With top-rated restaurants, entertainment, galleries, museums and shopping, it is easy to plan a whole trip around exciting things to see and do right in the heart of Albany, Oregon.
Start your day with a cup of joe from local roasters at Margin Coffee. For something more substantial, treat yourself to brunch at Brick n Mortar, located in the historic Flinn Block, one of the most notable French Second Empire commercial buildings in the state. Look up to find the details and cast-iron work from a local foundry.
Patio season brings the downtown core to life with prime people-watching at Gamberetti’s, Sweet Red’s or Vault 244, all on First Avenue and each with trendy happy hour cocktails and mouth-watering cuisine. Enjoy pints and ping-pong at Deluxe Brewery & Sinister Distillery. Right along the Willamette River, it is one of two brewstilleries within walking distance of each other. The Calapooia Brewing Co. and Vivacity Distillery serve a great pint or shot alongside mouth-watering pub favorites like the Class V burger infused with their popular chili beer. Entertainment is often on the menu here with music on Thursday nights and special events. Book a table at Sybaris Bistro to sample award-winning wines and a locally sourced menu prepared by James Beard Nominated chef, Matt Bennett.
Film, music and theatre make downtown Albany a hub for entertainment throughout all seasons. Moviegoers love the vintage vibes of the Pix Theatre, a favorite screening space for first-run movies serving traditional favorites and special treats like a chocolate dipped frozen banana or apple pie a-la-mug. The Albany Civic Theater sets the stage as the longest continuously operating local theater in the state. Music, comedy and trivia entertain the house at The Garagea popular tap room with 54 craft beers, ciders, teas and wines on tap.
Downtown is the best place to experience the Albany Pride celebration. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 24, 2023, with a parade winding through the city streets to kick off the day full of fun entertainment and activities. Following the parade, fill your basket at the local farmers’ market on the same block with an abundance of local produce, plants, flowers, breads and cheeses. The Albany Saturday Farmers’ Market runs through mid-November, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Explore streets full of shops, services and restaurants. Albany’s downtown shopping spans several city blocks and houses everything from upscale retail to local crafters and artisans. It’s home to The Natty Dresser, where you can buy a stylish hat, quality shoes, a tailor-made suit and unique gifts for every occasion. Other specialty apparel shops like Emma Downtown, Red’s Boutique and Merrime Bridal can be found on First Ave.
Looking for the perfect souvenir of your time in Albany? The Historic Carousel & Museum has a great gift shop with hand-crafted items, shirts, postcards, pins and more. Be sure to take your turn on one of the 40 (and counting) world-class animals. It holds a whimsical menagerie from horses to dragons, dogs, a giraffe, a rabbit and even a frog. Learn the stories behind each of these creations for a memory to cherish.