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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. 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!

Final Day: 2019 Season at the Track

September 2, 2019
Saratoga Race Course

The 2019 meet will come to a close with the traditional final feature race, the 115th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful for 2-year-olds, which affords racing fans a preview of potential standouts in next year's Triple Crown series and Travers.

Waterford Tugboat

September 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2019
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!

Car, Truck & Jeep Show at Curtis Lumber

September 8, 2019

Curtis Lumber, Rt 67, Ballston Spa

Celebrate our 10th Anniversary! Join us at one of the largest Car and Truck Shows in the Capital Region! Hundreds of beautiful show vehicles, raffles, giveaways, food trucks, free face-painting and so much more.  A great family and pet-friendly day!

SPAC Onstage Series: Banda Magna

September 9, 2019
8:00 pm
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

“SPAC on Stage” features unique seating where the entire audience is placed onstage with the artists, looking out into the theater. The multi-cultural Banda Magda seamlessly moves from samba grooves to French chansons for a fresh and bold performance.

Steve Martin and Martin Short

September 13, 2019
7:30 pm

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

What could be funnier than a live performance by this pair! Don't miss out on the Saratoga stop on Steve Martin & Martin Short's "Now You See Them, Soon You Won't" tour. The show opens with Bluegrass quintet, The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival

September 13 - 14, 2019
Fri. 7 - 11:00 pm, Sat: 11 am - 11:00 pm
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Friday night returns to the 23rd annual Irish 2000 Festival! Now two days long, once again offering a unique lineup of Irish music, including everything from Celtic punk and jam music to traditional and everything in between. 3 stages, food, vendors.

Clifton Park Annual Farm Fest

September 14 - 15, 2019
10 am - 5 pm
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. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2019
11 am - 5 pm
Throughout Saratoga County

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

Feast of the Fields Celebration

September 19, 2019
5:30pm - 9:00pm
Saratoga National Golf Club

Join us for the 14th annual Feast of the Fields, featuring top chefs preparing small plates from fresh ingredients harvested by local farms, along with enticing products and drinks from local producers. A silent auction and artisans will round out the night.

Saratoga Auto Auction

September 20- 21,2019
 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 premier auction at a legendary destination. Don't miss vintage Ferraris, Jaguars, more!

Antique Truck Show

September 21 - 22, 2019
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.

A Taste of Wilton

September 22, 2019
1 pm - 4 pm

Gavin Park, Wilton

The Second Annual Taste of Wilton, Farm to Chef, will showcase a collection of local farms, restaurants, wineries, and distilleries under the tent at Gavin Park, rain or shine. Enjoy restaurant tastings utilizing fresh produce, live music, and artisan beverage makers.

Tail of the Fish

September 28, 2019
Noon - 4:00pm
Fish Creek Boat Launch

Saratoga Rowing Association presents Tail of the Fish, the 2019 Fall season-opening regatta. It is held on Fish Creek at the Saratoga Lake Boat Launch, Rte. 9P, and typically attracts 300 boats. Enjoy the view of a great rowing competition from the bridge. Check out the vendors too.

Saratoga Giant Pumpkinfest

September 29, 2019
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 Chamber of Commerce. Pumpkin growers from around New York State will meet up to find the biggest pumpkin of the year! Hayrides, music, and refreshments.

Double M Haunted Hayrides

September 29 - November 3, 2019
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 4-27, 2019
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.

Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

October 4-5, 2019
5:00 pm
Saratoga Performings Arts Center

The weekend’s signature event will feature curated gourmet tastings with a focus on sustainability, international wines, VIP experiences, pop-up performances from young dancers, musicians and artists within the community, all overlooking the park's reflecting pool.

Goat Brothers 25th Annual Swap Meet

October 5, 2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Hot Rods, motorcycles, and classic cars are shown throughout the fairgrounds, rain or shine. You'll enjoy refreshments, live entertainment, and there will be motorcycle parts and accessories for purchase, as well as gifts and novelties. Doors open at 10 am. Admission $10 (under 12 FREE).

The Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge

October 12, 2019
5K & 10K Start at 9:30 am
Saratoga Spa State Park

A great community event with 1,500 walkers, 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 register early!

Candlelight Tour of Schuyler House

October 12, 2019
6 - 9 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. Reservations are required.

The Way We Were Car Show

October 13, 2019
9 am - 4 pm
Front Street,  Ballston Spa

Check out the hundreds of cars and trucks on display, and enjoy the live music, food and merchandise vendors, and downtown businesses. Front Street will be blocked off from Milton Avenue past the Old Iron Springs to accommodate car exhibits and vendors.

Fasig Tipton Saratoga Sale

October 15, 2019
6 pm
Fasig Tipton Sales Pavillion

Come to 153 George Street in Saratoga to 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.

Haunted Hayride at Gavin Park

October 18, 19, 25 & 26, 2019
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.

50 Plus Living

October 19, 2019
11 am - 3 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

Are you 50-plus? Come to Saratoga Springs City Center and let talent from HGTV and Netflix, along with vendors and experts showcasing the best in home and lifestyles, retirement, and healthcare, career, fun, and retirement... and much more. Learn how to reinvent your life!

Saratoga Fall Festival 2019

October 26, 2019
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 26 - 27, 2019
10 am both days
Saratoga Lake Boat Launch, Rt. 9P

Return to Fish Creek at the Saratoga Boat Launch for one of the largest regattas in the country. The Head of the Fish attracts over 160 teams and 1600 crews from across the northeast. Take the shuttle from the Saratoga Visitor's Center and watch the races, enjoy the vendors, and cheer!

Excelsior Springs Wedding Show

October 27, 2019
11 am - 3 pm
Excelsior Springs Event Center

Experience the elegance and grandeur of the Excelsior Springs Event Center at their premier "Experience the Excellence" Wedding Show. Allow us to assist you in planning the day of your dreams by visiting with a select group of wedding professionals, presenting their very best to you.

Indoor Farmers Markets

Nov. 2 - Apr 4, 2019
Saturdays 9 pm - 1 pm
Lincoln Baths Building

On November 2nd, our bounty of locally-grown produce, handmade crafts, and food products move inside to the beautiful Lincoln Baths building in Saratoga Spa State Park. Our vendors will sell everything from meat to mushrooms. Live music too!

Saratoga Restaurant Week

November 4-10, 2019
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 eateries. Reserve your 3-Course dinner for just $20 or $30 plus tax & tip at participating Saratoga County restaurants--more than 30 in all.

Saratoga Wine & Chocolate Festival

November 16, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 pm & 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Saratoga City Center

Join fellow wine-lovers and chocolate lovers in a celebration of the best in the region! Sip and savor unlimited samples of wine, then bring home your favorites. Shop your way through chocolates, cheeses, and sweets. Finally, browse through our mini-boutiques.

Arts Fair

November 16 & 17, 2019
Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 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 23 & 24, 2019
Sat. 1 pm - 6 pm, Sun. 10 am - 4 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.

Chris Dailey Turkey Trot

November 28, 2019
Race starts at 8:30
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.

Victorian Street

November 28, 2019
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.

Black Friday Downtown Saratoga

November 29, 2019
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.

Holiday Craft Marketplace

November 30, 2019
10 am - 4:30 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

The 44th annual Holiday Craft Marketplace returns! Kick off the shopping season by browsing through original handmade crafts from over 100 artisans. Enter raffles and a silent auction. $5 admission fee benefits the Saratoga Center for the Family. Kids under 12 free!