Performing and Fine Arts In Utica NY

There is always something going on in Utica, NY and you should make sure the time that you’re spending here is time where you are doing things that you love. There is an ever growing list of events and venues for you to experience.

Get out and Experience Art in Utica

If you are really into arts you might be interested in joining the Utica NY Artist Coalition. Its where artists come together to talk about what they can do, how they can collaborate and building/i,proving the artist community.


Café Domenico

Café Domenico is a locally owned café, and a hub for the bustling Uptown Utica arts scene. Right across from the Uptown Theater and next to The Other Side Gallery, this is a great location for studying, or just to grab a good cup of joe.

Central New York Arts Council

Hamilton Cultural Events
Hamilton College, one of our neighboring institutions, offers a wide array of cultural events. This includes art, dance, music, theatre, performing arts and various lectures and performances.

Kirkland Art Center

The Kirkland Art Center was established over 50 years ago in the second floor of the town library as a meeting place. From the beginning there were classes, exhibitions, films, concerts and lectures. The KAC is now an active, regional, multi-arts center, located in an old church, barn and connecting addition, on the village green. The nature of the activities and mission has stayed steadfast, but with the support of the community, members, volunteers, funding sources and guidance from the NYSCA, our programming has broadened. Demonstrating quality, diversity and multi-cultural programming, both at our facility and off-site, the KAC has become a major cultural force in central New York and through cooperation with other cultural institutions has developed a network of services and opportunities for artists and art lovers of all disciplines.

Leatherstocking Ballet

The Leatherstocking Ballet, Inc. was formed in 1995 to foster a healthy interest and development of the performing arts in the Mohawk Valley and surrounding areas. The Aim has not only been to attract the attention of the serious ballet student, but also the interest of minority students of various cultural backgrounds.

Merely Players Acting Troupe

The Merely Players are the acting and performing component of Parker Publishing and
Entertainment, performing Commedia Dell’Arte, Mummer’s Plays, Masques, full theatrical performances, and extensive interactive improvisation.
They have performed at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, the New Jersey Renaissance Faire, locally at the Mayfaire on the Green, the Adirondack Renaissance Fantasy Faire, the Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts, the Beardslee Castle Medieval Faire, The Rome Art Community Center, MVCC, The Wescott Cultural Festival, The EDGE Hotel, The Hulbert House and a great many more.

Mohawk Valley Ballet

Their major productions are full-length ballets with professional choreography, scenery, costumes and guest soloists, presented at the Stanley Center for the Arts in Utica. They provide young dancers with the training and development opportunities essential to progress to professional ballet. Over the past 30 years, nearly 40 Mohawk Valley Ballet Company Dancers, through their experience with them, have gone on to professional careers in dance.

Munson Williams Proctor Arts InstituteMunson Williams Proctor Arts Institute

The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute is a world renowned Art Museum, containing artwork from such masters as Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and more. MWPAI also houses a satellite branch of Pratt Institute. They are constantly hosting exhibitions, musical performances and even a sidewalk art show in the summer.
Full-time undergraduate students at UC receive a free membership. There are numerous benefits related to events, library resources, exhibition previews, ticket discounts, and more. All students must do is present their Utica College ID card. Click here for more information about memberships.

MVCC cultural events

In their state-of-the-art theatres and venues in Utica and Rome, the MVCC Cultural Series brings musicians, comedians, magicians, theatre, movies, and more to the community. Many events are part of MVCC’s Diversity and Global View initiative. This series is brought to you by MVCC’s Cultural Events Council with significant support from the Student Activity Fee.

Oneida County Historical Society

The Oneida County Historical Society was founded in1876 and has served since that time to collect, preserve and makes accessible the past heritage of Oneida County and the upper Mohawk River Valley. Services center around a research library; a 5,000 sq. ft. museum exhibit area running two concurrent exhibits at any given time; weekly programs featuring guest artists, authors and historians and a bookstore.

Critical research is conducted on a wide variety of topics for family history researchers, students, teachers, businesses, government, authors, and others. The Society has free high-speed Internet connections available in our research library.

The Society cares for a growing collection of over 250,000 documents and books, tens of thousands of images (photographs, paintings, slides, drawings, etc.) and thousands of artifacts. Many are rare collection items that provide invaluable information for researchers.

The Other Side Art Gallery

The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St. Utica, New York, is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing space for community-based and community-informing initiatives. Events include lectures, performances, media, classes and discussion groups, in arts and humanities, environmental awareness, sustainability, food, global issues, holistic health, Western wisdom traditions, peace and justice, and practical knowledge and skills.

The Other Side began in February 2007 as a community gathering-space in the uptown neighborhood of Utica. Inspired and organized by Kim Domenico, co-proprietor of Café Domenico, a family business next door, The Other Side furthers the general project of community-building that the café has offered to South Utica since 2002, expanding and building upon the café culture that thrives next door.

The Other Side offers its space to people in the community for a wide variety of events. In addition to sponsoring its own musical, cultural, and social events, The Other Side is available to members of the community who wish to rent it for yoga classes, musical gatherings, craft fairs, used-record sales, meditation groups, reading groups, and the like.

One particular ambition of The Other Side is to restore, at least in Utica, the Lyceum movement of the 19th century, which brought scholarly presentations and intellectual vigor to communities across the United States, perhaps most famously in western New York’s Chautauqua Institute.

Players of Utica

Players of Utica has a genuinely rich and robust history from its beginning as a small social & amusement club (1910 – 1912) to presenting hundreds of dramas, musicals, comedies, and original plays (1913 – present) to more than one million residents of Central NY.
Players of Utica is one of the oldest, continually producing community theatres in the United States and the oldest in New York State. This is a designation we can all be proud of!
Players of Utica has always strived to provide entertainment that is unmatched in quality and value in Central NY. With each new season, we bring a mix of performances that range from timeless classics to the bold and inspiring – some never before or since seen in Central NY.

Saranac Thursdays (summer—must be 21 years of age)

What better way to celebrate warm weather? Unwind after work and enjoy some music and cold Saranac brew. Every Thursday through the first Thursday in September we’ll be serving up our best drafts and listening to great area bands. Stop down to the Brewery Thursday nights and start your weekend early.

Saranac Thursdays start around 5:30pm and end at 8:30pm. Parking is available in our parking lot behind the Brewery on Columbia Street, and in the parking lot across the street from our Brewery Courtyard on Court Street which can be accessed from Stark Street. Admission is $5 and benefits our local United Way. We hope to see you there, Cheers!

Sculpture Space

Sculpture Space is unique in North America for its support of sculptors, both those who come to Utica, New York, as residency participants and those who continue after their residencies as working artists. The organization selects 20 artists each ye