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Visit Downtown Schenectady
Entertainment, culture & history abound in Downtown Schenectady! From traditional and cutting-edge theater to hands-on science and history museums and revered institutions of higher learning, there is plenty to feed your mind and curiosity in downtown.
Downtown Interactive Map
Browse Downtown Schenectady's shops, restaurants, services, lodging, cultural attractions, transportation and parking.
Helpful Links for Visitors:
Downtown Visitor Guide & Map
Schenectady Dining Guide
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
June 23 - August 19, 10am
Sundays, 10am - 2pm
A festive marketplace with more than 70 vendors who produce everything they sell.
Music & Entertainment
Pete Furlong & Chris Bollinger
May 29, 7pm
Sinatra Centennial Bash
May 31, 3pm
(A fundraiser for Arthur's Market)
Indie Rock Night, 9pm
Saturday: DJ Yosh, 9pm
May 28, 5
May 29, 5-9pm
May 30, 9:30pm
May 29, 7pm
May 30, 7pm
May 29, 9pm
May 28, 7-10pm
Sonny & Perley
May 29, 7-10pm
Check Out All of
The Downtown Dish
With grilling season finally underway after a long hard winter, this week we have a taste of the islands to help you create a tropical getaway in your own backyard.
| Through May 31
Mainstage at Proctors
The magical, unforgettable production and 2013 Tony Award winner for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL is back for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago. Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory?
On the Stage
- An incredibly moving and powerful one-man
autobiographical evening of song, story, images and philosophy coming all the way from Mayobridge, County Down, a simple Northern Irish townland.
Underground - Join Mick Treadwell and the gang as they once again visit the world of Broadway Musical! Each night, they'll perform songs improvised from your title suggestions in Act One. Act Two is opening night at the Treadwell on Broadway!
GE Theatre - A Tribute to Roy Orbison and to American rock 'n' roll from the '50s, '60s and '70s featuring Joey Pucci and The American Longboards.
Underground - Featuring, Brooke Van Poppelen, a NYC based comic, actress and writer, who has been seen on "@Midnight," "John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," IFC's "Comedy Drop," and currently hosts "Hack My Life" on truTV.
Mainstage - A free noontime organ concert featuring "Goldie," Proctors' mighty Wurlitzer Organ, with Dan Minervini.
GE Theatre - The monumental Third Symphony, written as "a great h
to the glory of all creation," he enters the composer's tormented and contrasting universe to sculpt images of a powerful and profound lyricism.
On the Screen
GE Theatre - The Room is not a movie. It's a phenomenon. As with
The Rocky Horror Picture Show and
The Big Lebowski, in-the-know fans pack screenings armed with comic one-liners and peculiar props.
GE Theatre - A spectacular work that captures the essence of opera as few others do. Sung in Italian, with English supertitles.
GE Theatre - Part of Film 100: The American Film Institute Essentials. Upon admittance to a mental institution, a brash rebel (Jack Nicholson) rallies the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse (Louise Fletcher).
Seymour: An Introduction
June 2, 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30pm
GE Theatre - Meet Seymour Bernstein, a beloved pianist, teacher and true inspiration who shares eye-opening insights from an amazing life. Ethan Hawke helms this poignant guide to life.
|Jazz on Jay - Begins NEXT Thursday!
|June 4, Noon - 1:30pm
Jay Street Marketplace
Next Thursday, the 2015
Jazz on Jay
season kicks off with
Colleen Pratt & Friends
! This free outdoor jazz series takes place Thursday afternoons on the Jay Street Marketplace (with a rain location at Robb Alley inside Proctors). Grab lunch at one of our great downtown
and squeeze in a bit of
before or after the concert!
|Schenectady Farmers Market
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!
31 Lafayette Street
invites you for an evening of hors d'oeuvres, live music, art, and raffles to support the City Mission of Schenectady's Drive to Success Program. Price of admission: A monetary donation of your choosing OR an item the City Mission urgently needs.
May 29 & 30, 8pm
427 Franklin Street
Join SLOC as they celebrate their first five years on Franklin Street with a cabaret/revue night featuring songs from all the shows produced in the new building! All proceeds will support SLOC in its continued expansion and enhancement of the theater complex.
May 29, 7pm
First Reformed Church, 8 N. Church Street
Works of Moszkowski, Bartok, Stoyanov and Enesco (an incredible transcription of the Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1), for an exciting evening of unusual and fun chamber music.
May 31, 12-3pm
Union College Field House
: A FREE carnival for elementary school aged children and their families. Games, activities, food, and lots of fun. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
June 3, 11am
32 Washington Avenue
Secret Stockade - A Historic Tour and Lunch
: Discover the Stockade and its secrets on the first Wednesday of each month with a walking tour, lunch at historic Arthur's Market, a peek inside a 1820s home, and a visit to the Schenectady History Museum.
Jay Street Sunday Market
Sundays through October 27
10am - 2pm
The Market is held along the Jay Street Marketplace, right in the heart of Downtown Schenectady. The juried market happens at the same day/time as the extremely popular Schenectady Greenmarket.
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.
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.
Schenectady Today Show
Underground at Proctors
Be part of the audience for the filming of the Schenectady Today Show. Meet host Ann Parillo and the show's guests.
|miSci (museum of innovation & science)
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm
Now Accepting Reservations!
Be a part of a crew of scientists and engineers in a simulated space mission at the NEW
Challenger Learning Center
! Missions are available for grades 1 and up. Participate in a simulated space mission with your school class, community group, work team, scout troop, birthday celebration, or as part of a camp-in or other private party or team building event. Call 518-382-7890 x237 to book a mission.
|Schenectady County Public Library Notes
| Central Library
99 Clinton Street
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 1 - 5pm
600 Union Street
Starting in June, Saturday hours will be 10am-4pm.
Hardcover fiction books on sale in June for $1.00.
Did you know that you can purchase books from the Friends of the Library
All proceeds support Schenectady Co. Public Library
| 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, call 518-377-9430 or 518-372-5656. Download PDF version.