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Fall Folliage & Fun in Saratoga!

Saratoga has everything you need to plan the perfect fall getaway with that special someone in your life or your entire family. We will help you start your planning with some fun fall ideas and great fall stay packages. And don't forget to check out all the other great things to do in Saratoga throughout the seasons!

Take in an intimate theater experience, or step back in time with the Saratoga National Historical Park, or just marvel at the change of seasons this weekend in Saratoga.

Highlights of Saratoga Happenings are below. For a complete list of events, click here.

Something For Everyone

Saratoga County includes at least ten area museums, a wide variety of golf courses, our world famous mineral springs and spas, great shopping and unique and amazing local restaurants too. Whether it's a fall weekend getaway or a mid-week trip, Saratoga County is a fall destination sure to delight you.

Special Events

Check out “The Way We Were Car Show,” or First Fridays in Downtown Ballston Spa. We have rowing regattas on Saratoga Lake that make for spectacular viewing. And don't miss the Saratoga Wine and Food & Concours d'Elegance, the Annual Irish 2000 Festival, the Saratoga Native American Festival, the Saratoga Showcase of Homes, Saratoga International Flavorfeast, the Saratoga Fall Festival and more!


Saratoga Showcase of Homes

September 17 - October 2
Sat & Sun 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Various Locations Saratoga County

This event, in its 21st year, features the latest in building styles and techniques, as well as beautiful, high-quality furnishings and fixtures. Enjoy the "Taste of Showcase" at the September 16th preview. Proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together Saratoga and Habitat for Humanity.


Tail of the Fish Regatta

 September 24, 2016
Noon - 4:00pm
Saratoga Lake Boat Launch; Fish Creek

Saratoga Rowing Association presents Tail of the Fish, a Fall season opening regatta. It is held on Fish Creek and typically attracts 300 boats. Great rowing competition is always a sure thing and the view from the bridge is awesome. Visit our vendors!



Annual Saratoga Harvest Festival

October 1, 2016
1:00-7:00 PM
Saratoga Race Track

Annual Harvest Festival - Celebrate the autumn season with Seasonal craft brews, wines, and ciders. Enjoy live music and fabulous food from local food trucks and vendors. along with crafts and vendors.



The Way We Were Car Show

October 9, 2016
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Front Street, Ballston Spa

The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association and the Saratoga Automobile Museum present the 14th annual "The Way We Were" Car Show on Sunday. Besides the hundreds of show cars, enjoy live music, food and family activities. 518-885-2772


Saratoga Scare Fair

October 21-22, & 28-29
Fridays & Saturdays 6:00PM - 12:15AM
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Visit our 8,000 Sq. Ft. terror inducing- indoor teen/adult haunted attraction located at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa,NY. We've been voted one of the scariest haunts in the 518 area code! This attraction is NOT MEANT for small children! 518-399-2040.



Head of the Fish Regatta

October 29 & 30, 2016
10:00am - 4:00pm
Saratoga Lake Boat Launch; Fish Creek

Saratoga Rowing Association presents Head of the Fish, another exciting Fall regatta on Fish Creek. Cheer on your favorites, visit our vendors and take advantage of the shuttle to and from Saratoga during breaks. 518-587-6697



Hemming Motor News Concours d'Elegance

September 23-25, 2016
Spa State Park & Saratoga Auto Museum

Saturday brings in the Cruise-In Spectacular, an all-makes car show that's open to cars, trucks and motorcycles, including: muscle cars, street rods, sports, exotics and classics. Sunday is open to concours-quality, pre-1973 cars.



Yaddo Garden Ghost Tours

October 1-30th, 2016
Fridays & Sundays at 5:00 PM
The Saratoga Winery

Yaddo Garden Ghost Tours - Experience the Spirit(s) of the Gardens, Friday & Sundays, 5:00 p.m., www.yaddo.org, (518) 584-0746. Tours begin at the Yaddo Garden parking lot and last for approximately one hour.


Saratoga Scare Fair

October 7-8 & 14-15
Fridays & Saturdays 6:00PM - 12:15AM
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Visit our 8,000 Sq. Ft. terror-inducing indoor teen/adult haunted attraction located at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa, NY. We've been voted one of the scariest haunts in the 518 area code! This attraction is NOT MEANT for small children! 518-399-2040.


Schuyler Candlelight Tour
October 15, 2016

6:00- 9:00 PM
US Route 4, Schuylerville NY

Step back in time and experience General Philip Schuyler’s 1777 country home in a whole new light! Candle-lit tours of the house are offered throughout the evening with light refreshments, period music, and a campfire to follow the tour.  518-664-9821.


Saratoga Chic, The Embassy Suites Bridal Show

October 23, & 28-29
11:00AM - 3:00PM
Embassy Suites by Hilton Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Chic, The Embassy Suites Bridal Show, Congress Plaza - visit with a collection of exceptional vendors, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Embassy Suites by Hilton in Saratoga Springs.



Only the Best Bridal Show

 November 6, 2016
1pm – 4pm
National Museum of Dance

"Only the Best" bridal show is a must for planning the perfect day.We provide our guests with superior resources to enhance their special day with a highly specialized group of area wedding professionals. Free. Brides pre-register here. 518-584-2225


Giant Pumpkinfest

September 24, 2016
Noon - 4:00PM
Sunnyside Gardens, Church Street, Saratoga

Sunnyside is proud to host New York's Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Giant pumpkin growers from around New York State will meet up to find the biggest pumpkin of the year! Stop by for a weekend full of hayrides, music, and cider donuts. Over $7,500 in prizes for the largest pumpkins.



Goat Brothers Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet

October, 1, 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Motorcycle Show. Hot Rods and Classic Cars welcome.  Live entertainment and more. Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 162 Prospect St., Ballston Spa, 518-399-2040



Saratoga International Flavorfeast

October 8, 2016
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Downtown Saratoga Springs

Take a culinary trip around the world in our Celebration of Saratoga's International Cuisines. Admission is FREE, Come sample international dishes from various participating restaurants. 518-365-3459.



Saratoga Fall Sale

October 17, 2016
Begins at 10:00 AM
Fasig Tipton Sales Pavilion

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 319 entries for The Saratoga Fall Sale, annually held in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The top horses in the world are bought and sold here. The Saratoga Sale has been leading the racing industry for almost a century.



Saratoga Fall Festival

October 29, 2016
11:00AM - 4:00PM
Downtown Saratoga

Bring the whole family to the 15th annual Saratoga Fall Festival. Try your hand at Pumpkin decorating and rock climbing; enjoy magic, music, face painting, pony rides and more! Free events and entertainment throughout downtown Saratoga Springs. 518-587-8635.


More Fall Folliage & Fun in Saratoga!

Highlights of Saratoga Happenings are below. For a complete list of events, go online to www.tourism.saratoga.org.

hmt fall theaterFall Theater at HMT

HMT produces a four show season, between October and May. We offer dinner theater packages with area restaurants for the three "main-stage" productions. Each December we offer a "Theater for Families" production. HMT also offers acting classes for children, teens, and adults.

Our mission is to offer high quality theater productions of outstanding plays, produced by a dedicated group of professionally minded artists, to offer classes in the theater arts to people of all ages, and to provide the opportunity for exciting and rewarding participation in all aspects of the theater.

Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Spa State Park      www.homemadetheater.org


pumpkins chamberPick Your Own

Looking for something fun to do with the kids over the weekend? Many of Saratoga County's area farms are featuring corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides, apple picking, animals and other fun farm activities. You can visit and shop at area farmers markets or take a farm tour.

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chamber parks recreationParks and Recreation

With more than 10,000 acres in preserve lands and state parks (Saratoga Spa State Park and Moreau Lake State Park), plus miles of multi-use trails, visitors find great hiking, walking, biking and outdoor nature experiences. Water sports on our lakes and creeks, including kayaking, canoeing and fishing are a great way to enjoy our beautiful fall colors and the great outdoors.

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chamber leaf peepingLeaf Peeping

The countryside is alive with color.  “Leaf peepers” can enjoy the foliage along beautiful drives through the rolling Hudson Valley or Southern Adirondack countryside, by lakes, the Hudson River or the NYS Canal System. We suggest a ride on the Saratoga-North Creek Railway for a scenic and comfortable journey from the Saratoga Springs Rail Station into the Adirondack Park, where beautiful vistas and fall foliage is afire just outside the window.

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halloween chamberHistory Haunts and Spooky Scares

Enjoy Saratoga history with ghostly guests during a guided Yaddo Garden Ghost Tour, on a tour of the Canfield Casino, which was once investigated by Ghost Hunters or check out the Haunted History Trail of New York.  Get scared on haunted hayrides at area farms or at Double M. Brave the Saratoga Scare Fair with 8,000 sq. ft. of indoor haunted attractions.

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casin0-racewayThe Saratoga Casino and Raceway

The long-time home to Harness Racing, the Saratoga Casino and Raceway is also now home to 1,000 video gaming machines and the Vapor Night Club. More than 2 million people per year now visit the Saratoga Casino and Raceway to try their luck, to enjoy a night out, to watch live harness racing, or to dance the night away.  

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SaratogaBattle101202-Tom KillipsSaratoga National Historical Park & Battlefield

In the autumn of 1777, American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory in the Battle of Saratoga renewed patriots’ hopes for independence and forever changed the face of the world. You’ll feel its importance as you walk, bike or drive around the grounds. Plus, they host a variety of events, including an anniversary celebration and Candlelight Tour of the Schyuler House.
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state parkSaratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Spa State Park, distinguished by its classical architecture and listed as a National Historic Landmark, is noted for its diverse cultural, aesthetic and recreational resources. In addition to the nationally-known Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Spa Little Theater, the National Museum of Dance, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, the Gideon Putnam Resort and Roosevelt Baths and Spa, the park offers many recreation opportunities. The gentle terrain offers picnic areas, shady stream-side trails, suitable for the nature-lover or the casual walker, as well as certified running courses used by joggers, and high school and college athletes.
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racing museumSaratoga County Museums

Saratoga County is home to the National Bottle Museum, the National Museum of Racing, the National Museum of Dance, as well as the Saratoga Auto Museum, the Brookside Museum and Saratoga County Historical Society, and the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage. Visitors to Saratoga County can also tour the New York State Military Museum, the Saratoga Children's Museum, the Saratoga Springs History Museum, the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center as well as the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. Please click here to learn more about the Chamber's Museum Pass program to help you explore all of these museums across Saratoga County. Click for more details.

golf courseSaratoga County Golf Courses

Visitors will find some of the best golf value in the Northeast as well as a wide range of styles and locations in which to enjoy a round with friends and family. From Airway Meadows, to the Ballston Spa Country Club, to Brookhaven Golf Course and the Saratoga Lake Golf Club, tee times are easy to come by as well as many scenic vistas from which to tee it up. There are 27 holes of golf at the Van Patten Golf Course, a championship links style course at McGregor Country Club and Saratoga National Golf Club is considered one of the top 100 public courses in the US according to Golf Digest. There is also a championship and a separate executive golf course within the Spa State Park which are enjoyed by many as well as indoor golf at Tark's Indoor Golf Center and the Great Indoors Golf Center. Click for more details.

Hawthorn SpringSaratoga's Spas and Mineral Springs

Saratoga has long been known as the "Queen fo the Spas." Today, visitors can still enjoy natural mineral baths from the bubbling springs below or more modern treatments at several local spas. With 18 naturally occurring mineral springs, you can "take the cure" as visitors did during the Victorian Age. The spas and mineral springs were among the first major attractions to Saratoga and they continue to flow throughout the area. 

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