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Visit Downtown Schenectady

Downtown Schenectady features more than 50 restaurants and eateries, which offer everything from quick take-out to elegant fine dining and showcase cuisines from around the globe.
Browse Downtown Schenectady's shops, restaurants, services, lodging, cultural attractions, transportation and parking. 

Helpful Links for Visitors:
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 August 21

Downtown Farmers Market
Come shop for flowers, produce, bakes goods and much more from a variety of local vendors.

Sundays, 10am - 2pm
  Outside Around  City Hall 
Schenectady Greenmarket
A festive marketplace with more than 70 vendors who produce everything they sell.

Music & Entertainment
Music n Entertainment

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

Completely Different
August 20, 6:30pm
Alyssa Yeager
August 21, 6:30pm
From the Heartland
August 22, 6:30pm

Universal Transit
August 21, 9pm
Stockade Kids
August 22, 9pm

August 22

Katie O'Byrne's
The Pretty Reckless
August 21, 8pm
On Your Mark 
August 22, 9:30pm

The Van Dyck
Meet the Brewer Night
August 20, 4:30pm 
Keg taps at 4:30pm. This week is a whole cone Amarillo-hopped Broom Stick Brown Ale!  Tours of the brewery available at 5 & 6pm

Check Out All of
Downtown Schenectady's

The Downtown Dish

With downtown now having so many restaurants boasting an international flavor, we are highlighting recipes showcasing some of this cuisine. This week:

Spicy Moroccan
Eggplant Dip

Moroccan eggplant salad is called Zaalouk. This salad is served with bread and can be eaten either 
hot or cold.

Visit  Tara Kitchen

August 20-26  2015

Travers 1864 Restaurant Week
August 23-27
Around the Capital District

Restaurants and eateries around the Capital District will offer special menus in celebration of Saratoga's Travers Stakes during the sixth annual Travers 1864 Restaurant Week. During the five-day event, diners can enjoy prix-fixe meals at participating restaurants for $18.64, the year of the inaugural running of the Travers.

Click here to see participants, including  EIGHT restaurants in Downtown Schenectady!
Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience
August 23, 3pm
Mainstage at Proctors

The highly-rated show Long Island Medium follows Theresa Caputo's life as a typical Long Island wife and mom with one very big difference...she can communicate with the dead. Theresa will give interactive readings to audience members and will share personal stories about her life and her unique gifts.  More...
Jazz on Jay
August 20, Noon-1:30pm
Jay Street Marketplace

This week, come out to see J im Wilson Quartet. This free outdoor jazz series takes place Thursday afternoons through August 27 on the Jay Street Marketplace (with a rain location at Robb Alley inside Proctors). Grab lunch at one of our great downtown eateries and squeeze in a bit of shopping before or after the concert! 
This Week at Proctors

Stratton Plaza, Behind Proctors

B4! - August 20, 5:30-10:30pm
B4 summer ends, B4 it's back to business...join us for a barbecue eatin', bourbon tastin', beer sippin', foot stompin' good time!! Mechanical Bull rides, BBQ and bacon vendors, great music, draft beer and more!

On The Stage

Underground -  Victor Varnado has made appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central and Jimmy Kimmel Live. This Show will include a feature act, a host, and a guest comedian to make up nearly two hours of comedy entertainment.

On The Screen

Be a Man - August 26, 7pm 
GE Theatre -  Presented by It Came From Schenectady: A funny and heartfelt feature-length documentary that follows comedian Ray Harrington on his journey to discover just what it means to be a modern man before his son is born. 

Big Hero 6 - August 23, 10:30am & 12:30pm  
GE Theatre - Part of the FREE Animation Fest 2015. A heartfelt comedy adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends.

The Maltese Falcon - August 24, 2:30, 5 & 7:30pm
GE Theatre - A private detective (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
Dan DiNicola Memorial Little Italy Film Festival
Final Show This Thursday
33 N. Jay Street

Come down for the final BYOC (bring your own chair) event of the season, in the public parking lot behind Perreca's Bakery. F ilm begins at dusk. FREE.
The final feature: Rocky   
Upcoming DSIC Events - Mark Your Calendar!

4th Annual Wing Walk
October 3, Noon-5pm, Around Downtown
By popular demand, this year the Wing Walk moves to a Saturday afternoon with expanded hours! Come taste amazing chicken wing recipes at participating downtown restaurants and vote on your favorite. Entertainment continues into the evening at various establishments. Coordinated with the Schenectady County Visitors Agency.

13th Annual Building Block Party
October 29, 5:30-8:30pm, Proctors
The DSIC's largest annual fundraiser features food from dozens of local restaurants, a spectacular silent auction and the Building  Block Awards honoring downtown businesses. 

Small Business Saturday
November 28
Encourages shopping at Schenectady's local, independent businesses. Coordinated with the Capital Region Chamber & Upper Union Street BID.

Downtown Schenectady's City Hall-iday
December 12, Noon-4pm, Schenectady City Hall
Celebrate the Holiday Season in downtown with family activities at Schenectady City Hall. Live music, photos with Santa, free horse & carriage rides and much more!

Watch this space for more information
 in the coming weeks!

Farm to Preschool Market
August 25, 2:30-5:30pm  
YWCA,  44 Washington Avenue
The Farm to Preschool Market offers a comfortable location for families to learn about and sample fresh fruits and vegetables from Altamont Orchards and Karen's Produce.

Capital City BrewCycle
Wednesdays, 6-8pm
Around Downtown
Downtown Schenectady's latest entertainment venture is now booking tours on Wednesday evenings. Come enjoy downtown like never before, and get some exercise to boot!

Experience & Creative Design Fall Open House  
August 29, 10am-4pm & August 30, 11am-4pm
Be sure to stop down and see what's in for this fall and check out the new showroom!

5th Annual Classy Chassis Contest   
August 29, 9am-3pm (rain date August 30)
SCCC Sports Parking Lot
Come on down and see all the great cars along with the fire safety house, food & raffles. No gate fee for spectators and plenty of parking in the main lot.  Proceeds to benefit the Schenectady Kiwanis Club's Youth Service Grant Program.

Jay Street Sunday Market 
Sundays through October 27, 10am-2pm
Vendor space still available! The Market is held along the Jay Street Marketplace in the heart of downtown.

Cell Phone Walking Tours in Downtown  
Take a self-guided tour of the Stockade Historic District and hear unique stories about the architecture and people who helped shape Schenectady's 350+ year history. Also, e xplore the Erie Canal through 14 mobile audio stops. Discover the history and innovation that made the canal possible and how it affected Schenectady residents. 
Hometown Heroes Banners Walking Tour
Through November 11
Downtown Schenectady

Take a stroll around beautiful Downtown Schenectady and view 43  Hometown Heroes banners honoring Schenectady military men and women.  Pick up a copy of the Hometown Heroes banner map and bios of many of the honorees at the DSIC office, 143 State Street, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. You may also view & download docs online .
miSci (museum of innovation & science)
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm  

Challenger Community Mission     
August 20, 6:30-9pm 
Be a part of a crew of scientists and engineers in a simulated space mission! Work on board the spacecraft and in Mission Control. Reservations & pre-payment are required. Call 518-382-7890 x237. $20/person | Ages 10 - adult.
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
August sale: Young adult & children's books, half price
All proceeds support Schenectady County Public Library 

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Our mission is to promote Downtown Schenectady as a premier location for commerce, recreation and living by enhancing, facilitating and supporting economic and cultural growth.