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Visit Downtown Schenectady

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.                                                            
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 9
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

Frank Jaklitsch  
October 9, 6:30pm
October 10, 6:30pm
J osh & Justin
October 8, 7pm
October 9, 9pm
Jet Crash Boys
October 10, 9pm

Patrick Sharrow
October 9, 5:30-9pm

Mr. or Miss Clinton St. Pageant
October 10, 10:30pm

Life Line
October 9, 9pm

The Stockade Inn
Completely Different
October 8, 7-10pm
Bronte Roman
October 9, 7-10pm

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 an easy pumpkin bread to serve as a dessert or snack.

October 8-14,  2015
The Ultimate Michael Experience
October 9, 8pm
Mainstage at Proctors

The Ultimate Michael Experience starring Joby Rogers is both entertaining and electrifying. This full stage, high energy production is a tribute to the music and dance of the world famous superstar. Rogers' stunning resemblance to Jackson, combined with the intricate dance moves of the genius himself, presents an exciting performance preserving the legacy and spirit of this entertainment Icon. More... 
This Week at Proctors
On The Stage

MopCo Theatresports - October 9, 8pm  
Underground - All the fun and creativity of improv with the excitement of a sporting event. 

Carol Bradshaw's Production of Brevities - Oct. 11, 3pm
Mainstage - A nostalgic tribute to the masters of those glimmering days of yesteryear. The afternoon will feature special guests who will perform live sketches, routines and songs.

On The Screen

The Lost World (1925) - October 8, 7:30pm  
GE Theatre - Silent with live music by the Andrew Alden Ensemble.

Gone With the Wind - October 12, 2:30 & 7pm  
GE Theatre - The epic Civil War drama focuses on the life of petulant southern belle Scarlett O'Hara, tracing her survival through the tragic history of the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, and her tangled love affairs with Ashley Wilkes and Rhett Butler.
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...

Thanks  for  Another  Sold - Out  Wing  Walk !

A total of 18 restaurants served up a mouthwatering selection of chicken wing recipes during the 4th Annual Wing Walk in Downtown Schenectady on October 3. Guests flocked to downtown for the sold-out event, with 1,000 tickets sold through the Proctors Box Office. Guests cast votes for their favorite wing; we're pleased to announce the 2015 People's Choice Wing Walk Winner was 20 North Broadway Tavern for their Sweet & Spicy Buffalo Style Wing.

Facebook logo Visit the DSIC's Facebook Page to view Wing Walk photos, articles and all the results. Be sure to Like our page to keep up with Downtown Schenectady's events and news!

Thanks to ALL of our restaurants and visitors for making it an incredible day in downtown for the Wing Walk, as well as to our event partner, the Schenectady County Visitors Agency.
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 11, 12-1:30pm
Bob Cudmore signing Lost Mohawk Valley

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.

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, explore the Erie Canal through 14 mobile audio stops. Discover the history and innovation that made the canal possible and how it affected Schenectady residents.

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

Schenectady Today Show   
Tuesdays, 10-11am
Underground at Proctors
Be part of the audience for the filming of the Schenectady Today Show. Meet host Ann Parillo and the show's guests. 
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

All Schenectady County Public Libraries will be closed for 
Columbus Day, October 12

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

In conjunction with the Edgar Allen Poe open house, the Whitney seeks original spooky poems for the first ever poetry contest. One winner per category. Prizes will include a gift certificate to the Whitney Book Corner. All entries must be postmarked no later than October 10

All proceeds support Schenectady County Public Library 

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