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Opens August 18

Schenectady Farmer's Market 
Thursdays, 9:30am-1:30pm
Around City Hall
Downtown Farmers Market

Sundays, 10am-2pm
Outside Around City Hall 
Schenectady Greenmarket
Enjoy this festive marketplace with weekly entertainment and more than 70 regional vendors

Jay Street Marketplace
Sundays, 10am-2pm
Visit food & craft vendors along the pedestrian walkway. Shop & dine at the more than 25 shops and restaurants on Jay Street.

CDPHP Cycle!
Seven stations are up and running in Schenectady! Check where your closest station is at www.CDPHPCycle.com and make sure to sign up for your membership. 
Music & Entertainment

Jeff Brisbin
August 17, 6-9pm
On Your Mark
August 18, 9pm

Black Meadow
August 17, 7pm
Becca Frame & The Tall Boys
August 18, 9pm
Joel Fisher &
The Still Prodigals
August 19, 9pm

August 22, 6-9pm

Katie O'Byrne's
Betsy & The Bygones
August 19, 9:30pm
Kate Manning
August 20, 10:30am

Rare Craft Steak 
Joel Fisher
August 17, 6-9pm

The Stockade Inn
Colleen Pratt
August 17, 7-10pm
Carla Metz & Larry Acunto
August 18, 7-10pm

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Downtown Schenectady's

The  Downtown  Dish
This week's recipe provides a nice alternative to grill cooking, or gives you a tasty and quick back- to-school dinner. 

August 17-23, 2017
2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties
August 21

One of nature's most awe-inspiring sights -- a total solar eclipse -- will traverse the United States of America on Monday, August 21. Here in Schenectady, we will not be in the path of totality but, with clear skies, we should witness about 70% of the sun obscured by the moon. Join Downtown Schenectady viewing parties at:

Dudley Observatory  at miSci, 1:22-3:56pm
15 Nott Terrace Heights

Schenectady County Public Library  Central Branch, 12-4pm
99 Clinton Street
Jazz on Jay
Thursdays, Noon - 1:30pm
Jay Street Marketplace

This week, Jazz on Jay features
Giroux Brothers Quartet. Grab lunch at one of our great downtown eateries and work in a bit of shopping before or after the concert! (R ain location at Robb Alley inside Proctors)   More...  

This Week at Proctors

On The Stage

Classic Theater Guild - August 19 at 3 & 6pm  Fenimore Gallery
Annual Summer Theater Festival Gala: As part of its annual Summer Theater Festival, CTG will present an original adaptation of "Robin Hood" and Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost," directed by Phil Bruns.

Poetry in Motion - August 19, 7:30pm 
A unique event that allows all who attend a chance to ride a rollercoaster of spoken word.

On The Screen  

FREE Family Movie Series - Through Aug. 27  
Sundays at 10:30am & 1pm
Come on down, have some popcorn and watch some of your favorite movies on the big screen. Click above for the full schedule. 

I Am The Blues - August 17 & 18 
GE Theatre  -  Featuring interviews and performances with many of the genre's luminaries (including recent Grammy winner - and oldest living blues icon - Bobby Rush).
HAIRSPRAY! - August 21 at 3, 5 & 7pm
GE Theatre - The original version, starring Ricki Lake as the "pleasantly plump" teenager who teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. 

Angels in America - August 22, 1:30 & 6:30pm
GE Theatre - Part 2: Perestroika - America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.  

Proctors Gift Centre - Come check out their unprecedented Summer Clearance Sale, now through September 1. All merchandise is 50% off. (No layaways; prior sales excluded.) Open weekdays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday mornings throughout August.


August 17, 4pm
34 Jay Street, Suite 1C
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting -  Join the Capital Region Chamber and community leaders for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Blessings Ceremony Space, offering weddings, memorial services and other ceremonies for all occasions and faiths.

137 State Street
August 21, 2:30pm
Summer Kids' Art ExplorationEvery week we will be exploring a new medium, with some emphasis on longer term projects that can be completed over a series of weeks. Explore new techniques with paint, sculpture, sharpies, collage and more.

The Open Door Bookstore 
Summer Events
Wednesdays at 9:30am, through August 30
Free events for kids every Wednesday. Register for August events.
August 23:  Gertie's Leap to Greatness Book Club: Hillside elementary school librarian Debbie Ubriaco will lead a book discussion centering around a spunky girl who is determined to be the best fifth grader in the universe! (Ages 9-12)
Tuesdays, through August 29, 11:30am-1pm
Under the Proctors Marquee
Casual chess play and free lessons. Exciting prizes for winners and deserving players. Rain plan: Inside Proctors in Robb Alley or the Wright Family Atrium.

Jammin' on Jay Concert Series
Mark Your Calendar!
September 8, 15 & 22

Come out and enjoy three nights of FREE live music on the Jay Street Marketplace! The new  Jammin' on Jay Concert Series will feature different bands each Friday, concluding with a local Battle of the Bands on Friday, September 22. Brought to you by Schenectady County and the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp.

September 8, 5:30-8pm - The Lustre Kings
September 15, 5:30-8pm  - Up All Night
September 22, 5:30-9pm - Battle of the Bands

(Register for a chance to compete in the Battle of the Bands)

10 North Jay Street
August 17, 7pm
Enjoy a fresh mix of true stories told by comedians, storytellers, performers and beyond.

August 18, 8pm
A play by Penny Meacham about loving the variety of wonderfully strong, striving, loyal, other-worldly, attitudinal and funny everyday characters that make up the Black family/community.

August 19, 8pm
This amazing mix of improvised comedy and music is made up entirely on the spot from your suggestions, so no two shows are alike! 

All Aboard the Electric City Trolley!
Thursday-Saturday, 4pm-1am

The  Capital District Transportation Authority - CDTA's  FREE  Electric City Trolley  is the best way to get around Downtown Schenectady, connecting you with Mohawk Harbor, dining, shopping, lodging and entertainment . The trolley provides service to 13 different stops every 20 minutes.  ROUTE MAP

Download the free Cityfinder app by Transfinder to show you the nearest trolley stops, real time trolley progress, and points of interest along the way.
Hometown Heroes Banner Program 2017
Through November 11
Around Downtown

The Hometown Heroes banner program proudly recognizes active duty and veteran service members from Schenectady. Major funding provided by SEFCU.  More...

miSci (museum of innovation and science)

15 Nott Terrace Heights
Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 12-5pm

August 21-25
Rockets Week - Great activities for kids in grades 1-6. Some students will prepare for a trip to the moon, others will build and launch rockets and end the week with a mission in the Challenger Learning Center. Pre-Registration is required. 

Schenectady County Public Library Notes
Central 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
August - Adult non-fiction titles half price
All proceeds support Schenectady County Public Library

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