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Entertainment, culture & history abound in Downtown Schenectady! From traditional and cutting-edge theater to hands-on museums and revered institutions of higher learning, there is plenty to feed your mind and curiosity in downtown.                                 
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Opens November 11

Thursdays, 9:30am-1:30pm
Outside Around City Hall
Downtown Farmers Market
There will be a few vendors set up through December.

Sundays, 10am-2pm

Now Inside Proctors!
Schenectady Greenmarket
Enjoy this festive marketplace with weekly entertainment and more than 70 regional vendors.

Purchase your tickets for the
November 10, 5:30-8:30pm at
Riverstone Manor, Glenville

Music & Entertainment
Music n Entertainment

Grand Central Station
November 12, 9pm
Check out the new
to their menu!

November 15, 5:30-8:30pm

Yankee Holler
November 12, 6:30pm

Centre Street Pub 
Mike Thomas
November 10, 7pm
November 11, 8pm
November 12, 8pm
November 16, 6pm

Patrick Sharrow
November 11, 8pm
UFC #205 Alvarez V. McGregor
November 12, 8pm
Melissa Sgambelluri Trio
November 16, 7pm

Summer of Doug Celebrates Their 5th Anniversary
November 12, 7pm

The Rogues
November 11, 9pm
Jim B. CD Release
November 12, 9pm
November 13, 11am-4pm

November 11, 12-2pm

Erin Harkes
November 10, 7-10pm
November 11, 7-10pm

Check Out All of
Downtown Schenectady's

The Downtown Dish
This week, in planning for Thanksgiving, we have a dessert that you can use as an addition or alternative  to the pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler

November 10-16, 2 016
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage
Through November 13
Mainstage at Proctors

The classic story on stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing.This worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. More...
Footloose The Musical
November 11-13 & 17-20
SLOC Musical Theater

Youth Theater Production: One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.  More...  
Stockade-athon 15K Road Race
November 13, 8:30am
Downtown Schenectady

A classic loop course of Schenectady's historic neighborhoods and parks in what is considered the oldest 15K road race in the USA. The race begins with packet pick-up and baggage check at the YMCA at 7am, with the race starting from Veterans Park at 8:30am. More...

There will be several road closures for the duration of the race, please plan accordingly.  Course Map
This Week at Proctors

On The Stage

Sex Tips for Straight Women
 From a Gay Man  
Nov. 11 & 12, 7:30pm

GE Theatre - This romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider 'tips' come straight from the source: a gay man. 

Make Me Laugh Albany Finals - Nov. 12, 7pm 
GE Theatre - Local comedians have made it through the prelims, auditions, and semi-finals. The winner gets crowned tonight!

Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour - Nov. 12, 9pm 
GE Theatre - Come see what happens when national touring comedians travel the country to raise money for the Liberty Humane Society.
On The Screen

The Lennon Report - Nov. 12  6pm  
GE Theatre - The unheard true story of what transpired at Roosevelt Hospital after the fateful shots were fired at John Lennon outside of the famed Dakota apartments. 

Being There - Nov. 16, 2, 4:30 & 7pm 
GE Theatre - Peter Sellers plays Chance, an illiterate gardener who ends up the most influential man in Washington, D.C. Can his simple gardening metaphors solve the country's complex problems?

The Open Door Bookstore   
November 12, 1-2:30pm
128 Jay Street
Laura Seldman signs November 13, 12-1:30pm
Jane Yolen signs On Bird Hill & Little Frog and the Scary Autumn Thing

Getting Through the Holidays After a Loss    
Presented by Haven@Jewish Family Services
November 12, 2-4pm
McChesney Room, Central Library
For those who have lost a loved one, the holiday season can bring feelings of loneliness, sadness and anxiety. Come together with others to share your loss and to exchange ideas for getting through the holidays. Learn strategies for dealing with normal feelings of dread, as well as creative ways to take care of yourself and restore a sense of hope. FREE.
Schenectady County Welcomes Via Aquarium
November 12, 1pm
Via Port Rotterdam

Grand Opening Celebration! Experience the wonders of the ocean in your backyard! Via Aquarium is the capital region's only full-scale aquarium. Explore over 25,000 square feet of oceanic treasures as you and your family embark on an exciting self-guided tour visiting over 2,000 creatures of the sea.  More...

Via Aquarium is just a quick swim up the road from Downtown Schenectady. Please stop by on your way to or from the festivities!

Hometown Heroes Banners - Final Days!
Through November 12

Take a final walking tour of Downtown Schenectady's Hometown Heroes Banners for this year. They will be coming down on Saturday evening, November 12 in preparation for our closing reception on November 17 in the McChesney Room of the Schenectady County Central Library, where the banners will be presented to sponsors and honorees. More...
Save the Date!

November 19, 5pm
Downtown Schenectady
This year the event's theme is "Movies." The parade will progress up State Street from Schenectady County Community College, including more than 100 floats, bands, marchers, dance troupes and decorated vehicles vying for seven top prizes.

November 26
In partnership with the DSIC, Capital Region Chamber and Upper Union Street BID. Support the small businesses in your community by coming out on Small Business Saturday and take advantage of the many specials they have to offer.

December 10, 12-4pm
Join the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation for FREE and FUN activities for the entire family. Stop by City Hall and hop on the horse drawn carriage for a ride then visit with Santa and have a free family picture taken. Many activities, performances, musicians & more.

December 10, 3-8pm
Downtown Schenectady
Enjoy a late afternoon/early evening in Downtown Schenectady hopping from location to location to sample chili from some of the the best restaurants and pubs. Follow the Craft Beer Trail at select locations.
miSci (museum of innovation & science)
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm 

November 9-13
A multi-day celebration showcasing STEM in New York's Capital & Tech Valley Region. Includes science expos with robotics, 3D printing, fossil making & more; a STEM Summit; and a science cafe, among many other offerings.

November 15,  7pm
Night Sky Adventure: This week, there will be an introduction for different types of telescopes, and then you can experiment with different ones. Astronomers will be on hand to answer your questions.

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

All Schenectady County Public Libraries and the Whitney Book  Corner will be closed Friday in honor of Veterans Day

The Whitney Book Corner
600 Union Street
Holiday books: Half price in November
All proceeds support Schenectady County Public Library

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!



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