Fall Attractions & Upcoming Events in Schenectady

The fun doesn't have to stop with the summer - more entertainment and recreation awaits you in Schenectady this fall!

Autumn is a great time of year to check out all the historical sites the city has to offer, enjoy spectacular fall foilage in Central Park, or catch dinner and a show at Proctors. Around Halloween get your spook on by checking out some of the haunted sites in the city.

Schenectady Historic District

large of group of people on the street being led on a walking tourPhoto provided by Schenectady County Historical Society

Schenectady was New York State’s first historic district, so of course the city is rich with sites from years past.

For those playing Pokemon Go, the Schenectady County Historical Society has been selected as a Pokestop – a GPS checkpoint to catch the little critters. Many Pokestop locations in the game include historical sites and unique buildings, so it’s no surprise SCHS fits the bill.

The SCHS has a cell phone walking tour featuring many of the city's prime historical spots. Check out the oldest home in Schenectady, the first reformed church of Schenectady, and more - the Stockade Neighborhood features more than 40 pre-Revolutionary houses and architectural styles.

Or, check out the SCHS's museum, which uses artifcats to tell the story of the city's people and places. Learn about crucial historical points in Schenectady's history, like the American Locomotive Company and the Schenectady Massacre.

Stockade Villagers' Outdoor Art Show

The annual Stockade Villagers' Outdoor Art Show is held in the fall every year on Ferry and Front Street. This fantastic outdoor art show and sale aims to encourage local artists to come out and sell their works – and have an opportunity to receive a monetary award!

Arts include drawings, paintings, graphics, sculptures, photography, and non-utilitarian textiles.

Central Park

Walking around this beautiful park in the fall you’re sure to see some striking fall foliage. Check out Iroquois Lake, a dog park, tennis courts, historical statues, a playground for kids, and more.

Proctors & Restaurants

front of Proctors

Perhaps known as Schenectady’s number one attraction, Proctors is a traditional theater that attracts world-famous entertainment. Proctors always has an exciting lineup of shows going on.

Before you catch a show, grab some dinner at one of Schenectady’s many fine dining restaurants. Check out establishments like Cornell's Restaurant, Aperitivo Bistro, or The Van Dyck Restaurant & Lounge.

Haunted Places

In October, there’s no shortage of haunted places in Schenectady to check out. If you’re feeling brave, get into the Halloween mood with one of these classic scary hot spots:

Front Street Park

Those who were massacred during a 1690 raid of French-Canadian and Indian invaders are said to haunt Front Street Park as well as the entire Stockade Historic District.

Jackson's Garden, Union College

The ghost of Alice Van Veer reportedly haunts this area. The young woman fell in love with a man her father didn’t approve of, so he killed her lover. An angry mob captured Alice and her father and burned them alive right in Jackson’s Garden.

Vale Cemetery

The largest cemetery in Schenectady, open since 1857, this is considered to be a pretty scary place with a number of various haunted findings. Some have heard the statues cry out or even seen them bleeding. Ghostly figures have been spotted among the gravesites and sitting in trees. And, odd lights have been seen and ghostly singing has been heard from the old church on the grounds.

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