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Sundays, 10am - 2pm

Opens  Outside Around 
City Hall This Sunday!
Schenectady Greenmarket

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

Music & Entertainment
Music n Entertainment

Arthur's Market
May 1, 7pm & 8pm
May 2, 7pm 

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

From the Heartland
May 1, 6:30pm
Jo Henley
May 2, 6:30pm

Clinton Street Pub
DJ Spicey hosting Karaoke
May 2

Clinton's Ditch
Patrick Sharrow
May 1, 5-9pm
Patio Party with
Grand Central Station
May 2, 9pm

The Grog Shoppe
Saturdays, 9pm

Katie O'Byrne's
Skeeter Creek
May 1, 9:30pm
Showing the Mayweather/Pacquiao Fight
May 2, 9pm

Mexican Radio
Special Tequila Tasting
May 1, 5:30-7:30pm

Moon & River Cafe
Bryon Cortez
May 1, 8pm
Pete Furlong & Pete Bollinger
May 2, 8pm 

Pinhead Susan's
Diva & The Dirty Boys
May 1, 9pm 
Wii Bowling
Tuesday Nights, 7:30-9:30pm

The Stockade Inn 
Doc Scanlon and
Graham Tichy
April 30, 7-10pm
Carla Metz & Larry Acunto
May 1, 7-10pm

Thai Thai Bistro
Every Friday, 10pm

The Van Dyck
Hair of The Dog
May 1, 8pm
Rhett Tyler & Early Warning
May 2, 8pm

Check Out All of
Downtown Schenectady's

The Downtown Dish
While you get ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, enjoy the DSIC's own Jim Salengo and Colleen Merays as they prepare some tasty Mexican recipes with  Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara on his program  Santabarbara Now!

Santabarbara Now:
Mexican Cooking for Cinco de Mayo 

April 30-May 6 , 2015
April 30, 8pm
Mainstage at Proctors

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, where rock and roll was born, comes a hot musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. More...

Classic Theater Guild Inc. Presents "Our Town"
May 1-3 & 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...


Benefit Concert for the Jay Street Fire Victims
May 3, 7pm
GE Theatre at Proctors

Working in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. and Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP), Derrick Horton and the Jay Street Band will perform your favorite Motown hits and original material in a benefit concert to aid the victims of the recent Jay Street Fire.  More...
100% of the proceeds will go directly to victims. Funds will be administered by SCAP.
This Week at Proctors

On the Stage

MopCo - May 1, 8pm
Underground - Improvapalooza: One of the best up-and-coming local improv groups will open for Mopco at 8pm, performing a 20-30 minute set. Then, Mopco will take the stage to do what they are best known for: A fast-paced, raucous evening of short-form improv madness!

Big East Natural Bodybuilding and Physique - May 2, 8:30am
GE Theatre - Men's and ladies' bodybuilding and physique pre-judging and awards show.

2015 Big East Natural Bikini & Figure Championships - May 2, 3pm
GE TheatreLadies Figure and Bikini Championships

The Hit Men - May 2, 8pm  
Mainstage - Featuring the former stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. An amazing look back through rock and roll history featuring your favorite songs.

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show - May 2, 8pm
Underground - Featuring  Eli Braden, best known for his involvement with the Howard Stern Show.

The Dance Studio - May 3, 1pm
Mainstage - Annual recital presenting "One Hit Wonders."

Woyzek - May 5-8  
GE Theatre - A modern adaptation of Georg B?chner'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.

On the Screen

Blade Runner - May 4, 2:30, 5 & 7:30pm
GE Theatre - Part of Film 100:The American Film Institute Essentials. A blade runner (Harrison Ford) must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
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 May 7, 9:3am-1:30pm
Around City Hall

OPENING DAY of Schenectady Farmers Market at City Hall is only one week away! Your friendly local farmers and bakers look forward to seeing all of their friends from last season nd meeting lots of new people, too. Be sure to stop by on May 7 and welcome them all back!  More...

Schenectady Millennial Council
April 30, 6pm
Van Dyck Restaurant & Lounge,  237 Union Street
Meet & Greet: Why a Millennial Council? Come and find out!

Schenectady County Historical Society - Walking Tours    
32 Washington Avenue
May 2, 10am-12pm
Discover Colonial Schenectady: Take a walking tour of the Stockade District and go back in time to the founding of the colony up through the American Revolution and learn about the characters and events  that formed this historic community. $5
May 6, 11am-2pm
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. $20

The Open Door Bookstore  
May 3, 11am-12:30pm
128 Jay Street
Bill Steers, reading and signing Tractor Mac Farmers' Market and Tractor Mac New Friend along with coloring and activities sheets.

Vale Cemetery
May 3, 2pm
907 State Street
Nature Walk in the 100 Acre Urban Green Space: Tour guided by Amy Reully Veino. Free parking; donation $7.00.

Jay Street Sunday Market
Sundays, May 3-October 27
Begins this Sunday! 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.

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 and science)
Museum Hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm, Sun: 12 - 5pm  

The Big Bang at miSci
May 1, 6-8:30pm
15 Nott Terrace Heights

Enjoy an evening of premier networking, gourmet cuisine, live music, an exciting silent auction and a memorable ground fireworks display, all while experiencing the wonders of miSci! With a special VIP Launch of the Challenger Learning Center. Purchase tickets online or contact Carmel Patrick at 518.382.7890 x250 or carmel.patrick@misci.org. Cocktail Attire / Valet Parking. 

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

This Weekend!
May 2, 9am-4pm &  May 3, 1-3pm
Central  Library
Semi-annual Book Sale: Paperback books 3/$1.00; most books $1.00. Sunday is $2.00 bag sale. Fiction...non-fiction...CDs...audiobooks.

The Whitney Book Corner
600 Union Street
Gardening & cookbooks - $1.00
All proceeds support Schenectady Co. Public Library

Trivia  in  Downtown
Bombers Burrito Bar
Tuesdays, 9pm
Wednesdays, 8:30pm
Centre Street Pub
Tuesdays, 7pm
Katie O'Byrne's 
Tuesdays, 8pm
Nico's Rooftop Tavern
Wednesdays, 7pm
Pinhead Susan's
Thursdays, 8pm
College  Corner

Concert Series
SCCC Chamber Ensembles
April 30, 7:30pm
Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, Free
SCCC Chorus Ensemble
May 4, 7:30pm
First United Methodist Church,
608 State Street, Free
SCCC Jazz Combos
May 6, 7:30pm
Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, Free

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