Although Opening Day at the Saratoga Race Course is still a few weeks away, there are plenty of great reasons why you should visit the Spa City area this weekend. Whether you’re interested in listening to some free concerts, attending a polo match, or even checking out a classic car show, there is an event that’s perfect for you going on in Saratoga.
Enjoy Enthralling Entertainment
In celebration of NYC Ballet’s summer season at SPAC, SPAC’s Junior Committee will host the 2017 New York City Ballet Gala Lawn Party this Saturday starting at 5:30pm. This dazzling evening will include a world-class performance by the NYC Ballet, live music, a dessert reception, dancing, and a grand fireworks display.
The brand new (and free) Caffe Lena @ SPAC Concert Series continues this Sunday at the Charles R. Wood Gazebo Stage. This Sunday will feature performances by Western Den, Honeysuckle, Twisted Pine, and The Steel Wheels. Guests are welcome to bring their own food, drink, blankets, and lawn chairs with them to the concert.
After a long day of work on Friday, celebrate the start of the weekend at The Saratoga Winery! The popular acoustic group The North & South Dakotas will perform live from 6:00pm-9:00pm, and there is no cover charge to show up and listen. Enjoy wood-fired pizza and a wide range of handcrafted beverages.
Gather up your friends and family for a free Sunday evening concert at Congress Park. Fenimore Blues will perform at the War Memorial in the park starting at 7:00pm. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the nearby Heritage Area Visitor Center.
Attend Fantastic Festivals & Shows
The Town of Wilton will host their annual community day known as ParkFest this Saturday at Gavin Park. A huge schedule of events is planned, and some of this year’s highlights include a petting zoo, fun runs, pony rides, comedy juggling shows, a car show, and a performance by Bennie & The Jets on the Main Stage. Admission is free!
Want to check out some cool custom and classic cars? One of the highlights of ParkFest 2017 is the car show, which will be going on throughout the course of the festival. There is no cost to spectate, but if you have a car you want to show off, car registration begins that morning at 8:00am. Show vehicles must remain parked until 3:00pm, and awards will be given out at 4:00pm.
Saratoga Automobile Museum’s 8th annual BMW Vintage car show is scheduled for this Saturday from 10:00am-3:00pm. The Vintage is open to all BMWs that were built in or before the year 1988, and all E36 generation BMWs are welcome too. Stop by during the day and see all of the cars displayed on the museum grounds.
Join Mechanicville for their 42nd annual Family Day at Tallmadge Park this Sunday from 7:00am-9:30pm. A huge schedule of events is planned for this day-long festival, including morning races, live music at the bandstand, a bocce ball tournament, country line dancing, and fireworks at dusk.
Take a Family Trip
The Saratoga Polo Association’s 2017 summer season is now underway, and once again, matches will take place on the historic Whitney Field or on adjacent fields. This Friday and Sunday, come watch polo matches as teams compete in the Celebrate Saratoga Tournament. Matches begin at 5:30pm on both days.
Visit Downtown Ballston Spa this Friday evening and enjoy special happenings as part of this month’s First Friday event. Browse the featured shop promotions, support local businesses, and watch a free outdoor movie, “Sing,” in Wiswall Park at 8:30pm.
This Sunday, Soroptimist International of Saratoga County will present the 23rd annual Secret Gardens Tour in Saratoga Springs. This is a self-guided tour of 11 private gardens located around the region, and tickets are available online and at several outlets. Funds raised will help support local and global initiatives to educate, empower, and enable opportunities for women and girls.