Summer in Saratoga

Is there a better place to be than Saratoga in the summer?
We don't think so.

World-class horse racing, beautiful golf courses, ballet, orchestra and big name rock 'n roll concerts.

We've got it all. Plus so many great restaurants, inns, and hotels.

Check out what's happening now!

Summer at Skidmore 2017 Special Events

Now through August, 2017
Skidmore College

Summer17 Series offers twelve weeks of world-class dance, music, theater, film, studio art, and literary readings by internationally renowned artists in residence  Join us for extraordinary performances and special opportunities offering an intimate look into the creative process.

Saratoga Race Course Meet

Now - Labor Day 2017
Post times vary
Dark Days on Tuesdays

The Thoroughbreds take center stage in Saratoga's 154th season. Join the excitement, special events and soon-to-be historic moments all packed into another thrilling 40-day meet! This year presents new events alongside Season traditions and perennial favorites, including an expanded Taste NY series.

Saratoga Polo Season

Now - Sept. 3, 2017
Friday & Sunday at 5:30 pm
Saratoga Polo Grounds

Tradition continues for Saratoga polo's 2017 season! Check out the fast-paced action on historic polo grounds from the picnic-style, family-oriented grandstand area, or rub elbows with the elite crowd in the luxurious clubhouse. No matter how you view it, you're assured a fun time!

Saratoga Shakespeare

August 1-5, 2017
Tuesday - Saturday 6PM
Congress Park, Downtown Saratoga

Saratoga Shakespeare Company presents "A Season of Magic." Enjoy the performances of two works by William Shakespeare this summer, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Winter's Tale." They will also host Shakespeare for All.

SNHP August Music Series

Every Tuesday in August 2017
Noon - 1:00 pm
Saratoga National Historic Park

The track is closed, but historic music and narration echo through the Hudson River Valley at our National Park. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy the views while listening to noontime concerts every Tuesday. Free admission and fun for all ages.

Philadelphia Orchestra

August 2 - 19, 2017
8:00 PM
Saratoga Performiing Arts Center

The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra once again takes residency in Saratoga. Performances include Cirque de la Symphonie, E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark. All performances have a one hour pre-performance talk.

First Friday Ballston Spa

1st Friday Every Month, 2017
6PM - 9PM
Downtown Ballston Spa

Enjoy special happenings in many downtown shops, restaurants and galleries including live music, art displays and demonstrations, refreshments and featured shop promotions. August's First Friday's theme is "Celebrating the Arts in Ballston Spa" with a free Outdoor Family Movie, "Finding Dory", showing in Wiswall Park at 8:30 pm.

Ballston Spa International Short Film Festival

August 4 & 5
7pm and 9pm
Ballston Spa High School & Old Iron Spring

This year marks the 10th annual presentation of the Capital Region's premier international short film festival! We will be presenting 43 short films over four different slates Friday and Saturday evening.

Saratoga Yearling Sales

August 7 & 8, 2017
Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion

Get a first glimpse of future thoroughbred champions with bloodlines sure to impress at this Selected Yearling Sale. Watch the horses parade around outside before entering the pavilion, with your drinks and delicious food in hand. Fun for all ages! Come back for the NY Bred Preferred Yearlings Sale August 12&13!

Saratoga Chamber Music Festival

August 8 - 22, 2017
3pm or 8pm
Spa Little Theater, Spa State Park

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to the Spa Little Theater with a dynamic line-up of six exciting concerts. Up-and-coming young virtuosos return. New to the Little Theatre stage this season will be the Danish String Quartet.

Celebrate the Spa

August 15, 2017
5:30pm & 8:00pm
National Museum of Racing

Enjoy a lecture and cocktail reception with race course expert Paul Roberts, who will give a presentation and sign copies of "The Spa: Saratoga's Legendary Race Course," highlighting the history of the oldest sports venue in the United States..

Saratoga Arts Celebration

August 19 - 20, 2017
10am - 5pm
National Museum of Dance

Get a first glimpse of future thoroughbred champions with bloodlines sure to impress at this Selected Yearling Sale. Watch the horses parade around outside before entering the pavilion, with your drinks and delicious food in hand. Fun for all ages! Come back for the NY Bred Preferred Yearlings Sale August 12&13!

Yaddo Garden Tours

Now - September, 2017
Saturday and Sunday: 11am
Tuesdays during meet
Yaddo Garden Gate

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 history and creative energy of the Yaddo Gardens. Tours are $10. Gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk, free of charge.

Summer Farmers' Markets

Now through October 2017
Saratoga National Historic Park

May marks the beginning of our outdoor farmers' markets! Saratoga's agricultural excellence is revered by locals and visitors alike. Take in fresh, locally grown produce, hand-made products, and live music. See
for sites and details.

Live Harness Racing

Thursday through Sunday, post times vary
Saratoga Casino and Raceway

The Saratoga Casino & Raceway will welcome back live harness racing with its 76th season on their beautiful half-mile track. Come bet on the ponies, then try your luck on the gaming floor with over 1,700 slot machines, grab a bite to eat at one of their dining options. dance the night away at one of the region's hottest night clubs or spend the night at their newly opened hotel.


Oklahoma Training Track Tours

June 1 - October, 2017

National Museum of Racing

Find out why this beautiful and historic site is a favorite base for leading trainers such as Todd Pletcher and Nick Zito. Behind the scenes tours are available from June to October. This walking tour covers approximately 1 mile and lasts for 1.5 hours. Reservations Required.

Get Into the Swing of It

Golf Courses throughout Saratoga County
Now through Fall

Saratoga is a golfer's paradise with award-winning courses at every turn. From the pristine links at Saratoga National Golf Club to the unique landing strip at Airway Meadows, you're sure to find a course to suit your tastes. Get ready to tee off!