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Top 2019 Saratoga Spring Events You Don't Want to Miss

Saratoga Springs comes alive in the spring! Patio diners flock to downtown's amazing restaurants, walkers, outdoorsy folks head to Congress Park or Saratoga Spa State Park, and locals and visitors alike look forward to the many festive spring events that take place in and around the city. Here's what you can look forward to:

Exciting Early Spring Happenings at the City Center

a row of guitars

Tattoo Expo

April 5 to 9, 2019

Local and international tattoo artists come together at the Saratoga Springs City Center each year for the ultimate Tattoo Expo. The event includes a full lineup of tattoo contests, awards, giveaways, live music, and entertainment.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available!

Guitar Show

April 12 to 13, 2019

Attention music lovers - this is the spring event for you! Guitar players and other music enthusiasts make their way to the annual Guitar Show each spring, which also takes place at the City Center.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available!

Mid-Spring Events With Paddlefest & Rowing Competitions

a lot of paddleboats at PaddleFest


April 27 to 28, 2019

Nothing says spring and warmer weather like getting out onto the water! Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company hosts Paddefest right on Saratoga Lake each year. You can expect to see canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards, many of which are on site for guests to test paddle! If you've been toying with the idea of buying your own boat or paddleboard, this event is the perfect chance to try before you buy.

Paddling experts will be on hand offering free demonstrations and clinics to help you improve your technique. In addition to boats being for sale, there will also be paddling gear and accessories like life jackets and paddles.

Saratoga Invitational

April 27 to 28, 2019

Join the Saratoga Rowing Association as they host the Annual Saratoga Invitational that draws dozens of teams and hundreds of boats. It's a competitive and fast event that will even thrill first-time spectators. Spectators are welcome and it takes place at Fish Creek.

NYS Collegiate Rowing Championships

Stay tuned for the 2019 date as it becomes available!

See rowing teams from various college compete in the NYS Collegiate Rowing Championships. Colleges competing in 2018 include Binghamton University, Cazenovia College, Clarkson University, Hamilton College, Ithaca College, and many more.

NYS High School Rowing Championships

Stay tuned for the 2019 date as it becomes available!

The New York State High School Rowing Championships consist of rowing teams from different high schools competing, including the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association, Clarkstown Crew, Poughkeepsie High School, and more.

Get Your Spring Festival On With Brewfest & Canal Fest

two glasses of beer with Brewfest crowd in the background

Saratoga Brewfest

Stay tuned for the 2019 date as it becomes available! Here are last year's details:

Saratoga Brewfest is definitely one of the most popular Saratoga Springs events of the season! Everyone is thinking about summer and enjoying a cold brew outside. How does enjoying some of the best craft beers you've ever tasted in Saratoga sound?

The 2018 Saratoga Brewfest took place at the Saratoga Polo Association and tickets were $40 if you purchased by May 13th, $45 between May 14th and 18th, and then were be $50 at the door. The standard tickets included three hours of beer samplings, a souvenir sampling glass, and live music.

VIP tickets were also available for $55 by May 13th or $60 at the door and included four hours of beer sampling, a commemorative hat, and a food voucher, in addition to the souvenir glass and entertainment. There were also designated driver tickets for just $10.

Waterford Canal Festival

Stay tuned for the 2019 date as it becomes available!

Did you know? Nearby Waterford is situated right by the historic Erie Canal, and the town celebrates this great waterway each year with the Waterford Canal Festival. You'll find boat rides, vendors, dancing, kayak rentals, a fishing contest, a hydrolift demo, and tons of fun for kids with bounce houses, pony rides, and face painting.

Get Ready for Car Show Season

a tealish colored car in a car show

Spring Auto Show

May 18, 2019

You know spring is officially here when the car shows start coming around! The Spring Auto Show is a really great one to check out because it takes place right at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in the beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park. Even if you're not a big car buff, this car show can truly be enjoyed by the whole family.

Celebrate Spring With a Music Festival

GottaGetGon Folk Festival

Stay tuned for the 2019 date as it becomes available! Here are last year's details:

A weekend-long folk festival takes place at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa each year, and it's kid-friendly, so bring the whole family! Just like you don't need to be a big car buff to enjoy the Spring Auto Show, you also don't need to be a diehard folk music fan to have a ton of fun at this festival. Simply come and check out the featured performers, and if you're up for it, participate in the Saturday night barn dance!

Musicians at the GottaGetGon Folk Festival range from well established to up-and-coming artists. Artists being featured at the 2018 festival include Mama's Broke, Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen, John Roberts, and Roosevelt Dime.

Tickets are $35 for a day, or you can camp out the entire weekend for $60.

Embrace Late Spring Fun With Beach Time & A Popular Event for Kids

people on a beach

Brown's Beach Opens

Stay tuned for the 2019 date as it becomes available!

Take in those rays and enjoy the full beach experience close to home. This is one of the few public swimming spots on Saratoga Lake, and you can also enjoy kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, and volleyball.

Cantina Kids Fun Run

June 2, 2019

The annual Cantina Kids Fun Run is held each year on the first Sunday in June and it's the only run in Saratoga that's especially for kids! Kids can choose between a 1/4-mile course or a 1-mile course to raise money to benefit children's healthcare at Saratoga Hospital. Strollers are also welcome, so families have the option to run together!

Start Spring Off With a Hoppy Easter

kids participating in an Easter egg hunt

Easter Brunches

April 21, 2019

Eating out for Easter? There are many great options to do so in the Saratoga area! Although Easter brunches are perhaps the most popular meal to enjoy with family for the holiday, there are also Easter breakfasts and dinners. Whether you're craving a cheesy omelette or a savory roast ham - or both! - the Saratoga area has you covered.

Easter Events

April 2019

In addition to Easter dining, Saratoga is chock full of Easter fun with Easter egg hunts and opportunities to meet the Easter Bunny. View the list of events and check out where the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance!

See more events taking place at the events calendar »

This article is sponsored by Saratoga County Tourism.

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