Cultural Affairs

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DECA) is dedicated to improving Albany’s quality of life and economic growth by elevating the city’s unique character, its artistic resources, and its world class cultural heritage.   DECA engages with and supports our most talented artistic, cultural and historic community organizations.  It showcases our remarkable public spaces for free and inclusive, city-wide special events.

For more information on the Albany Cultural Heritage and Tourism (CHAT) Partnership, click here.

Special Events

The City of Albany Office of Special Events and Cultural Affairs (SECA) plans, produces and promotes City of Albany festivals, fairs and special events as well as numerous press conferences and ceremonies annually.

These events range from the Albany's acclaimed Riverfront Jazz Festival to the time honored tradition of the Albany Tulip Festival to the vibrant Alive at Five Summer Concert Series. Many of the events have won awards including the Hospitality Excellence Award from the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association and recently the Tulip Festival was named one of American Bus Association’s Top 100 Events in North America. 

The events promote arts, entertainment and cultural interest for all ages and demographics and draw an overall annual attendance of hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors to Albany and the Capital Region area.

For a complete listing of Special Events presented by the City of Albany, click here.