Office of General Services

New York State Office of General Services - Convention and Cultural Events
Visiting the Empire State Plaza
Welcome to the Convention & Cultural Events Office

Summer At Plaza 2017 The Convention and Cultural Events Office consists of two units: The Convention Center and Special Events. These two units facilitate public use of the Empire State Plaza and are responsible for approximately 1,500 events each year.

The Convention Center, located within the Empire State Plaza is a unique, multi-purpose venue available for conferences, meetings, dinner receptions, weddings, graduations, proms, trade and consumer shows, and entertainment events. The flexible design of the various spaces, including the Corning Tower 42nd Floor Observation Deck, makes the Plaza an ideal location to plan your next event.

Special Events is host to a year-round program of free, cultural and educational events. Our mission is to provide quality entertainment for the public to enjoy in our spectacular capital setting. From summer festivals to school performances, and from craft fairs to farmers' markets-there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Plaza.

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Ground Rules for Events at the Empire State Plaza
In order to maintain the public safety and security of State property, its occupants and visitors during OGS sponsored special events, as well as to enhance the efficient and orderly operation of the facilities, until further notice, we are establishing special ground rules for the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza (ESP), the Capitol, and all surrounding areas, including the Plaza Level of the ESP, West Capitol Park, East Capitol Park and Lafayette Park.

The following special grounds rules will be in effect during special events at the Empire State Plaza: No alcoholic beverages (other than those sold on site by authorized sellers), coolers (defined as rigid insulated containers), or glass containers of any kind; animals or pets (excludes ADA-defined service animals) will be allowed. Any type of recording of the performance or presentation is prohibited without prior written consent. All attendees should be prepared to present age identification at any time if they intend to consume alcohol. State Police or security personnel reserve the right to inspect any bag, container or package and confiscate any prohibited or illegal items.
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