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Spring is a great time to explore! So come and pack your days with as much fun as possible. Saratoga has everything you need to plan the perfect spring getaway with that special someone in your life or your entire family. We will help you start your planning with some fun ideas and great spring 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.

SPAC Summer Events Tickets

Now through August 31
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

The SPAC Summer of 2019 event lineup has been announced and posted! Get tickets now and celebrate the returns of Dave Mathews, Phish, the Dead as well as the NYC Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra, and the annual Freihofer's Jazz Festival. Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more will round out the summer.

Home Made Theater's Spring Benefit

March 23, 2019
7:00 pm
Spa Little Theater

Put on your saddle shoes, platforms or wing tips for “Dancing Through the Decades- a retro rendezvous,” at Homemade Theater’s spring benefit. There are 4 retro rooms featuring the 20s, the 30s and 40s, the 50s and the 60s thru 80s. Dressing as your favorite decade is highly recommended.

Louden Wainwright III at Caffe Lena

March 30, 2019
8:00 pm
Caffe Lena

Grammy-winning Loudon Wainwright III is a folk-rock legend, ever since the mid-70s when he blasted out of Caffè Lena's orbit to the national scene. In 2010 he won the GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk Album. Reserve your seats early for this fun, kid-friendly show.

Brookside Museum Masquerade

March 30, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Brookside Museum, Ballston Spa

Mark your calendar for The Brookside's Masquerade Ball, a benefit for the Saratoga County Historical Society. Come join other supporters for an evening of music, dancing, drink, games and more. Wear nineteenth-century style clothing, creative masquerade costumes, or other formal wear.

Fine Woodworking Showcase

March 30 - 31, 2019
10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days
Saratoga Springs City Center

Northeastern Woodworkers Association presents a fine woodworking exposition featuring hundreds of pieces of furniture, toys, carvings, turnings, sports equipment, and miniatures by the region's finest woodworkers. Support these artisans-take a piece or two home!

"Gender Neutral" Dance Exhibit

April 1 - 30, 2019
Tues-Sat: 10 am–4 pm, Sun 12-4 pm 
National Museum of Dance

Gender Neutral explores the history of non-traditional gender roles in dance from the eighteenth century to the present day with the all-male, comic ballet troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo as the centerpiece of the exhibition. This unique exhibit ends this month.

Ballston Spa's First Friday

First Friday of every month
6 pm - 9 pm
Downtown Ballston Spa

Visit Ballston Spa on the First Friday of every month and enjoy special happenings in many of our downtown shops, restaurants, and galleries. Live music, art displays, refreshments, and featured shop promotions. Free family movies in Wiswall Park at dusk during June, July, and August.

April Movies and Mimosas

April 5-6, 2019
11:00 am
Criterion Bowtie Cinema

April's Movies and Mimosas' selection is another classic Bette Davis movie, Dark Victory. In this 3-Oscar nominated movie, a young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and must decide whether or not she'll meet her final days with dignity.

Saratoga Tattoo
Expo

April 5 - 7, 2019
See website for hours
Saratoga City Center

Experience tattoo art and the international and regional artists who design them -- and apply them -- like never before. Take the plunge and go home with a bold or subtle work of art, or just watch them at work. Or get a few piercings!

Darlingside at Caffe Lena

April 11, 2019
6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena

Come absorb the lush harmonies of Boston’s indie-folk quartet Darlingside, reminiscent of Simon and Garfunklel, the Byrds and CSN. You’ll savor the many-sided vibes produced by cello, violin, bass and banjo.

Saratoga National Golf Club

April 12 - Sept 7, 2019
5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saratoga National Golf Club

Reserve your tee times! Saratoga National offers players a world-class golf experience. The course features 24 wooden bridges, 6 ponds, 50 bunkers and blue limestone retaining walls that shape challenging greens.

Capital Region Guitar Show

April 13 & 14, 2019
Friday 5-9 pm Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

Dealers from the Northeast will be on hand to buy, sell, trade, and appraise your musical equipment. No matter what level of playing or interest you have, the Capital Region Guitar Show is sure to please!

HMT's Barefoot in the Park

April 20, 26, 27 & May 3, 4 & 5
7:30 pm
Spa Little Theater

You won't want to miss Home Made Theater's production of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park. Conservative Paul marries not-so-much Corie in this romantic and hilarious match-up. Can these newlyweds keep the magic alive?

Harry Rosenfeld at Northshire

April 24, 2019
5:00 pm
Northshire Book Store

Award-winning news editor and author, Harry Rosenfeld, discusses his book, Battling Editor – The Albany Years, and how to live an ethical life in the news business, and the transformation of two daily newspapers.

Wine Time
Saratoga Fest

April 26, 2019
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

If you are over 21, and unlimited samples of wine sounds like the perfect event, you can't miss the Wine Time Fest! What could be more fun, as well as more educational, than 3 hours of reds, whites and bubblies?

Maple in April Festival

April 27 - 28, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rockwell Street, Hadley

Start this yummy weekend off with the Scholarship French toast breakfast served with real Adirondack Maple Syrup on Saturday. Wander through the Lil’ Sugar Dust-off Car, Truck & Cycle Show. Music, Artists, crafts and food vendors will line the street both days. Fun for all ages!

Saratoga Invitational Regatta

April 27 - 28, 2019
Races start at 8:00 am
Saratoga State Boat Launch, Rte. 9P

Come witness the "east coast Clash of the Titans" at Saratoga Rowing Association's  invitational regatta on Fish Creek. With over 1200 entries, this regatta will have several races all weekend long.

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Comic Con

April 27 - 28, 2019
Sat. 10 am - 6 pm, Sun. 10 am - 5 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

Cosplay contests, video game tournaments, wrestling and themed cosplay panels, even a cosfight fencing class for kids...these are just a few items from this event-packed weekend. Meet artists and celebrities too!

Skidmore Classic Horse Shows

First week is May 1-5 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
White Hollow Farm, Stillwater

Skidmore College is proud to host six weeks of nationally recognized U.S. Equestrian Federation Premier Hunter/Jumper events, attracting top equestrian competitors from all over North America. All Proceeds fund scholarships and financial aid.

Ballston Spa Birdhouse Festival

May 4, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa

Calling all bird lovers and creative people! Come to the 2nd annual Birdhouse Festival and join the competition to create the most unique, fun, different or crazy birdhouse. Prizes will be awarded. Take part in craft events also - all free!

Off the Shelf with Anna Quindlen

May 7, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Gannett Auditorium, Skidmore

Come to Skidmore's Palamountain Hall to see Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author, Anna Quindlen. Quindlen will join us to discuss her new book, Nanaville, with Joe Donahue of WAMC Northeast Public Radio. Presented by Northshire Bookstore.

Art of the Dance Poster Exhibit

Opens May 10, 2019
Tues-Sat 10 am–4 pm, Sun.: 12 – 4 pm
National Museum of Dance

An unprecedented one hundred rare and exceptional dance movie posters include several international versions of Hollywood film posters, which range in date from 1918 to the 1980s with the majority from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Fred Astaire will be celebrated.

Saratoga Historic Homes Tour

May 11, 2019
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
112 Spring Street, Saratoga

Take a tour of privately-owned historic homes of Saratoga Springs, as the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation proudly presents their annual tour. Celebrate Spring and Mothers' Day! Bring your camera to capture our rich architectural heritage.

NYS Championship Rowing Regatta

May 11 - 12, 2019
Begins at 8:00 am
Saratoga State Boat Launch

Come watch the amazing athleticism of New York's best high school rowers. The NY Scholastic Championships crowns the fastest Scholastic Crews along with the fastest non-Scholastic crews. Vendors will be on hand for food and beverages.

Mornings on the Farm & Goat Yoga

May 12, 2019
10 am-noon 
Into the Woods Farm, Middle Grove

Come and join us here in the woods for a morning of farm experiences from hanging with Dwarf Goats to collecting eggs. Take a look around, meet our animals, ask questions, and learn more about our programs...including goat yoga!

Saratoga County Brew Fest

May 18, 2019
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Join us for the 9th Annual Saratoga Brewfest at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 18th! Enjoy 130+ craft beer samples, take home cool souvenirs and listen to live music throughout the event. Reduced price designated driver tickets!

Waterford Canal Festival

May 18 - 19, 2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Village of Waterford

Come to Waterford for this free annual event as we welcome new and returning vendors to line the banks of the Erie Canal. Enjoy live music, dance performances, children's activities, kayaking, educational walks and presentations, live music and more.

2019 Chef's Challenge Competition

May 23, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm 
Excelsior Springs Event Center

Grab your hungriest friends for Big Brothers and Big Sisters' Chef's Challenge. Sample original food creations and cocktails, and choose your favorite. Cast your vote for the People's Choice Food and People's Choice Beverage competitions.

Gotta Get Gon Folk Music Festival

May 24-26, 2019
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Bring your dancing shoes, singing voice and a chair for an intimate family folk music experience like no other. Held every year Memorial Day Weekend for over 40 years, entertaining all ages with great music, workshops, concerts and just good ol' fun!

Gala for
Animals

May 31, 2019
6:00 - 11:00 pm
National Museum of Dance

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is bringing our 2019 Gala for Animals to beautiful Saratoga Springs! We promise an inspiring evening complete with fine dining by Longfellow's, the incomparable music of Grand Central Station, silent and live auctions and more! 

Oklahoma Training Track Tours

June - October, 2019
9:00 am - 10:30 am
 267 Union Ave.

Step back in time and enjoy this hour and a half, 1-mile walking tour of the beautiful Oklahoma Training Track, a favorite base for leading trainers such as Todd Pletcher and Nick Zito. Call Reservations are required:
call 518-584-0400, x120

Live Harness
Racing

Opening June 2, 2019
9:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saratoga Casino Hotel

Saratoga has offered live harness racing for more than seven decades, and its track has been called the most beautiful in the country! View live races outdoors, while dining at Lucky Joe's or Fortunes Restaurant, or even from your own hotel room.

Ballston Spa's First Friday

First Friday of every month
6 pm - 9 pm
Downtown Ballston Spa

Visit Ballston Spa First Fridays and enjoy special deals at our shops, restaurants, and galleries. Live music, art displays, refreshments, and featured shop promotions. Free family movies in Wiswall Park at dusk during June, July, and August.

Spring Into Summer Marketplace

June 1, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Malta Community Center

Vendors of art, handcrafted goods, farm fresh products and manufactured goods will be selling their wares inside and outside the lovely Malta Community Center located at 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta, NY. Attend come rain or come shine!

40th Annual Antique Bottle Show & Sale

June 2, 2019
9:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

This bottle show and sale draws dealers and collectors from near and far, highlighting the history and artistry involved in creating mouth-blown bottles. Be sure to check out the educational exhibits & free children's grab bag.

Elks Flag Day with Chuck Mangione

June 8, 2019
 12:00 noon
Broadway, downtown Saratoga 

Show your patriotism, wave your flag for the 53rd Annual Flag Day celebration, brought to you by Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161. They are honored to announce this year's special guest and Grand Marshall, Chuck Mangione!

Beekman Street
Art Fair

June 9, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Beekman Street, Saratoga

A one-day fun day on Beekman Street! Juried art and craft show, musical groups, open mic, street performers, makers spaces for kids and adults, and food trucks all in the Beekman St Arts District, from Grand Ave to West Circular, which will be closed to traffic.

Saratoga Classic Horse Shows

June 12-16, 19-29, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
White Hollow Farm, Stillwater

Saratoga Classic Horse Shows continue for two weeks in June, at Stillwater's beautiful White Hollow Farm. This top-level historic competition attracts many of the country's best horses, jumpers, and riders, who compete for huge cash prizes and special honors.

Sundae
on the Farm

June 16, 2019
12:00 - 4:00 pm
 Clear Echo Farm, Schuylerville

What better way to spend a day with the family than down on the farm! Tour the working farm. Enjoy farm animals, ice cream--both traditional and new flavors and toppings--good food, BBQ, farmers market, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, and kids' activities.

Saratoga Balloon & BBQ Festival

June 21-23, 2019
Hours vary 
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Don’t miss the 6th Annual Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival! 6 BBQ chefs, 30 Hot Air Balloons and 75 exhibitors! This family-friendly event celebrates the best of the capital region with food, live entertainment, shopping, kids activities, and balloons!

Round Lake Antiques Festival

June 22-23, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Round Lake Village Greens

This annual free festival hosts an average of more than 100 vendors from around the USA and Canada. Dealers bring their treasured antiques and collectibles. There will be several food vendors offering specialty items as well as family favorites. Come, rain or shine!

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival

June 29 - 30, 2019
Sat. 12:00 pm, Sun. 11:00 am 
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

The Jazz Festival returns to SPAC with an extraordinary roster of artists, ranging from jazz luminaries to emerging artists making their Saratoga debuts. Headliners include George Benson on Saturday and Norah Jones on Sunday.

Or Simply Come and Explore All that Saratoga Has to Offer

No matter whether you're a theater buff, racing aficionado, olympic shopper, or history buff, there's something in Saratoga for you!

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Mineral Springs

It was news of healing waters that first brought visitors to Saratoga.  Today you can walk or drive around downtown Saratoga and sample over a dozen natural flowing and carbonated springs.

The Bristish troops fire during the 225th aniversary reenactment of the Battle of Saratoga Saturday afternoon on a farm in Ft. Edward. Saturday's battle was the Freeman's farm battle, and on Sunday the Bemis Heights battle will be fought.  (photo by Tom Killips)  10/12/2002

Explore History

We have historical sites and museums that feature classic automobiles, horse racing, glass bottles, military artifacts and so much more. The Saratoga National Historical Park’s tour road is open to cars, bikers and hikers, so you can enjoy and learn in the way that pleases you most.

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State and City Parks

Saratoga is located in the Foothills of the Adirondacks, which means outdoor activities are abundant.  Saratoga has thousands of acres to explore through nature hikes and mountain biking.  Congress Park is nestled right downtown with lawns, statues, museum, ponds, mineral springs and a Circa 1910 restored carousel.  Just off Broaday is the expansive Saratoga Spa State Park with acres of land, miles of trails, two golf courses, playgrounds, picnic areas and more.  Be sure you don't forget the many nature preserves around Saratoga County.

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Arts

Saratoga has many cultural treasures with Saratoga Arts at the Arts Center located right downtown, as well as an eclectic and revitalized neighborhood designated as the Beekman Street Art District.  Visitors will also find numerous exhibits, galleries, "how to" workshops, museum, art shows and art events, including First Saturdays.  We’re also home to Skidmore College, with its teaching museum, state-of-the-art music center and theater department.

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Casino

Enjoy live harness racing at Saratoga Casino & Raceway, along with over 1,700 state-of-the-art video gaming machines and simulcast broadcasting. There are also several dining options on site, as well as the Capital Region’s hottest night club - Vapor.  Catch the racing action Friday through Sunday, as well as most Wednesdays and try your luck on the gaming floor seven days a week.

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Music

There is live music throughout downtown Saratoga Springs, in the bars, jazz clubs and wine bars. There are also a number of dance events and concerts. Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center is new place to watch a musical performance, including jazz, guitar ensemble, recitals and more.

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Ride the Rapids

Great whitewater rafting may be one of Saratoga’s best kept secrets.  Visitors can experience Class II and III rapids with some of the best guides around.  With controlled water release on the Great Sacandaga River, there are waves to ride all day and just not at peak times.  Opening is weather dependent but is usually in full-swing by Memorial Day Weekend.

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Check Out A Car Show

The Saratoga Automobile Museum preserves, interprets, and exhibits automobiles and automotive artifacts. The museum features regular exhibits, as well as special events and lawn show series.  Their popular Spring Invitatinal is a must attend event.

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Horsin' Around

Spring brings the start of horse shows in Saratoga.  Top riders from all around will showcase their Hunter and Jumper skills at the annual Saratoga Springs Horse Show. And there will be nothing but elegance and grace at the Annual Dressage at Saratoga at the end of May.