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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. Click to view a complete list of events.

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Saratoga Balloon & BBQ Festival

June 19 - 21, 2020
See website for full schedule 

Saratoga County Fairgrounds

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!

Round 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.

Oklahoma Training Track Tours

June - October 2020
 9:00 - 10:30 am
267 Union Avenue

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. Ages 10 and up. Call 518-584-0400, x 120.

Summer Farmers'
Markets

Now through October 2020
Wed. 3-6 pm, Sat. 9 am-1 pm
High Rock Park

Saratoga's spectacular outdoor Farmers Market will dazzle you with fresh, locally grown produce, hand-made products, live music, and activities for children and families. Take in the flowers, garden starters, baked goods, and more!

Live Harness
Racing

Now - October 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 from your own hotel room.

Yaddo Garden
Tours

Now - October 25, 2020
11:00 am
Yaddo Gardens, Union Ave.

Docent-led garden tours meet at the main fountain near the garden entrance gate and only include the gardens. Soak in the creative energy of the Yaddo Gardens. The gardens are open to the public every day from dawn to dusk.

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. The Earth After Hours tour mixes hits from both headliners' group and solo careers, including songs from Donald Fagen, Traffic, and Blind Faith

Saratoga Polo Association

July 3 - Sept. 1, 2020
Gates open 4:00 pm Fri and Sun
Saratoga Polo Club

Think summer! A tradition continues for Saratoga Polo. Check out the fast-paced action on historic polo grounds from the picnic-style, family-oriented grandstand area, or enjoy a VIP package in the luxurious clubhouse.

Firecracker4
Road Race

July 4, 2020
Registration 7 am, race 9 am
Starts at Saratoga City Center

Welcome to the 2020 Firecracker4! The state’s best 4th of July race kicks off the Saratoga All-American Celebration which includes the 4 mile and kids 1 mile races, parade, vendors and fireworks. It is a great way to have fun with the whole family!

Saratoga's All-American Celebration

July 4, 2020
Events start at 9:00 am 
Downtown Saratoga

4th of July kicks off with the annual Firecracker 4 Race and is followed by a parade of pooches, car show, sidewalk sale, rides, live music, food! After dark, the fireworks will be shot off from behind the Congress Park carousel. Bring your camera!

Summer Concert Series in Congress Park

July 5 -  August 29, 2020
July: Sundays; August: Tuesdays
7:00- 8:30 pm Congress Park

The Summer Concert Series returns to Congress Park for the 2020 season, kicking off on July 5. Gather your friends and family, bring your blankets and chairs, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy some of our areas favorite performers. The rain location is 297 Broadway. Free!

Dave Matthews Band Summer Tour

July 10 and 11, 2020
Gates open at 6:30 pm, show at 7:30 

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

It wouldn't be Summer in Saratoga without the 40th and 41st DMB shows at SPAC! With their signature musical arrangements and Dave's unforgettable vocals, you'll groove on their one-of-a-kind jazz and rock assemblage, and sip on Dave's Dreamin' Tree wine.

Saratoga Bridges White Party Gala

July 11, 2020
6 - 11 pm
Saratoga National Golf course

This year's annual and largest fund raiser for Saratoga Bridges will feature delicious food from Prime at Saratoga National, live and silent Auctions, music by GRAVITY, Creative Endeavors artists, and fireworks. Please help our developmentally disabled citizens.

Wilton Parkfest
2020

July 11, 2020
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Gavin Park, Wilton

Head up to Wilton Community Day ParkFest! Free attractions include rides, food, and fun on the midway. Prizes will be given out for contests and competitions including 1K & 5K Fun Runs, auto show, sidewalk art, and a cookie decorating contest. Fireworks at 9:30!

Soroptimists Secret Garden Tour

July 12, 2020
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
In and Around Saratoga

We’ve got some horticultural surprises this year (take note, herb lovers) as you enjoy stunning gardens of all specialties, shapes and sizes in Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs and Schuylerville. The self-guided Secret Gardens tour is an all-volunteer fundraiser.

WGNA Countryfest at SPAC

July 12th, 2020
7:30 pm
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Grab your tickets Part 1 of the 2020 Country Megaticket! Come to the biggest party of the summer starring Brantley Gilbert with Chris Janson, Jordan Davis, Lauren Alaina and local fave Big Sky Country. Don't miss this Saratoga tradition!

Carmen &Life's Guilty Pleasures

July 12th, 2020
2-4:00 pm
Ledge Rock Hill Winery, Corinth

Drive up to Corinth, Gateway to the Adirondacks, and enjoy artisan wine while listening to Carmen and Life's Guilty Pleasures. Carmen and Joe will be playing an eclectic mix of jazz and soul music, a favorite of visitors to "the winery in the woods." Free.

Return of the New York City Ballet

July 14 - 18, 2020
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

For their 2020 performances, the beloved NYCB presents two nights of 20th Century Masters, another evening devoted to SPAC premiers, the return of Swan Lake, and SPAC's New York City Ballet Gala with some memorable jazz-influenced ballets.

Saratoga Race Course Season

July 16 - Sept. 7, 2020
1:00 - 6:30 pm, Wed. - Sun.
Saratoga Race Course

Summer never truly begins in Saratoga until the historic, 40-day Saratoga Race Track opens! The iconic Summer Season kicks off on July 16, and the races keep coming daily except Mondays and Tuesdays. Don't miss the high-stakes Whitney, Alabama and Travers races!

SPAC's New York City Ballet Gala

July 18, 2020
8:00 pm
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Our Ballet Gala fundraiser closes out the NYC troupe's 2020 visit with a bang. Continuing the tradition, there will be dinner at the Hall of Springs. The centerpiece will be 3 special dances, the lawn party, pop up performances, fireworks, and Dancing Under the Stars.

Fitzgibbons Memorial Golf Classic

July 20, 2020
10:30 am - 7:00 pm

The Edison Club, Rexford

The 17th Annual J. Michael Fitzgibbons Memorial Golf Classic Benefit will host over 100 golfers. Enjoy lunch, complimentary beverages, a gift from Saratoga Bridges, contests and prizes, 18 holes of golf and a 19th Hole awards ceremony.

Saratoga County Fair 2020

July 21 - 26, 2020
9:00 am - midnight
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Classic carnival fun is just around the bend in Ballston Spa! The Saratoga County Fair expertly combines agriculture, entertainment, and education for the ultimate fair experience. Ride the rides, view the exhibits, immerse yourself in old fashioned summer fun!

An Unbridled Affair:
12th Annual Gala

July 22, 2020
6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Saratoga National Golf Club

The 12th Annual An Unbridled Affair Gala is CAPTAIN CHS's premier event. Join us for hors d'oeuvres, a sit-down dinner, a unique 90-plus item silent auction and a live auction, and a program honoring a CAPTAIN CHS client, as well as individuals and organizations.

Rod Stewart w/ Cheap Trick

July 29, 2020
7:30 pm
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Forever young Rod Stewart turned 75 this year, and is celebrating with a 21-city amphitheater tour! He promises to present his iconic hits from the past 50 years. Rod will be joined by Cheap Trick, another Saratoga favorite!

Summer Farmers'
Markets

Through October 2020
Wed. 3-6 pm, Sat. 9 am-1 pm
High Rock Park

Enjoy fresh produce at its summer peak! Saratoga's spectacular outdoor Farmers Market will wow you with hand-made products, live music, and activities for children and families. Take in the flowers, garden starters, baked goods, and more!

Summer Concerts at Congress Park

Through August 29, 2019
Tuesdays in August
7:00- 8:30 pm Congress Park

The Saratoga Summer Concert Series returns to Congress Park for the 2019 season, kicking off on July 6, 2019.  Gather your friends and family, bring your blankets and chairs, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy some of our areas favorite performers.

Oklahoma Training Track Tours

Through October 2019
 9:00 - 10:30 am
267 Union Avenue

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. Ages 10 and up; wear sturdy shoes. For reservations, call 518-584-0400, x 120.

Saratoga Polo Association

Through Sept. 2, 2019
Gates open 4:00 pm
Saratoga Polo Club

Tradition continues for Saratoga Polo's  120th season! Check out the fast-paced action on historic polo grounds from the picnic-style, family-oriented grandstand area, or enjoy a VIP package in the luxurious clubhouse. General Admission $30/car.

Croquet on the
Green

August 4, 2020
3:00 pm
Location TBA

Croquet on the Green is an event for the entire family! The amateur tournament consists of teams of two and is open to all ages, abilities, and skill. Enjoy delicious food and drinks, ice cream, live music, and kids' activities.

Philidelphia Orchestra Returns to Saratoga

August 5 - 22, 2020
6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

Opening Night of The Philadelphia Orchestra's August residency will continue the tradition of Tchaikovsky's famed 1812 Overture, along with Sorcerer's Apprentice, fireworks and more! Joshua Bell returns on August 7.

Saratoga Shakespeare Company

Now through August 4, 2019
Tuesdays through Sundays, 6:00 pm
Congress Park

The Saratoga Shakespeare Company is once again presenting two summer productions: Shakespeare’s King Lear and The Tempest for their 19th season of free performances. Bring a picnic dinner to Congress Park and enjoy some professional live theatre!

Phila. Orchestra: Songs of The Sea

August 2, 2019 
8:00 pm
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

A native of Indonesia and a musical Young Scholar, pianist Janice Carissa will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major. Under the baton of Stéphane Denève are the “Four Sea Interludes” and Debussy’s “The Sunken Cathedral,” both appearing at SPAC for the first time.

The $1 Million Whitney Stakes

August 3, 2019 
Races start at 1:00 pm
Saratoga Race Course

Get a piece of a $1,000,000 purse during Whitney Day 2019! The Whitney, one of the premier races for older horses on the dirt, will top the card of a blockbuster day of racing that includes the Longines Test, the Fasig-Tipton Lure, the Fasig-Tipton De La Rose, and the Troy.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

August 4 - 20, 2019
Sundays 3 pm; Tuesdays 8 pm
Spa Little Theatre

The Chamber Music Society returns with a roster of internationally celebrated artists. Come to the Spa Little Theater for a musical journey with six programs never before been performed here by CMS, all designed specifically for the SPAC Residency.

Fasig Tipton Yearling Sale

August 5-6, 2019
6:30 pm 
Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion

Experience the excitement, tradition, and prestige of  Fasig Tipton's Saratoga Sale! Get a first glimpse of future thoroughbred champions for sale by North America's oldest thoroughbred auction company. Don't miss the pre-sales parade of yearlings--our future racing superstars!

August Noontime Music Series

August 6, 13, 20, 27
Tuesdays, 12:00 -1:00 pm
Saratoga National Historical Park

Enjoy breathtaking views and beautiful music at the Saratoga Historic National Park's their fun-for-all-ages August Music Series. Bring a bag lunch, take a mid-day break, enjoy the countryside while listening to noontime concerts every Tues., free. 648 Route 32, Stillwater NY.

The Markets at Round Lake

August 10-11, 2019
Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 4pm
Village of Round Lake

Three markets, two days, one eclectic village. Showcasing the best and brightest Makers, Crafters, musicians and Artisanal Edibles in the local and regional community. Markets at Round Lake is a fundraiser for the Round Lake Libraries. Free to attend.

New York Bred Yearling Sale

August 11 - 12, 2019
6:30 pm
Fasig Tipton Sales Pavilion 

This time the auctioneers of Fasig Tipton are spotlighting Preferred yearlings bred in New York State. This sale ranks among the top North American yearling sales. Take a look at the more than 300 cataloged horses at www.fasigtipton.com for a preview.

Rerun's Evening Under the Stars

August 13, 2019
6:30 - 10:00 pm
Saratoga National Golf Course

Rerun is an industry leader in the rehoming of Thoroughbreds after their racing or breeding careers have ended. Chow down on farm fresh, chef-attended food, carving stations, chef-inspired s'mores on the patio, live music, and silent auction. Casual attire.

WGNA World's Largest Yard Sale

August 17, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Join shoppers and vendors -- over 250 of them! -- in rain or shine at this unforgettable sale! Tons of great finds and bargains in one place on ONE day. Don’t miss out on all of the fun, the deals, and the goods from antiques to electronics.

Jail House Rock
5k

August 17, 2019
8:00 am
Brookside Museum, Ballston Spa

Come show your running chops at the 17th annual Jail House Rock 5K! All proceeds from the race support the efforts of SCHS to keep history alive in Saratoga County through collecting, preserving and displaying our history. There will be live music and awards.

Saratoga Arts Celebration

August 17-18, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days
National Museum of Dance

The Annual Saratoga Arts Celebration is held -- rain or shine -- on the beautiful grounds of the Dance Museum, located within Saratoga Spa State Park. This juried show and sale features a mix of only handmade fine art and fine crafts. Free admission!

Travers Stakes / Travers Day

August 24, 2019
Gates open 7:00 am, post time 11:35
Saratoga Race Course

The high point of the Saratoga thoroughbred racing season since 1864, this year's prestigious Travers Stakes will undoubtedly highlight the most exciting colts, geldings, and fillies. Wager on who will wear the floral blanket and take home the Man O' War Cup.

Jaguars at Saratoga Lawn Show

August 24, 2019
  
Saratoga  Auto Museum

A Jaguars-Only Lawn Show sited at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, sponsored by the Capital Region Jaguar Club of New York is scheduled for Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm; rain date is August 25. The museum (entry included) is located at 110 Avenue of the Pines.

7th Annual St. Jude
Gala

August 29, 2019
6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saratoga National Golf Club

Come out for the seventh annual St. Jude Gala. The event will feature cocktails, dinner, a silent and live auction, live entertainment, and a Give to Live presentation. Your contributions will help ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment or expenses.

Final Day: 2019 Season at the Track

September 2, 2019
  
Saratoga Race Course

The 2019 meet will come to a close with the traditional final feature race, the 115th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful for 2-year-olds, which affords racing fans a preview of potential standouts in next year's Triple Crown series and Travers.

Waterford Tugboat Roundup

September 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2019
4-9 pm Fri., All Day Sat. & Sun.
Waterford Waterfront

Celebrate New York's Maritime history at the with a weekend at the Gateway to the NYS Canals. The Tugboat Roundup typically features about thirty tugs and other vessels including working tugs, historic tugs, mini-tugs, and barges. Also parades, vendors, music, and beer. Free!

Car, Truck & Jeep Show at Curtis Lumber

September 8, 2019
  

Curtis Lumber, Rt 67, Ballston Spa

Celebrate our 10th Anniversary! Join us at one of the largest Car and Truck Shows in the Capital Region! Hundreds of beautiful show vehicles, raffles, giveaways, food trucks, free face-painting and so much more.  A great family and pet-friendly day!

SPAC Onstage Series: Banda Magna

September 9, 2019
8:00 pm
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

“SPAC on Stage” features unique seating where the entire audience is placed onstage with the artists, looking out into the theater. The multi-cultural Banda Magda seamlessly moves from samba grooves to French chansons for a  fresh and bold performance.

Steve Martin and Martin Short

September 13, 2019
7:30 pm

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

What could be funnier than a live performance by this pair! Don't miss out on the Saratoga stop on Steve Martin & Martin Short's "Now You See Them, Soon You Won't" tour. The show opens with Bluegrass quintet, The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival

September 13 - 14, 2019
Fri. 7 - 11:00 pm, Sat: 11 am - 11:00 pm
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Friday night returns to the 23rd annual Irish 2000 Festival! Now two days long, once again offering a unique lineup of Irish music, including everything from Celtic punk and jam music to traditional and everything in between. 3 stages, food, vendors.

Clifton Park Annual Farm Fest

September 14 - 15, 2019
10 am - 5 pm
Clifton Park Farms

Drive yourself to the many working farms in Clifton Park. Tour Bowman Orchards, Riverview Orchards, Double B Farm, Predel's Ranch, Shepherd's Hey Farm, and many more. Ride a horse, pick apples, take a hayride, and learn about local farm life.

Saratoga Showcase of Homes

Sept. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2019
11 am - 5 pm
Throughout Saratoga County

Over a dozen spectacular new homes are featured this year. Find ideas and inspiration during this self-guided tour throughout Saratoga County. Each home features the latest high-quality furnishings and fixtures from some of the area's top designers and builders.

Feast of the Fields Celebration

September 19, 2019
5:30pm - 9:00pm
Saratoga National Golf Club

Join us for the 14th annual Feast of the Fields, featuring top chefs preparing small plates from fresh ingredients harvested by local farms, along with enticing products and drinks from local producers. A silent auction and artisans will round out the night.

Saratoga Auto
Auction

September 20 - 21, 2019
Events start at 8 am
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Saratoga Automobile Museum celebrates horsepower during this exciting event. Consign, register to bid, or join us for this unforgettable auction. With 300 vehicles, the Saratoga Auto Auction is a premier auction at a legendary destination. Don't miss vintage Ferraris, Jaguars, more!

Antique Truck
Show

September 21 - 22, 2019
8:30 am - 4 pm

Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Come to one of the greatest antique truck shows in the northeast. Typically over 300 antique trucks each year - trucks of all sizes and from original condition to restored, from the 1910s to the 1910s. There are also antique tractors, engines, and a flea market. Only $1.

Taste of Wilton - Farm to Chef

September 22, 2019
1 pm - 4 pm

Gavin Park, Wilton

The Second Annual Taste of Wilton will showcase a collection of local farms, restaurants, wineries, and distilleries under the tent at Gavin Park, rain or shine. Enjoy restaurant tastings utilizing fresh produce, live music, and artisan beverage makers.

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