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10 of Our Favorite Arts & Theatre Venues in Saratoga County

Saratoga’s flourishing arts scene is one of the best in New York State. From the contemporary galleries at the Tang Teaching Museum and Saratoga Arts to the grand amphitheater of Saratoga Performing Arts Center, there are many can’t-miss art, theatre, and music venues. We’ve highlighted 10 of our favorite in the Spa City and Saratoga County.

Experience the Magic of Saratoga Performing Arts Center

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Located in a tranquil, wooded setting, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is a premier cultural destination in Saratoga County. The amphitheater specializes in classical and contemporary programming with performances for all ages and artistic interests.

SPAC’s summer season features annual residencies by New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Not only that, but many of today’s biggest acts and popular bands perform at the venue, such as the Dave Matthews Band, Luke Bryan, and Janet Jackson. No matter which show you attend, a trip to SPAC will leave a lasting memory.

Discover a Unique & Intimate Venue at The Spa Little Theatre

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For a truly unique and extraordinary cultural experience, take a short stroll around the corner from SPAC to The Spa Little Theatre. Here you'll find yourself in an intimate setting of only 500 seats - perfect for immersing yourself into performances by Opera Saratoga and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as other special events.

Opera Saratoga is a professional opera company that presents shows at The Spa Little Theatre and other venues around the region.

Visit "An American Treasure" in Downtown Saratoga

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Nicknamed "An American Treasure" by the Library of Congress, Caffe Lena is recognized as the oldest continuously operating folk music venue in the United States. Caffe Lena opened its doors in 1960 and saw many emerging artists (of that time) take the stage, including Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Don McLean, and Emmylou Harris. Today, the venue is still a top place to enjoy quality folk music year round.

Plan a Visit to This State-of-the-Art Entertainment Facility

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Dating back to 1871, when it was originally used for religious gatherings, Saratoga's Universal Preservation Hall has since transformed into a 13,000 sq ft community & performing arts center featuring three distinct areas tailored for events ranging from concerts to performances and art alike. This beautiful theatre has High Victorian Gothic architecture, complete with two ornate staircases leading to the main theatre, stained-glass windows adorning walls draped in classic brick and sandstone, and a grand bell tower soaring above it all.

Explore Fascinating Artworks at the Tang Teaching Museum

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The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery is a key part of Skidmore College and Saratoga’s art scene. Throughout the year, the Tang offers free admission to visitors who would like to see new and unique artworks.

The art museum’s mission is to introduce the Saratoga community to the richness and diversity of the human experience through paintings, sculptures, films, and other mediums. This laboratory of ideas displays student curated and modern exhibitions, historical collections, and more. Browse their events schedule for Family Saturday art workshops, lectures, gallery tours, and even live music performances.

See Incredible Performances on a World-Class Stage

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The Arthur Zankel Music Center has become the epicenter of music on Skidmore College's campus. It provides 54,000 sq ft of space dedicated to teaching, learning, performing, and supporting a variety of musical styles. Concert-goers are treated to top-notch performances at its 600-seat concert hall, featuring highly acclaimed international artists and extraordinary talents from within their very own student body! 

Honor the History of Horse Racing

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Thoroughbred horse racing has a rich history, especially in the city of Saratoga Springs. The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame was founded in 1950 to preserve, promote, and honor the history of this popular sport.

When you visit, you’ll discover galleries full of equine art, stunning trophies, and racing memorabilia. The museum hosts both family-friendly events and ones that racing enthusiasts can enjoy, from viewing parties to racing previews.

Play, Learn & Explore at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga

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The Children’s Museum at Saratoga (CMAS) offers two floors of hands-on, play based exhibits where kids can learn about science, history, community living, and the arts. Their year round programming for families and school groups includes chemistry labs, introductory S.T.E.A.M. workshops, and other educational activities.

See What’s New in Saratoga’s Arts Scene

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Based at The Arts Center in downtown Saratoga, Saratoga Arts is a nonprofit organization founded by local artists in 1986. Their mission is to help make the arts accessible for everyone and enrich the lives of those in the Saratoga area community.

Stop by The Arts Center and check out the organization’s one-of-a-kind exhibits, live performances, and other special events. You can develop your artistic side by attending fine arts and crafts classes taught by regional artists.

Soak Up Local History at the Brookside Museum

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Photo Credit: Saratoga County Historical Society

Interested in learning more about local history and culture? Visit the Saratoga County Historical Society (SCHS) at the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa. SCHS works to keep the area’s history alive by featuring interactive educational programs and exhibits that engage community members. Each collection tells a fascinating story about Saratoga County’s past.

Whether you’re a history buff, a music lover, or a fan of theatrical productions, there's an arts venue in Saratoga County for you. Pick a place and enjoy the region’s vibrant arts scene today!

This article is sponsored by Saratoga County Tourism. Note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions or view of Saratoga County Tourism or its members.

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