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.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 10, 3-8pm
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.
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.
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.