Food, Fun & More
Lila's Laidback BBQ serves slow braised, marinated meat, slaw, fries and other delicious sides that will hit the spot. NBT Bank Parking Lot, all night.
Moby Dick's Fish Fry serves deep fried fresh pollock with soups and other healthy fried foods. Empire State College, all night.
Reggie’s Veggies from Greenwich New York, sells cider, donuts and macaroni & cheese to keep you going throughout the night. Adirondack Trust Drive through, and Cider only at Saratoga Arts, all night.
Ziti Dinner sponsored by the PNECC youth programming provides a baked Ziti meal with a salad, beverage and dessert for $8 adult, $4 youth and $.50 kids. Presbyterian-New England Church, 4pm - 8pm.
First Night Posters are for sale after December 1st at Crafters Gallery, the Bouchard Art Gallery in the Post Office, the Hilton Gift Shop, and Saratoga Arts. Posters with art by Sharon Bolton are $15 for the small size and $20 for the large size. You can purchase posters from previous years at Saratoga Arts: $5 for the small size and $10 for the large size.
First Night 5k Shirts are available in assorted sizes from this year for $20 and select previous years for $10 at the City Center Merchandise Table located in the mainstage hall on the night of. Posters from the current year and New Year's Eve party favors will also be for sale here, all night.
Saratoga Arts Presents...
FIRST NIGHT 2017: A Night of Magic!
Saturday, December 31st 2016: 6pm to midnight
As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country, First Night is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year's Eve in the region. On Saturday, December 31st join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Art’s hosts over seventy regional and touring performing groups in thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs. Starting with the 5k roadrace at Skidmore College at 5:30pm, culminating with the fireworks in Congress Park at midnight and packed full of live music, dance, comedy and magic in between, this event will be a highlight of your outgoing year.
First Night 2017 is a Night of Magic and we have plenty of performers ready to boggle your mind. Jon Stetson, one of the most well-known mentalists in the United States, will read thoughts with unbelievable accuracy and comic hypnotist, Michael Ray will bring the most suggestible of us up on stage for some ridiculous New Year’s hijinks. Patrick Davis will amaze with feats of levetation and up-close magic and at Empire State College we have more divinators than ever before (tarot, runes, psychic mediums), providing you insight into what's in store for the coming year.
First Night Saratoga 2016 was a blast!
We would love to see and share any photos or videos that you take of First Night events! Email your photos and videos to Alix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by Peter R. Barber
Proceeds support the community arts programs at Saratoga Arts to help make the arts affordable and accessable to all.
For A Good Cause
Saratoga Arts and The Deanna Marie Rivers Foundation wish everybody a safe and happy holiday!
In December 2012 Shenendehowa High School seniors Deanna Marie Rivers and Chris Stewart lost their lives to a drunk driver. With the intent of preserving her name, spirit and accomplishments, The Deanna Marie Rivers Foundation is helping Saratoga Arts present this year’s First Night Saratoga. Our safe, alcohol-free and family-friendly New Year’s Eve event honors Deanna by reminding our audiences how important it is to celebrate responsibly and to live life to its fullest.
Thank you to the Sandy Hill Foundation for sponsoring 50 free buttons for Teens in Saratoga, Montgomery, Washington and Warren counties! Contact Saratoga Arts for more information.
Powered by the Prevention Council of Saratoga, RAISaratoga is dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with addiction. This First Night, RAIS will be presenting a TREE OF HOPE, decorated with doves, stars and mittens with handwritten names of those who have struggled with addiction. The Visitor's Center, all night.