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Downtown Schenectady features more than 50 restaurants and eateries that offer everything from quick take-out to elegant fine dining and feature cuisines from around the globe.
Browse our shops, restaurants, services, lodging, attractions, transportation & parking.

Downtown Visitor Guide & Map
Schenectady Dining Guide
City of Schenectady
Schenectady County
Capital Region Chamber
Downtown Schenectady Imp. Corp.
CDTA Capital Moves

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    Opens April 8

Sundays, 10am - 2pm
Inside Proc tors  

Vendors, shoppers, musicians and friends gather at and enjoy the festive marketplace with more than seventy vendors.
Schenectady Greenmarket
NOTE: Due to increased visitor traffic,  Greenmarket patrons and vendors are asked to park in the Broadway Garage during the run of The Lion King at Proctors through April 17. Thank you!

Music & Entertainment
Music n Entertainment

Greg Guba
April 8, 6:30pm
April 9, 6:30pm
Erin Powers
April 13, 6:30pm

Joel Fisher
April 7, 7pm
Chicken Herders
April 8, 9pm
Moonshine Junkies
April 9, 9pm
Josh Casano
April 8, 6-9pm
Grand Central Station Trio
April 9, 8-11pm

April 8, 9:30pm
Skeeter Creek
April 9, 9:30pm

Mad Jack Brew Pub
@The Van Dyck
Grand Central Station
April 8, 9pm
Keith Pray Quartet
April 9, 8pm
College of St. Rose
Jazz Ensemble
April 13, 7pm

Pinhead Susan's
Three Wheel Drive
April 8, 9pm

Tommy Verrigni
April 7, 7-10pm
Carla Metz & Larry Acunto
April 8, 7-10pm

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The Downtown Dish
This week, with spring on the horizon (again!) and fresh asparagus on the way, we have a delicious treat for your Sunday Brunch.

April 7-13,   2016
Disney's The Lion King
Through April 17
Mainstage at Proctors

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. This is Disney's THE LION KING, making its triumphant return to Proctors! Come and experience the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular. Roar!...

To accommodate the opening scene, patrons must be in their seats at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the show.

Lion King Visitor Tips
If you are coming downtown for the show, these helpful VISITOR TIPS will make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

View our  Interactive Map  of Downtown Schenectady businesses

2016 Hometown Heroes Banner Program
Downtown Schenectady
Nomination Deadline: April 22

The Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (DSIC) and City of Schenectady are partnering for a second year to present the 2016 Hometown Heroes Banner Program. This program proudly recognizes active duty and veteran servicepersons from the City.

A number of corporate sponsors are looking for honorees to be featured on their banners. Do you know someone who meets the criteria? Submit the required information to Colleen Merays at the DSIC by April 22. All nominees will go into a lottery to be selected for a banner.

This Week at Proctors
On The Stage  

Artistes for Autism - April 7, 7pm 
GE Theatre - The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region Presents "Artistes for Autism" - a concert to benefit the Autism Community in New York's Capital Region. 

The Realish Housewives of Clifton Park - April 8-10
GE Theatre  - The Realish Housewives are fully loaded and ready to take on Clifton Park, washed down with a big gulp of prosecco. Get ready for the loony ladies Rovanka, Claudia Louise, Gwen, Desiree, Brooke and your host Randy to take on the headlines in your hometown.

MopCo Real Life - April 8, 8pm
Education Center - Features interviews with local celebrities, interspersed with improvised responses by the company. Each week will feature a new guest. 

Word Plays: Luck Strikes - April 10, 2pm
The Fenimore Gallery - Luck often strikes us - for good, or sometimes for bad. Come hear how these stories turn out.

Neil deGrasse Tyson - April 11, 8pm 
Mainstage - Dr. Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, hosts Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and the is the former host of NOVA ScienceNOW on PBS. He makes his debut at Proctors for a night of science and live audience Q&A. 

School of the Performing Arts
Registration is now open for the summer programs at Proctors.
In conjunction with the the summer performing arts program, an audition will be held on April 18, 4:30-7:30pm in the GE Theatre for the performance of All Shook Up. Ages 14-19. The show will be performed on the Mainstage at Proctors in August.

On The Screen  

Lady in the Van - April 11, 2:30, 4:45 & 7pm  
GE Theatre - Maggie Smith stars in this "mostly true" story about a playwright who forms an unusual 15-year bond with a difficult transient woman living in a van she has parked in his affluent neighborhood driveway.


Through May 20
44 Washington Avenue
Shoe Drive: Clean out your closet and help the programs of the YWCA. Shoes must be wearable with no holes or rips. May be dropped off at the YWCA.

April 9, 8am-3pm
510 Liberty Street
Indoor yard sale & bake Sale. Preview sale Friday night,
6-8:30pm, $3 admission.

April 9, 1-2:30pm
128 Jay Street

Pho Queen  
April 10, 12:30-3pm
602 State Street
Cooking Class: Learn how to make spicy & sour soup, or tom yum kung (shrimp). Our chef Lom will explain the preparation of the menu, Thai food ingredients, cooking techniques, and professional tricks. Then, he will show you how to cook the dish before you enjoy your own self-made meal. Reservations required.

433 State Street
April 10, 1pm
Youth workshop: collage fun! Use watercolor paint and crayons to create textures and patterns.

April 15 & 16
Schenectady Armory
The Empire State Sports Council (ES Sports), a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization based in Clifton Park, is kicking off the first year of its newest annual event, the Empire State Corporate Challenge, with a Dodgeball Tournament at the Schenectady Armory.  Registration Deadline Extended to April 14

April 26, 10am-12pm
32 Washington Avenue
Spring Break Workshops: Climbing Your Family Tree - Jump start your young  genealogist where they will learn the basics of exploring & preserving the family tree. Pre-registration is required.

508 State Street, Foster Building
Now Open! Featuring local Capoccia Wines, as well as the most extensive selection of hard ciders in the Capital Region. Relax in our lounge area and enjoy the finest craft beverages, while maybe even grabbing a little bite to eat.

Sunday, May 7
Mohawk River & Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Registration Now Open!  Join us for a fun, family friendly, yet competitive event that provides an exciting adventure  on the Mohawk River and the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path. For individuals, teams, or families!
2016 Times Union Best of the Capital Region

Cast your vote for your favorite Downtown Schenectady establishments! The 20th Annual Times Union Best of the Capital Region voting is now open. Online voting ends at 3 p.m. Friday, April 15.  Vote Here
miSci (museum of innovation & science)
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm  

April 25-29
Looking for something for the kids to do over spring break? Check out the great classes at the museum. 

Through May 1
Escape winter's chill and discover hundreds of brilliantly colored native butterflies at miSci's indoor butterfly house, flying about (and possibly landing on you!) as miSci 
re-creates their habitat - the edge of an open field with flowers and trees. Be sure to stop at the chrysalis chamber to see the butterflies as they emerge.

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
Throughout March: Gardening & Cookbooks.
All proceeds support Schenectady County Public Library

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!


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