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From traditional and cutting-edge theater to science and history museums and institutions of higher learning, there is plenty to feed your mind and curiosity in downtown


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Browse Downtown Schenectady's shops, restaurants, services, lodging, cultural attractions, transportation and parking. 


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Hot Pursuit
Opens May 8

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Sundays, 10am - 2pm
  Outside Around 
City Hall 

Schenectady Greenmarket

A festive marketplace with more than 70 vendors who produce everything they sell.

Music & Entertainment
Music n Entertainment

Arthur's Market
Kitchen Jazz
May 8, 7pm 
Missing Link
May 9, 7pm 

Bombers Burrito Bar
Thursday Indie Rock Night, 9pm
Saturday: DJ Yosh, 9pm

Carla Page
May 8, 6:30pm
May 9, 6:30pm

Clinton's Ditch
The Wallies
May 8, 7-10pm

Katie O'Byrne's
Slow Burn
May 9, 9:30pm

Moon & River Cafe
Craig & Craig
May 8, 8pm
May 9, 8pm 

Pinhead Susan's
Bent Rail Blues
May 8, 9pm 
Wii Bowling
Tuesday Nights, 7:30-9:30pm

The Stockade Inn 
Tommy Verrigni
May 7, 7-10pm
Completely Different
May 8, 7-10pm

The Van Dyck
Othello Molineaux and
Manolo Badrena
May 8, 8pm

Check Out All of
Downtown Schenectady's

Trivia & Karaoke
In Downtown
Trivia: Tuesdays, 9pm
Karaoke: Wednesdays 9pm
Trivia: Wednesdays, 8:30pm
Centre Street Pub
Trivia: Tuesdays, 7pm
Karaoke: Thursdays
Karaoke: Saturdays, 9pm
Trivia: Tuesdays, 8pm
Trivia: Wednesdays, 7pm
Trivia: Thursdays, 8pm
Karaoke: Fridays, 10pm 

The Downtown Dish

This week, as we celebrate our moms, we have a recipe for breakfast or brunch that brings a new flair to the standard egg casserole. 

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Wreath

May 7-13 , 2015
Celebrate Mother's Day in Downtown
May 10

Downtown Schenectady offers many great shops for discovering that unique gift for mom, as well as a variety of fantastic  dining options. Here is a partial list of some great downtown specials for Mother's Day:

Ambition - Mother's Day Brunch.
Cafe NOLA - Special menu. Reservations suggested.
Crossroads Gifts & Wellness -  Free bath salts or votive candle with every massage and Reiki gift certificate, now thru Mother's Day.
Katie O'Byrne's - Special lunch or dinner menu. Complimentary glass of wine for Mom with purchase of a special entree.
Majestic Salon - Purchase a pedicure gift certificate, get a manicure for free.
Marotta's Bar-Risto - Celebrate early lunch or dinner. Reservations suggested.
Ms. J's Salon & Boutique - Purchase a $75 gift certificate for $65. Offer available through the end of May.
The Stockade Inn - Mother's Day Brunch.
WET Beauty Lounge - Specials and gift certificates. 
Becky's New Car
May 8-10 & 13-17
Schenectady Civic Players

Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management, and in a middling marriage with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-stricken millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life...and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn't dare! More...
Monty Python's Spamalot
May 8-10 & 14-17
Schenectady Light Opera Company

Adapted from the 1975 film,  Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this acclaimed musical is a highly irreverent parody of the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the quest for the Holy Grail told in song, featuring a chorus line of legless knights, men in tights (with legs), killer rabbits, and sexy dancing divas! More... 
I Love Lucy® Live on Stage
May 9-10
Mainstage at Proctors

The date is 1952 and, as the show begins, you are a studio audience member awaiting the filming of two of your favorite and hilarious I Love Lucy® episodes. You have stepped back in time onto the Desilu Playhouse sound stage, so get ready to laugh at the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead, right there in the Ricardos' New York apartment. More...
Classic Theater Guild Inc. Presents "Our Town"
May 8-10
Fenimore Gallery at Proctors

Classic Theater Guild Inc. presents this three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder, which tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners between the years of 1901 and 1913. You are pulled into a world where we witness first hand the everyday lives of its citizens.The play is performed without a set and the actors mime their actions without the use of props.  More...
This Week at Proctors

On the Stage

Woyzeck - Through May 8  
GE Theatre  - A modern adaptation of Georg Büchner's 1837 play. Alone and powerless in society, Franz Woyzeck is a hapless, hopeless soldier assaulted from all sides by forces he can not control.

Rapunzel - May 8, 7pm  
Mainstage - Let your hair down in this charming new musical, "...it's all a very - not too scary - over the top - yet most necessary - somewhat 'Grimm' - but not too contrary - hairy, fairy tale!"

MopCo - May 8, 8pm
Underground - Spontaneous Broadway: Join Mick Treadwell and the gang as we once again visit the world of the Broadway musical!

8th Step - Peter Yarrow - May 9, 7:30pm  
GE Theatre - In a compelling evening of song and story, legendary musician Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) weaves a narrative of his life in music and politics, punctuating the major events with renditions of the iconic songs we all know and love. 

MVP Health Care Organ Concert Series - May 12, Noon
Mainstage- Organ concert featuring "Goldie," Proctors' mighty Wurlitzer Organ with Nixon McMillan & Friends.

Ricochet Duo's The Woodswoman Project - May 13, 7pm
GE Theatre - Ricochet Duo's Woodswoman Project honors Anne LaBastille's tireless work as an international environmentalist, author, and icon for women by way of weaving together music, sound, images, and light. 

On the Screen

Annie Hall - May 11, 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30pm
GE Theatre - Part of Film 100: The American Film Institute Essentials. Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).
2015  Schenectady  Dining  Guide
All New!

A joint publication with the DSIC and the Chamber of Schenectady County, the 2015 Schenectady Dining Guide features information on dozens of restaurants in downtown and throughout Schenectady County. To request free copies of the Dining Guide, call 518-377-9430 or 518-372-5656.

Download the PDF version
Schenectady Farmers Market
Downtown Farmers Market
Opens Thursday, May 7 !
Around City Hall

Your friendly local farmers and bakers look forward to seeing all of their friends from last season and meeting lots of new people, too. Be sure to stop by and welcome them all back!  More...

May 14, 5-8:30pm
Key Hall at Proctors
The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres and champagne served from 5-6pm, followed by a seated dinner by Mansion Catering, a silent auction, cash bar and complimentary wine all evening. A fundraising event to benefit Schenectady Day Nursery (SDN).

Tech Valley Young Professionals Network
May 14, 5:30-7:30pm
Transfinder, 440 State Street
What the TECH? What Living in "Tech Valley" Really Means & What You Must Know to Make the Most of It! Register for the seminar.

SBA Presents Award to Downtown Schenectady Restaurant
Congratulations to Nico's Rooftop Tavern for being one of 19 small businesses awarded the 2015 Small Business Excellence Award! The award was presented as part of National Small Business Week by the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Capital Region Living "Best of" Results
Results are in for the Best of the Capital Region - People & Places, and Downtown Schenectady has several winners! Congratulations to: Bow-Tie Cinemas, John D. Marcella and Son AppliancesmiSciProctors, The Open Door Bookstore, Schenectady Greenmarket,  Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and Studio 4 Hot Yoga and Pilates

Cell Phone Walking Tours in Downtown 
Take a self-guided tour of the Stockade Historic District, New York State's first designated Historic District, and hear unique stories about the architecture and people who helped shape Schenectady's 350+ year history.
Explore the Erie Canal through 14 mobile audio stops. Discover the history and innovation that made the canal possible and how this technology impacted the lives of Schenectady residents.

Jay Street Sunday Market
Sundays, through October 27
The Market is held along the Jay Street Marketplace, right in the heart of Downtown Schenectady. The juried market will be happening at the same day/time as the extremely popular Schenectady Greenmarket.
miSci (museum of innovation & science)
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm  
Through June 7
Discover sound with hands-on fun from San Francisco's Exploratorium. Play and experiment, make some noise, and listen. Explore hearing, human speech and communication. Experience - as never before - the nature of sound, the ways we perceive it, and how we listen.


Schenectady County Public Library Notes
Library ExpansionCentral Library
99 Clinton Street
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm 
Sunday: 1 - 5pm
Library Calendar of Events

The Whitney Book Corner
600 Union Street
Gardening & cookbooks - $1.00
Did you know that you can purchase books from the Friends of the Library onlineAll proceeds support Schenectady Co. Public Library
College  Corner

Concert Series
SCCC Wind Ensemble
May 8, 7:30pm
Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, Free
SCCC Vocal Chamber Ensemble
May 11, 7:30pm
Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, Free

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