Ring in the New Year and the 100th anniversary of Saratoga Spring’s incorporation as a city with the First Night Saratoga fireworks display. At midnight, after a few words from Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Joanne Yepsen, and Matt Veitch, the Chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, Northstar Fireworks will present a dazzling display in Congress Park. Congress Park cannot be entered during the fireworks, but Saratoga Arts provides a perfect viewing area by arranging for the streets to be closed at the intersection of Spring and Putnam Streets, near the carousel.
The First Night Saratoga fireworks display is presented by Saratoga Arts with support from Saratoga County, the City of Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau and Gaffney’s Restaurant.
Saratoga Arts Presents...
FIRST NIGHT 2016 - the twentieth anniversary!
Over 200 amazing artists from all genres of music, performance artists, comediens, magicians, and more have submitted their applications to be a part of Saratoga First Night 2016. Over the next few weeks we will be reviewing the candidates and putting together the best program possible. This year's First Night takes place on Thursday, December 31, 2015 starting with the 5k roadrace at Skidmore College at 5:30pm and culminating with the fireworks in Congress Park at midnight. Every hour is packed with fun for the whole family. Keep checking back to see who will help light up the town this New Year's Eve!
First Night Saratoga 2015 was a blast!
Thank you to all of our venues, artists, volunteers, sponsors, and of course all of the revelers who braved the cold to experience the biggest New Year's Eve celebration between NYC and Montreal!
A fun video put together by our generous sponsor, WNYT
We will add more photos and videos as we pull them together! If you have any photos or videos of this year's First Night events - we would love to see them and share them! Email your photos and videos to Tanya at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you attend First Night Saratoga 2015? Are there any artists you would like to see perform next year? Tell us what you think!
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
First Night 2015
Wednesday, December 31: 6pm to midnight
Our WEXT stage features some of the most talked about 518 bands, including songstress Olivia Quillio and indie rock bands Beaked Whale, Great Mutations, Bear Grass and the Orange (who are playing one of their first shows since reuniting their popular late-90s band)
We've also stacked the schedule with some of the best-loved local bands and we are bringing new regional and national bands to the mix, including Brooklyn's retro combo Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, New York City soul-funk outfit the Nat Osborn Band and New York City's witty cowboy-country rocker Jack Grace.
We've got all ages represented, from young local fiddler Seina Shirakura (known for wowing crowds on Broadway with her violin playing all summer) to 88 year-old master jazz pianist Lee Shaw.
There is something for everyone at First Night Saratoga! Adults and children enjoy a variety of arts activities and performances, and for those who want to celebrate early, there is the First Night Saratoga 5K Run!
First Night Saratoga 2015, is a GE Kids in Free Days event, offering free admission for children with the purchase of one button admission.
Look at what the region's media had to say about First Night Saratoga 2014!
The Albany Times Union noted that even on a cold night Saratoga Springs swells with First Night Revelers
CBS6 in Albany was there.
FOX23 was too.
The Saratogian's photographer captured preparations for First Night Saratoga, and The Schenectady Gazette captured the spirit of things.
Click here for First Night Saratoga 5K race results, coverage of the race, and photos. Thank you to the 5K sponsors and volunteers who make the race so successful.
Proceeds support the community arts programs at Saratoga Arts to help make the arts affordable and accessable to all.
Make plans for a New Year's Eve getaway!
...at one of Saratoga's amazing restaurants
in one of our fabulous partner hotels The Saratoga Hilton, The Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs, Hyatt Place Saratoga / Malta, or Union Gables
FIRST NIGHT SARATOGA 2016 - an evening filled with live music, dance, comedy, and midnight fireworks!
First Night will keep you warm!
All of our venues are inside, heated, and with free (and warm!) bus service thanks to CDTA, you don't have to worry about getting cold on your way to all the best First Night performances.