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Downtown Albany

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District & Lark Street Business Improvement District have partnered to bring you the best in art, dining, and shopping.

Shop special deals from participating businesses, dine local while enjoying restaurant specials, peruse artwork and exhibits, and shop local with incredible deals. Please observe all CDC COVID-19 guidelines while attending 1st Friday.


Downtown events & specials for December 2 include:

Albany Center Gallery | 488 Broadway 
2022 Annual Members’ Show. This year’s Members' Show showcases over 150 artists and is held from Friday, December 2, 2022, to Saturday, January 14, 2023. An Artists’ Reception with an awards ceremony will be hosted in person on Friday, December 2, 2022, from 5:00-8:00 PM

Artful Albany Podcast
Self-guided history and art tour and podcast available. More info: downtownalbany.org/artfulalbany

Capital Repertory Theatre | 251 N Pearl Street
“The Wizard of Oz” performance (ticketed event) | 8:00 PM

City Beer Hall | 42 Howard Street
Live music: The Rollin’ Rust (no cover charge) | 7:00 PM

Downtown Public Art
Map and more information on public art exhibits in Downtown, including Capital Walls murals, Downtown is Pawsome sculptures, and Open Gallery exhibits. More info: downtownalbany.org/publicart

Empire Live | 93 N Pearl Street 
Live music: The Emo Night Tour (ticketed event, 18+) | 8:00 PM

Empire Underground | 93 N Pearl Street
Live music: Empire Underground hosts Noche De Verano Sin Ti – Celebracion De Bad Bunny (ticketed event) | 9:00 PM

Holiday Tree Lighting | Academy Park 
The annual City of Albany Tree Lighting will be held at Academy Park on December 2, 2022. The event starts at 5:00 PM and all are encouraged to attend. There will be free doughnuts and hot drinks from Cider Belly Doughnuts! We will also have crafts for you to enjoy at home and a bunch of fun photo opportunities! Performances by Albany High School's Albanettes & Troubadours. | 5:00 PM

MVP Arena | 51 S Pearl Street
Siena Men’s Basketball vs. Canisius (ticketed event) | 7:00 PM