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Entertainment, culture & history abound in 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.
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Opens November 4

Thursdays, 9:30am-1:30pm
Outside Around City Hall
Downtown Farmers Market
There will be a few vendors set up through December.

Sundays, 10am-2pm
Now Inside Proctors!
Schenectady Greenmarket
Enjoy this festive marketplace with weekly entertainment and more than 70 regional vendors.

Purchase your tickets for the

November 10, 5:30-8:30pm at
Riverstone Manor, Glenville

Music & Entertainment
Music n Entertainment
GS Trio
November 2, 6pm
Patrick Sharrow
November 3, 5pm
Stockade Kids
November 5, 9pm
November 8, 5:30-8:30pm
Everest Rising
November 5, 6:30pm
Centre Street Pub 
Rick Nelson Solo
November 3, 6pm
Funk Evolution
November 4, 8pm
November 5, 9pm
November 9, 6pm
Common Roots Brewery Takeover
November 4, 8pm
Steven Cowles
November 4, 8pm
80s Metal/90s Grunge Night
November 5, 8pm
Jay Street Band
November 4, 9pm
November 4, 12-2pm
Live Music
Thursday & Friday, 7-10pm
Check Out All of
Downtown Schenectady’s

College Corner
November 5, 9am
November 2-5

The Downtown Dish
This week, with football season already in full swing, we have a quick and easy recipe to add to your game day menu.
Easy Meatball Sliders
November 3-9, 2 016

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage
November 8-13

Mainstage at Proctors

The classic story on stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. More…

Thank You for a Great Building Block Party!
Thank you to our generous sponsors, participating restaurants, silent auction donors, volunteers, and hundreds of attendees for making the DSIC’s 14th Annual Building Block Party fundraiser on Oct. 27 at Proctors a great success!
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This Week at Proctors
On The Stage
Stockade Music Live!Nov. 4, 7:30pm
GE Theatre –  Three up-and-coming acts from Schenectady are featured in this new local music concert series. This week, Scottie Monaco and special guest Alexandra intertwine voices and beats in a unique performance featuring new music from Scottie’s sophomore album, “Jackie.”
Golden Oldies Spectacular – Nov. 5, 7pm 
Mainstage – Relive those great days with the incomparable Darlene Love, the always entertaining Bobby Rydell, all-time favorite Lightning Lou Christie, and Freddie (“Boom-Boom”) Cannon, who is appearing at Proctors for the first time.

Word Plays: Waterloo – Nov. 6, 2pm
Fenimore Gallery – Waterloo, the site of Napoleon’s very last battle , now means a final defeat or setback. Come find out how others have dealt with their personal Waterloos.
Off Broadway Salute – Nov. 6, 3pm
Mainstage –  A Benefit for Universal Preservation Hall with the Music Company Orchestra & the Mohawk Valley Chorus.
Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show – Nov. 6, 7pm 
Education Center – Featuring Comedian Shane Mauss, who has appeared on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, and has specials on both Comedy Central and Netflix.
On The Screen
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.
The Lennon Report – Nov. 6, 12 & 6pm  
GE Theatre – The unheard true story of what transpired at Roosevelt Hospital after the fateful shots were fired outside of the famed Dakota apartments. As the hospital’s emergency department discovers their “John Doe” shooting victim is the world’s biggest rock star, they must struggle to keep the news quiet while working to save his life.

Dennis Hopper’s The Last Film Festival – Nov. 6, 2 & 4pm

GE Theatre – There are 4,000 film festivals around the world, and Hopper portrays a producer who’s latest film has been turned down by 3,999 of them.


Experience & Creative Design
Nov. 4, 5-8pm, Nov. 5, 10am-6pm &
Nov. 6, 11am-5pm
510 Union Street
Annual Holiday Open House: 
Find fun and unique decorations for your home, as well as the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Trees, ornaments, arrangements, decorations, wreaths, home decor, fresh flowers, and so much more! Save 20-40% off store-wide!

The Open Door Bookstore   
November 6, 10am-2pm
128 Jay Street
Annual Holiday Open House: Join the folks at the bookstore for a preview of holiday decorations, books and greetings. Prizes, refreshments, and surprises galore!

Schenectady County Historical Society  
Nov. 7, 6pm
32 Washington Avenue
Think you know Lincoln? Are you mad about Madison? Then come on down for a night of presidential trivia. Teams will be limited to 5 people and we will have prizes for the top 3 teams. Light refreshments will be served and participants can BYOB.


St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church
Nov. 8, 11:30am-7pm
225 Lafayette Street
11th Annual Election Day Ziti Dinner: Donation of $8 includes ziti & meatballs, salad, rolls & butter, dessert & coffee/tea. Call 374-4466 x13 for more information.
Haven @ Jewish Family Services    
November 12, 2-4pm
McChesney Room, Central Library

Getting Through the Holidays After a Loss: For those who have lost a loved one, the holiday season can bring feelings of loneliness, sadness and anxiety. Come together with others to share your loss and to exchange ideas for getting through the holidays. Learn strategies for dealing with normal feelings of dread, as well as creative ways to take care of yourself and restore a sense of hope. FREE.

Save the Date!

November 19, 5pm
Downtown Schenectady
This year the event’s theme is “Movies.” The parade will progress up State Street from Schenectady County Community College, including more than 100 floats, bands, marchers, dance troupes and decorated vehicles vying for seven top prizes.

November 26
In partnership with the DSIC, Capital Region Chamber and Upper Union Street BID. Support the small businesses in your community by coming out on Small Business Saturday and take advantage of the many specials they have to offer.

December 10, 12-4pm

Join the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation for FREE and FUN activities for the entire family. Stop by City Hall and hop on the horse drawn carriage for a ride then visit with Santa and have a free family picture taken. Many activities, performances, musicians & more.
Chili Chowdow n

December 10, 3-8pm
Downtown Schenectady
Enjoy a late afternoon/early evening in Downtown Schenectady hopping from location to location to sample chili from some of the the best restaurants and pubs. Follow the Craft Brew Trail at select locations.

miSci (museum of innovation & science)
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm

November 9-13
A multi-day celebration showcasing STEM in New York’s Capital & Tech Valley Region. Includes science expos with robotics, 3D printing, fossil making & more; a STEM Summit; and a science cafe, among many other offerings.

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
November 3, 6pm
McChesney Room
We Can Talk About It Now: John Simon – a music producer, composer, writer and performing artist in pop, rock, television, movies, and on Broadway – will share his experiences working with the legendary American roots music group The Band as part of the Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center’s “New York Living Legacy” program.
The Whitney Book Corner
600 Union Street
Holiday books: Half price in November
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.

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