If you listen to the Wall Street Journal or Texas Monthly, Albany with its small town charm, Old Jail Art Center, Fandangle, and live music scene should be on your Texas Bucket List. The OJAC houses a collection of over 2,300 works of art created throughout the world, from antiquity to present, including pieces by Rembrandt, Picasso and Monet. Admission is free and our museum attracts many annual visitors. The Old Jail Art Center offers many opportunities specifically for K-12th grade learners, in addition to adult classes and education to international students broadcast from Albany.
Every summer, the Fort Griffin Fandangle unifies our town and draws people to Albany. The last two weekends of June, 250 Albany performers present the authentic look and feel of the Old West told with original music, narration, and humor. Threatening wildfires, giant rattlesnakes, a rowdy frontier town, and the discovery of oil appear before your eyes on the acre-sized Prairie Theater. For 84 years local cowboys, square dancers, young riders, families and old-timers have entertained guests with the Texas Frontier Story – Indians hunting the prairie, settlers moving west with herds of Longhorn cattle, soldiers protecting civilization. The strains of the steam calliope call visitors back each summer.
Back on Main Street, our renovated historic Aztec Theater in downtown Albany is home to local musical and theatrical productions, meetings, and special events, including the Albany Live series of concerts, which brings performers from around the country to our stage.