• Summer Events in Saratoga Springs
  • Summer Events in Saratoga Springs
  • Summer Events in Saratoga Springs

Freihofer's Jazz Festival

Summer Events in Saratoga Springs
Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, 2018
Begins at 12:00 pm on Saturday.
Freihofer's Jazz Festival at SPAC, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, New York

Experience the beauty of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in the Saratoga Spa State Park with a weekend of Jazz music.

Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival

Friday, June 22: 3pm to 9pm
Saturday, June 23: balloon launch from 5:30-7am, marketplace open from 10am to 8pm
Sunday, June 24: balloon launch from 5:30-7am, marketplace open from 10am to 4pm
Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival
Saratoga County Fairgrounds,  162 Prospect Street Ballston Spa,  NY  12020
5th Annual Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival (formerly the Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival)
  • 30 hot air balloons with four liftoffs and one of the best balloon glows in the U.S.
  • 75 marketplace exhibitors
  • 5 BBQ chefs, firing up the smokers and grills
  • Live entertainment & music

Annual Double H Ranch Gala

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Annual Double H Ranch Gala
5:00 PM to 11:30 PM at Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom,  89 Six Flags Drive  Queensbury,  NY  12804
Delicious appetizers, cocktails and a silent auction 

The American Cancer Society's Red, White and Blue Party at Saratoga National

Friday, June 29, 2018
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM at Saratoga National Golf Club,  458 Union Avenue  Saratoga Springs,  NY  12866
Join the American Cancer Society for Saratoga’s summer BBQ party of the year... the 2018 Red, White & Blue Party presented by Saratoga Living! 

4th of July in Saratoga Springs

Events on July 3rd and 4th, 2018
Downtown Saratoga Springs


Monday, July 3rd:
Historic City Tour:  The Good Guys & The Bad Guys, Two stories of Saratoga Springs
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Meet out front of the Canfield Casino in Congress Park
90-minute walking tour detailing the history of both Saratoga Springs' generous benefactors and its notorious mobsters of old.

Fireside Chat with 'General Burgoyne'
7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Holiday Inn, Fireplace Lounge (Indoor rear foyer), 232 Broadway

Tuesday, July 4th

Firecracker4 Road Race
9:00am to 10:30am
Broadway in front of the City Center

All-American Parade & Patriotic Pooches
11:00am to 11:30am
Broadway from Van Dam Street to Spring Street
The parade, led by the Korean War Veterans Color Guard, includes historical re-enactors, civic groups, officials, and municipalities.

July 4th at 9:30 pm
Enjoy spectacular fireworks this 4th of July, Independence Day with Saratoga's All-American Celebration in Congress Park. (two blocks from Union Gables)

Opera Saratoga

Opera Saratoga
Located in the Spa Little Theater in the center of the Saratoga Spa State Park.  The Historic Theater house becomes the summer home for Saratoga Opera

Music by Franz Lehár; Libretto by Victor Léon and Leo Stein  
One of the most popular operettas across the globe, THE MERRY WIDOW returns to Opera Saratoga for the first time in thirty years next summer. Hanna Glawari, the Merry Widow, is beautiful and rich… and she’s captivated every man in the country. But Hanna is looking for true love. Will she be able to find a suitor that is not only after her wealth? 
Friday, June 29 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 1 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, July 8 at 2:00 PM
Friday, July 13 at 7:30 PM

ROCKING HORSE WINNER – American Premiere
Music by Gareth Williams; Libretto by Anna Chatterton

A modern adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s short story, Rocking Horse Winnerexplores the relationship between Paul and his emotionally distant mother. Paul becomes dangerously obsessed with solving the “bad luck” of his family in order to win his mother’s love. 
VINKENSPORT, or THE FINCH OPERA – World Premiere of Chamber Version
Music by David T. Little; Libretto by Royce Vavrek

The second half of the double-bill will feature the World Premiere of a new chamber version ofVINKENSPORT, or THE FINCH OPERA. Vinkensport is a bittersweet comedy in one act that explores the nature of competition and the need to win through the frame of an obscure Flemish folk sport, Finch-Sitting. 
Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 PM
Friday, July 6 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, July 14 at 2:00 PM

Music and Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti

Almost 70 years later, Gian Carlo Menotti’s riveting opera still delivers a punch as powerful and timely as its subject matter - the struggle for freedom against oppression, and the maddening nature of unrelenting bureaucracy. Set in an unnamed European city, political dissident John Sorel is on the run from the secret police. After he escapes the country, his devoted wife Magda clashes with the bureaucracy at the Consulate while trying to obtain an exit visa for her family. 
Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 PM
Monday, July 9 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, July 15 at 2:00 PM

Vienna City of My Dreams
a concert featuring scenes from operettas by Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán, Franz von Suppé, Leo Fall and more; and Refugee Voices, a concert of vocal music by composers from different periods of time who were refugees.
Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 PM

Saratoga Polo

Summer Events in Saratoga Springs
July 6th through September 2nd, 2018
Saratoga Polo. Every Friday and Sunday at 5:30pm
Saratoga Polo Field, Bloomfield Road, Saratoga Springs, NY (2.7 miles from Union Gables)
Since 1898 the city has hosted a polo club, the old Persian game of horses, mallets, and daring riders. The season usually lasts from July to Labor Day, don't miss out. For spectators in the clubhouse, there is a dress code. Women should appear in cocktail dresses or summery skirts, possibly with the traditional billowy hats which block the sun, and colorful espadrilles or otherwise comfy but tasteful footwear. Men are required to dress in business casual wear with a sporty edge, or if they so choose, in a formal suit and tie.
Daily Ticket Admission:
Clubhouse Lawn & Bleacher: $20 per person / Free kids 12 & Under
Reserved Clubhouse: $30 per person / $15 kids 12 & Under
Premium Reserved Clubhouse: $40 / $15 kids 12 & Under
Unreserved Tailgate Space: $30
Unreserved Centerfield Tailgate Space: $50

New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs NY

All Balanchine
Tuesday, July 17 at 8:00 PM
Wednesday, July 18 at 8:00 PM

Romeo + Juliet
Thursday, July 19 at 2:00 PM
Friday, July 20 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, July 21 at 2:00 PM

SPAC Premieres: 21st Century Choreographers
Thursday, July 19 at 8:00 PM

SPAC Ballet Gala: The Four Seasons
Robbins and Bernstein at 100
Saturday, July 21 at 5:30 PM

New York City Ballet
GALA: Robbins/Bernstein Centennial

Saturday, July 21 at 8:00 PM

Saratoga Performing Arts Center Summer Concerts

Friday, June 22
6:00 PM
Freihofer’s Jazz Fest

Friday, June 22
7:30 PM
A Night On Bourbon Street Featuring Bria Skonberg

Saturday, June 23
11:00 AM
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival
Day 1  Chris Botti, Herbie Hancock, Joey Alexander and more!

Sunday, June 24
11:00 AM
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival
Day 2  Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, Gregory Porter and more!

Wednesday, June 27
7:30 PM
Keith Urban

Friday, June 29
7:00 PM
Imagine Dragons with special guest Grace Vanderwaal

Saturday, June 30
7:30 PM
Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers
The Summer of Living Dangerously Tour

Tuesday, July 3
7:00 PM
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Saturday, July 7
4:00 PM
107.7 WGNA Countryfest featuring Rascal Flatts

Thursday, July 12
8:00 PM

Friday, July 13 and 14
8:00 PM
Dave Matthews Band

Sunday, July 15
7:30 PM
Jason Aldean with Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina

Sunday, July 22, 2018
Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
6:00 pm
Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd

Thursday, July 26, 2018
8:00 pm
Janet Jackson

Satiurday, July 28, 2018
7:00 pm
Lindsey Stirling and Evanesence

Sunday, July 29, 2018
8:00 pm
John Fogerty

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
7:30 pm
Chicago and REO Speedwagon

Sunday, August 5, 2018
7:00 pm
Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne and LANCO

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
7:30 pm
The Piano Guys

Sunday, August 19, 2018
7:00 pm
Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi and Morgan Wallen

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
7:00 pm
Shinedown and Godsmack

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
8:00 pm

Thursday, August 23, 2018
7:00 pm
Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb

Friday, September 14, 2018
8:00 pm
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

Saturday, September 15, 2018
6:30 pm
Kid Rock, Bratley Gilbert and Wheeler Walker Jr.

Saturday, September 29, 2018
7:00 pm
Zac Brown Band

Saratoga Race Course

Summer Events in Saratoga Springs

Historic Saratoga Race course
Located two blocks from Union Gables Inn

2018 Dates:

July 20  Opening Day and Hats off Weekend

July 28  Jim Dandy stakes

July 30   Coronation Cup

August 3   National Museum Racing Hall of Fame

August 4   Whitney Race

August 18   Alabama Race

August 25  Travers Stakes Day

Sept 3  Closing Day and Final Stretch Festival Weekend. Saratoga Race Course

Horse Sales at Fasig-Tipton

Summer Events in Saratoga Springs

Fasig-Tipton Horse Sales 2018

August 6th and 7th, 2018
The Saratoga Sale

August 11th and 12th, 2018
New York Bred Yearlings

Fasig-Tipton horse sales take place within a short walk (few blocks) from Union Gables Inn, Saratoga Springs, New York

Summer Events in Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Race Track Tours

Tours are led by experienced customer service staff, with knowledge of the history and features of the property.

2018 Walking Tours

  • Cost: $3 per person, or $10 for a family
  • Held each racing day of the summer meet, except Travers Day
  • Tour length: 45 minutes
  • Tour departure times:
    • 9:30 am
    • 10:30 am
    • 11:30 am
    • 12:30 pm
    • 1:30 pm
    • 2:30 pm
  • Depart from the first floor of the grandstand
  • Get an historical overview of the facility and a variety of the property's highlights, including unique architecture, landscapes, traditions and more
  • For more information on tours, contact NYRA's Guest Services Department at 518-584-6200 x4433

2018 Stable Area Tours

  • Cost: Free
  • Held each racing day of the summer meet, except Travers Day and Labor Day
  • Tour length: 45 minutes
  • Tour departure times:
    • First tram departs at 7:30 am
    • Additional trams leaving approximately every 15 minutes
    • Last tour departs at 9:00 am
    • Tip: earlier is better - the later tours fill up fast, and people are turned away when tours reach capacity
  • Depart from the main Clubhouse entrance
  • Tour the track's historic stable area
  • No reservations are allowed - tram tours are first come-first served