Dear International Students, 

I’ve had a splendid year working with you and I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors! The new GA taking my position is Ami Jordan, some of you may already know her from ISSS and she is a great addition to the team. For everyone who is staying in the Albany area over the summer, I have compiled a list of events that are definitely worth checking out. The list is broken down into 7 categories: concerts, dance, theatre/comedy, art, museums, outdoor parks/recreation, and community events. There should be good adventures here for everyone so be sure to refer to this list often so you don’t miss anything. 

Thank you for the great times, 


What to do this Summer

In Albany

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Palace Performing Arts Center (19 Clinton Avenue, Albany)
$62 - $102
A man who needs no introduction - as a member of The Beatles, Ringo Starr is a legend in the music world! Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band are hitting the road this spring including a stop at Albany's Palace Theatre! The band features Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Gregg Rolie (Santana), Todd Rundgren and Gregg Bissonette. Expect to hear Ringo classic's such as "It Don't Come Easy", "Photograph", "Little Help From My Friends", "Yellow Submarine, "Wings" - from Starr's recently released 17th solo record, Ringo 2012 - and much more!

Thursdays from June 12 - August 7, 2014
5pm - 8pm
Jennings Landing (Former Albany Riverfront Park)
Alive at Five has kept downtown Albany's spirits high after work on Thursdays throughout the summer for 24 years. The stage comes alive with music from national, regional and local artists; each night plays host to a different genre of music. The weekend kicks off with an early start, as many of Albany's professionals, community members and friends enjoy the diverse musical talent presented during the series. Also, Attendees of Alive at Five can also sample an array of summer favorites such as ice-cold beer, fresh squeezed lemonade, cotton candy and delicious BBQ from some of the area's favorite local vendors.

Sunday, June 15, 2014
5pm - 8pm
Albany Riverfront Park
Alive at Five has kept downtown Albany's spirits high after work on Thursdays throughout the summer for 24 years. The stage comes alive with music from national, regional and local artists; each night plays host to a different genre of music. The weekend kicks off with an early start, as many of Albany's professionals, community members and friends enjoy the diverse musical talent presented during the series. Also, attendees of Alive at Five can also sample an array of summer favorites such as ice-cold beer, fresh squeezed lemonade, cotton candy and delicious BBQ from some of the area's favorite local vendors.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
5pm - 9pm
Empire State Plaza, Albany
Known as the "man who put bass in yer face," Bootsy Collins is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists/singers/bandleaders. His first group, the Pacesetters, functioned as James Brown's backup band, and Bootsy's inspired, clever progressions and patterns on the bass were a vital part of James Brown's recordings. Bootsy later joined George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic, before launching Bootsy's Rubber Band as a spinoff to P-Funk. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Times Union Center (51 S Pearl St, Albany)
See website for Pricing 
Once again, AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! has partnered with The Melanoma Research Alliance (www.curemelanoma.org). For every ticket purchased for the tour, AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! will donate $1 to The Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure melanoma.
AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! gives fans the unique opportunity to be up close and personal with Season 13 Finalists C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. 

Various dates and times through the summer, see link for full schedule and prices
Empire State Plaza, Albany
As part of the Empire State Plaza Summer Concert Series, there will be a number of big performances throughout the summer. 

Outside Albany

The SPAC has a bunch of great music concerts all through the summer. Some have been listed below.  However, be sure to see the full schedule by following the SPAC link.

Friday, May 16, 2014
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (32 Second Street, Troy)
This female trio, whose bluegrass and folk music is spiced with lush three-part harmonies, has quickly become a local favorite. Welcome back Laurie MacAllister on bass and banjo, Abbie Gardner on dobro and banjo, and Molly Venter on guitar - the musicians who impressed us at the Hall in May 2011 with their exceptional musicianship and boundless energy. Their inventive arrangements include bluegrass-tinged folk, jazzy western swing, Abbie's signature dobro licks, and the occasional gorgeous, a cappella ballad. They're returning to the Hall to create another evening of lively and beautiful music - don't miss it!

The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (32 Second Street, Troy, NY)
Masters of such classics as "In the Mood," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "A String of Pearls," "Moonlight Serenade," and "Tuxedo Junction," the Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most sought-after big band in the world today. Bandleader Glenn Miller disappeared over the English Channel on December 15, 1944, at the height of his popularity - yet, almost seventy years after the public first embraced the successful Glenn Miller Sound, both the legend and the music live on. The Miller Estate formed the present orchestra in 1956 and the band, which includes two vocalists, has been touring constantly ever since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year around the globe. It returns to the Hall after selling out its 2011 engagement here!

June 5, 2014 – September 4, 2014
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Jay Street, Schenectady, NY
Jazz on Jay is a free outdoor concert series held each Thursday during the summer. The 2014 lineup features bands like Jeanne O'Connor, Alex Slomka, and Ten27.

In Albany

Throughout the summer (click link for specific dates)
Albany Elks Lodge (25 S. Allen St., Albany, NY)
Traditional New England-style contra dance. All dances taught; no partner needed; LIVE music. Easy and fun! Brief introductory lesson at 7:45. Dance 8 to 11 pm.

In Albany

Monday, May 12, 2014
Palace Performing Arts Center (19 Clinton Avenue, Albany)
$42 - $67
The man the London Sunday Times Calls "The Greatest British Stand-Up Comedian of his Generation" returns to America with his World Tour "force majeure." One of the most acclaimed comedians of his generation, Eddie Izzard's unique, tangential, absurd, and surreal comic narratives are lauded for their creativity and wit, earning him a New York Drama Desk Award and two Emmys for Dress to Kill, two British Comedy Awards for Top Stand-Up Comedian, and an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement.

Selem Film Screening (english subtitles)
May 15, 2014, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Albany Visitor Center Cinema (25 Quackenbush Square, Albany)
This movie is based on true events with underlying themes of love, peace, and humanity. Food will be served. For more info contact rsvp@tccalbany.org

Through May 25, 2014, 8:00pm
Capital Repertory Theatre (111 N. Pearl St., Albany, NY)
$20 - $60
When he's tapped to serve as the running mate for a conservative Presidential candidate, Tom's life takes a major turn. A popular, moderate Senator, he would add balance and appeal to the ticket. There's just one little hitch: he needs to sound just a bit more Christian. Trouble is, Tom is an agnostic, who thinks religion is a private matter, not to be mingled with public life or politics. His devout Christian wife, Lisa, will stand by her man, as long as he doesn't lie on the campaign trail just to get the job. The favorite from the 2012 NEXT ACT NEW PLAY SUMMIT, Bradbeer's play reveals the private dilemmas that sometimes guide politics and asks the question, "Does the public have the right to know everything about a candidate's private thoughts?"
Outside Albany

Through May 11, 2014
Proctors Theatre (432 State Street, Schenectady)
$20 - $75
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of Flashdance is now live on stage.
With electrifying dance at its core, Flashdance - The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer.
When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.
May 8 – May 18, 2014
Cohoes Music Hall (58 Remsen St, Cohoes, NY)
$25 and up
Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour".

May 28, 2014 - June 08, 2014
Proctors Theatre (432 State Street, Schenectady)
$25 - $105
Following an acclaimed sell-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, will make its premiere in Schenectady as part of a brand new US National Tour.
June 5, 2014 – June 15, 2014
See website for times
Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc. (Chatham, NY)
$12 - $30
A slick salesman tries to sell River City, Iowa, "76 Trombones" but instead finds love he's been able to resist "Till There Was You" -- "Marian, The Librarian."

June 19, 2014 - June 29, 2014
Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc. (Chatham, NY)
$12 - $30
Warm, loving, humorous story of a family's closeness and struggles as old world Russia changes around them. Popular songs include: "Tradition" "If I Were A Rich Man" "Matchmaker."

In Albany

Empire State Plaza (240 State Street, Albany, NY)
Art historians have called the Empire State Plaza Art Collection “the greatest collection of modern American art in any single public site that is not a museum.” The Collection was formed under the direction of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller during construction of the Empire State Plaza (1966–1978). Ninety-two works of Abstract Expressionist art are on permanent display throughout the Plaza.

In Albany
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Shaker Heritage Society (25 Meeting House Road, Albany)
$5 suggested donation
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Jennifer Dorsey, Director of the Center for Revolutionary Era Studies and Associate Professor of History at Siena College.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Shaker Heritage Society (25 Meeting House Road, Albany)
$5 suggested donation
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Jennifer Dorsey, Director of the Center for Revolutionary Era Studies and Associate Professor of History at Siena College.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Shaker Heritage Society (25 Meeting House Road, Albany)
$5 suggested donation
From phantom footsteps on the stairs to things flying off shelves, the staff and volunteers at the Shaker Heritage Society have experienced some pretty creepy things at the museum. The Shakers themselves were avid spiritualists who believed it was possible to communicate with the dead. This past spring, the Tri-City NY Paranormal Society conducted an investigation on-site of four Shaker buildings. Now, they are here to share their findings with the public, as well as some of the fascinating history of America's first Shaker settlement. 

Through June 8, 2014
Albany Institute of History & Art (125 Washington Ave, Albany)
Free with Museum Admission
Two 21st Dynasty (1085-945 BCE) mummies and coffins have been on view at the Albany Institute since they were purchased in 1909 from the Cairo Museum. The elaborately decorated coffin was made for Ankhefenmut, a priest in the temple of Mut three thousand years ago. New research has revealed that his mummy cover and the coffin lid are in the collections of London’s British Museum and Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. This exhibition will reunite the coffin pieces and bring Ancient Egyptian objects to Albany from collections around the world. It will also highlight how Ancient Egyptian artwork and design inspired artists and architects in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The Mystery of the Albany Mummies has been funded by GE and IMLS, a federal agency.

Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30 am to 5 pm
260 Madison Ave Albany, NY
The New York State Museum serves the lifelong educational needs of New Yorkers and visitors through its collections, exhibitions, scholarship, programs, media and publications in science, history, anthropology, and art. The Museum explores and expresses New York State’s significant natural and cultural diversity, past and present. Summer exhibits include: I Shall Think of You Often: The Civil War Story of Doctor and Mary Tarbell, Russel Wright: The Nature of Design, An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War, and many more ongoing exhibits.

Wednesday–Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
125 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 
Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the oldest museums in the United States. It also is the major repository for the region's heritage, with nationally significant collections. The genesis of the Albany Institute of History & Art began with The Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, Arts, and Manufactures, founded in New York City in Federal Hall. Summer exhibits include: The Making of the Hudson River School: More than the Eye Beholds, The Legacy of Currier & Ives: Shaping the American Spirit, and many more ongoing exhibits.

April – November Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am -3:00pm
Sunday, 11:00am - 3:00pm
25 Quackenbush Square, Albany
The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center offers visitors access to information seven days a week. Our knowledgeable staff can answer visitor inquiries and we are well stocked with travel brochures about the capital region of New York State. We also offer an informative exhibit about the history of the city of Albany, we are home to the Henry Hudson Planetarium, and our gift shop is full of unique Albany items and locally made products.

Outside Albany

Through November 30, 2014
Iroquois Indian Museum (324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY)
$8 adults, $5 children. Group rates available
The new exhibit, “Standing in Two Worlds: Iroquois in 2014”,showcases Iroquois art which explores contemporary issues including the environment, the digital/disposable age, the impact of national/international events and decisions and the role of tradition and community. The Museum represents the world’s most comprehensive collection of modern Iroquois art.

Thursday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm, 
Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm 
Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 
$6.50 - $14.50
The Misci Museum has a number of great exhibits over the summer. Follow the link for more information. 

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
161 Warren St, Glens Falls, NY 
FREE with student ID
The Hyde Collection has a number of great exhibits over the summer. Follow the link for more information. 

July 4 2014 – August, 2014 
Everyday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Fridays 10:00am-7:00pm  
225 South St, Williamstown, MA
FREE with student ID
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is both an art museum and research center, welcoming visitors year-round to experience its outstanding collections of European and American art in an intimate setting surrounded by the profound natural beauty of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Set on a 140-acre campus of expansive lawns, meadows, and walking trails, the Clark is home to exceptional examples of European and American painting and sculpture, master prints and drawings, English silver and porcelain, and early photographs. The museum is best known, however, for its extraordinary collection of French Impressionist paintings.

April 12- June 29, 2014:   10:00 am-4:00 pm
June 30- November 2, 2014:   10:00am- 5:00pm
1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA NY
General Admission includes self-guided access to their 750 acres of lovely countryside in the Berkshires, 20 historic buildings, including the Famous Round Stone Barn and their working farm, as well as their galleries and exhibits, Center for Shaker Studies, Village Store, and their Village Harvest Cafe.

In Albany

May 10 – May 11, 2014, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Washington Park 
A highly anticipated spring tradition continues when over 100,000 tulip bulbs blossom into a sea of colors just in time for this Mother's Day celebration in Washington Park. Historic events take place annually, including the scrubbing of State Street, the tradition of the Tulip Queen Coronation, Tulip Queen and Court Luncheon and Royal Tulip Ball. As always, Saturday and Sunday will host the added excitement of children's activities, craft vendors, delicious food and multiple stages with nationally acclaimed musical performances. Sunday's events include the 16th Annual Mother of the Year Award.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission (195 New Karner Rd, Albany)
Living History will offer FREE fantastic family fun for all - rain or shine. The festival will be held at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany. Like AlbanyPineBush on Facebook or visit AlbanyPineBush.org for more details, and click on Events Calendar.

Open year round 8am – 7:30pm
100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton, NY
Grafton Lakes State Park, on the forested mountain ridge between the Taconic and Hudson Valleys, includes five ponds and 2,357 acres.

136 Fuller Rd, Albany, NY
Six Mile Waterworks is located in the glacial sand plains of Albany’s Pine Bush. Its prime attraction is Rensselaer Lake, a 43-acre manmade water body which once served as the City of Albany’s first municipally-owned drinking water supply.

195 New Karner Rd #1, Albany, NY
One of the largest of only about 20 other inland pine barrens worldwide, the Albany Pine Bush is globally rare. It was formed toward the end of the last Ice Age 12,000–15,000 years ago. At this time a large glacial lake stretched from present day Glens Falls, NY to Newburgh, NY.

Every Saturday and Sunday through October
1:00pm to 2:30pm, boarding at 12:30pm
141 Broadway, Albany, NY 12202
$17.95 per person
Come enjoy a narrated scenic trip down the Hudson with a Sight Seeing Cruise from 1:00pm-2:30pm. Boat will board at 12:30pm. Cruise departs from Albany and sails South and back. Cash bar & snacks available! For more information email us at info@dutchapplecruises.com

Outside Albany

May– November, 2014
Thatcher State Park (1 Hales Cave Rd  Voorheesville, NY)
John Boyd Thatcher State Park, is situated along the Helderberg Escarpment, one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world. Even as it safeguards six miles of limestone cliff-face, rock-strewn slopes, woodland and open fields, the park provides a marvelous panorama of the Hudson-Mohawk Valleys and the Adirondack and Green Mountains. The park has volleyball courts, playgrounds, ball fields and numerous picnic areas with nine reservable shelters. Interpretive programs are offered year-round, including guided tours of the famous Indian Ladder Trail. There are over twelve additional miles of trails for summer hiking and mountain biking, and winter cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and snowmobiling.

Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm
56 Game Farm Rd  Delmar, NY
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center is a living museum comprising over 450 acres of broad fields, towering forests, and tranquil wetlands. Five Rivers offers people of all ages a rich variety of guided and self-guided opportunities to encounter nature directly. Stimulating interpretive programs and guided school lessons promote awareness, knowledge and appreciation of New York State's environment year 'round.

Mid-May (Great Escape stays open daily until September and then on weekends through October)
1172 U.S. 9, Queensbury, NY 12804
Bring a non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army and receive admission to the park for just $20.13 on opening weekend only.    
Great Escape (sometimes referred to as Six Flags Great Escape) is an amusement and water park located in Queensbury, New York. It is approximately 60 miles north of Albany, and is owned and operated by Six Flags.

Mid-June – September, 2014
Various Dates and Times (click link for full schedule details)
80 Vandenburg Ave, Troy, NY
The Tri-City ValleyCats are a minor league baseball team based in Troy, New York, and the 2010 champions of the New York – Penn League (NYPL). The ValleyCats are the Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Houston Astros Major League Baseball club.

605 Old Saratoga Road, Gansevoort, NY
Moreau Lake State Park's lake lies amid hardwood forests, pine stands and rocky ridges. Shady groves of trees shelter picnic grounds and a pavilion overlooking the lake. Wooded campgrounds are quiet and secluded, offering facilities for group campers, as well as tent and trailer sites.

In Albany

Saturday, June 14, 2014
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Empire State Plaza (Madison Ave. Albany, NY)
Indian Dances, Music, Variety of delicious Indian Food, Clothes, Jewelry & much more.

Outside Albany

June 06, 2014 - June 08, 2014 (Recurring daily)
10:00AM – 5:00PM
Dutchess County Fairgrounds (6550 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY)
$13 and up
The Rhinebeck Country Living Fair will give attendees the chance to enjoy the Country Living lifestyle in a fun, festival atmosphere with cooking, crafting, and other DIY demonstrations, as well as fantastic local food. In addition, guests will have access to a unique shopping experience featuring nearly 200 vendors offering antiques, gifts, home décor, jewelry and more.

 (Sponsored by Spectrum 8 Movie Theater) 

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