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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.  


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


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Downtown Visitor Guide & Map

Schenectady Dining Guide


City of Schenectady
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Chamber of Schenectady County
Downtown Schenectady Imp. Corp.
CDTA Capital Moves

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Opens May 29

Free Movies
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 
June 23 - August 19, 10am

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
Pete Furlong & Chris Bollinger
May 29, 7pm 
Sinatra Centennial Bash
May 31, 3pm
(A fundraiser for Arthur's Market)

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

Duane Gills
May 28, 5 -9 pm
Patrick Sharrow
May 29, 5-9pm

Centre Street Pub
Funk Evolution
May 29
The Refrigerators
May 30

Katie O'Byrne's
The E-Block
May 30, 9:30pm

Moon & River Cafe
Kitchen Jazz
May 29, 7pm
Roger Shafer
May 30, 7pm 

Pinhead Susan's
Going Back
May 29, 9pm

The Stockade Inn 
Dino Cimino
May 28, 7-10pm
Sonny & Perley
May 29, 7-10pm

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Downtown Schenectady's

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.

Grilled Coconut
Rum Shrimp

May 28-June 3 , 2015
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? More...
This Week at Proctors

On the Stage

8th Step: Tommy Sands - Journey of a Songman - June 29, 7:30pm
GE Theatre - 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.

MopCo: Spontaneous Broadway - May 29, 8pm
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! 

Greetings From Rock 'n' Roll USA - May 30, 3:30 & 7:30pm 
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. 

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show - May 30, 8pm
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.

MVP Health Care Organ Concert Series - June 2, Noon
Mainstage - A free noontime organ concert featuring "Goldie," Proctors' mighty Wurlitzer Organ, with Dan Minervini.

Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony - June 3, 2:30, 5 & 7:30pm
GE Theatre - The monumental Third Symphony, written as "a great h ymn  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

ICFS Presents: The Room - May 29, 7pm
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. 

Tosca - May 31, 3pm 
GE Theatre - A spectacular work that captures the essence of opera as few others do. Sung in Italian, with English supertitles.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - June 1, 2, 4:45 & 7:30pm
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 eateries and squeeze in a bit of shopping before or after the concert! 
Schenectady Farmers Market
Downtown 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!  More...

Drive: A Benefit to Support the Schenectady City Mission 
May 28, 6pm
31 Lafayette Street
POTRATZ Advertising 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.

Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC)  
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.

Musicians of Ma'alwyck
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.

Union College  
May 31, 12-3pm
Union College Field House
U-Care Day: 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.)

Schenectady County Historical Society 
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.  Pre-registration is required.

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.
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.

Schenectady Today Show
Tuesdays, 10-11am
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 at miSci! 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
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
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 onlineAll proceeds support Schenectady Co. Public Library
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, call 518-377-9430 or 518-372-5656. Download PDF version.

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