Experience a Week in the Vibrant Arts Scene of Saratoga Springs
Want to indulge in the Saratoga Springs area's vibrant arts scene? We've got you covered! Follow this simple itinerary to get the most out of the region's arts hotspots during your week-long visit. You can rearrange and adjust the order of activities based on your schedule and any special events that are taking place while you're here.
Visitors enjoying an outdoor performance at the Beekman Street Art Fair
Follow this morning-afternoon-evening itinerary for your first day in Saratoga.
Interested in pottery? Head over to Saratoga Clay Arts Center in Schuylerville, located right near Saratoga County's eastern border.
- Saratoga Clay Arts Center offers classes to kids and adults of all skill levels. Try hands-on activities and learn about crafting with clay.
- Class times vary, but the arts center is open 8:00am-10:00pm, seven days a week (except for certain holidays). Register online today and plan ahead!
Editor's Note 4/28/20: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Tang Teaching Museum will remain closed for the 2020 summer season. This also means annual events like Frances Day, the Community Open House, and UpBeat On The Roof will not take place in 2020. These annual events will return in 2021. The Museum plans to re-open in time for its fall exhibitions to begin in October 2020.
Take a peek inside the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College.
- The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum features a plethora of exhibits, shows, educational experiences, music events, and family-friendly activities throughout the year.
- Admission is free, and the museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm.
Enjoy the amphitheater or lawn of the famous Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).
- End your day with a trip to one of the region's best outdoor music venues.
- SPAC offers classical performances such as the New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra, which are perfect for a relaxing night out.
- Looking for something extra energizing? Keep an eye out for the annual Freihofer's Jazz Festival or Live Nation concerts.
Attend an evening dance performance at SPAC; Photo Credit: SaratogaPhotographer.com
Dive even further into the arts scene on your second day!
Take a trip to Glens Falls and explore The Hyde Collection.
- The Hyde is an art museum and historic house, and its 4,000-piece permanent collection won't disappoint.
- The museum hosts works from the 4th century BC through the 20th century, including those by European and American masters.
Have kids? Stay in Glens Falls for the afternoon and bring them to the World Awareness Children's Museum.
- This museum is a special place "Where children discover the world!" Take your kids to this hands-on and interactive museum where they can learn about the world and its different cultures.
- Admission is just $5, while kids under 3 can discover for free!
Don't have kids but want to stick around in Glens Falls? The Chapman Historical Museum features fascinating exhibits about the local area.
- See 19th century Adirondack photographs by Seneca Ray Stoddard
- Learn how people lived centuries ago
- Suggested admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (65+) and students, and free for kids under 12 and members
- The museum is open year round, except for holidays
Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio in downtown Saratoga is the place to be for hands-on painting fun in the evening.
- This paint and sip studio hosts classes in the afternoon and evening, and no experience is necessary.
- Since events fill up fast, it's recommended that you register in advance for the class you'd like to attend with your friends.
Plan a paint and sip session with your friends and family
Grab a delectable breakfast at one of these Saratoga eateries. Then, stroll down Broadway or even through Historic Congress Park as you watch the city come to life! Congress Park is full of unique and beautiful statues and fountains.
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 seeing the renowned equine art collection, the thoroughbred racing memorabilia, and Hall of Fame.
- Be sure to check the museum's website for its hours before you visit, as they change seasonally.
- Enjoy a welcoming environment at Northshire Bookstore right on Broadway, and look through the wide selection of books.
- Explore Lyrical Ballad, Saratoga's underground secret since 1971. With over 100,000 books, antique prints, and maps to discover, you're sure to be inspired!
See what's new at Northshire Bookstore
Discover up-and-coming music artists at Caffe Lena. This historic performance venue hosts folk, jazz, bluegrass, and acoustic pop performances in an intimate setting.
- Caffe Lena, open since 1960, is the oldest continuously operating folk music venue in the United States.
- Enjoy a variety of beverages, light fare and dessert served before the show and during intermissions.
- Fun fact: Caffe Lena helped artists like Bob Dylan and Sawyer Fredericks launch into fame.
Editor's Note 4/28/20: Yaddo will be closed for the remainder of 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Walk through the rejuvenating atmosphere of Yaddo Gardens.
- Founded as a retreat for artists, Yaddo is home to beautiful gardens, marble statues, and more. The gardens are open to the public for self-guided tours.
Discover the natural beauty of Yaddo Gardens; Photo Credit: SaratogaPhotographer.com
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.
Catch a show at Home Made Theater at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga.
- Attend a high-quality production presented by a local, nonprofit theater company. Home Made Theater produces shows at the Spa Little Theater inside Saratoga Spa State Park.
- Spend your morning exploring the nature trails, historic buildings, walking paths, mineral springs, and museums of Saratoga Spa State Park. Bring your breakfast and have a morning picnic.
- Stop by the Saratoga Automobile Museum nestled in the park for your daily dose of vintage cars, hot rides, and history.
- Find hidden gems at McCartee's Barn Fine Arts & Antiques in nearby Salem. 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!
- Top off your afternoon with some art gallery browsing at The Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville. Check out the latest exhibits from artists near and far. The Laffer Gallery is open 12:00pm-5:00pm, Wednesday-Sunday, or by appointment.
Search for hidden treasures at McCartee's Barn
End your day on the right note with one of these fabulous live music venues right in downtown Saratoga Springs:
- The Parting Glass
- If you're looking for great food and drinks, as well as live Irish music, then The Parting Glass is where you should be.
- It's always a fun atmosphere at Bailey's in Saratoga! Their entertainment schedule includes popular local acts and regional bands.
- Putnam Place
- From tribute bands to national musicians, Putnam Place is a major part of downtown Saratoga's nightlife and music scene.
- 9 Maple
- Jazz. Jazz. Jazz. Every Friday-Saturday, 9:00pm-1:00am.
- A staple of downtown Saratoga. From laid-back evenings to epic throwdowns, Gaffney's offers a variety of live music.
Other Great Options to Toss into Your Itinerary
Belting out loud since 1962, Opera Saratoga performs at various locations across Saratoga and the surrounding area each year. Their annual Summer Festival always features a variety of can't-miss operas.
Saratoga Shakespeare Company
Witness authentic Shakespeare productions right here in Saratoga's Historic Congress Park. Multiple shows are professionally produced each year, free to the public.
The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame
Located in Saratoga Springs, the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame is one of the world's only museums dedicated solely to the art of dance. The museum is home to multiple galleries, a dance Hall of Fame, a theater, and more.
How can you make the most of Saratoga's arts scene? Mix and match these day itineraries with a splash of your own interests along the way!