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Albany Barn, Electric City Barn, and Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival are back – in person and online – with the 10th annual FUSION anti-gala like you’ve never seen it before! 

We started out 10 years ago with the goal of not hosting a gala. We wanted to bring you something as unique and creative as the artists and communities we serve, and we’ve had an absolute blast bringing this lively, evolving anti-gala to life year after year – first at the Washington Park Lake House, then at the Albany Barn, and most challengingly into your homes in January 2021 with the first-ever [dif]FUSION anti-gala. Well folks, we’re back at it again, and this time we’re bringing you a choose-your-own-anti-gala-adventure that truly offers something for everyone!

Join us on Friday, October 15th, beginning at 6 pm for one of five great anti-gala experiences:

Choose Dine, Dance, and Discover in-person at Albany Barn for a party that’s a little bit networking, a little bit dance party, and a lot of fun including:

  • carefully curated tunes to move your feet to
  • foodie-approved small bites and cocktail pairings
  • open studios and live demos from artists-in-residence
  • live pop-up performances
  • coffee and desserts
  • an exclusive selection of silent auction items available only to in-person guests

Choose Mix, Mingle, and Make in-person at Electric City Barn for a night that’s equal parts chill vibes and creative energy including:

  • Guided make-and-take craft projects and and “anything goes” DIY station for makers of all experience levels
  • Delicious local food and cocktail pairings to fuel your creativity
  • Live art-making and studio demos
  • coffee and desserts
  • an exclusive selection of silent auction items available only to in-person guests

Choose Cocktails from the Couch for an interactive virtual event perfect for the grown-ups including:

  • access to our virtual platform where you can interact with virtual attendees and artists at BOTH in-person locations
  • gift card for order-in food and drinks
  • “Mixology 101” supply kit with all the fixings to mix up Insta-worthy cocktails guided by our special guest bartender
  • virtual open studios and artist talks
  • musical theatre trivia with Master Class Performing Arts
  • an online silent auction with a twist!

Choose Friday Night-In for Families for an interactive virtual event perfect for the whole family including:

  • access to our virtual platform where you can interact with virtual attendees and artists at BOTH in-person locations
  • gift card for order-in food and drinks
  • a supply kit full of goodies for guided family-friendly arts activities with Nicole DeSantis Robins of Our Robins Nest
  • virtual open studios and artist talks
  • musical theatre trivia with Master Class Performing Arts
  • an online silent auction with a twist!

Choose Social Butterfly if you want to join in the virtual event, and provide your own food, drink, and party supplies!

SAFETY NOTICE: All in-person attendees must be at least 21 years of age and present valid photo ID upon admission. All in-person attendees will have their temperatures checked and will need to attest to being free of symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 and having no known exposure to COVID-19 within the previous 14 days. All in-person guests will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, unless eating or drinking in designated areas. We thank you in advance for your cooperation!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! There are a limited number of in-person tickets available for each location, so don’t wait! 

Click here to purchase your IN-PERSON CATALYST COMMITTEE tickets

Click here to purchase your GENERAL ADMISSION & SOCIAL BUTTERFLY tickets

All virtual general admission tickets* include:

  • log-in credentials for the event
  • a gift card for Druthers Brewing for order-in food & drinks!
    • to be used in conjunction with FUSION or at a later date of your choosing.
  • your choice of guided D.I.Y Kit
    • Friday Night-In for Families Kit
      • includes all the supplies for a family-friendly DIY project, & guided instruction from Nicole of Our Robin’s Nest!
    • Cocktails from the Couch Kit
      • Includes cocktail shaker, mixings for 2 cocktails, & guided happy hour with Capital Walls curator, Tony Iadicicco

*Social Butterfly tickets are no-frills admission to the event. 

  • They include: log-in credentials for the event ONLY.
  • Not included: restaurant gift card, activity kit or other add-ons.

PLEASE NOTE: You will not receive a paper ticket! In-person guests will check in using your name and photo ID at the door. Virutal attendees will receive an e-mail with instructions for logging into the virtual event page.