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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 Schenectady.                   
Browse our shops, restaurants, services, lodging, attractions, transportation & parking.

Downtown Visitor Guide & Map  
Schenectady Dining Guide
City of Schenectady
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CDTA Capital Moves

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Opens August 19

Thursdays, 9:30am-1:30pm
Outside 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.

A weekly mix of food and merchandise vendors along the Jay Street Marketplace.
Music & Entertainment
Music n Entertainment

Yankee Holler
August 19, 6pm
E.J. Ray Acoustic
August 20, 6:30pm

Live Music
August 17, 7-10pm

Doug Leiby & Tommy V
August 18, 7pm
Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra
August 19, 9pm
Prime Time
August 29, 9pm

Lecco Morris & Jeff Nania
August 19, 12-2pm

UFC Fight #202
August 20, 8pm

Colleen Pratt
August 18, 7-10pm
Azzaam Hameed & 
Annette Harris
August 19, 7-10pm

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Downtown Schenectady's

The Downtown Dish
This week we have a great recipe that uses your leftover BBQ chicken, or you can use a rotisserie chicken from the store. 

BBQ Chicken
Stuffed Bread

August 18-24, 2 016
Schenectady Smiles Pep Rally

Citywide pride was in full force on Wednesday, August 17, during the Schenectady Smiles Pep Rally at City Hall. Thanks to Buzz Media Solutions for taking the lead, and congrats to all the photo contest winners! Click here for photos & more.
Wall That Heals (Vietnam Memorial Wall) 
August 23, Noon (approx.)
State Street & Broadway

View a motorcade made up of the Schenectady Police Department, State Police, Schenectady County Sheriff's Department and Patriot Guard Riders as it escorts a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall through Downtown Schenectady. The motorcade will enter downtown at Nott Terrace and State Street approx. at noon, proceed west on State Street, and turn left onto Broadway toward Rotterdam. The Wall will be on display in the Town of Princetown from August 25 to August 28.   More... 

Jazz on Jay
August 18, Noon-1:30pm
Jay Street Marketplace

This week, Jazz on Jay features Alex Slomka Trio. This free outdoor jazz series takes place Thursday afternoons through September 1 on the Jay Street Marketplace (with a rain location at Robb Alley inside Proctors). Grab lunch at one of our great downtown eateries and work in a bit of shopping before or after the concert! More...

This Week at Proctors

On The Stage

Hieronymus, A Musical Fantasy - August 18, 7pm 
Mainstage - What happens when an artist who lives in his own little world, in a house full of cute, funny, and sometimes frightening creatures, falls in love with a girl from the real world? Find out in this inspiring and uplifting tale of medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch and his too-large imagination.

Stockade Music Live! Presents: Justin Friello - August 19, 7:30pm
GE Theatre - Four years since his last release, singer-songwriter/composer Justin Friello debuts his new short film and album, featuring the Jack & Jill Orchestra.

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show - August 20, 8pm 
Education Center - Featuring Nore David. who has appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, and Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV, as well as on the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.

On The Screen
Life, Animated - August  18 
GE Theatre - A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.
These local showings will benefit the Autism Society's work to empower children and adults with autism, with a portion of the proceeds from every ticket going to the local organization. For every $6.50 ticket sold, $1.50 will go to the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region

For the Love of Spock - August 20, 2 ,4 & 7pm  
GE Theatre - This film examines the life, career and enduring appeal of Leonard Nimoy and his portrayal of Star Trek's Mr. Spock. Lovingly made by Nimoy's son, Adam, the film is personal and heartfelt. Presented by: It Came from Schenectady.

DSIC's 2016 Building Block Party
Sponsorships Due This Friday!
October 27, 5:30-8:30pm
GE Theatre at Proctors

The Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation's biggest annual fundraiser takes place on Thursday, October 27 at Proctors, featuring fantastic food from dozens of restaurants and a super silent auction.

Please consider joining us as a sponsor for this year's event:
* Corporate Sponsor 
Info & Response Form

H onorary Committee Sponsor
Info & Response Form

Sponsorship deadline extended to Friday, August 19
For more information, email Colleen Merays or call 518-377-9430

Mark Your Calendar for These Great Fall Events!

Schenectady County's Battle of the Bands 
September 9, 5:30-10pm
Broadway & Liberty Parking lot
Listen to local bands vying for a spot to open SummerNight 2017.

41st Annual St. George Greek Festival 
Sept. 9 & 10, 11am-11pm; Sept. 11, 12-5pm
510 Liberty Street
Great food, music, dancing and vendors.

Little Italy StreetFest 
September 10, 12-9pm
North Jay Street
Great music, food and vendors. Something for everyone!

Stockade Villagers'
65th Annual Outdoor Art Show

September 10, 10am-4pm 
Ferry & Front Streets
Outdoor art show and sale in Schenectady's historic Stockade.

5th Annual Wing Walk
October 1, 12-5pm
Around Downtown
Sample chicken wing recipes from downtown restaurants and vote for your favorite!


The Open Door Bookstore 
August 24, 9:30am

128 Jay Street
Iza Trapani signs Gabe and Goon

Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Capital City BrewCycle is back in Schenectady this summer! Current tours begin at Wolff's Biergarten and will be stopping at 20 North Broadway Tavern, Firestone 151 and Clinton's Ditch. Book your tour here.
Cell Phone Audio Walking Tours in Downtown

Stockade Historic District - 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.

Erie Canal - 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. 

miSci (museum of innovation & science)
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm

Through September 18
Meet a 22-foot long T-Rex, tremble at a growling pair of dueling dinos, watch a dinosaur soar above you, and discover a nest full of eggs ready to hatch! Discover 10 animatronic dinosaurs throughout the museum.

Join other museum visitors in this out-of-this-world experience! See what it's like to do experiments in space and take home a souvenir from your experience. Please Note: Space is limited. To guarantee a spot, reserve tickets in advance at 518-382-7890 x 237; or purchase tickets when you arrive at miSci (if space is available).

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

600 Union Street
Young adult & children's books half price in August.
All proceeds support Schenectady County Public Library

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!


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