The Saratoga New Year’s Fest will be back for its second year with a full holiday weekend of entertainment and celebration leading into the new year.
The multi-venue, weekend-long festival, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 29, through Monday, Jan. 1, is anticipated to be bigger and better with additional venues, expanded programming and outstanding talent, event officials said.
Headlining this year’s lineup are seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne, who made her way onto the Billboard charts in the mid-1990s with her hit single “One of Us,” along with fellow Grammy nominee Robert Randolph bringing his blues, rock and gospel sound to the Spa City. Country bluegrass band The Gibson Brothers, a nationally touring act with roots in upstate New York, will also perform.
Also slated to perform as part of the Saratoga New Year’s Fest are Dogs in a Pile, Organ Fairchild, Tracy Bonham, Toubab Krewe, Ward Hayden & the Outliers, GA-20, DJ Logic, The Swing Docs and more to be announced.
In addition to the many indoor live performances happening at venues throughout downtown Saratoga Springs, this year’s festival will include a free family, family-friendly concert at 5 p.m. and a fireworks display at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at Ellsworth Jones Place outside of the Saratoga Springs City Center.
The festivities will conclude on New Year’s Day with the Saratoga First Day 5K for runners.
The Saratoga New Year’s Fest is presented by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, Discover Saratoga, the Saratoga Springs City Center, the City of Saratoga Springs and The 398Group, with support from local sponsors including Death Wish Coffee, Druthers, Adirondack Trust Co. and the Saratoga Springs Special Assessment District.
“We are thrilled to present the Saratoga New Year’s Fest as a fun way for folks to celebrate the start of 2024 in Saratoga Springs,” said Todd Shimkus, president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. “We are especially proud to offer a free, family-friendly portion of the festival this year with live outdoor entertainment before the fireworks display.”
“Events like the Saratoga New Year’s Fest are part of what makes this region such a vibrant year-round tourism destination,” said Darryl Leggieri, president of Discover Saratoga. “We love welcoming festival goers from near and far to ring in the new year at this popular annual Saratoga celebration.”
“The City of Saratoga Springs is excited to partner on the Saratoga New Year’s Fest once again,” said Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Accounts Dillon Moran. “I look forward to the growth of this event as we enter the second year. Giving visitors and residents the opportunity to experience New Years Eve with these world class performers and the family friendly firework show provides a tremendous amount of value to our local businesses, our community and our city.”
“The Saratoga Springs City Center is glad to be the largest host of Saratoga New Year’s Fest and welcomes the event back to kick off 2024,” said Ryan McMahon, executive director of the Saratoga Springs City Center. “We are proud to host the event’s headlining performances and invite attendees to celebrate the new year by enjoying the live entertainment from this year’s fantastic lineup of artists.”
Advance sale tickets are available now. Single tickets start at $25 each, with group discounts and VIP upgrades available.
More information about the Saratoga New Year’s Fest is available online at saratoganewyearsfest.com.