Events in Saratoga Springs, NY

Experience health, horses, history, and more popular events in Saratoga Springs, NY! With the change of seasons brings the horse races and polo, annual galas and fundraisers, outdoor concerts at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, rowing regattas, and more! We recommend visitors tour the waters of Saratoga Spa State Park for a taste of healthy mineral baths. Visit beautiful parks, golf courses, unique shops, and delicious restaurants no matter the time of year! 

Events Guide

Ongoing  |   Spring  |   Summer  |   Fall  |   Winter
 

Ongoing Events Throughout the Year

The Saratoga Farmers’ Market

Vendors from local farms gather with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, jams, yogurts, baked breads, and Artisanal goods. Wander through indoor and outdoor stalls shopping for handmade jewelry, wine varieties, mushroom supplements, and herbal teas.

Wednesdays at the High Rock Park Pavillion, 105 High Rock Avenue. 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Saturdays at the High Rock Park Pavillion, 105 High Rock Avenue. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Sundays at the Lincoln Bath House at the entrance to the Spa State Park, 10:00 am -2:00 pm

Taste the Waters of Saratoga Spa Park

Learn about the health, medical & wellness history of all the waters of Saratoga and the famous Roosevelt Bath and Spa. View the amazing Orenda "Tufa" & Geysers tufa mound & dancing spouter. Enjoy the benefits of the "rarified atmosphere" created by the ionized elements in the air.

Daily tours at the education center: 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM

Local Music Venues

Café Lena: Local music venue scheduled throughout the year.

Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College: Classical and Jazz performances open to the public, scheduled throughout the year.

9 Maple Jazz Bar 

 

Annual Events


Winter

January

Hattie's Annual Mardi Gras Soiree

One of the region’s “must attend” fundraising events of the winter season is Hattie’s Mardi Gras Party at The Canfield Casino.

A Purple Tie Affair

Fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the National Dance Museum

The Winter Party

At the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame

CANdlelight Ski and Snowshoe

A candlelit loop of Saratoga Springs Spa State Park, plus a bonfire and hot drinks.


February

Annual Winterfest

Winterfest is a popular annual event in Saratoga Springs, bringing the spirit of winter to the Spa City with a week full of special events and great entertainment!

Chowderfest in Saratoga Springs, NY

Come enjoy samples of chowder from local restaurants in Saratoga Springs at the Annual Saratoga Chowderfest.

Dance Flurry weekend at the Saratoga City Center

One of the top events in Saratoga Springs, learn to dance or watch workshops such as Contra, Swing, Latin, English Country, Squares, Vintage, Clogging, Hip-Hop, Cajun, Zydeco, Irish, Scandinavian, Middle Eastern, Asian, European, American and International Folk, Yoga and Body Movement. 

Saratoga Beer Summit

Taste craft beer from around the world at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

Saratoga Fat Bike Rally 

Tour the snowy landscape of Saratoga Spa State Park on marked trails.

 

Spring

March - April

SPAC's Annual Winter Ball

Celebrate the season at this gala event held at the Hall of Springs.

Chess Tournament  

Test your strategy and game play at the Saratoga City Center.

Annual Furry Fun Run 

This winter race begins at Warming Hut in Spa Park and tours through the state park.

Tour of the Battenkill Bike Race  

Participate in one of America's largest single day road races, with a start in Greenich, NY.

Spring Saratoga Rowing Invitational

Cheer on crews at this classic regatta at Saratoga Lake.


May

Kentucky Derby Day

Celebrate one of the largest races of the year at the National Museum of Racing.

Skidmore Graduation Weekend

Skidmore College Reunion

Opera Saratoga Annual Gala

Enjoy the summer theatre festival on the shores of Lake George.

Saratoga Springs Horse Show

Attend some of Saratoga's most popular events - two weeks of horse shows.

SPAC concerts

These famed outdoor concerts begin in Mid-May and range in genre from classical to classic rock.

 

Summer

June

Irish Festival

Visit Saratoga County Fairgrounds for live music performances, beer, and food vendors.

Saratoga Brewfest  

Taste 130 craft beers for one price at Saratoga County Fairgrounds.

Saratoga Tour de Cure  

Bike for the American Diabetes Association.

Flag Day Parade on Broadway

The lively parade with a fly over begins at 12:00 Noon, on North Broadway and ends at Congress Park, Downtown Saratoga Springs.

Saratoga Auto Museum Annual Fundraising Gala

Enjoy a fabulous night of hors d'oeuvres and classic cars, with special featured exhibitions.

The Annual Music and Mingling Gala

Held at the Saratoga Polo Field to support the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga and will include and open bar, live music, cigar tastings and silent auction.

Freihofer's Jazz Festival  

Hear an amazing lineup of jazz musicians at SPAC.

Saratoga ArtsFest

A community-wide celebration of the arts throughout Saratoga Springs

Round Lake Antiques Festival

Hunt for hidden gems and antique treasures at Village of Round Lake, a 16 minute drive from Union Gables.

Saratoga Balloon & BBQ Festival

Take to the skies and fire up the balloons. The festival is held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds.

The Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show  

Top equestrian competitors come togeter for jumoing competitions and derbys for three weeks in June. Yaddo Show Grounds is located four blocks away. Union Gables proudly sponsors this Event.

8th Annual Beekman Street Art Fair

The street is dedicated to artists for a day on Beekman Street! Enjoy a juried art and craft show, musical groups, open mic, and street performers. Produced by the Arts District on Beekman, Inc a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a generous Community Arts Grant from Saratoga Arts.

Mostly Modern Festival at Arthur Zankel Music Center

Receive a 10% discount off your room rate at Union Gables for attendees to the festival.


July – August

Saratoga Bridges Annual White Party

Attned this magnificent fundraiser held by Fasig Tipton.

Secret Garden Tour  

Self-guided tours of private gardens available only the first Sunday in July or last in June.

July 4th weekend: Firecracker4 Race.

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

New York City Ballet at SPAC

Philadelphia Orchestra  at SPAC

Opera Saratoga

Day and evening shows at The Spa Little Theater located in the Saratoga Spa State Park.

National Museum of Dance Gala

Saratoga Racing Schedule

First weekend; Opening Day and Hats off Weekend; Jim Dandy Stakes; Whitney Race; Alabama Race; Travers Stakes Day; Labor Day weekend: Closing Day and Final Stretch Festival Weekend.

Saratoga Polo

Held on Saratoga Polo Field on Bloomfield Road, just 2.7 miles from Union Gables every Friday and Sunday at 5:30pm. 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. For spectators in the clubhouse, there is a cocktail dress code with traditional billowy hats and business casual wear.

Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car Show

Discover classic automobiles from around the world at Auto Museum and Spa State Park.

Horse sales at Fasig-Tipton

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

Historic Congress Park Summer Stroll

Hosted by The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, join Dave Patterson and Charlie Kuenzel, owners of Saratoga Tours LLC, to explore the historic landscape architecture of Congress Park, the early springs, and other facets of Saratoga history. The tour, sponsored by NBT Bank and Saratoga Tours LLC, meets at the front steps of the Canfield Casino in Congress Park.

Summer Strolls offered every Sunday through September 1st. All Sunday morning tours start at 10:30AM, $10 for non-members. Reservations are encouraged, but not necessary.

This district is architecturally rich and home to some of the oldest private residences in Saratoga Springs. Franklin Square is a veritable showcase of American architectural history. Tour meets at the Northwest corner of Division Street and Broadway.

 

Fall

September

Saratoga Wine & Food Festival  

Enjoy the harvest season with gourmet tastings and fine wines, held at SPAC's beautiful grounds.

Showcase of Homes

Get inspired with tours of brand new Captial Region homes.

Saratoga Rowing Association Tail of the Fish Regatta

The opening regatta for the Fall season, held at Fish Creek on the last Saturday in September.

Ghosts in the Yaddo Garden Tours

Experience the spirit(s) of the gardens and feel the energy and creativity of the forces of the Earth! Share in the spiritual intrigue from Native Americans, Edgar Allan Poe, the Trask family and other contemporary visitors! Docent led tours begin at the Yaddo Garden parking lot and last for approximately one hour. This is a tour of the Yaddo Gardens and does not include the Yaddo Mansion. Tours begin at 5:00 pm in Yaddo Gardens and cost $10 per person.


October

Fasig Tipton Saratoga

Since its inception in 2012, The Saratoga Fall Sale has been a top destination for broodmares and weanlings – especially those foaled in New York. The sale is the prime source for breeding stock in the Empire State. Most of the mares offered are considered resident New York mares, carrying foals that will be eligible to be registered as New York-bred. This sale is regularly frequented by leading connections both inside and outside of New York looking to take advantage of the lucrative state-bred program while shopping in their own backyard.

Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga sale of selected yearlings is one of the premier horse auctions in the world. It has roots that stretch back to 1917 when Fasig-Tipton formed an alliance with some of the top Kentucky breeders to sell their yearlings during the race meet in upstate New York. The great Man o’ War sold as a yearling at the 1918 Saratoga sale.

The Saratoga sale has produced numerous household names for international horsemen, such as Raise a Native, Natalma, Hoist the Flag, Danzig, Miswaki, Conquistador Cielo, and two-time champion filly Open Mind. 

Saratoga Rowing Regatta

Head of the Fish Regatta are held on the last weekend of October and are one of the largest regattas in the country. A beloved event in Saratoga Springs, the Head of the Fish attracts over 160 teams and 1600 crews from across the northeast and features the countries most unique trophies. This 3,300 meter race is one of the premier races on the east coast. Regatta site is at Lee's Park (1464 Rt 9p Saratoga Springs, NY 12866)

Harness Racing

Experience the thrill of live racing during the Evening Races 4 days a week at Saratoga Raceway! Catch all the action on the rail, in the grandstand, or in our mezzanine. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday


November

Veterans Day at the Saratoga Battlefield

Join Saratoga National Historical Park in honoring all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Continental soldiers and militiamen who served here at Saratoga in 1777.


December

Saratoga Tree Lighting Ceremony

Annual Victorian Streetwalk

December 31st New Year’s Eve

Saratoga First Night Celebration 

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