@aol.com Times: Tues.-Sun. at  8 pm Free theater under the stars. Thru 9/7/2009 Horse Racing Saratoga Race Course 267 Union Ave Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  www.nyra.com/Saratoga/GeneralInformation/Calendar/Calendar.shtml Thoroughbred horse racing at its best! Closed Tuesdays. *************************************** Thru 10/25/2009 Bethlehem and the Hudson Art Show - Hudson 400  Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum 1003 River Road Selkirk, NY 12158  518-767-9432 Exhibit features Native American artifacts, ice harvesting, steam ships and other small industries on the Hudson.  ************************************ 1609 Exhibit -- Hudson 400 7/3/2009-3/31/2010 New York State Museum Cultural Education Center Madison Avenue Albany, NY (518) 474-5877 http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/ This new exhibition re-examines Henry Hudson's voyage, myths that surround it and the legacies of Hudson's unexpected discovery. In addition to artifacts from throughout the NYS Office of Cultural Education, the exhibit features paintings by the Capital Region's expert historical artist L. F. Tantillo. ************************************ Thru Oct. 31 Historic Tours of Albany Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys Departing from the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square Albany, NY 12207 (518) 462-DUCK info@albanyaquaducks.com http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/ Departure times vary The Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys serve some very special tours and fun times as the City of Albany celebrates the 400th anniversary of its discovery by explorer, Henry Hudson. Many tours have a first-person narration by Henry Hudson re-enactors. ************************************* Thru 12/25/2009 Last Friday of Every Month Troy Night Out Sponsored by Troy Downtown Collaborative 274 River Street Troy, NY 12180  518-727-9786 http://www.troynightout.org/ Times: 5 pm-10 pm On the last Friday of every month, downtown businesses stay open late-and often host musicians and artists.  ***************************** Thru 12/31/2009 Downtown Albany Bike Tour Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square  Albany, NY 12207   (518) 434-0405  accvb@albany.org http://www.albany.org/  Two tours encompass downtown from Quackenbush Square to the New York State Capitol and Washington Park to the Empire State Plaza. Brochures available at Visitors Center. ***************************** Thru 10/31/2009 Sunday Mansion Tours Knickerbocker Historical Society Schaghticoke, NY 10154   (518) 459-5098 ardrigh_2000@yahoo.com http://www.knickmansion.com/ Times: Every Sunday from 11 am-3 pm

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