#Saratoga in the Fall

Fall Folliage & Fun in Saratoga!

Saratoga has everything you need to plan the perfect fall getaway with that special someone in your life or your entire family. We will help you start your planning with some fun fall ideas and great fall stay packages. And don’t forget to check out all the other great things to do in Saratoga throughout the seasons!

Take in an intimate theater experience, or step back in time with the Saratoga National Historical Park, or just marvel at the change of seasons this weekend in Saratoga.

Highlights of Saratoga Happenings are below. For a complete list of events, click here.

Something For Everyone

Saratoga County includes at least ten area museums, a wide variety of golf courses, our world famous mineral springs and spas, great shopping and unique and amazing local restaurants too. Whether it’s a fall weekend getaway or a mid-week trip, Saratoga County is a fall destination sure to delight you.

Special Events

Check out “The Way We Were Car Show,” or First Fridays in Downtown Ballston Spa. We have rowing regattas on Saratoga Lake that make for spectacular viewing. And don’t miss the Saratoga Wine and Food & Concours d’Elegance, the Annual Irish 2000 Festival, the Saratoga Native American Festival, the Saratoga Showcase of Homes, Saratoga International Flavorfeast, the Saratoga Fall Festival and more!


Corks, Forks & Brews

November 3, 2016
Saratoga National Golf Club

Our 4th Annual savory benefit event is sure to be a fun filled evening of wine and beer testing. You will be treated to delicious creations from Mazzone Catering, be able to test your luck with the bottle and restaurant pull, and be entertained by Rich Ortiz! (518) 587-8008.


Tang’s Family Saturdays

 November 5, 12 & 19, 2016
Tang Teaching Museum

Tang Family Saturday programs include engaging hands-on art activities following a brief tour of the exhibitions, with all materials provided. On Nov. 19, the program will be the annual Make-a-Turkey-Out-of-a-Potato Extravaganza. Free.


November 18 – December 23, 2016
5:30pm and 7:30pm
Saratoga Springs Railway Station

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway Returns to The North Pole Onboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Dancing chefs serve passengers hot chocolate and cookies while they read along with the classic children’s book. Wear your PJs and bring your camera! 877-726-7245.


First Friday Ballston Spa

November 4, 2016
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Downtown Ballston Spa

Visit the Village of Ballston Spa on the first Friday of every month and enjoy special happenings in many of our downtown shops, restaurants and galleries. Live music, art displays, refreshments. Join the Ribbon Cutting for Glassworks Studio.

Only the Best Bridal Show

November 6, 2016
1pm – 4pm
National Museum of Dance

“Only the Best” bridal show is a must for planning the perfect day. We provide our guests with superior resources to enhance their special day with a highly specialized group of area wedding professionals. Free. Brides pre-register here. 518-584-2225


SPAC Nutcracker Tea

 November 20, 2016
11AM and 3PM
Hall of Springs, Saratoga Spa State Park

One of the premier holiday events in the Capital Region, this event features excerpts of The Nutcracker performed by Northeast Ballet Company. Dress in your holiday finery and enjoy a traditional English Christmas tea. Order your tickets now before they sell out!

Winter Farmers’ Markets

November 2016 – April 2017
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Downtown Ballston Spa

Saratoga prides itself on locally-grown, fresh products in their stores and on the tables in area restaurants. Our farmers’ markets offer high-quality, local food and agricultural products, from fruits and vegetable to flowers and baked goods.  November marks the move indoors for most markets for the winter.




Arts Fest Friday’s Dear America

 November 4, 2016
5PM – 7:30PM
Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College

History Meets Hip-Hop at an evening of eclectic historic- and election-themed entertainment including vintage campaign songs from musician/artist Brian Dewan and hip-hop performers from Saratoga Springs High School and Skidmore College.


Saratoga Holiday Art Fair

November 12 – 13, 2016
Sat. 10 – 5, Sun. Noon – 4:00pm
National Museum of Dance

For exquisite gifts, this Fine Arts Fair has it all. There will be a selection of handmade and very giftable Works of Art, presented by some of New England’s top artists and craftspeople working in a variety of media. Free. 518-852-6478.


Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot

 November 24, 2016
Saratoga Hilton/Saratoga Springs City Center

What is Thanksgiving without running or walking a 5K race in the morning before you have your feast? Join Saratoga for the ever-growing and popular Turkey Trot. All for a good cause benefiting the Christopher Dailey Foundation benefiting local youth sports.

More Fall Folliage & Fun in Saratoga!

Highlights of Saratoga Happenings are below. For a complete list of events, go online to www.tourism.saratoga.org.



hmt fall theaterFall Theater at HMT

HMT produces a four show season, between October and May. We offer dinner theater packages with area restaurants for the three “main-stage” productions. Each December we offer a “Theater for Families” production. HMT also offers acting classes for children, teens, and adults.

Our mission is to offer high quality theater productions of outstanding plays, produced by a dedicated group of professionally minded artists, to offer classes in the theater arts to people of all ages, and to provide the opportunity for exciting and rewarding participation in all aspects of the theater.

Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Spa State Park      www.homemadetheater.org


pumpkins chamberPick Your Own

Looking for something fun to do with the kids over the weekend? Many of Saratoga County’s area farms are featuring corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides, apple picking, animals and other fun farm activities. You can visit and shop at area farmers markets or take a farm tour.

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chamber parks recreationParks and Recreation

With more than 10,000 acres in preserve lands and state parks (Saratoga Spa State Park and Moreau Lake State Park), plus miles of multi-use trails, visitors find great hiking, walking, biking and outdoor nature experiences. Water sports on our lakes and creeks, including kayaking, canoeing and fishing are a great way to enjoy our beautiful fall colors and the great outdoors.

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chamber leaf peepingLeaf Peeping

The countryside is alive with color.  “Leaf peepers” can enjoy the foliage along beautiful drives through the rolling Hudson Valley or Southern Adirondack countryside, by lakes, the Hudson River or the NYS Canal System. We suggest a ride on the Saratoga-North Creek Railway for a scenic and comfortable journey from the Saratoga Springs Rail Station into the Adirondack Park, where beautiful vistas and fall foliage is afire just outside the window.

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halloween chamberHistory Haunts and Spooky Scares

Enjoy Saratoga history with ghostly guests during a guided Yaddo Garden Ghost Tour, on a tour of the Canfield Casino, which was once investigated by Ghost Hunters or check out the Haunted History Trail of New York.  Get scared on haunted hayrides at area farms or at Double M. Brave the Saratoga Scare Fair with 8,000 sq. ft. of indoor haunted attractions.

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casin0-racewayThe Saratoga Casino and Raceway

The long-time home to Harness Racing, the Saratoga Casino and Raceway is also now home to 1,000 video gaming machines and the Vapor Night Club. More than 2 million people per year now visit the Saratoga Casino and Raceway to try their luck, to enjoy a night out, to watch live harness racing, or to dance the night away.

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SaratogaBattle101202-Tom KillipsSaratoga National Historical Park & Battlefield

In the autumn of 1777, American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory in the Battle of Saratoga renewed patriots’ hopes for independence and forever changed the face of the world. You’ll feel its importance as you walk, bike or drive around the grounds. Plus, they host a variety of events, including an anniversary celebration and Candlelight Tour of the Schyuler House.
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state parkSaratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Spa State Park, distinguished by its classical architecture and listed as a National Historic Landmark, is noted for its diverse cultural, aesthetic and recreational resources. In addition to the nationally-known Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Spa Little Theater, the National Museum of Dance, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, the Gideon Putnam Resort and Roosevelt Baths and Spa, the park offers many recreation opportunities. The gentle terrain offers picnic areas, shady stream-side trails, suitable for the nature-lover or the casual walker, as well as certified running courses used by joggers, and high school and college athletes.
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racing museumSaratoga County Museums

Saratoga County is home to the National Bottle Museum, the National Museum of Racing, the National Museum of Dance, as well as the Saratoga Auto Museum, the Brookside Museum and Saratoga County Historical Society, and the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage. Visitors to Saratoga County can also tour the New York State Military Museum, the Saratoga Children’s Museum, the Saratoga Springs History Museum, the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center as well as the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. Please click here to learn more about the Chamber’s Museum Pass program to help you explore all of these museums across Saratoga County. Click for more details.

golf courseSaratoga County Golf Courses

Visitors will find some of the best golf value in the Northeast as well as a wide range of styles and locations in which to enjoy a round with friends and family. From Airway Meadows, to the Ballston Spa Country Club, to Brookhaven Golf Course and the Saratoga Lake Golf Club, tee times are easy to come by as well as many scenic vistas from which to tee it up. There are 27 holes of golf at the Van Patten Golf Course, a championship links style course at McGregor Country Club and Saratoga National Golf Club is considered one of the top 100 public courses in the US according to Golf Digest. There is also a championship and a separate executive golf course within the Spa State Park which are enjoyed by many as well as indoor golf at Tark’s Indoor Golf Center and the Great Indoors Golf Center. Click for more details.

Hawthorn SpringSaratoga’s Spas and Mineral Springs

Saratoga has long been known as the “Queen fo the Spas.” Today, visitors can still enjoy natural mineral baths from the bubbling springs below or more modern treatments at several local spas. With 18 naturally occurring mineral springs, you can “take the cure” as visitors did during the Victorian Age. The spas and mineral springs were among the first major attractions to Saratoga and they continue to flow throughout the area.

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