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Visit Downtown Schenectady

Did you know that downtown Schenectady offers many types of lodging? Stay at a quaint bed & breakfast or an elegant boutique hotel. If a modern facility is your preference, choose a name-brand hotel with all the amenities.
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 October 16
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

Backstage Pub & Grill
Open Mic Comedy NIght
Thursdays, 8:30pm

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

Completely Different  
October 15, 6:30pm
Miracles for Meg Fundraiser
October 17, Beg. at Noon
David Tokarowski
October 15, 7pm
October 16, 9pm
Big Johnson Blues
October 17, 9pm

Clinton's Ditch
Josh Casano
October 16, 6-9pm 

The Rogues
October 16, 9pm

The Stockade Inn
Dino Cimino
October 15, 7-10pm
Kevin Green & Douglas Chilton
October 16, 7-10pm

The Van Dyck
Sharel Cassity
October 17, 8pm
Check Out All of
Downtown Schenectady's

The Downtown Dish
Fall is upon us, and apples 
and pumpkins abound. Let's 
explore some recip es using 
these great ingredients. 
This week we have a twist 
on a baked apple.

College Corner
Click on the links below to see what is happening at our local colleges.

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October 15-21,  2015
13th Annual Building Block Party
October 29, 5:30-8:30pm
GE Theatre at Proctors

Join the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation and hundreds of community supporters as we celebrate Downtown Schenectady and honor some of the businesses and organizations that contribute to its ongoing success. Enjoy food from more than 20 local restaurants, a super silent auction, and presentation of the annual Building Block Awards.

$65 per person; $35 per young professional (35 and under)
A benefit in support of the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp.

The Book of Mormon
October 20-25
Mainstage at Proctors

Hailed by The New York Times as "the best musical of this century" and the winner of nine Tony Awards®, this outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. More....
Oct 16-18 and 21-25
Schenectady Civic Players, 12 S. Church St.

This new adaptation restores the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker's classic novel. Rich with both humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker's famous vampire. More...

This Week at Proctors

On The Stage

Mel Brooks: A Live Conversation - October 16, 7:30pm  
Mainstage -  Join the incomparable Mel Brooks for an exclusive, inside look at his storied career, and the making of the legendary and groundbreaking movie Blazing Saddles

MopCo Theatresports - October 16, 8pm  
Underground - All the fun and creativity of improv with the excitement of a sporting event. 

Poetry in Motion - October 17, 7pm
GE Theatre - Poetry in Motion is a critically acclaimed spoken word experience like no other. The combination of spoken word, music and visual effects is sure to please. 

Sixties Spectacular - October 17, 7pm  
Mainstage - The annual five act SIXTIES SPECTACULAR roars into Proctors featuring Jay and the Americans and Paul Revere's Raiders. Performing at Proctors for the first time will be Gary Lewis and the Playboys, the 1910 Fruitgum Company and The Bronx Wanderers.

The 8th Step Presents: Jack Williams - October 17, 7:30pm
Education Center - A dynamic performer and legendary guitarist, drawing from folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and popular music of the '30s, '40s and '50s. 

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra - October 18, 3pm 
Mainstage - Featuring a talented young cellist from Syracuse, Lucas Button, who will perform Dvorak's Cello Concerto. You won't want to miss this! 

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Shane Mauss - October 19, 8pm
Education Center - A favorite on Conan, Comedy Central, Netflix and pretty much everywhere online. Now he's diving into a brand new hour about one of his admittedly controversial lifelong passions: psychedelics.

On The Screen

Blue Sunshine & Satan's Little Helper - October 18, 2pm  
GE Theatre - When former hippies suddenly start turning into homicidal maniacs, suspicion turns toward Blue Sunshine, a variety of LSD that was all the rage 10 years earlier. With director Jeff Lieberman, plus a special second feature!

Schindler's List - October 19, 2:30 & 7pm
GE Theatre - This incredible true story follows the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.
Candlelight Walking Tours
Fridays in October, 7 & 7:30pm
Schenectady Co. Historical Society
32 Washington Avenue

Explore the historic Stockade after dark to discover the neighborhood's haunting past! This year their are two tours: The Colonial Candlelight Tour explores the early history of the Stockade from its settlement in 1661 to the American Revolution. The Victorian Candlelight Tour ventures into further reaches of the neighborhood and features stories from the 19th century(this tour requires more walking). More...
7th Annual Crawl For a Cure
October 24, 4-10pm
Around Downtown

Come join the fun and Crawl For a Cure to raise funds to fight breast cancer. Sponsored by Miller Lite.

With each paid ticket ($15), you have a chance to win a $800 gift card (for best poker hand) AND entries to win 14 $50 gift cards from participating bars. Miller Lite drink specials at all the bars during the event. 
Participating establishments : Manhattan Exchange, Clinton's Ditch, 20 North, Katie O'Byrne's,Hunter's on Jay, Uncle Ben's and Firestone 151.  

The Open Door Bookstore   
128 Jay Street
October 17, 12-1:30pm
William J. O'Hern and Nancy Best Signing Adirondack Cookbooks

Through October 24
129 Jay Street
Artist in the Gallery Series: Featuring K.O. Wilson Exhibition of current trains. View his photographs, along with a model train exhibit.

October 14-18
Union College
All haiku poets and interested parties are welcome. It is a long weekend of papers, panels, workshops, readings, performances, book sales, and much socializing with fellow poets, translators, scholars, editors, and publishers. Both established and aspiring haiku poets are welcome.

October 19-23
44 Washington Avenue
Week Without Violence: Several events have been scheduled including a Zumba fundraiser on Oct. 17 and the annual Take Back the Night March on Oct. 22

Jay Street Sunday Market 
Sundays through October 27, 10am-2pm
The Market is held along the Jay Street Marketplace in the heart of downtown.
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. More... 
miSci (museum of innovation & science)
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm  

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.Space is limited. Purchase tickets in advance at 518-382-7890 x237 or when you arrive at miSci (if space is available).
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

October 22, 6pm
McChesney Room
Presented by Kate Dudding & Mary Murphy

The Whitney Book Corner
600 Union Street
Through October: Craft & hobby books $1.00
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.