Your Guide to Saratoga Events and Happenings

Signature Saratoga Events Draw Group Tours & Convention-Goers from Across the World

Whether you’re a Saratoga resident, tourist, or meeting planner, there’s always something to do in the Spa City — perfect for year-round meetings, conventions, reunions, group tours, and so much more.

The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau will be happy to assist you with your next visit or event — call us at 518-584-1531 or Submit an RFP for more information!


Women Empower! Expo

Women Empower!! will be a fabulously fun event for women combining a unique shopping experience with beneficial and empowering workshops to meet the needs of a variety of women.

Price: Free Event

Date: March 8, 2015

Technique Series with Chef Fabrizio Bazzani – Classic Italian Sauce

On March 17 Chef Fabrizio Bazzani continues his “Technique Series” with an interactive class on how to make classic Italian sauces.  Even if you have no prior experience making Italian sauces from scratch, you’ll enjoy this class with Executive Chef Fabrizio Bazzani. Be prepared savor each sauce throughout the class and to go home with a not just a full stomach, but with a full heart.

Vodka – Penne alla vodka is an Italian pasta dish always made with vodka and penne pasta, often made with heavy cream, crushed tomatoes, onions, and sometimes sausage or bacon
Carbonara – Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish from Lazio, Rome, based on eggs, cheese, bacon, and black pepper. Spaghetti is usually used as the pasta, however, fettuccine, rigatoni, linguine or bucatini can also be used
Pesto – Pesto is a sauce originating in Genoa in the Liguria region of northern Italy, and traditionally consists of crushed garlic, basil, and European pine nuts blended with olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Fiore Sardo
Pesto Trapanese – This delicate, refreshing pesto is named for its birth place, the town of Trapani in the western corner of Sicily. The recipe is centuries-old, and likely inspired by Genova’s more famous basil pesto, brought over by Ligurian mariners stopping off in Trapani’s port.

Price: $39.00

Date: March 17, 2015

Kids Pizza-Making Class at Forno Bistro

A Children’s Pizza-Making Class is being held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at Forno Bistro in Saratoga Springs. Kids ages 6 to 13 may attend alone, but those age 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will learn how to stretch dough, make their own pizzas with a variety of toppings and watch them cook in Forno Bistro’s iconic wood-fired oven. Each child will receive a pizza making certificate and a special gift from the chefs of Forno Bistro.

Cost per child is $25 plus tax. Call 581-2401 to reserve a spot. Forno Bistro is located at 541 Broadway in Saratoga.

Price: $25.00

Date: March 21, 2015

Italian Bread Making Class

On March 24th channel your inner bread maker at Pasta Pane. In this fun and inspiring class, Pasta Pane Chef James Frese will teach you the proper mixing, kneading, and baking techniques to make crispy, crusty Italian Ciabatta Bread. Even if you have no prior experience making bread, you’ll discover the joy of bread making while learning techniques for creating your own slice of outstanding rustic tastes and textures. Learn and taste also how bread can be the basis of many delicious traditional Italian dishes including Bruschetta, Pappa al Pomodoro, Panzanella Salad and Budino Bread Pudding.

Price: $49.00

Date: March 24, 2015

Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon and Whiskey Dinner

“The Bourbon everyone wants, but no one can get …until now.”

On March 24 Boca Bistro will host an Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon and Whiskey Event. This one-time event will showcase three extremely rare Old Rip Van Winkle brand Kentucky Bourbons. Four generations of Van Winkles have been producing the finest bourbons available for almost 120 years. Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon is often regarded as one of the finest bourbons in the world, and is rare to find on the market due to its very low production and high demand.

Like all modern bourbons, Van Winkle bourbons are made primarily from corn and aged in charred new oak barrels. A distinguishing feature of Van Winkle bourbons is their use of wheat as the secondary ingredient instead of the usual rye, and their additional inclusion of barley malt.

Showcased Bourbons and Whiskeys:
Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr
Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year
Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15yr

Price: $150.00

Date: March 24, 2015

Cinderella, SSHS Musical

Saratoga Springs High School Drama Club will present the Rogers & Hammerstein musical Cinderella on Thursday March 26 at 7:30 p.m., Friday March 27 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday March 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for students.
Patrons attending the Thursday evening performance of Cinderella are invited to an Opening Night Reception from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  At the Saturday matinee, children ages 8 and under will receive a princess tiara or prince crown at the door (while supplies last) and are invited to dress up as a prince or princess.  Donations collected by the drama club during the opening night reception and raffle proceeds from the shows will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Price: $12.00

Date: March 26, 2015

Cinderella, SSHS Musical

Saratoga Springs High School Drama Club will present the Rogers & Hammerstein musical Cinderella on Thursday March 26 at 7:30 p.m., Friday March 27 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday March 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for students.
Patrons attending the Thursday evening performance of Cinderella are invited to an Opening Night Reception from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  At the Saturday matinee, children ages 8 and under will receive a princess tiara or prince crown at the door (while supplies last) and are invited to dress up as a prince or princess.  Donations collected by the drama club during the opening night reception and raffle proceeds from the shows will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Price: $12.00

Date: March 28, 2015

Keys to Optimizing Your Social Security Benefits

Keys To Optimizing Your Social Security Benefits

Understanding when and from where you will receive your income is the foundation of a successful retirement. You are cordially invited to a Complimentary Presentation. One of the most important phases of retirement planning is understanding Social Security benefits. Social Security is a retirement income source with some control and a variety of selections.

Wisely managing you Social Security benefit starts with understanding the facts.

This educational event will cover the following and more:
• Strategies to maximize your Social Security benefits.
• The current state of the Social Security system...What does it mean to you?
• How continuing to work will impact your Social Security Benefit.
• How to coordinate Social Security benefits with your spouse.
• How to coordinate your benefits with your other sources of retirement income.
• How getting more from Social Security may reduce your taxes.

Register for the event at https://saratogasocialsecurityseminar.eventbrite.com

Price: Free Event

Date: March 31, 2015

Wheatfields Annual Patio Party

Weather or Not!

Join us from 4-7, to celebrate patio season.  Wheatfields famous Happy Hour will be offered on the patio.  There will be complimentary appetizers and Beanball Bournon tastings for guests to enjoy.

Price: Free Event

Date: April 1, 2015

The Capital Region Guitar Show

The Capital Region Guitar Show

April 3rd-4th
The Knights of Columbus Hall
50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs, NY
Friday 5pm-9pm Saturday 10am-5pm

Dealers from the Northeast will be on hand to buy, sell, trade, and appraise your musical equipment. No matter what level of playing or interest you have, the Capital Region Guitar Show is sure to please the eyes, ears, and fingers!

Admission - $7.00

Bring a guitar or amplifier to receive a discount of $2.00 off

Discount is also honored when you bring in at least two cans of food for local food bank.

Kids 10 & under are free with the folks.

For more info vist http://www.saratogaguitar.com/guitarshow

Price: $7.00

Date: April 3, 2015

The Capital Region Guitar Show

The Capital Region Guitar Show

April 3rd-4th
The Knights of Columbus Hall
50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs, NY
Friday 5pm-9pm Saturday 10am-5pm

Dealers from the Northeast will be on hand to buy, sell, trade, and appraise your musical equipment. No matter what level of playing or interest you have, the Capital Region Guitar Show is sure to please the eyes, ears, and fingers!

Admission - $7.00

Bring a guitar or amplifier to receive a discount of $2.00 off

Discount is also honored when you bring in at least two cans of food for local food bank.

Kids 10 & under are free with the folks.

For more info vist http://www.saratogaguitar.com/guitarshow

Price: $7.00

Date: April 4, 2015

DZ Restaurants Job Fair

On April 4th & 11th from 11am – 2pm DZ Restaurants will be hosting a Job Fair at Forno Bistro in Saratoga Springs. We will be hiring for FOH and BOH positions at all our restaurants and will be interviewing candidates on the spot. As an exciting and innovative restaurant, we value and look for certain qualities in an employee: we love to have applicants who share our passion for the foodservice industry, and our desire to work in a professional, innovative, atmosphere. DZ Restaurants encourages employees to grow and develop their skills and personality while they work with us. We have a rigorous training program of both classroom and dining room work. We offer continuing education in food, wine, and customer service to all of our restaurant employees.

Interested applicants should bring a resume and wear business casual attire to the fair at 541 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

For more information call DZ Restaurants at 518-583-1142.

Price: Free Event

Date: April 4, 2015

Dock Brown's Polar Plunge and Family Fun BBQ for LLS

Plunge into SPRING!

Dock Brown’s First Annual
Polar Plunge
and Family Fun BBQ

With Live Music by The Audiostars
Hosted by Chrissy Cavotta of 92.3

April 18th from 2 pm to 6 pm

Will you take the plunge? or
Will you dare your best friend to?

$15 per person / recommended entry donation
Plus: Raffles * Face Painting * Bounce Houses * 50/50

All food and drink proceeds to benefit
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society MWOY Campaign

Candidates: Dante Gallucci and Dana Moraci
http://www.mwoy.org/pages/uny/alb15/dgallucci
&
http://www.mwoy.org/pages/uny/alb15/dmoraci 

Sponsored By: Dock Brown’s, Quick Response, DeCresente Distributing
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Plunge into Spring :Dock Brown’s 1st Annual Polar Plunge and Family BBQ

Price: $15.00

Date: April 18, 2015

Bacon, Brews, and Brims

Join us for the inaugural Kentucky Derby Party to benefit the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame!

This year's theme is Bacon, Brews, and Brims, featuring delicious samplings of local brews and spirits, as well as signature bacon dishes from local restaurants.

While exploring the Museum and its local connection, guests will enjoy the hip sounds of Funk Evolution in the prestigious Hall of Fame before a live airing of the 2015 Kentucky Derby race.

Guests are encouraged to dress to impress, as an award for the most fashionable Derby attire will be presented. Also win a chance for a day at the races with a private box at Saratoga Race Course and dinner on the evening of the 88th running of the Whitney stakes race.

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is excited to offer an authentic experience with a unique twist for the racing and foodie enthusiast. All proceeds from this year’s event will support the notable exhibits and educational initiatives at the Museum here in the heart of Saratoga Springs.

Price: $75.00

Date: April 23, 2015

ChaseCon Expo

ChaseCon Expo was founded in 2014 by Samuel J. Chase. It'll be known as an Upstate NY Comic Con, featuring not just comic book dealers, but artists, vendors of all kinds and guest stars! Instead of having to go all over the United States to find a good convention, just come to ChaseCon Expo, it's all you need. Also we keep the admission low so people can enjoy and spend their money more on what they want, instead of letting the Con decide where it goes. The goal is to have fun and enjoy life. It's first event will be held on 4/25/15 at the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga, NY.

Contact: chaseconexpo@hotmail.com

Price: $7.00

Date: April 25, 2015

Pasta & Ravioli Cooking Class

On April 28 channel your aspiring inner chef at Pasta Pane. In this fun and inspiring class, Executive Chef James Frese will teach you how to make fresh pasta and ravioli from scratch then afterwards enjoy the fruits of your labor! Even if you have no prior experience making pasta or sauces from scratch, you’ll enjoy this hands-on class with Executive Chef James Frese. Be prepared to make and savor what you create throughout the evening and to go home with a not just a full stomach but with a full heart.

Price: $49.00

Date: April 28, 2015

Hollywood for Homeless Pets

Superhero themed celebrity auction event to benefit the homeless pets at The SPCA of Upstate New York. Come join us for a $5 donation at the door and enjoy the following!

- Silent Auction including autographed items from over 100 celebrities!

- Meet & Greets and Autographs with Celebrity Guests!

INCLUDING:
* Laura James - WINNER of America's Next Top Model Cycle 19.

* Caitlin O'Connor - Model/Actress/TV Host, Maxim Magazine's "2014 top ten hottest girls in America!"

* Denise James - Model/Actress/ Former Miss World
Australia, Host of radio segment: "Lets Talk Animals" with Denise James on 101.3 The Jockey

* John James - Actor: "The Colbys", "Dynasty", "All My Children", "As the World Turns"

MORE CELEBRITY GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED!!

- Meet & Greets and Autographs with Comic Book Guests!

INCLUDING:
* Ron Marz: - Writer: Silver Surfer, The Green Lantern, Witchblade Comics and more!

* Paul Harding - Sculptor: DC Direct, Sideshow Collectables and Marvel Legends.

* David A. Rodriguez - Writer: Shadowgirls; Starkweather; Hunter: The Reckoning, and Ghost Recon; Transformers.

* Nikkol Jelenic - Artist: Published Works Include: PLB Comics, Coldstream Studios, PHI3 Comics, 10 Year Vamp, Heavy Times Magazine.

* Steve Orlando - Writer: "Midnighter" for DC comics and "Undertow" for Image comics.

* Jeff Bellio - Artist: Skylanders, Darkstalkers.

- LIVE ENTERTAINMENT... Including special performance by Chelsea Cavanaugh at 8pm!!

- Superhero Themed Activities!

- Fantasy Photo Booth!

- Meet Your Favorite Superhero/Villain at the Event!

INCLUDING:
* The Joker
* Harley Quinn
* Catwoman
* Wonder Woman
* Captain America
* Black Widow
*Poison Ivy
...and more!

- Come Dressed as YOUR Favorite Superhero!!

- Cosplay Contest with PRIZES!!

- Superhero Face Painting! - Jojo's Fabulous Faces!

- RAFFLES! RAFFLES! RAFFLES!

- Food and Drink!

...and much more!!

Price: $5.00

Date: May 2, 2015

Wheatfields Kentucky Derby Party

Watch this historic race in downtown Saratoga, at Wheatfields Restaurant and Bar.  Complimentary appetizers and drink specials for guests.  Dress to impress; a Best Hat Contest will take place during the Derby party.  Guests can participate in a 50/50 raffle during this event.  Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to STEP-Saratoga Theraputic Equestrian Program.  Good Luck!

Price: Free Event

Date: May 2, 2015

11th Annual Saratoga Lions Duathlon

The 11th Annual Saratoga Lions Duathlon, an event that raises funds for The Saratoga Springs Lions Club, will be held at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 8AM.  Saratoga Casino and Raceway and The Adirondack Trust Company are Premier Sponsors of the event.  The event has been a tremendous success in helping The Saratoga Springs Lions Club Foundation make significant contributions to major projects and initiatives related to sight & hearing, community projects and scholastic scholarships.

The race starts with a 5k run, followed by a 30k bike ride, and finishes with another 5k run. Participants can be individuals or teams of two or three people. Area businesses can also participate with a three-person team in the Corporate Challenge category.

The Club Challenge category is for members of any club (bike, running, triathlon, etc.). Participation from individual club members will be tallied and prizes will be awarded to the top finishing clubs.

Shirts will be available for the first 300 participants and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age category. The results will be chip-timed.

Early-bird registration fees are $55 per individual, $80 per two-person team, and $100 per three-person team until April 1, 2015. (Mail-in entries must be postmarked by that date). Pre-registration fees from April 2 through noon on May 21 are $60 per individual, $90 per two-person team, and $115 per three-person team. Onsite registration fees for Saturday prior to the race and on race-day are $65 per individual, $100 per two-person team and $130 per three-person team.

To register, visit www.saratogaspringslions.com/duathlon.

Price: $55.00

Date: May 24, 2015

2015 Lake George Elvis Festival

The LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival returns May 27 – 31, 2015, featuring the popular Elvis Tribute Artist competition, with more than 60 performers vying for the title. Festival events take place at various venues throughout the picturesque vacation community of Lake George, New York.

The 12th annual event features performances by Elvis Presley Enterprises’ Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champions:
Shawn Klush, 2007
Cody Slaughter, 2011

Tribute Artists Chris Connor, David Lee, Mario Kombou and Bruce Stewart will also perform.

This year, the festival welcomes for the first time the Beatles Tribute Act the Liverpool Legends. These four
musicians/actors were hand-picked by Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison of The Beatles. A world-renown act, this band has been headlining its own production in Branson since 2006.

Price: $208099225.00

Date: May 27, 2015

A Black and White Affair...Gatsby Style to benefit The Wesley Community

Enjoy a classic evening of roaring 1920’s fun at the beautiful Saratoga Golf and Polo Club to raise funds for The Wesley Community, an organization that serves more than 700 Saratoga area seniors.  The evening will feature delicious food from Chef John Ireland at Saratoga Golf and Polo Club, décor from Fine Affairs, music from Funk Evolution, a sundae bar featuring ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s of Saratoga, and photos against vintage backdrops provided by TapSnap.  Don’t miss this exciting evening to support The Wesley Community’s Springs building renovation.  Advance reservations are recommended.  Cocktail party attire, with period attire welcome.  Tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple.  To make a reservation, call 518-691-1420 or reserve online at www.thewesleycommunity.org/gala.

Price: $100.00

Date: May 30, 2015

Eighth Annual Cantina Kids Fun Run

An athletic event for kids up to age 12 held in beautiful Congress Park, located in downtown Saratoga Springs. Proceeds support children's healthcare at Saratoga Hospital and Saratoga Community Health Center.

Choose the ¼ Mile Course, a short loop recommended for kids ages 7 and under, or the 1 Mile Course, recommended for kids ages 8-12. All children receive a medal. Parents and strollers are welcome!

$15 early bird registration on or before May 19. $20 after that date and on race day. Parents running with children must also pay and register. Pre-registration closes May 26. Day of registration is open 8:00 to 8:45 am. Early bird registrants (on or before May 19) are guaranteed a t-shirt (children only).

Price: $15.00

Date: May 31, 2015

The Saratoga Hospital Golf Invitational Presented by A.O.W. Associates Inc.

Held at the award-winning Saratoga National Golf Club, the Saratoga Hospital Golf Invitational sells out every year, and sponsors typically include business and community leaders from the Capital Region and beyond. Proceeds from the event support the Saratoga Hospital RN Scholarship Program.

To become a sponsor or to enter a foursome into the Invitational, contact Rachel Wheatley at rwheatley@saratogahospital.org.

For lunch or dinner reservations, which cost $35 and $75 respectively, contact Klare Ingram at kingram@saratogahospital.org.

Price: $35.00

Date: June 15, 2015

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Race thru the beautiful city streets of Saratoga.  Enjoy free refreshments and browse our awesome vendor village.  Free Asics T, cash prizes and plenty of entertainment.

Price: $30.00

Date: July 4, 2015

65 Roses...The Opening Day Soiree

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosts the 37th Annual 65 Roses...The Opening Day Soiree. Enjoy the evening on Opening Day at Saratoga! The opening day excitement continues at the exquisite and unique Fasig Tipton Horse Auction Stables.  Our evening recognizes the Golub Family: Neil & Jane, Jerry & Geraldine, David & Andrea, Mona & Marie for their commitment to local philanthropy and loyalty to the CF Foundation.  Enjoy music and dancing with Gravity, dinner stations by Mazzone Catering, open bar, craft beer, specialty drinks while browsing an extensive auction including one-of-a-kind items, get-aways and much more!

Price: $250.00

Date: July 24, 2015