Arts & Entertainment
Music, theater, dance, the visual arts, museums, and fine pubs and restaurants abound: there’s really no end to the cultural activities in the Warren County area.
Glens Falls has a thriving arts scene. From museums to theaters, galleries to concerts Glens Falls offers a wide variety to choose from. Culture, history, fine art, music, theater, educational programs and events make Glens Falls the “unexpected arts mecca” of the region.
Glens Falls’ vibrant arts community enriches the lives of residents and draws thousands of visitors every year. Within a single square mile, 14 arts and cultural organizations brighten the City scene.
The Arts District of Glens Falls is a collaboration between 14 arts organizations. The Arts Trail features artistic bike racks, sidewalk markers, a mobile-friendly fully developed website, branded brochure racks and a strategic marketing plan.
The mission of the Arts District of Glens Falls is to link the arts and cultural organizations through a physical and virtual Arts Trail and ongoing marketing and collaboration. For more information on the Glens Falls Arts District click here.
Cultural offerings in Warren County and adjacent Saratoga County enrich the quality of life. Here are just a few of the highlights of what the region offers:
- Adirondack Film Festival
- Arts Festival (June – LARAC)
- Chapman Museum
- Charles R. Wood Theater
- Fort William Henry Museum
- Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra
- Cool Insuring Arena (Glens Falls Civic Center)
- Hyde Collection Art Museum
- Lake George Jazz Festival
- LARAC (Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council)
- Opera Saratoga
- Saratoga Performing Arts Center
- The Shirt Factory (artists’ studios & shops)
- World Awareness Children’s Museum
Cool Insuring Arena
Cool Insuring Arena (originally called Glens Falls Civic Center) is a 4,794-seat multi-purpose arena located in downtown Glens Falls, New York, that currently serves as the home of the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL. Built in 1979, it was originally the home of the Adirondack Red Wings, AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.
The arena, along with being a hockey and basketball venue has a rich entertainment history. On June 21, 1989, The Who kicked off their 25th Anniversary Tour at the Civic Center. It was the first time in seven years they were on tour. Iron Maiden played here for the first time in at the Civic Center 1982. 19-year-old Mike Tyson defeated James Tillis for his 20th straight professional career win, at the Civic Center on May 5, 1986. Tyson won via unanimous decision in the 10-round fight. Two months later, on July 26, 1986, Tyson fought and defeated Marvis Frazier in 30 seconds via KO for his 25th straight win in his professional career.
On October 31, 1994, it became the site of the first of six “Halloween costumes” by jam band Phish. That evening, in the middle of a three set concert, Phish performed The Beatles’ White Album in its entirety. The show was recorded and later released as a live album. Phish returned to the Civic Center on October 23, 2013, playing “Back in the USSR” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” from the White Album.
The Hyde Museum
The Hyde is one of the Northeast’s exceptional small art museums with distinguished collections of European and American art. Comparable to that of a major metropolitan museum, the core collection, acquired by Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde, includes works by such artists as Sandro Botticelli, El Greco, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and American artists Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler. The Museum’s collection of Modern and Contemporary art features works by artists including Josef Albers, Dorothy Dehner, Sam Gilliam, Adolph Gottlieb, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, George McNeil, Robert Motherwell, Ben Nicholson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bridget Riley. Today, The Hyde offers significant national and international and a packed schedule of events.exhibitions,