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Spring into Saratoga

Spring into Action

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.

True Crime Meetup from Pallette Cafe

Every Wednesday
6-7:00 pm
Pallett Cafe via Zoom

Calling all web sleuths and fans of True Crime! Meet and mingle with other fans of your favorite podcasts, series, or any related criminal behavior you’d like to discuss. Our meetups will make your cold, dark hearts beat faster!

Saratoga Harness Racing

Now through November, 2021
Post times 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Saratoga Casino and Raceway 

Our 80th 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.

Ballston Spa First
Fridays

Returning this Spring
Fridays, 6 - 9:00 PM
Downtown Ballston Spa

Enjoy special happenings in many downtown shops, restaurants and museums– including featured shop promotions, art displays and demonstrations, family activities, live music, refreshments, and more.

Socially Distanced Snowy Slow Roll

Sundays through April 25, 2021
1 - 2:00 PM
Pallett Cafe, 493 Broadway

Ride around Saratoga with your pals! We’ll bring the tunes for a leisurely paced guided group bike ride with bundled attendees. We anticipate approximately a 10mph pace (to stay warmer), looping through safe and quiet neighborhood streets.

Winter Indoor Farmers Market

Saturdays through April, 2021
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!

Times Union Virtual 41st Home Expo

March 19 - 21, 2021
All Day
Internet Event

Log in to view the Capital Region's most talented home improvement businesses. You can make your dream home a reality. Our exhibitors specialize in anything from windows, doors, and kitchens to building a home from the ground up.

K9 Easter Egg
Hunt

April 3 - 4, 2021
7:00 AM Sat. - 7:00 PM Sunday
Hudson Crossing Park

Grab your leash and pup, and head to Hudson Crossing Park for the best K9 Easter egg Hunt around! Plastic eggs are “hidden” throughout the park and packed with treats courtesy of Lazy Dog Cookie Company of Ballston Spa!

Mind Body
Soul Expo

April 3, 2021
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saratoga Springs City Center

Come discover, explore, and experience 130+ Health, Wellness, and Holistic vendors, demonstrations, and interactive exhibits. Free presentations and lectures,  Free classes, workshops, and performances, plus free samples.

2021 Saratoga Tattoo Expo

April 9 - 11, 2021
See website for schedule
Saratoga Springs 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 the artists at work.

Saratoga National Golf Club

Opens April 16, 2021
5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saratoga National Golf Club

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. Don't miss the fine dining!

Saratoga
Comic Con

April 17 - 18, 2021
Sat. 10 am - 7 pm, Sun. 10 am - 5 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

Saratoga Comic Con invites you to 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.

Big Night IN
2021

April 23, 2021
6:30 - 10:30 PM
Cantina Restaurant, Online

Please support Saratoga Independent School as we partner with Cantina to provide family meals for you to enjoy at home while bidding on our online silent auction. No in person event this year, but you can still be part of our growth!

Saratoga Invitational Regatta

April 24 - 25, 2021
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 1500 meter races all weekend long. Bring the family for treats and sales vendors.

Outdoor Farmers Markets Return

May - October, 2021
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.

Adirondack Sports Summer Expo

May 1 and 2, 2021
Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM Sun. 10 AM - 4 PM
Saratoga City Center

Hang out with 10,000 sports, health, fitness and travel enthusiasts for the 15th annual Summer Expo. This event features 200 exhibitors covering running, hiking, bicycling, paddling, triathlon, health, fitness, green living and travel. Also great sales and prizes.

Skidmore Classic Horse Shows 2021

Various weekends starting May 6, 2021 
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.

Mother-Lovin 5K Virtual Run/Walk

May 7 - May 9, 2021
7:00- 8:00 PM
Online Event

Kelly’s Angels is adapting our annual Mother-Lovin 5k, now a virtual event! Please join us, virtually, and continue our Mother’s Day tradition to help children and families who are battling cancer and other life-threatening illness, including COVID-19.

2021 Historic Homes Tour

May 8-9, 2021
Virtual Tour
Online Event

It's back on Mothers Day Weekend! This year’s on-line historic tour promises to give you the exclusive opportunity to see interiors of beautiful private homes and buildings, including spaces that typically are not accessible during an in-person tour.

Virtual Gala for Animals

May 15, 2021
6:00- 11:00 PM
Online Event

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is bringing back Benson Pet Centers' Gala for Animals...from your home! Tickets for There's No Place Like Home include a gourmet, pickup dinner by Mazzone Hospitality with optional wine pairing, and a silent auction.

Taps & Tees Golf Tournament

May 16, 2021
9:00 AM- 6:00 PM
The Hideaway

We had this crazy idea to intertwine a Golf Tournament and a Beer Tasting Event! This will be a Scramble format tournament, teams will be 4somes with a shotgun start. The winning team will win 4 tickets to a beer dinner we will plan with the winning brewery.

Spring Fever Golf Tournament

May 24, 2021 
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saratoga National Golf Club

Join Soroptimist International for for 18 holes of golf at our World-Class Course! Your attendance and sponsorship of 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!

Mostly Modern Song Festival

June 6 - 26, 2021 
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Arthur Zankel Auditorium, Skidmore

Join us at Skidmore for a spectacular line-up of 20th & 21st-century arias, art songs and song cycles. 10 top vocalists from across the United States will be showcasing what is happening now, from the avant-garde to post-modern romance.

Virtual Dining Out For Life

June 10, 2021 
8 - 9:00 PM
Participating restaurant of your choice

Every year, Dining Out For Life® raises thousands of dollars for the Alliance for Positive Health’s program services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Join our campaign by dining in (where available), ordering takeout, delivery, and/or gift cards from  participating restaurants

Dish It Out Fundraiser for Kids

June 17, 2021
6:30 PM
Saratoga National Golf Club

Come join in a unique gourmet celebrity chef competition and dining adventure while helping missing and exploited children. Enjoy world class, signature creations expertly prepared by local professional and celebrity chefs who will be vying for top chef honors!

Paddlefest & Outdoor Expo

2021 dates to be announced
Sat. 9 am-6 pm, Sun. 10 am-5 pm
Mountainman's, Staffords Bridge Road

Paddling experts will be presenting free demonstrations and clinics to help you get up to speed with your skills. At Paddlefest, you can test and purchase from over 1000 canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and whitewater boats.

Cancer Society Gala of Hope

6:00 pm
Hall of Springs

Join leaders from across the Capital Region at the 2020 American Cancer Society Gala of Hope on May 9! This black tie event will honor Paul Sciocchetti with the first ever Jeanne E. Walsh Beacon of Hope Award for his unwavering service and leadership.

NYS Championship Rowing Regatta


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.

Saratoga Historic Homes Tour

 
10 am - 4 pm 
Check website for locations

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.

Waterford Canal Festival

May 16 - 17, 2020
Sat. 10 am-6 pm, Sun.10 am-3 pm
Village of Waterford

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

Capital Region Guitar Show

April 24 & 25, 2020
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 the eyes, ears, and fingers!

Frank Wakefield's Birthday Show

May 16, 2020
8-11:00 pm
Caffe Lena

Celebrate Frank Wakefield's 86th birthday! The legendary mandolin player's shows are famous for the power and raw beauty of his mandolin, his soulful singing, and his liveliness and humor on stage. Don't miss the guy who revolutionized Bluegrass.

2020 Spring Auto
Show

May 16, 2020
9 am - 3:00 pm
Saratoga State Park

It's our annual Spring Auto Show and Family Fun Day in the park! All cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome. Enjoy great food from our vendors, amazing automobiles and exciting activities for the whole family! This event is free for spectators.

10th Annual Winter Raptor Fest

May 16 - 17, 2020
Sat. 10 am-6 pm, Sun. 10 am-3 pm
Washington County Fairgrounds

Experience the wonder of flight when Grassland Bird Trust's 10th annual Winter Raptor Fest returns to the Washington County Fairgrounds on May 16 and 17. Exciting live bird of prey programs introduce you to many of our native owls, hawks and falcons.

The Hideaway's
Taps & Tees

May 17, 2020
12 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hideaway, 35 Grace Moore Rd

It's the Spring Scramble Golf Tournament at The Hideaway. Take advantage of 9 craft brewery samples stationed throughout the course. Lunch is included, and then enjoy more tastings and seated dining after the event. Vote for your favorite!

2020 Chef's Challenge Competition

May 21, 2020
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 22-24, 2020
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!

TUFF eNUFF Obstacle Challenge

8:30 am - 1:00 pm
BOCES Campus, 15 Henning Rd

TUFF eNUFF is a mud-filled course with obstacles for participants to crawl under, hurdle over, wade through, and work together toward success! Two challenging courses – one for kids; One for teens/adults. Proceeds benefit The Prevention Council.

41st Annual Antique Bottle Show & Sale

June 7, 2020
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.

Yaddo Gardens
Tours

June 13 - Sept. 1, 2020
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am
Yaddo Gardens

Docent-led garden tours meet at the main fountain near garden entrance gate and only include the gardens. Learn the history of the Trask family, the mansion and the creative energy of the Yaddo Gardens. Or wander freely year-round, dawn 'til dusk.

Beekman Street
Art Fair

June 14, 2020
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 Balloon & BBQ Festival

June 19 - 21, 2020
Hours vary 
Saratoga County 4-H Bldg, Ballston Spa

Don’t miss the 7th 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!

45thRound Lake Antiques Festival

June 27 - 28, 2020
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 27 - 28, 2020
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. 2020's headliners include Nile Rogers & CHIC, Kool & the Gang, the Brubeck Brothers, and Taj Mahal.

Steely Dan with Steve Winwood

June 30, 2020
7:30 pm
Saratoga  Performing Arts Center

Live Nation brings rock legends Steely Dan and Steve Winwood together at  SPAC for a spectacular evening. The Earth After Hours tour mixes hits from both headliners' group and solo careers, including songs from Donald Fagen, Traffic, and Blind Faith

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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