A Week in The Vibrant Arts Scene of Saratoga Springs

Want to indulge in the thriving arts scene of Saratoga? We've got you covered! Follow this simple itinerary to get the most out of Saratoga's artistic hotspots during your week-long visit. You can re-arrange and adjust the order of activities based on your schedule and any special events that are taking place while you're here!

guitar band on Beekman street

Day 1

Follow this morning-afternoon-evening itinerary for your first day in Saratoga.

Morning

Interested in pottery? Check out Saratoga Clay Arts Center.

Afternoon

Take a peek in the Tang Museum at Skidmore College.

  • The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum has a plethora of exhibits, shows, educational experiences and music events.
  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-5pm. Check here for special hours.

Evening

Enjoy the amphitheater or lawn of the famous Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

spac lawn at night time

Day 2

Dive even further into the arts scene on your second day!

Morning

Take a trip to Glens Falls, NY to check out The Hyde Collection.

  • An art museum and historic house wrapped into one, its 4,000-piece permanent collection won't disappoint.
  • The Hyde Collection hosts works from the 4th century BC through the 20th century, including those by European and American masters.
  • Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm & Sundays 12pm-5pm

Afternoon

Have kids? Stay in Glens Falls for the afternoon and check out World Awareness Children's Museum.

  • "Where kids discover the world." Take your kids to this hands on and interactive museum experience where they can learn about the world and its different cultures.
  • Open 10am-4pm Wednesday to Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sunday.
  • Admission: $5

Evening

Looking for a hands-on activity? Check out Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio right on Henry Street.

  • Paint and Sip hosts a class almost every day, sometimes multiple a day. No experience necessary. Discover your inner canvas artist at Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio.

saratoga paint and sip studio from outside

Day 3

Morning

Grab a delectable breakfast or brunch at one of many Saratoga eateries. Make sure to grab a coffee and stroll Broadway or even through Historical Congress Park as you watch the city come to life!

Afternoon

Head to Union Avenue across from Saratoga Race Course to pay a visit to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

  • You'll love the renowned equine art collection, the thoroughbred racing memorabilia, and the beautiful silks.
  • Be sure to check the museum's website for its hours before you visit, as they change seasonally.

northshire book displayAfter, return to downtown Saratoga to bookbrowse and wander the afternoon away at Northshire Bookstore and Lyrical Ballad Bookstore.

  • Enjoy a homey environment at Northshire Bookstore right on Broadway. Grab a treat at the connected bakery and browse the wide selection of books.
  • Explore Lyrical Ballad, Saratoga's underground secret since 1971. With over 100,000 books, antique prints, and maps to browse you're sure to be inspired.

Evening

Discover up-and-coming music artists at Caffe Lena.

  • Caffe Lena, open since 1960, is the oldest continuously operating folk music venue in the United States.
  • Enjoy coffee, wine, light fares and of course dessert during each unique show.
  • Fun fact: Caffe Lena helped artists like Bob Dylan and Sawyer Fredericks launch into fame.

Day 4

Morning

Explore the mysterious and rejuvenating atmosphere of Yaddo Gardens.

  • Founded in 1990 to provide "rest and refreshment [for] authors, painters, sculptors, musicians and other artists both men and women, few in number but chose for their creative gifts" according to Yaddogardens.org.
  • Open year round for visitors dawn to dusk. Wander the grounds and discover why Yaddo artists have won 74 Pulitzer Prizes, 29 MacArthur Fellowships, 68 National Book awards and a Nobel Prize.

yaddo gardens inside studio

Afternoon

Dive into the culture, food, and arts hub of Saratoga Springs on Beekman Street

  • Walk the flower-lined streets buzzing with working artists, shopkeepers and restaurateurs. Beekman street is full of studios for visitors to explore.
  • Check out this local treasure of Saratoga Springs, just a few blocks from Broadway.

Evening

Catch a show at Home Made Theater.

  • High quality productions hosted by a local non-profit theater company. Home Made Theater produces shows at Spa Little Theater inside Saratoga Spa State Park.

Day 5

Morning

  • Spend your morning exploring the nature trails, historic buildings, walking paths, mineral springs and museums of Saratoga Spa State Park. Bring your breakfast and create a morning picnic in the park!
  • Stop by the Saratoga Automobile nested in the park for your daily dose of vintage cars, hot rides and history.

Afternoon

  • Find hidden gems at McCartee's Barn Fine Arts & Antiques. Start your afternoon off right with some antique shopping and fine art browsing. Keep your eyes peeled for that perfect antique you've been looking for! McCartee's is open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 10am-5pm, Friday 12pm-5pm and Sunday 10am-2pm.
  • Top off your afternoon with some art gallery browsing at Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville. Check out the latest exhibits from artists near and far. The Laffer Gallery is open 12pm-5pm Wednesday-Sunday.

Evening

End your day on the right note with one of these fabulous live music venues right in downtown Saratoga Springs:
  • One Caroline
    • Creative food, craft drinks and live music every night
  • 9 Maple
    • Jazz. Jazz. Jazz. Every Friday-Saturday 9pm-1am.
  • The Inn at Saratoga
    • Music in the tavern 5 nights a week
  • Putnam Den
    • Wednesday: Open mic night
    • Thursday: Local/regional music showcase
    • Friday & Saturday: Best nationally touring acts
  • Gaffney's
    • A staple of downtown Saratoga. Enjoy live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night (or more!)

Other Great Options to Toss into Your Itinerary

Saratoga Shakespeare Company

Authentic Shakespeare productions right here in Saratoga's Historical Congress Park. Multiple shows are professionally produced each year, free to the public.

Opera Saratoga

Belting out loud since 1962, Saratoga Opera performs at various locations across Saratoga and the surrounding areas. The official Opera Festival is concentrated throughout May and July but Saratoga Opera hosts events all year.

Newberry Music Hall

Making their name out of a basement in Downtown Saratoga, Newberry Music Hall now boasts the largest dance floor in Saratoga with a superior sound system. You can catch all music genres at Newberry, just check online to see the schedule.

How can you make the most of the Saratoga arts scene? Mix and match these day itineraries with a splash of your own interests along the way.

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Sources:

USA Today: 10 Best Readers' Choice: Pop culture winners announced!

Yaddo Gardens: History