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You Don't Want to Miss These Top Annual Spring Events in Saratoga for 2020

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, some of the annual spring events have been canceled or postponed. We've noted which events are canceled/postponed as of April 3, 2020.

The City of Saratoga Springs comes alive in spring! Patio diners flock to downtown's amazing restaurants, hikers head to nature trails, and locals and visitors alike look forward to the many festive spring events that take place each year. Here are some top events that you should check out during spring 2020.

Exciting Early Spring Happenings at the City Center

guitars hanging up

Tattoo Expo (Postponed)

Original Date: April 3-5, 2020; New Date: July 17-19, 2020

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.

Guitar Show (Postponed)

Original Date: April 24-25, 2020; New Date TBD

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.

Mid-Spring Events With Paddlefest & Rowing Competitions

a kayak show outdoors on a sandy shoreline

Saratoga Paddlefest (Canceled)

April 25-26, 2020

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 (Canceled)

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.

Get Your Spring Festival On

canal boats near shore at festival

Saratoga Brewfest

May 16, 2020

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?

Waterford Canal Festival (Postponed)

Original Date: May 16-17, 2020; New Date: TBD

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, and tons of fun for kids with bounce houses, pony rides, and face painting.

GottaGetGon Folk Festival (Canceled)

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.

Get Ready for Car Show Season

classic cars at a show on a lawn

Spring Auto Show

May 16, 2020

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.

Embrace Late Spring Fun With Beach Time & Fundraisers

people on a sandy beach

Brown's Beach Opens

2020 Date to Be Announced

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.

Dish It Out For Kids

June 11, 2020

On June 11, 2020, the Capital Region Office of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) will host Dish It Out For Kids in Saratoga Springs. This fun food fundraiser will feature a number of local restaurants and expert chefs showing off their best appetizers, entrees, and desserts in an exciting competition.

Cantina Kids Fun Run

Sunday, June 7, 2020

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!

See more events taking place in our events calendar »

This article is sponsored by Saratoga County Tourism.

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