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First Night Saratoga 2017

First Night is NY's largest New Year's Eve event outside of NYC!

Approximately 12,000 people are expected to attend this year

**Note: The information below is from 2016. This year's highlights will be added once they are announced.**

2016 Entertainment

  • Over 70 music, art, comedy, film, dance, and kids events
  • Extended hours at shops and restaurants
  • Preface and countdown by Mayor Joanne Yepsen
  • Annual First Night 5K Run at 5:30PM
  • First Night events kick off at 6:00PM
  • Fireworks at Midnight
  • 2016 Full Entertainment Schedule

First Night For KIDS

  • Carousel rides in Congress Park
  • Magic acts
  • Ballet
  • Vaudeville show
  • Juggling acts
  • Face painting
  • Petting zoo
  • Lots of age-appropriate entertainment at Lake Avenue School
  • Kids under 12 FREE with paid adult

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First Night 2016 in Congress Park

Photo: Jacob Weakland

First Night Fireworks 2016

Photo: John Ess

Dancers performing at the Saratoga City Center

A Beatles cover band performs

A dancer at the Saratoga City Center

Runners take off at the First Night 5K

Runners participate in the First Night 5K

Music lovers, you won't want to miss First Night Saratoga! Folk artists, holiday choruses, rhythm & blues singers, jazz musicians, rock 'n roll artists, country music bands, pop singers, classical orchestras, acapella groups, opera singers and many other musical entertainers will perform at over 30 different venues in Saratoga.

Free Shuttle! CDTA provides a free bus service on all regular Saratoga bus routes for First Night Attendees wearing their buttons. There are also two special shuttle routes from 4pm to 1am during the event so you won't have to worry about finding parking in Downtown Saratoga Springs. NEW THIS YEAR: CDTA will also be providing shuttle service from the Wilton Mall to Saratoga Arts at 5:30pm & 8:45pm and from Saratoga Arts to the Wilton Mall at 8:30pm and 12:30am after the fireworks. See the First Night Bus Route & Venue Map »


Most First Night venues are within reasonable walking distance of each other. It's a beautiful stroll through downtown Saratoga Springs, but dress warm as it can be chilly! Most shops and restaurants are open late, so you can also stop in to your favorite spot to warm up. See 2016 First Night Entertainment Venues »


One button does it all! A First Night Saratoga admission button provides you access to all 35 First Night venues and 70 First Night performances and happenings, plus the free shuttle all night long.

Buttons are still only $15, and Kids are FREE (12 and under) with the purchase of adult button!

PLEASE NOTE: Make sure to wear your button visibly throughout the evening at First Night.

Volunteer At First Night!

First Night would not be possible without the help of many dedicated volunteers. Last year approximately 260 men and women assisted in overseeing performance venues, answering questions, and ensuring that over 10,000 revelers rang in the New Year safely.

All volunteers receive a free First Night Saratoga admission button and a First Night poster. Register to volunteer early this year, especially if you have a favorite venue you wish to be placed at. All volunteers will be required to attend training sessions!

Make First Night Saratoga a yearly New Year's tradition for your family! For more information on this holiday event, contact Saratoga Arts at (518) 584-4132 or visit them online.

Helpful Links

First Night Schedule »
First Night Bus Route & Venue Map »
Parking In Downtown Saratoga Springs »
Saratoga Restaurants & Nightlife »
Lodging In Saratoga Springs »

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