20 YEARS OF FANTASTIC MEMORIES
20 YEARS OF FAMILY FUN
20 YEARS OF YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC
Make plans for a New Year's Eve getaway!
DINE...at one of Saratoga's amazing restaurants
STAY…in one of our fabulous partner hotels The Saratoga Hilton, The Fairfield Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs, Hyatt Place Saratoga / Malta, or Union Gables
FIRST NIGHT SARATOGA 2016 - an evening filled with live music, dance, comedy, magic and midnight fireworks!
Thursday, December 31, 2015, 6PM to midnight
First Night Saratoga celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country it is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year's Eve in the region. On Thursday, December 31st join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Art’s hosts over seventy regional and touring performing groups in thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs. Starting with the 5k road race at Skidmore College at 5:30pm, culminating with the SPAC sponsored fireworks in Congress Park at midnight and packed full of live music, dance, comedy and magic in between, this event will be a highlight of your outgoing year.
Headlining the evening is the iconic NRBQ (New Rhythm and Blues Quartet) who will share the mainstage with returning favorites Harold Ford with his acclaimed Johnny Cash tribute and Jim Gaudet's award-winning bluegrass ensemble. Right next door, the internationally touring rock duo Sirsy, who played standing room only crowds last year, will take the stage to bring in the New Year. Our WEXT stage features up and coming local female folk-rock artist, MaryLeigh Roohan, paired with the roots-rock ensemble Yankee Holler and soul-inspired funk of JV & the Cutters- the best of the 518 this year in all different flavors.
Saratoga Arts is proud to provide a showcase opportunity for young performers as well, including the fourteen year old pop savant Talia Denis illuminated by a stunning laser show and the sixteen year old award-winning Elvis impersonator Matt Boyce and his band the Suspicious Minds. A full range of genres are represented, from country-rock (18 Strings of Trouble, Red Haired Strangers) to Ska/Reggae and 60s retro (The Robanics, Big Fez and the Surfmatics) to dixieland jazz (Nisky Dixie Cats, Hot Club of Saratoga) to real-deal folk (Phil Henry, Michael Jerling) to the hip classically infused strains of CelloVoce. There is something for everyone.
If you are in need of some good humor this New Year’s Eve, try visiting our local improv troupe Mop & Bucket Company, always good for a laugh and a staple of our New Year’s Eve programming. Or check out Chris Ruggerio’s one man variety show- an act that you can’t help but smile for with a thrilling feel-good mixture of stand-up comedy and daredevil juggling.
We have a venue entirely dedicated to the Mind Arts with tarot card and rune readers as well as a certified psychic, Corbie Mitleid, who willprovide "gallery-style" past life readings. Comic hypnotist, Michael Ray will bring the most suggestible of us up on stage for some ridiculous New Year’s hijinks and the nationally recognized actor and magician, Josh Lozoff, will rivet the audience with his mind-bending act, “Life is Magic”, in one moment making a drawing come alive just by pointing; in the next predicting an audience member’s choice even before she knows them herself.
The Arthur Murray Dance Studio will open its’ doors all evening providing a different type of group instruction every hour from Salsa to Swing, no partner necessary. If you have kids and want the same active fun, but a little less structure the Turtle Clan Dancers will be leading ceremonial winter dances from the Ojibwe and Abenaki tribes and the Homespun Dancers will brighten the night with live folk music and guided square and line dances from the American tradition.
Alpacas of Breezy Hill Ranch Alpacas are very gentle creatures and they hope you’ll stop by to wish them a happy New Year! Owners Lisa and David Proulx will have alpaca products to buy such as hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks. NBT Bank Parking Lot, all night.
Balloon Gal Jenny has a decade of experience teaching both art and cooking to kids. Her favorite part of being a balloon artist is the smile she brings to children’s faces. This vendor charges $5 per balloon animal. Lake Avenue School, Gym #2 all night.
Jojo’s Fabulous Faces Add a bit of color and sparkle to First Night with beautiful, unique designs! Locally owned and operated. Fun for children and adults! This vendor charges $5-$10 per face design. Lake Avenue School, Gym #2 all night.
Forever Flowers sells beautifully preserved roses for you to give your loved one when the clock strikes twelve! City Center (Hilton Gallery), all night.
Airstream Catering: No matter how you like to roll, Airstream Catering Co. rolls with you! NBT Bank Parking Lot, all night.
Harvey's Restaurant and Bar will be serving up corned beef chowder, a sneak peak of our chowder fest chowder. Lake Avenue School, 6pm - 10pm.
Reggie’s Veggies from Greenwich New York, sells donuts and macaroni & cheese to keep you going throughout the night. Adirondack Trust Drive through, all night.
Ziti Dinner sponsored by the PNECC youth programming provides a baked Ziti meal with a salad, beverage and dessert for $8 adult, $4 youth and $.50 kids. Presbyterian-New England Church, 4pm - 8pm.
First Night Posters are for sale at Crafters Gallery, the Bouchard Art Gallery in the Post Office, the Hilton Gift Shop, the City Center Merchandise table and Saratoga Arts. Posters are $15 for the small size and $20 for the large size.
Merchandise Tables for all of the city center bands as well as Saratoga Arts will be set up in the Hilton Hotel Gallery (where audiences exit from the main hall of the City Center).
First Night will keep you warm! All of our venues are inside, heated, and with free (and warm!) bus service thanks to CDTA, you don't have to worry about getting cold on your way to all the best First Night performances.
SPAC’s 50th Anniversary First Night Fireworks
The sky lights up with a dazzling firework finale to 2015 at midnight in Congress Park. Saratoga Arts invites you to join Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen as we ring out the city’s Centennial Celebration and ring in 2016 with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 50th Anniversary First Night Fireworks! A perfect viewing area is provided with street closures at the intersection of Spring and Putnam Streets, near the carousel. The First Night Saratoga fireworks display is presented by Saratoga Arts in partnership with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), and with support from Northstar Fireworks.
Saratoga Arts is proud to partner with the Saratoga Springs Centennial Committee to present a public premiere of a short video celebrating the end of the 100 year anniversary of our city. The video will be shown in the Saratoga Arts Theater lobby during First Night from 6pm to midnight.
New Year's Eve happens no matter what and so does First Night Saratoga! All of our performers will be inside their respective locations and community partner, CDTA, is providing free shuttle and bus trips to all of our venues as well as a special shuttle service to and from Wilton Mall!
There is something for everyone at First Night Saratoga! Adults and children enjoy a variety of arts activities and performances, and for those who want to celebrate early, there is the First Night Saratoga 5K Run!
First Night Saratoga 2015, is a GE Kids in Free Days event, offering free admission for children with the purchase of one button admission.
For more information and complete schedule of events, go online to www.saratoga-arts.org.