Fall Folliage & Fun in Saratoga!


Saratoga has everything you need to plan the perfect fall getaway with that special someone in your life or your entire family. We will help you start your planning with some fun fall ideas and great fall stay packages. And don't forget to check out all the other great things to do in Saratoga throughout the seasons!

Take in an intimate theater experience, or step back in time with the Saratoga National Historical Park, or just marvel at the change of seasons this weekend in Saratoga.

Highlights of Saratoga Happenings are below. For a complete list of events, click here.

Something For Everyone

Saratoga County includes at least ten area museums, a wide variety of golf courses, our world famous mineral springs and spas, great shopping and unique and amazing local restaurants too. Whether it's a fall weekend getaway or a mid-week trip, Saratoga County is a fall destination sure to delight you.

Special Events

Check out “The Way We Were Car Show,” or First Fridays in Downtown Ballston Spa. We have rowing regattas on Saratoga Lake that make for spectacular viewing. And don't miss the Saratoga Wine and Food & Concours d'Elegance, the Annual Irish 2000 Festival, the Saratoga Native American Festival, the Saratoga Showcase of Homes, Saratoga International Flavorfeast, the Saratoga Fall Festival and more!

Saratoga Polo Association

Now - Sept. 2, 2018
Gates open 4:00 pm
Saratoga Polo Club

Tradition continues for Saratoga Polo's  120th season! Check out the fast-paced action on historic polo grounds from the picnic-style, family-oriented grandstand area, or enjoy a VIP package in the luxurious clubhouse. General Admission $30/car.

Thoroughbred Racing Season

Runs through Sept. 3, 2018
Post times vary
Saratoga Race Course

Hot on the heels of Justify's Triple Crown wins, the thoroughbreds take center stage in Saratoga's 155th season. Join the excitement, special events and soon-to-be historic moments all packed into another thrilling 40-day meet! Season tickets available.

Saratoga Wine and Food Festival

September 7 - 9, 2018
Saratoga Spa State Park
Fri 10:30am; Sat 12pm; Sun 11am

Support SPAC's Classical season with a weekend of all things fine: fine food, including a grill competition and Grand Tasting, and meet and greets with celebrity chefs. Fine luxury cars at the Bugatti Road Rally, and international wines and wine experts.

Waterford Tugboat Roundup

September 7 - 9, 2018
4-9 pm Fri., All Day Sat. & Sun.

Waterford Waterfront

Celebrate New York's Maritime history at the with a weekend at the Gateway to the NYS Canals. The Tugboat Roundup typically features about thirty tugs and other vessels including working tugs, historic tugs, mini-tugs, and barges. Free!

Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival

September 15, 2018
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Come to Ballston Spa to enjoy a full day of non-stop, top-flight Irish entertainment, food, dance and music. You'll love the culture and traditions of an Irish pipe band, Irish dancers, many other bands and musicians, and vendors of food and Irish wares.

Battle of Saratoga Encampment

September 16 - 17, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saratoga National Historic Park

Celebrate the 241st Anniversary of the Battle of Saratoga of Freeman’s Farm. Learn the soldiers’ musket drill, hear cannon and musket firings, smell the aromas of open-fire cooking. Take part in a special guided tour of Freeman’s Farm.

Clifton Park Annual Farm Fest

September 15 - 16, 2018
10 am - 5 pm
Participating Clifton Park Farms

Drive yourself to the many working farms in Clifton Park. Tour Bowman Orchards, Riverview Orchards, Double B Farm, Predel's Ranch, Shepherd's Hey Farm, and many more. Ride a horse, pick apples, take a hayride, and learn about local farm life.

Saratoga Showcase of Homes

Sept. 15-16, 22-23, 29-30
11 am - 5 pm
Throughout Saratoga County

14 spectacular new homes are featured this year. Find ideas and inspiration during this self-guided tour throughout Saratoga County. Each home features the latest products, high-quality furnishings and fixtures from some of the area's top designers and builders.

Wilton Historic Homes Tour

September 16, 2018
10 am - 3 pm
Throughout Wilton

Fall will provide the perfect setting to explore a collection of historic Wilton homes. A Self-guided tour map will take you from home to home where guides will show you around each residence and share the significance it holds in the history of Wilton.

Feast of the Fields 2018

September 20, 2018
5:30pm - 9 pm

Saratoga National Golf Club

Join us on September 20, 2018, and bring your friends! They’ll enjoy the great food, the fun silent auction, live music and the beautiful scene at Saratoga National Golf Club. Proceeds benefit Saratoga PLAN and our mission to sustain our region as a great place to live, work, visit, and farm.

Saratoga Auto Auction

September 21 - 22, 2018
 Events start at 8 am
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Saratoga Automobile Museum celebrates horsepower during this amazing event. Consign, register to bid, or join us for this unforgettable auction. With 300 vehicles, the Saratoga Auto Auction is a premiere auction at a legendary destination. Don't miss vintage Ferraris, Jaguars, more!

Antique Truck Show

September 22 - 23, 2018
8:30 am - 4 pm

Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Come to one of the greatest antique truck shows in the northeast. Typically over 300 antique trucks each year - trucks of all sizes and from original condition to restored, from the 1910s to the 1910s. There are also antique tractors, engines and a flea market. Only $1 per person gets you there!

A Taste of

September 24, 2018
1 pm - 4 pm

Gavin Park, Wilton

In honor of the Town of Wilton’s Bicentennial year, the First Annual Taste of Wilton will showcase a collection of local farms, rest- aurants, wineries and distilleries under the tent at Gavin Park  rain or shine. Enjoy restaurant tastings utilizing fresh produce, live music by Larry Hooker, and artisan beverage makers.

Tail of the Fish

September 29, 2018
Noon - 4:00pm
Fish Creek Boat Launch

Saratoga Rowing Association presents Tail of the Fish, the 2018 Fall season opening regatta. It is held on Fish Creek at the Saratoga Lake Boat Launch and typically attracts 300 boats. Great rowing competition is always a sure thing and the view from the bridge is awesome. Visit our vendors and dine in our food tent!

Saratoga Giant Pumpkinfest

September 30, 2018
9 am - 5 pm

Saratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Spa State Park is proud to host New York’s Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off this September, sponsored by Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. Giant pumpkin growers from around New York State will meet up to find the biggest pumpkin of the year! Hayrides, music, and refreshments too!

Double M Haunted Hayrides

September 29 - November 3, 2018
Thursdays and Sundays Evenings

Double M, Rt. 67, Ballston Spa

Creating Fear for over 25 years! Scary Harry has a horrifying experience awaiting you yet again this year. Your journey will begin with a true Haunted Hayride on a tractor-drawn wagon, winding through the dark woods that are rumored to be filled with spirits and creatures of unimaginable beings.

Yaddo Garden Ghost Tours

October 5 - 28, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays, 5 pm
Yaddo Gardens

Don't be afraid! Yaddo Gardens conducts docent-lead tours of the lovely property, focusing on the historical sightings of spirits. Feel the energy of forces from beyond! Share in the spiritual intrigue from Native Americans, Edgar Allen Poe, the Trask family and other contemporary visitors.

International Flavorfeast

October 6, 2018
11 am - 4 pm

Saratoga Restaurants

This Columbus Day Weekend, take a culinary trip around the world at the Fourth Annual Saratoga International Flavorfeast. You don’t have to go very far to enjoy flavors from around the world! Feast on flavors from a variety of countries including France, China, Japan, Italy, and our USA!

The Way We Were Car Show

October 7, 2018
9 am - 4 pm
Front Street,  Ballston Spa

Check out the hundreds of cars and trucks on display, and enjoy the live music, vendors and downtown businesses. It’s a great day for the whole family! Front Street will be blocked off from Milton Avenue past the Old Iron Springs to accommodate car exhibits and vendors. In addition to food and merchandise vendors.

50 Plus Living

October 13, 2018
11 am - 3 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

Are you 50-plus? Come to Saratoga and let vendors, speakers and demonstrations give you information on wellness & healthcare, living an active lifestyle, traveling, relationships, financial planning, career and retirement and much more. Learn how to reinvent your life at this special event!

Great Pumpkin Challenge

October 13, 2018
5K & 10K Start at 9:30 am
Saratoga Spa State Park

A great community event with 1,500 walkers (5K), riders and runners participating. There will be abundant refreshments following the race and a raffle for all registered participants. Long-sleeve Moisture Wicking shirts & FREE raffle tickets to everyone who registers for our 5 & 10K by October 1, 2018!

Candlelight Tour of Schuyler House

October 13, 2018
6 - 8 pm
Saratoga National Historic Park

Step back in time and experience General Philip Schuyler’s lovely 1777 country home in a whole new light!  Candle-lit tours of the house are offered throughout the evening with light refreshments, period music, and a campfire to follow the tour. This special event is hosted by the Old Saratoga Historical Association.

Fasig Tipton Saratoga Sale

October 15, 2018
6 pm
Fasig Tipton Sales Pavillion

Come see top thoroughbred yearlings from the US and Canada as they are bought and sold right here in Saratoga Springs. Watch the parade of future champions before the sale, presented by the oldest thoroughbred auction company in North America. See if this tops the Saratoga Summer Sales!


Haunted Hayride at Gavin Park

October 19-20, 26-27, 2018
4 pm - 9 pm
Gavin Park, Wilton

Join Operation Adopt A Soldier for its annual Haunted House and Hayride at Gavin Park in Wilton. Two weekends of family friendly fun for all ages. You'll enjoy the hayride through spooky exhibits, and then participate in games, food, face painting, costume contest. Call 518-260-9922 for more details.

"A Bridle Affair" Wedding Event

October 21, 2018
11 am - 3 pm
National Museum of Racing

Join us for a historic day as the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame opens its doors to engaged couples for their second annual wedding event.  Come and enjoy food tastings from area venues and caterers, prizes,  giveaways and fun. Admission is complimentary.

Saratoga Fall Festival 2018

October 27, 2018
11 am - 4 pm
Downtown Saratoga Springs

You and your family won't want to miss an exciting day of events celebrating our beautiful Autumn! The Fall Festival offers games, pumpkin rolling races, pony rides, a costume parade, magic shows, and many more happenings. Best of all, dozens of stores will be open for trick-or-treating!

Head of the Fish Regatta

October 27 - 28, 2018
10 am both days
Saratoga Lake Boat Launch

Return to Fish Creek at the Saratoga Boat Launch for another exciting rowing regatta! Take the shuttle from the Saratoga Visitor's Center and watch rhe races, enjoy all of the food vendors, and soak in all that Saratoga Lake offers in the Fall. Secure your spot on the bridge for the best view!

"Only the Best" Bridal Show

November 4, 2018
11 pm - 3 pm
National Museum of Dance

Getting married? Don’t miss this bridal show! The museum will be hosting over 60 of the best Capital Region vendors who will be ready to help you plan your special day; caterers, photographers, jewelers, entertainers, bridal shops, and many more local vendors.

Saratoga Holiday Arts Fair

November 10 & 11, 2018
Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 10 - 4
National Museum of Dance

For exquisite gifts, this Fine Art fair has it all. There will be a selection of juried artists exhibiting handmade and very Gift-able Works of Art. The exhibitors presented are some of New England's top artists and craftspeople working in a variety of media. Free.

Adirondack Winter Expo

November 17, 2018
10 am - 5 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

The perfect event for outdoor winter sports and health/fitness enthusiasts. Includes great sales of gear, footwear and clothing, as well as exhibits and demos from over 70 exhibitors. Plus, activities, races, seminars and prizes. Admission is free.

Saratoga Restaurant Week

November 5-11, 2018
Evenings based on reservations
Various Saratoga County Restaurants

Discover Saratoga's Restaurant week is a perfect time to check out some new- and new-to-you restaurants! Get a 3-Course dinner for just $20 or $30 plus tax & tip at participating Saratoga County restaurants--more than 30 in all. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Chris Dailey Turkey Trot

November 22, 2018
11 pm - 3 pm
Broadway, Saratoga Springs

The annual Turkey Trot 5k race returns to Saratoga Springs Thanksgiving morning. Thousands of runners will be racing to benefit the Christopher Dailey Foundation. The race starts just a few blocks south of the Saratoga Hilton. Advance registration is required; register online now!

Black Friday Downtown Saratoga

November 23, 2018
Begins at 6 am
Downtown Saratoga Springs

Come support local businesses and artisans, and save money while getting a jump on your holiday shopping! Downtown boutiques and shops open early for this annual event; the earlier you shop, the more you'll save! What better way to shake off the post Thanksgiving Feast doldrums.

Annual Holiday Craft Fair

November 24, 2018
10 am - 4:30 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

The 43rd annual Holiday Craft Marketplace returns to the City Center! Kick off the shopping season by browsing for the perfect original handmade crafts from over 100 artisans. Enter raffles and a silent auction. $5 admission fee benefits the Saratoga Center for the Family.

Saratoga Festival of Trees

November 28 - December 2, 2018
11 pm - 3 pm
Broadway, Saratoga Springs

It's a wintertime fantasy and a joy-filled way to soak in the holiday spirit! Walk amid hundreds of nostalgic and modern trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday items available for viewing and purchase. Dine with Santa and stop by Santa's workshop. Sponsored by Catholic Charities.

Victorian Street

November 29, 2018
5 pm - 10 pm
Downtown Saratoga Springs

Victorian Holiday Magic abounds in old fashioned style as Saratoga Springs transforms into the 1800s. Dress for the era and join Santa and Mrs. Claus at the gingerbread house and at the awesome tree-lighting ceremony. Fun for the whole family! Broadway is closed off for this holiday tradition.