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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.

Adirondack Sports Summer Expo

March 21 and 22, 2020
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. Best of all, it's free!

Night of Hope
Gala

March 27, 2020
7 - 11:00 PM
Longfellow's, 500 Union Avenue

The Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund announces their Annual “Night of Hope Under the Stars” Gala. Dr. Benita Zahn hosts a night of music and dancing, a scavenger Hunt, a silent auction, bourbon tasting, sweet and savory treats and surprises galore!

Fine Woodworking Showcase

March 28 - 29, 2020
10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
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. Observe these artists in action!

The Gibson Brothers
at Caffe Lena

March 29, 2020
3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Caffe Lena

Country-soul-seventies rock anyone? Bluegrass-plus band and multiple music award-winners--including a Grammy--Leigh and Eric Gibson bring their trailblazing, toe-tapping music to the legendary Caffe Lena. The matinee begins at 3 pm, with the evening show at 7:00.

Ergo - Clay Arts Exhibit

Now through May 2, 2020
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Saratoga Clay Arts, Schuylerville

Head out to 167 Hayes Road, Schuylerville, just 8 miles from Saratoga Springs, to Saratoga Clay Arts. The Schacht Gallery features Ergo, a duo exhibition featuring whimsical and thoughtful sculptural vessels by Bruce Dehnert and Matt Mitros.

Saratoga Battlefield Road Tour

Opens April 1, 2020
9 am - 5 pm
Saratoga Battlefield Nat'l Park

You know it's Spring when the Saratoga Battlefield Driving Tour Road opens. It's time to bike, walk, run or drive the almost 10-mile paved, one-way road around and through the gorgeous historic park. The road has a multi-use lane for bikes and feet.

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.

Northeast Storytelling Conference

April 3 - 5, 2020
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Gideon Putnam Spa and Resort

Come to Sharing the Fire to experience the best storytellers in the Northeast. For storytellers and those interested in learning how to tell stories, the weekend of workshops provides unmatched professional and personal development opportunities.

Saratoga Tattoo
Expo

April 3-5, 2020
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!

Saratoga Job Fair and Career Expo

April 9, 2020
10 am - 4 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

Get the skills and tips you need to land your next job at Saratoga's Annual Job Fair and Career Expo. Attend our professional development workshops, and then share your resume and aspirations with dozens of potential employers. Dress for an interview just in case!

Saratoga National Golf Club

Opens April 10
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. Don't miss the fine dining!

Mind Body Soul Expo NY

April 11, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

Come discover, explore, and experience classes and presentations to inspire, nourish, and entertain. The Mind Body Expo is a unique event designed to help you discover, explore, and experience many forms of holistic, health, and wellness.

The Curious Incident of the Dog...

Weekends, April 18 – May 3, 2020
7:30 pm Fri. and Sat, Sun. at 2:00 pm
Spa Little Theater

...in the Night-Time. Home Made Theater presents this winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. What begins as an investigation into the grisly death of a neighbor’s dog results in a remarkable coming-of-age journey of a very unique boy.

Graceland Experience feat. Bakithi Kumalo

April 23, 2020
7:30 pm
Saratoga Universal Preservation Hall

Bakithi Kumalo is a South African bassis is most known for playing for 30 years with Paul Simon. This unique show will feature Bakithi performing the entire Graceland record, one of Paul Simon’s biggest, along with a selection of world music as well.

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!

Maple in April 18th Annual Festival

April 25 - 26, 2020
Sat. 8 am-4 pm, Sun. 9 am-3 pm
Rockwell Street, Hadley

Start this sweet weekend off with a french toast breakfast served with real Adirondack Maple Syrup. Wander through the exhibits. Music, Artists, crafts and food vendors both days. Fun for all ages!

Saratoga Invitational Regatta

April 25 - 26, 2020
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.

Paddlefest & Outdoor Expo

April 25 - 26, 2020
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.

Skidmore Classic Horse Shows

Various weekends beginning May 1-3 
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.

Big Night Out
Gala 2020

May 1, 2020
6:30 - 10:30 pm
The 408, 408 Broadway

Please join Saratoga Independent School at the new 408 for its annual Big Night Out Gala. The event will feature lavish food station, music by DJ Tru, a photo booth, and more. All proceeds support the school's academics and other programs.

Saratoga
Comic Con

May 2 - 3, 2020
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. Meet artists and celebrities too!

Saratoga Historic Homes Tour

May 9, 2020
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.

Cancer Society Gala of Hope

May 9, 2020
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

May 9 - 10, 2020
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.

Outdoor Farmers Markets Return

May - October, 2020
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.

Saratoga
Brew Fest

May 16, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Grab your friends and head to the Saratoga County Fairgrounds for the 12th Annual Saratoga Brewfest! Sample from 130+ craft brews, take home cool souvenirs and listen to live music throughout the event. Reduced price tickets for designated drivers!

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.

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!

Oklahoma Training Track Tours

Now - October, 2020
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, 2020
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.

Saratoga Book
Festival

June 5 - 6, 2020
6:00 - 9:30, pm
Saratoga City Center

The 1st annual Saratoga Book Festival will gather more than 25 authors and illustrators for a special event. Experience a weekend of thought-provoking conversations, book talks, workshops, family activities, a film screening, and book-themed events.

TUFF eNUFF Obstacle Challenge

June 6, 2020
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.

Gala for
Animals

June 6, 2020
6:00 - 11:00 pm
National Museum of Dance

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is bringing back Benson Pet Centers'  2020 Gala for Animals to beautiful Saratoga Springs! We promise an inspiring evening complete with dining by Nicole's, music by Grand Central Station, silent and live auctions and...animals! 

Mostly Modern Music Festival

June 7 - 27, 2020
9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore

Season 3 of the Mostly Modern Festival is celebrates classical music of our time. The focus of the festival is "mostly modern": music by living composers from around the world, with an occasional foray into the past. Enjoy the range of musical performances.

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.

Saratoga Classic Horse Shows

June 10-14, 17-21, 2020
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.

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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