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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.

Check out what's happening now!


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Summer at Skidmore
2017 Special Events

Now through August, 2017
Skidmore College


Summer17 Series offers twelve weeks of world-class dance, music, theater, film, studio art, and literary readings by internationally renowned artists in residence  Join us for extraordinary performances and special opportunities offering an intimate look into the creative process.

 
 
 
 

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Saratoga Race Course Meet

Now - Labor Day 2017
Post times vary
Dark Days on Tuesdays

The Thoroughbreds take center stage in Saratoga's 154th season. Join the excitement, special events and soon-to-be historic moments all packed into another thrilling 40-day meet! This year presents new events alongside Season traditions and perennial favorites, including an expanded Taste NY series. 

 
 

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Saratoga Polo Season

Now - Sept. 3, 2017
Friday & Sunday at 5:30 pm
Saratoga Polo Grounds


Tradition continues for Saratoga polo's 2017 season! Check out the fast-paced action on historic polo grounds from the picnic-style, family-oriented grandstand area, or rub elbows with the elite crowd in the luxurious clubhouse. No matter how you view it, you're assured a fun time! 

 
 

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Saratoga Shakespeare

 August 1-5, 2017
Tuesday - Saturday 6PM
Congress Park, Downtown Saratoga

Saratoga Shakespeare Company presents "A Season of Magic." Enjoy the performances of two works by William Shakespeare this summer, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Winter's Tale." They will also host Shakespeare for All.

 
 

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SNHP August Music Series

Every Tuesday in August 2017
Noon - 1:00 pm
Saratoga National Historic Park

The track is closed, but historic music and narration echo through the Hudson River Valley at our National Park. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy the views while listening to noontime concerts every Tuesday. Free admission and fun for all ages. 
 
 
 

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Philadelphia Orchestra

August 2 - 19, 2017
8:00 PM
Saratoga Performiing Arts Center

The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra once again takes residency in Saratoga. Performances include Cirque de la Symphonie, E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark. All performances have a one hour pre-performance talk.

 
 
 

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First Friday Ballston Spa

1st Friday Every Month, 2017
6PM - 9PM
Downtown Ballston Spa


Enjoy special happenings in many downtown shops, restaurants and galleries including live music, art displays and demonstrations, refreshments and featured shop promotions. August's First Friday's theme is "Celebrating the Arts in Ballston Spa" with a free Outdoor Family Movie, "Finding Dory", showing in Wiswall Park at 8:30 pm. 

 
 

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Ballston Spa International Short Film Festival

August 4 & 5
7pm and 9pm
Ballston Spa High School & Old Iron Spring 

This year marks the 10th annual presentation of the Capital Region's premier international short film festival! We will be presenting 43 short films over four different slates Friday and Saturday evening.


 
 

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Saratoga Yearling Sales

August 7 & 8, 2017
6:30pm
Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion

Get a first glimpse of future thoroughbred champions with bloodlines sure to impress at this Selected Yearling Sale. Watch the horses parade around outside before entering the pavilion, with your drinks and delicious food in hand. Fun for all ages! Come back for the NY Bred Preferred Yearlings Sale August 12&13!


 

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Saratoga Chamber Music Festival

August 8 - 22, 2017
3pm or 8pm
Spa Little Theater, Spa State Park

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to the Spa Little Theater with a dynamic line-up of six exciting concerts. Up-and-coming young virtuosos return. New to the Little Theatre stage this season will be the Danish String Quartet.

 
 

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Celebrate the Spa

August 15, 2017
5:30pm & 8:00pm
National Museum of Racing

Enjoy a lecture and cocktail reception with race course expert Paul Roberts, who will give a presentation and sign copies of "The Spa: Saratoga's Legendary Race Course," highlighting the history of the oldest sports venue in the United States.

 
 

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Saratoga Arts Celebration

August 19 - 20, 2017
10am - 5pm
National Museum of Dance

The 8th Annual Saratoga Arts Celebration is a juried fine arts  fair featuring 100 invited artists selected locally and from across the country and Canada. Their original works of art and are available for collecting in every price range. 

 
 

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Yaddo Garden Tours

Now - September, 2017
Saturday and Sunday: 11am
Tuesdays during meet
Yaddo Garden Gate

Docent-led garden tours meet at the main fountain near garden entrance gate and only include the gardens. Learn the history of the Trask family, the mansion and the history and creative energy of the Yaddo Gardens. Tours are $10. Gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk, free of charge.

 
 

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Summer Farmers' Markets

Now through October 2017
Saratoga National Historic Park


May marks the beginning of our outdoor farmers' markets! Saratoga's agricultural excellence is revered by locals and visitors alike. Take in fresh, locally grown produce, hand-made products, and live music. See www.spacityfarmersmarket.com/ and www.saratogafarmersmarket.org/ for sites and details.

 
 

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Live Harness Racing

Thursday through Sunday, post times vary
Saratoga Casino and Raceway


The Saratoga Casino & Raceway will welcome back live harness racing with its 76th season on their beautiful half-mile track. Come bet on the ponies, then try your luck on the gaming floor with over 1,700 slot machines, grab a bite to eat at one of their dining options. dance the night away at one of the region's hottest night clubs or spend the night at their newly opened hotel.

 

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Oklahoma Training Track Tours

June 1 - October, 2017 
National Museum of Racing

Find out why this beautiful and historic site is a favorite base for leading trainers such as Todd Pletcher and Nick Zito. Behind the scenes tours are available from June to October. This walking tour covers approximately 1 mile and lasts for 1.5 hours. Reservations Required.

 
 

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Get Into the Swing of It

Golf Courses throughout Saratoga County
Now through Fall

Saratoga is a golfer's paradise with award-winning courses at every turn. From the pristine links at Saratoga National Golf Club to the unique landing strip at Airway Meadows, you're sure to find a course to suit your tastes. Get ready to tee off! 


 

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Mark Your Calendars

Coming in September 

Saratoga Final Stretch - Sept 2-3

Saratoga Wine & Food Festival - Sept 8-9 

Tugboat Roundup - Sept 8-10

Irish 2000 Festival - Sept 15 & 16

Clifton Park Farm Fest - Sept 16-17

Battles of Saratoga Anniversary - Sept 16-17

 Showcase of Homes - Sept 16 - Oct 1

Saratoga Auto Auction - Sept 22-23

Tail of the Fish - Sept 30

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You Won't Believe All There Is to Do!

designer legs6The Historic Saratoga Race Course


Also known as the "flat track," the Saratoga Race Course is the oldest continually operating Thoroughbred horse racing meet in the United States. Sports Illustrated has recognized The Saratoga Race Course itself as one of the top ten sporting venues in the world. Opened in 1863, it is the third oldest racetrack in the US, though it is often considered to be the oldest sporting venue of any kind in the country. The meet today lasts a total of 40 racing days, with races held six days per week.

The Hats off to Saratoga festival or "Hat Day" is an annual event on Opening Weekend. Popular races include The Travers Stakes, the Whitney Handicap, and for Steeplechase lovers, the A. P. Smithwick Memorial Handicap.  Click for more details.



ballet230x153The Saratoga Performing Arts Center


Locals and frequent visitors affectionately refer to this as SPAC. SPAC is the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra in an acoustically ideal amphitheatre in the heart of the Saratoga Spa State Park. For 35 years, SPAC has hosted the Saratoga Jazz Festival and a Fall Wine, Food and Ferrari Festival with huge crowds from around the world.
Every year, SPAC hosts rock, pop and country artists from Brad Paisley, to the Dave Mathews Band, the Beach Boys, Elton John, Nickelback, and more. Click for more details.


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.  Click for more details.



SaratogaBattle101202-Tom KillipsSaratoga National Historical Park

Here 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, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world. Today, tens of thousands of people visit the Saratoga National Historical Park every year by car, by bike, and on foot to see the Battlefield itself, Victory Woods, the Schuyler House and the Saratoga Monument. Click for more details.



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 a multitude of traditional recreation opportunities.

The Peerless Pool Complex consists of a main pool with a zero-depth entry, separate slide pool with a 19' double slide and a children's wading pool with a mushroom fountain. The Historic Victoria Pool is a smaller pool surrounded by arched promenades. victoriaBoth pool areas include food and beverage services, showers, locker rooms and restrooms.

The Saratoga Spa State Park Golf Course offers two beautiful golf courses; a championship 18-hole course and a challenging 9-hole course, complete with pro shop and restaurant. The gentle terrain offers picnic areas, shady streamside 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. Winter activities include cross-country skiing on approximately 12 miles of trails, ice skating, ice hockey. Click for more details.



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. Click for more details.



poloSaratoga Polo

From the dust of over 2,000 years of history, polo, the game of kings gallops through the next millennium. For the past 100 years, polo ponies have thundered up and down the fields of the Saratoga Polo Club, leaving an impact as exciting as in the times of warriors and princes.

Saratoga Polo features exceptional fields and a great clubhouse. From July through Labor Day, Saratoga Polo offers a series of events that are fixtures of the Saratoga summer attracting both participants and spectators from around the world. Click for more details.



Check out all the other great things to do in Saratoga during the Fall, Winter, and Spring!