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Fall Foliage & 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. 

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. 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.

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!

September

Closing Day at the Track

Sunday, September 5, 2022
Gates open at 11:00 am
Saratoga Race Course

It's been a fabulous season, but sadly, the 2022 meet will come to a close on September 5. Get in your last live thoroughbred racing fix with the final feature race, the Grade 1, $300,000 Hopeful for 2-year-olds, and see a preview of potential standouts in Triple Crown races and the Travers Stakes.

Haunted Saratoga
Ghost Tours

Fridays, Sept 2 - Nov 4, 2022
7:00 pm,  Cost: $22
Meet at Saratoga Tea & Honey, 348 Broadway

Hear the stories that have lived on in our city for hundreds of years. They will enchant, entertain, and perhaps even scare you. Our 90-minute long walking tour will take you in search of the countless ghosts rumored to haunt the city. Total walking distance is less than a mile.

Congress Park
History Tours

September 6 thru October 29, 2022
Tues-Sat, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Meet at Saratoga Springs Visitor Center, 297 Broadway

Learn about the fascinating history of "The Queen of Spas", the tragic story behind the Trask Family, and the highest rolling gambling casino in the US. Take a leisurely walk thru Congress Park. Flat paved 1/2 mile path. Price: $20. Children under 12 free.

Saratoga Food Tour

Saturdays, Sept 3 - Oct 29, 2022
12:00 - 2:30 pm, Cost: $63
Meet at Olde Bryan Inn, 123 Maple Ave Saratoga Springs

Discover the tastes of Saratoga with our experienced guides. Learn the inside history of Saratoga and the area’s food culture while we visit several of the city’s most iconic restaurants. During the tour, we’ll stroll down Broadway and learn why it was voted one of the most beautiful downtowns in America. You’ll leave with a full stomach and new appreciation of our beautiful city.

A Visit with General and Mrs. Grant

Saturday, Sept 10, 2022
4:30 - 5:30 pm
 Ulysses S. Grant Cottage National Historic Landmark, 1000 Mt. McGregor Rd Wilton

Join living historians Steve Trimm and Melissa Trombley-Prosch as they interpret the life of Grant Cottage’s favorite grandparent couple through anecdotes and stories in the setting of one of their last visits to Saratoga in 1882. Suggested donation: $5

Curtis Lumber
Car & Truck Show

Sunday, Sept 11, 2022
11:00 an - 3:00 pm
 Curtis Lumber, 885 Route 67 Ballston Spa

The event is free for spectators.  40+ awards and trophies will be awarded!  Music by DJ Jason La Juene of Raven Events, giveaways, 50/50 raffle to benefit the WTEN Pet Connection, food trucks, and more! This is a fun family event, leashed pets are welcome.

Saratoga Hospital Golf Invitational

September 14, 2022
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saratoga National Golf Course

Saratoga Hospital’s Golf Invitational combines a spectacular day of golf at the award-winning Saratoga National Golf Club with the opportunity to support this very very worthy cause: the Nursing Scholarship Program, assisting nurses in their pursuit of advanced degrees.

Saratoga Arts - Art in the Park

September 17, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Historic Congress Park

Nearly 80 artists from the greater Saratoga and Capital regions will display and sell their original fine art and hand-crafted functional works in a beautiful setting. Artists will be on hand to discuss their drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography techniques.

Outlaw Music
Festival

September 18, 2022
4:30 pm
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Spac is going strong in September hosting the 2022 Outlaw Music Festival. Catch Willie Nelson & Family headlining, along with an all-star lineup of country and folk stars The Avett Brothers, Billy Strings, Larkin Poe, Brittney Spencer and Nathaniel Rateliff, and more.

Adirondack Balloon Festival

September 22 - 25, 2022
See website for full schedule
Queensbury and Glens Falls

Since the early 1970s, The Adirondack Balloon Festival has brought joy to nearly 150,000 spectators yearly. It traditionally starts with a street festival in Glens Falls, and weather permitting presents up to 50 hot air balloons Saturday and Sunday.

Saratoga's Giant PumpkinFest

September 24, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center garage

Bring the entire family to the Saratoga Springs City Center Parking Garage for the biggest pumpkin event of the season! The giant pumpkins begin arriving in the early morning with the weigh-off starting at 11. Free event with food venders and exhibits nearby.

Bark, Brew
Tattoo

September 25, 2022
12:00 noon - 6:00 pm

Saratoga Springs City Center

This event will make you say "good boy!" Our mission is to end the negative stigma attached to Bully breed dogs, such as American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, Bulldogs. We'll have tattoo artists, piercers, various vendors, beer and ale and more.

October  

Saratoga Recycles
Day

October 1, 2022
9:00 am - 12 noon
SPAC West Parking Lot

For $5 per vehicle and $30 per TV or monitor, Sustainable Saratoga will collect and donate clothing & textiles (any condition), small appliances & electronics, scrap metal, eyeglasses, hearing aids, adult bikes, and more to benefit local charities. Please bring exact change.

Saratoga Showcase of Homes

October 8- 10, 15, 16, 2022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Throughout Saratoga County

The 2022 Saratoga Showcase of Homes event will be held on 5 days over two spectacular weekends this fall on October 8, 9, & 10 and October 15 & 16. Don't miss the region's finest, award-winning builders and designers showcasing their new construction and decor.

International Flavorfeast

October 8, 2022
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Various Downtown Saratoga Locations

You don’t have to go very far to enjoy flavors from around the world! On Saturday, October 8 from 11 am to 4 pm you can enjoy an International tasting experience in Saratoga Springs! Feast on flavors from a variety of countries including France, China, Japan, Italy, Mexico, and America, among others, making this food event one of its kind.

Great Pumpkin Challenge

October 15, 2022
9:30 am start; 10:45 Kids Fun Run
Columbia Pavilion
Saratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Bridges will be hosting their 22nd Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge live! A great community event with up to 2000 walkers, riders and runners participating. Refreshments and prizes. Register early for Great Pumpkin Challenge shirts.

Fasig Tipton Saratoga Fall Sale

October 17, 2022
See website for schedule

153 George St., Saratoga

Since its inception in 2012, The Saratoga Fall Sale has been a top destination for broodmares and weanlings – especially those foaled in New York. The sale is the prime source for breeding stock in the Empire State. Most of the mares offered are considered as New York-bred.

Touched By An
Angel

October 20, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Canfield Casino

Enjoy an evening of wine, beer, sparkling wine and Saratoga Spring water along with a variety of elegant, savory and sweet food stations all provided by local restaurants! The evening benefits the Community Hospice of Saratoga and Washington Counties.

Saratoga
Book Festival

October 21-23, 2022
9 am - 4:00 pm
Saratoga Public Library and Northshire Book Store

The book festival headquarters will be at the Saratoga Public Library. Inside you will find the Festival’s pop-up bookstore, which, along with the Northshire Book Store, will stock all committee-selected titles for the weekend plus a great selection of used books.

Saratoga Springs Food Tour

October 29, 2022
12:00 - 2:30 pm
Olde Bryan Inn

Mark your calendar for 2022's final Saratoga Springs Food Tour. Beginning at the Olde Bryan Inn, our experienced guides will tell you the inside history of Saratoga and the area’s food culture while we visit several of the city’s most iconic restaurants. You’ll leave with a full stomach and new appreciation of our beautiful city.

Isaac Mizrahi Cabaret Concert

October 29, 2022
7:30 pm
Universal Preservation Hall

You may know him as a colorful Project Runway All-Star's judge, but Isaac Mizrahi is the personification of multi-talent! Actor, tv host, writer, fashion designer, and producer for 30 years, Mizrahi now brings his cabaret-style singing talent, backed up by his jazz band, to UPH's In the Round series for the first time.

Head of the Fish Regatta

October 29 - 30, 202
Races begin at 8:00 am
Saratoga State Boat Launch, Fish Creek

The Head of the Fish Rowing Regatta brings back its races to Fish Creek. Competitors will race 3200 meters on Fish Creek against the clock head race style with 20-30 second gaps between competitors. Spectators are welcome to watch youth, collegiate, men's and women's teams compete all weekend.

November

Haunted Saratoga
Ghost Tour

Friday, Nov 4, 2022
7:00 pm,  Cost: $22
Meet at Saratoga Tea & Honey, 348 Broadway

Hear the stories that have lived on in our city for hundreds of years. They will enchant, entertain, and perhaps even scare you. Our 90-minute long walking tour will take you in search of the countless ghosts rumored to haunt the city. Total walking distance is less than a mile.

Fall Back 5k Trail Race

November 5, 2022
12:00 pm
Saratoga State Park

It’s that time of year! Set your clocks back, fall back in bed for that extra hour, and emerge bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to breathe crisp, autumn air and tackle some serious trails. Pre-race gathering, finish, awards, and day of race registration take place at the Saratoga Spa State Park Administration Building.

The 7th Annual Veterans Ball

November 6, 2022
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hall of Springs

The Veterans Ball includes valet parking, a red carpet entrance, an Honorary Ceremony for our Veterans and Military Members, music and dancing, dinner, a silent auction, tantalizing desserts, & more

Saratoga
Comic Con

November 12 & 13, 2022
Sat. 10 am - 6 pm, Sun. 10 am - 5 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

Saratoga Comic Con, the largest comic con and pop culture event in the capital region welcomes Cosplay, Guest Stars, Gaming, Anime, Sci-Fi, Furries, Geeks, Nerds, Comic Books, Artists, vendors, and fans to the Saratoga Springs City Center! Awards will be handed out for kids and adults for Best in Show and more.

Lake George Polar Plunge

November 19, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Shepard Park, Lake George

Head north to Lake George for the chilly traditional Lake George Polar Plunge. Join in  as a team or individual for a freezin' for a reason good time! Rally everyone you know to help sponsor your plunge in support of local Special Olympics athletes. Don't forget your change of clothing!

Christopher Dailey 5K Turkey Trot

November 24, 2022
12:00 PM (Check site for updates)
Saratoga Springs City Center

A Saratoga Thanksgiving tradition, The race starts on Broadway in Saratoga Springs,  just a few blocks south of the Saratoga Hilton Hotel. We expect there will be both virtual and live event participation. Register online, by mail, or in person. Register by Nov 19 to guarantee a T-shirt.

Saratoga Springs Black Friday

November 26, 2022
Check websites for hours
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 -- safely -- for this annual event; the earlier you shop, the more you'll save! What better way to shake off the post Thanksgiving Feast doldrums!

December

Saratoga Festival of Trees

December 1-4, 2022
Check Website for Times
Saratoga Springs City Center

A Saratoga favorite! Come to an indoor winter wonderland of lights and festive decor. Walk through over 250 uniquely decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces. A fun event for all ages with Family Day, Breakfast and Sundaes with Santa and Santa's Workshop, and inspiration for your own tree.

Victorian Streetwalk Weekend

December, 2022
Check back for dates & times
Downtown Saratoga Springs

Victorian Holiday Magic returns in old-fashioned style as Saratoga Springs transforms into the 1800s! Witness the tree-lighting ceremony Thursday, and join Santa and Mrs. Claus at the gingerbread house Friday through Sunday. Fun for the whole family!

The McKrells Christmas Show

December 20, 21, 22, 2022
7:00 pm
The Parting Glass, 42 Lake Ave

Join in on a Saratoga holiday tradition with the McKrells and their toe-tapping Irish and Christmas music at the Parting Glass Pub.

Saratoga New Year Fest

Dec 31, 2022, 1 PM – Jan 1, 2023, 5 PM
Hampton Inn & Suites Saratoga Springs Downtown

Formerly: First Night-Saratoga. New Name. New Leadership. New Spirit. Expanded to two days: New Year's Eve and (now) New Year's Day. Big Music with "name" acts. New showcase venues. Food & drinks. VIP option. Sunday Funday + activities & contests. 5K Road Run on New Year's Day

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