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Opens October 28

Thursdays, 9:30am-1:30pm
Outside Around City Hall

Final Thursday market until 2017!
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.

Final outdoor market of the season! The Greenmarket moves inside Proctors on November 6.

Purchase your tickets now for the
November 10, 5:30-8:30pm at
Riverstone Manor, Glenville

Final Sunday Market until 2017!

A weekly mix of food and merchandise vendors along the Jay Street Marketplace.  

Music & Entertainment
Music n Entertainment

Halloween Party with DJ and costume prizes
October 29, 10pm

November 1, 5:30-8:30pm

October 29, 6:30pm

Centre Street Pub 
Mike Thomas
October 27, 7pm
Halloween Party: No cover if in costume. Prizes for best costumes. Drink specials.
October 28, 7pm
Cougar Candy
October 28, 9pm
October 29, 9pm
Josh Casano
November 2, 7pm

Halloween Party with The Accents. Costume contest (winners receive NY Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys tickets). Food & drink  specials.
October 29, 9pm

Keith Pray Big Band
November 1, 8pm

Day of the Dead Celebration:  Drink specials, sugar skull face painting & more
November 1 & 2

Halloween Party: DJ, costume contest, prizes & drink specials
October 29, 9pm  

Fat Chance
October 28, 9pm

October 28, 12-2pm

Peg Delaney with Earl Davis
October 27, 7-10pm
October 28, 7-10pm

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The Downtown Dish

For Halloween this week, we have a fun recipe that you can whip up very quickly to turn any dessert into a ghoulish, Dracula-approved treat!

Edible Blood

Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2 016
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 more than 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
Beekman 1802 Package
A gorgeous gift basket with goat milk soaps, artisanal cheese & more, plus two (2) tickets to tour the Beekman 1802 Farm in Sharon Springs.

Many, many more fantastic silent auction items will be up for bid!

Online sales have closed, but you can 
purchase tickets at the door

$65 per person / $35 young professional rate
Patti LaBelle
October 29, 8pm
Mainstage at Proctors

Beloved by fans for her fiery live performances and sassy wit, two-time Grammy Award-winning songstress, actress, author and entrepreneur Patti LaBelle brings her legendary, unmistakable voice to Proctors for one not-to-be-missed evening. More...
This Week at Proctors

On The Stage

The Rocky Horror Picture Show - October 27, 7:30pm 
Mainstage - Celebrate the 40th Anniversary with the one-and-only Brad Majors himself, Barry Bostwick. Costume contest, audience participation, plus live talk back and Q & A
w ith Barry!

Joe Cookston - October 28, 7:30pm  
GE Theatre - Whether its his hypnotic guitar sound, bubbling banjo or short story lyrics, he draws from his urban adventures and rural Ohio roots to exude a remarkable timelessness. Presented by the Eighth Step.

Slate Presents: Unelectable You - October 28, 8pm 
Mainstage - What makes a presidential candidate electable anymore? You'll find out when the satirical muscle of Second City harnesses the often contrarian and cutting edge voice of Slate to take aim at the election, the candidates, the spin, and even Slate itself. 

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra - October 30, 3pm 
Mainstage - Our lively program features our own principal horn player, Victor Sungarian, as soloist in a Strauss concerto.

On The Screen

John Carpenter's Halloween - October 26, 7pm  
GE Theatre - Presented by It Came From Schenectady: On Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old Michael Myers inexplicably murders his sister and is committed. Fifteen years later, he escapes and returns home to kill again.

Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages - October 29, 7pm   
GE Theatre - The Andrew Alden Ensemble returns to Proctors to accompany this most unusual 1922 film delight. A detailed historical re-enactment highlighting the evolution of witchcraft from its pagan roots, to Satanism, to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. Presented by It Came From Schenectady.

Alfred Hitchcock's FRENZY - October 30, 1:30, 4 & 6:30pm
GE Theatre - From 1972, a serial killer is strangling women with a necktie. The police have a prime suspect on the run, but could he be the wrong man?

Frankenstein - Nov. 2 & 3   
GE Theatre - National Theatre Live Encore Series: This thrilling production features Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in ALTERNATING ROLES as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. 

Breathing Lights - Schenectady City Weekend
October 28 & 29

This October and November, nightly from 6pm - 10pm, Breathing Lights is illuminating the windows of hundreds of vacant buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy. Warm light fills each window with a diffuse glow that mimics the gentle rhythm of human breathing. Concentrated in neighborhoods with high levels of vacancy, Breathing Lights transforms abandoned structures from pockets of shadows into places of warmth.

Breathing Lights was a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, which engages mayors to collaborate with artists on innovative public art projects to enrich communities and attract visitors.

This weekend is Schenectady City Weekend, featuring a Halloween party and poetry workshop at Schenectady Boys & Girls Club, as well as the Housing is a Human Right: 28th Amendment opening & conversation at the Central Library Branch in downtown. More... 

Schenectady County Historical Society
32 Washington Avenue
October 28 at 7 & 7:30pm 
Candlelight Walking Tours are Back!
Choose the Colonial or the Victorian Tour. 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 bring a flashlight with you.

Crossroads Gifts & Wellness
October 29 & 30
133-135 Jay Street
All Hallows Open House: Readings with Medium Mimi on Saturday. Tarot Readings with Steve & Faerie Hair with Danielle on Sunday. Face painting, vegan specials, free treats for the kids and more.

Capital District YMCA
October 24-31
Halloween Special:  Join any Capital District YMCA from October 24th through October 31st and we'll waive the joiner's fee! That could save you up to $100!

October 28-31
226 Broadway
Halloween Special: Get your sweet on with Halloween themed cupcakes!

October 30, 1pm
510 Union Street
Join us for a fun filled Sunday afternoon making a permanent fall-themed wreath with sunflowers, pumpkins, and other foliage. Cost: $75.00 (+tax). if you're one of the first ten people to sign-up, you can take the class for just $72.50 (+tax)!
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 30, 10am-N oon
A sensory friendly science center experience for those with autism and other sensory needs.  

October 31, 3-4:30pm
Enjoy spooky science activities in the lobby from 3:00-4:00pm. Then show off your costume at 4:00pm with a Halloween Costume Parade around the museum.
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

October 29, 1-4pm
Whitney Book Corner & Central Library
Come dressed as your favorite wizarding character! Free refreshments. Wizarding Herbology Classes: 1pm & 2:15pm in the Central Library's Slater Program Room. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone FREE MOVIE: 1pm in the Central Library's  McChesney Room. Register by calling 377-4670 or emailing professorspore@gmail.com .

October 31, 9am - 8pm
Costumes, goodies, free books, trick or treat.

The Whitney Book Corner
600 Union Street
Hobby & craft books: $1 in October
All proceeds support Schenectady County Public Library
College Corner
The Chiara Quartet
November 2, 7:30pm
Taylor Auditorium, Free

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October 27, 5pm
Nott Memorial, Free
Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!


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