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Did you know that Downtown Schenectady features nearly 50 shops that offer a wide range of unique gifts & clothing, practical items for your home, personal necessities and more? Come browse our many options!   
Browse our shops, restaurants, services, lodging, attractions, transportation & parking.

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Schenectady County
Capital Region Chamber
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CDTA Capital Moves

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Opens October 14
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

Justin & Josh
October 13, 7-10 pm
October 15, 9pm-1am

October 18, 5:30-8:30pm

Debbie Fish &
The Crowd Pleasers
October 13, 6:30pm
Big Creek
October 15, 6:30pm

Centre Street Pub
Joel Fisher
October 13, 6pm
Good Time Charlies
October 14, 9pm
Ill Funk
October 15, 9pm
October 19, 6pm

Chicken Herders
October 14, 9:30pm
Patrick Sharrow
October 15, 9pm

Big Radio
October 14, 9pm

October 14, 12-2pm

Erin Harkes
October 13, 7-10pm
Carla Metz & Larry Acunto
October 14, 7-10pm

Check Out All of
Downtown Schenectady's

The Downtown Dish
This week, we have a deliciously different way to prepare that butternut squash you've stocked up on for the fall.

Butternut Squash
Pasta Carbonara

October 13-19, 2 016
An American in Paris
October 14-21
Mainstage at Proctors

An American in Paris is the hit musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Don't miss this stunning four-time Tony-winning production that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-15 season! More...
Rapture, Blister, Burn
October 14-16 & 19-23
Schenectady Civic Players

After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine build a career as a rock-star academic, while Gwen build a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in opposite ways,each woman covets the other's life.  More...

14th Annual Building Block Party
October 27, 5:30-8:30pm
GE Theatre at Proctors

Please join the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (DSIC) and hundreds of community supporters for an evening of fantastic networking, delicious food from nearly two dozen local restaurants, and a spectacular silent auction as we celebrate downtown and those who contribute to its ongoing success.  More...

Silent Auction Sneak Peek!
This year, enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving! Bid on our Thanksgiving Package featuring dinner for 10, linens and a table centerpiece, donated by  Mazzone Hospitality and Experience & Creative Design. Many more fantastic items will be up for bid!

Tickets $65 regular / $35 young professional

This Week at Proctors
On The Stage

John McCutcheon - October 15, 7:30pm   
GE Theatre - An extraordinary performer, he weaves original songs & stories with guitar, piano, banjo dulcimer & more for a simply spellbinding evening. Presented by Eighth Step.

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show - October 15, 8pm 
Education Center - Zach Sherwin: A rapper, comedian, writer, and actor. Zach performs frequently in the blockbuster YouTube series "Epic Rap Battles of History."

On The Screen

Japan's SHIN GODZILLA! - October 12 & 15  
GE Theatre -  SHIN GODZILLA is a reboot of the legendary series. This time, the beast arrives with the force of a giant tsunami, devastating modern Japan on a scale thought unimaginable, all while Japan's political and military leaders flounder, flub and pass the buck.

Incarcerating US - October 16, 1 & 3pm 
GE Theatre - This documentary exposes America's prison problem and explores ways we might unshackle the Land of the Free through vital criminal justice reforms. With 2.3 million people behind bars, the U.S. has the largest prison population in the history of the world.

Doomed - October 17, 7pm   
GE Theatre - This long-awaited documentary reveals the full history of Roger Corman's famed ill-fated movie version of The Fantastic Four. Presented by It Came From Schenectady. 

Schenectady County Historical Society
32 Washington Avenue
October 14, 21 & 28 at 7 & 7:30pm
Candlelight Walking Tours are Back!
    Choose the Colonial or the Victorian Tour, or come two nights and try them both! The museum will be open after each tour for you to see the exhibits, enjoy some refreshments and hear live old- time music from local musicians. Please remember to bring a flashlight with you!
October 19, 11am
Mangia! Tour & Tastings of Italian Schenectady  
     A guided walking tour through Schenectady's Little Italy. Discover how Italian immigrants have left cultural and culinary marks on our community. Included in the tour are tastings at Garofalo's & Co., Civitello's Italian Pastry Shoppe, and Cornells in Little Italy! 

Mexican Radio   
Day of the Vegan
Throughout October & November 1

Day of The Dead meets World Vegan Day! We'll be offering a extended Vegan menu, drink specials and more on Tuesday Nov. 1st. In preparation, we're running a contest all through October. Come in and take a pic of yourself enjoying a Vegan dish and post it on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter with #DayOfTheVegan, and we'll choose two winners to receive either a DOTV T-shirt or a sugar skull screen print poster signed by the artist.

5th Annual Wing Walk T-Shirts

For those of you who didn't get your 2016 Wing Walk T-shirt during the event on October 1, or if you would like extras, we still have some available for purchase.
You may pick them up at the DSIC office at 143 State Street during normal business hours for $10 each.

Adult men's sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL. Limited quantities! More...

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 

October 22-23, 4:30pm-9am
Explore the museum with a spell-binding scavenger hunt, encounter aliens with hourly Challenger Adventure missions, learn about the things that go bump in the night in the planetarium, and gasp at the mystical properties of dry ice. Dinner and breakfast included. Space is infinite, but registrations are limited. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Science Festival  
November 9-13
Call for  Partners
The Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing STEM in New York's Capital & Tech Valley Region. This is a unique opportunity for organizations to promote your work while engaging visitors in the STEM opportunities in New York.

Partner Registration due by October 15

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

Words in Progress
October 14, 21 & 28, 10am-12pm
McChesney Room
In this poetry workshop for seasoned poetry writers, participants will make imaginative leaps that let their poems soar. We will practice the elements of line breaks, white space, rhythm and other musical devices with in-class exercises and poems brought from home.

600 Union Street
Hobby & craft books: $1 in October
All proceeds support Schenectady County Public Library
Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!


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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.