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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.

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. Click to view a complete list of events.

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April

Saratoga Harness Racing and Wagering

Now through November, 2022
Post times 12:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Saratoga Casino and Raceway 

Our 81st season of live harness racing is underway! Spectators can view live races--safely--outside at the rail, in the lower clubhouse, in the Grandstand or while dining at Fortunes Restaurant or Lucky Joe’s.

AIM Benefit Carnival at Vapor

April 2, 2022
6:00 - 10:00 pm
Vapor Night Club

Come support local arts! Carnival will be a vibrant celebration benefitting AIM Services. Bring your dancing shoes for entertainment by Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra, delicious Brazilian-inspired food and open bar from 6 - 10:00 pm.

HMT Spring Gala: Curtain's Up

April 2, 2022
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Circa '21 at McGregor Links

Don't miss Home Made Theater's most important fundraiser of the year. Join us for food, fanfare and fun, open bar for the first hour, and lots of entertainment provided by HMT's talented performers.

Winter Indoor Farmers Market

Saturdays through April, 2022
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Wilton Mall Food Court

Join us every Saturday through April for the last of our winter indoor farmers markets. We have over 40 vendors selling everything from fresh produce, meats, eggs, pastries, hot foods, liquor, art, specialty foods, and more!

A Fatal Family Feud Benefit

April 8, 2022
6:00 - 10:00 pm
Canfield Casino

It’s all fun and games until someone dies during the taping of Family Feud, featuring the casts of rival soap operas. Can you solve the mystery? Includes full dinner and cash bar; tickets benefit Saratoga Springs History Museum.

Easter Brunch and Dinner at Prime

April 17, 2022
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Prime at Saratoga National

Celebrate Easter with our famous brunch buffet or Easter dinner! Our brunch buffet includes dozens of items from fruit to meat to seafood. Dinner features our Prime á la carte Menu with special Easter additions.

2022 Night At The Brewseum

April 22, 2022
6:00 - 9:30 pm
Canfield Casino

Our event features craft beers and ciders from local and regional brewers, and an expertly curated selection of wines from local shops and wineries. All this will benefit programs supported by the Saratoga Springs Lions Club.

Saratoga Tattoo
Expo

April 22 - 24, 2022
See website for hours
Saratoga Springs City Center

Don't miss this celebration of ink, body jewelry, piercing, and much more! Get a new tattoo from one of our dozens of amazing ink artists; show off your chest pieces, sleeves, and combos for our tattoo contests. Live entertainment too!

Saratoga Invitational Regatta

April 30 - May 1, 2022
Races start at 8:00 am
Saratoga State Boat Launch, Rte. 9P

Kick off Spring with some fast and furious rowing! Saratoga Rowing Association's invitational regatta on Fish Creek has over 1200 entries. This regatta will have several 1500 meter races all weekend long. Bring the family!

May

Outdoor Farmers Markets Return

May - October, 2022
Wed. 3-6 pm; Sat. 9 am-1 pm
High Rock Pavilion

Our outdoor farmers markets reopen in May! Saratoga's agricultural excellence is revered by locals and visitors alike. Take in fresh, locally grown produce, hand-made products, and live music, while treating yourself to healthy, local food weekly.

The Kitchen Garden: Spring!

Sunday, May 1, 2022
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. OR 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Pines@SPAC facilities

Expert-led workshops presented as part of “CulinaryArts@SPAC” include how to plant an edible garden accompanied by a three-course, farm-to-table lunch with tea pairings and wine. The day will feature two sessions at either 10 am-2 pm or 12 pm-4pm. Both groups will dine together at noon.

Saratoga Horse Shows 2022

Thu.-Sun., May 5-August 21, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
White Hollow Farm, Stillwater

White Hollow Farm will host 8 weeks of nationally recognized U.S. Equestrian Federation Premier Hunter/Jumper events, attracting top equestrian competitors from all over North America. This year we celebrate Women in Business.

One Night in
Memphis

May 6, 2022
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Universal Preservation Hall

Over 90 minutes of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950’s rock and roll music performed live and backed by an authentic and energetic rockabilly backup band. This highly acclaimed show is guaranteed to get you rockin' and rollin'!

2022 Mother-Lovin' 5k Run/Walk

May 8, 2022
Kids race at 8:45 am, All others 9:15 am
Saratoga Spa State Park

The Mother-Lovin' 5K run/walk is back in person this year, and keeping a virtual component too! Now in its 10th year, the event has become the signature annual fundraiser for Kelly’s Angels, whose mission is to help kids going through tough times.

2022 Saratoga Historic Homes Tour

May 14, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saratoga Preservation Foundation

For more than 40 years, the Foundation has preserved and highlighted the distinctive architecture of our city, and the annual tour is its largest fundraiser. See interiors of beautiful private homes and buildings on the east side of Saratoga Springs.

Annual Spring Auto Show

May 14, 2022
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saratoga Automobile Museum

Please join us in the Saratoga Spa State Park for our annual Spring Auto Show. All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Awards will be given out for Best in Show, Judges' Choice, and People's Choice. Admission is free, parking is $10.

Spring Fever Golf Tournament

May 18, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saratoga National Golf Club

Join Soroptimist International and Honorary Chair Dottie Pepper for for 18 holes of golf at our World-Class Course! This event will fund local grants and global initiatives supporting our mission of improving the lives of women and girls locally and throughout the world.

Waterford Canal Festival

May 21-22, 2022
9:00 am- 6:00 pm
Waterford Harbor Promenade 

Come to Waterford for this free annual event as we welcome new and returning vendors to line the banks of the Erie Canal. During the festival the Waterford Harbor comes alive with craft and food vendors, kids activities, music, dancing and more. 

The Lumineers Brightside World Tour

May 29, 2022 
7:30 pm
SPAC

Saratoga Performing Arts Center welcomes this iconic American Folk/Indie Rock band. Don't miss selections their Grammy nominated album, performances of such recognizable hits as Ho Hey, and songs from their latest album, Brightside.

June

Opera Saratoga Summer Festival

May 26 - July 10, 2022
7:30 pm
SPAC, The Egg, Proctors and more

This summer, the entire region will come alive with stories that sing! Performances, concerts and shows this season include Sweeney Todd, The Barber of Seville, Broadway Cabaret, many more. Come support us at our annual gala on June 5th.

"ALL TOGETHER NOW" Arts Celebration Weekend

June 2 - 5, 2022
Saratoga Springs

Caffè Lena, Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Yaddo, Pitney Meadows Community Farm, C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios, and Home Made Theater are offering a celebratory weekend featuring a broad range of programming for all ages and interests.

Mostly Modern Song Festival

June 5 - 19, 2022
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Arthur Zankel Auditorium, Skidmore

Join us for a spectacular line-up of performers, celebrating the classical music of our time. Composers from all over the U.S.A. and abroad come together for a night of brand-new works for talented chamber orchestras. Kick-off party at Caffe Lena June 8.

Antique Bottle Show and Sale

June 5, 2022 
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

The 42nd Annual Bottle Show and Sale features all types of antique bottles and related items including early flasks, bitters bottles, medicinal bottles, canning jars, milk bottles, ephemera and stoneware. Bring your empty bottles for identification.

John Mulaney: From Scratch

June 10, 2022
8:00 pm
SPAC

Emmy-winning comedy writer, actor and stand-up comedian John Mulaney brings his laugh-out-loud humor to SPAC! Mulaney mixes candid stories of his addiction, rehab and recovery with relatable--often wholesome--comedy bits with side-splitting hilarity.

Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary tour

June 16, 2022
7:30 pm
SPAC

Rescheduled from August 2021, those tickets will be honored at this huge celebration of 50 years of the Doobies. Both original members Tom Johnson and Patrick Simmons will take the stage, joined by long-time singer Michael MacDonald.

Steely Dan with Snark Puppy

June 21, 2022 
7:30 pm
SPAC

Donald Fagan brings his band, Steely Dan, back to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for a welcome stop on their Earth After Hours tour. You can count on classics from every album from Can't Buy a Thrill through Gaucho and beyond, and Becker's solo albums.

Round Lake Antique Festival

June 25 - 26, 2021 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Round Lake Village Greens

This annual festival hosts an average of more than 100 antiques dealers from around the USA and Canada, bringing a huge variety of treasured antiques and collectibles. Food vendors make this an all-day event. This outdoor festival is held rain or shine.

Freihofer Jazz Festival

June 25 - 26, 2022 
Music begins at 11:00 am
SPAC

If you love great jazz music and having fun, you don't want to miss the 2022 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival. Headliners include Booker T, Wynton Marsalis, Skidmore Jazz All-Stars and over 20 more. It's the most popular jazz festival in the area, and one of the most anticipated events in Saratoga each summer!

Saratoga
Brewfest

June 26, 2022
4:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Let's all raise a mug and toast the return of the annual Saratoga Brewfest to the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa! Enjoy 130+ craft beer samples, or opt for tastes of various seltzers. Listen to live music, chat with the brewers, and patronize the vendors.

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.

 

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