The streets of downtown Schenectady are slated to be packed today with live music, cultural festivals, culinary delights and visual art.
For those hoping to join in all the fun, here’s a quick look at today’s festival lineup:
WHEN: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
WHERE: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 510 Liberty Street
WHAT: In its 44th year, this festival is known for serving up impressive (not to mention tasty) dishes like moussaka and lamb shanks. Food will be served in the Hellenic Center dining room, though volunteers also plan to provide a-la-carte options like spanakopita, dolmades and stuffed peppers. Dessert is also a must, with everything from baklava to kataifi.
Starting at 5 p.m. Prometheus will perform Greek music and the St. George Hellenic Center Dancers will perform throughout the day.
Little Italy StreetFest
WHEN: Noon – 9 p.m.
WHERE: North Jay Street
WHAT: The StreetFest is a reunion of sorts. It brings together Italian cultural activities and eateries like Perecca’s Bakery and Civitello’s Italian Pastry Shoppe for a day of celebrating the local Italian community. Two stages will feature live music from Grand Central Station, Happy Daze, 2096, Ed Clifford and others. At 6 p.m. on the main stage Reverend Richard Carlino and Sister Maria Rosa Querini of St. Anthony’s Parish will be crowned king and queen of the festival, in honor of the work the two have done for the community.
Stockade Villagers’ Outdoor Art Show
WHEN: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHAT: Artists from across the region and beyond will be lining the sidewalks of the Stockade.
The long-standing tradition — the show is in its 68th year — combines work from students with work from professional artists. It’s a chance for people to see and purchase new works and for artists to showcase their pieces. In case of rain, the show will be moved to Sunday.
WHEN: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church of Schenectady, 600 State Street
WHAT: Fall comes early with this festival. It features live music from Ritch Harrigan, crafts, children’s activities, a silent auction, pumpkin rolling and more. St. Joe’s Cafe will open at 9 a.m., serving hot breakfast sandwiches.