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You Don't Want to Miss These Top Annual Spring Events in Saratoga for 2021

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

Exciting Early Spring Happenings at the City Center

guitars hanging up

Saratoga Tattoo Expo (Postponed)

Original Date: April 9-11, 2021; New Date: April 22-24, 2022

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.

Capital Region Guitar Show

2021 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 shorelineNote: This photo was taken prior to 2020-2021 and does not reflect current social distancing requirements

Saratoga Paddlefest

2021 Event Canceled

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

2021 Date TBD

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 festivalNote: This photo was taken prior to 2020-2021 and does not reflect current social distancing requirements

Saratoga Brewfest

Tentatively scheduled for May 22, 2021

Saratoga Brewfest is definitely one of the most popular Saratoga Springs events of the season! How does enjoying some of the best craft beers you've ever tasted in Saratoga sound? Saratoga Brewfest is annually held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa.

Waterford Canal Festival

2021 Event Canceled (Note: Special events are planned during the Waterford Harbor Farmers Market)

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

2021 Date TBD

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.

Embrace Late Spring Fun With Beach Time & Fundraisers

people on a sandy beach

Brown's Beach Opens

2021 Date TBD

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

2021 Date TBD

The Cantina Kids Fun Run is traditionally 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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