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Things to Do on Saratoga Dark Days


Get Creative & Make Saratoga Dark Days Hobby Days

Throughout summer in Saratoga, you may wonder what there is to do on the days when Saratoga Race Course is closed, also known as “dark days.” The answer is a lot! Despite the nickname, these days are prime opportunities to get out and discover a new hobby or indulge in an existing one. The Saratoga area is full of places where you can unleash your creative side and have fun learning different arts and crafts.

Are you ready to get creative in the Saratoga area? On the next “dark day” at Saratoga Race Course, discover a new hobby at one of these local art studios and workshops.

Enter a World of Pottery at
Saratoga Clay Arts Center

Explore the wonderful world of clay, creation and education at Saratoga Clay Arts Center in Schuylerville. Since 2011, this exceptional studio has introduced artists of all ages to pottery and clay artworks.

The best way to learn a new craft is with hands-on classes and workshops, and that’s exactly what Saratoga Clay Arts Center specializes in.

The center has adult and youth classes, summer camps and workshops with experienced clay artists.

Private lessons and clay parties with friends are options if upcoming events don’t fit into your schedule.

Cheers to Fun and Relaxing
Paint & Sip Classes

Put on an apron, grab a drink and a brush, and experience a memorable paint and sip class in the Saratoga area. Paint and sips aren’t just great birthday activities, they’re also a fun way to paint with friends in a pressure-free environment. No experience is necessary to attend, and a local artist will give step-by-step instructions for the class painting.

Gather up a group of your best pals and check out Paint-n-Gogh in Ballston Spa. A variety of classes are offered each week.

Recognized as the region’s original paint & sip, Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio is ready to bring out the artist in you. You can also book a private party at the studio with family and friends.

Make Your Next Masterpiece
at Arts & Glass

Plan a trip to the town of Clifton Park and discover how people of all artistic skill levels can have fun making something new. Founded by artist Angela Barrett in 2013, Arts & Glass is a walk-in studio featuring a large selection of pottery pieces and pre-cut glass.

You can paint figurines, dinnerware, decorations and more, and all the paints and supplies are included with the price of your piece. Or, try a fused glass project and transform a picture frame, bowl or coaster into a colorful creation. Staff members will guide you through each type of project.

Join a Fiber Arts Community at Common Thread Saratoga

Located near the northern end of Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs, Common Thread Saratoga is a full-service yarn shop with a fantastic selection of yarns, patterns, books, needles and accessories. Not only can they fulfill your fiber arts needs, but the store hosts fun and educational classes for all skill levels.

Both drop-in knitting and crocheting classes are open to those who are starting a new project or need inspiration for an existing one. In addition, there are project-specific classes and social stitching sessions where you can meet other fiber artists. Sign up for an upcoming class at Common Thread, or book a private lesson for extra help.

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