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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.


Merchandise Table can be found in the City Center mainstage room.

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.  

Photobooth will be located in the City Center mainstage room.  Prices TBA!



For a discounted New Years booking just enter 12/31 in the link above.

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 Arts 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. 


Our mainstage this year pays homage to local grown groups.  The evening will kick off with nostalgic favorite, The Figgs (smooth indie rock, groove), followed by returning favorite Sirsy (pop-rock and soul), who played standing room only crowds last year.  Headlining the evening is the Wild Adriatic (funk-rock fusion) who is following up their spring European tour and summer crosscountry jaunt in the US with a new CD due out just after the new year.  Expect to get the jump on some fresh new grooves from this internationally acclaimed rock trio as they usher in 2017.  

Our WEXT stage features the ever popular Ramblin Jug Stompers who will take the stage to play some toe-tapping favorites that have earned them a steady following in the 518 area.  They are book ended by up-and-coming folk-roots group Living Roots Trio  and the mutli-instrumentalist pop-rock sensation that is Darling Valley.  
Saratoga Arts is proud to provide a showcase opportunity for young performers as well, including the seventeen year old award-winning Elvis impersonator Matthew Boyce and his band the Suspicious Minds, and talented nineteen year-olds Arianna Stewart, Maddy Hicks and Shane Guerrette all with big opportunities ahead of them.  

A full range of genres are represented, from country-rock (Grit N Whiskey, Crow Ridge) to retro coverband and tribute artists (Big Fez and the Surfmatics, Harold Ford) to Django Reinhardt jazz (Nisky Dixie Cats, Hot Club of Saratoga) to Irish infused groups (Kevin McKrell, Grafton Street Trio).  There is something for everyone. 



If you are in need of some good humor this New Year’s Eve, try visiting our local improv troupe Mop & Bucket Company, always good for a laugh and a staple of our New Year’s Eve programming.  Shakespeare Approves will bring some side splitting audience participation to the classic works of the Bard in short-form, and be sure to check out our stand up comedians like Dwayne Murphy Jr. who was recently a semi-finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival or the Comedy Works sponsored Matt Bergman.  And don't miss award winning local singer-songwriter Erin Harkes who is well known for her witty stage-talk between songs and who has also happened to work every major Comedy Club in NYC and Toronto.  



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 levitation 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.  



Get moving this new year's with the smooth Latin rhythms of Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra and the funky swing of NitroJive.  Saratoga Savoy will be joining us as well for anyone who wants to learn a few new turns on the dance floor!

New Year's Eve happens no matter what and so does First Night Saratoga!  All of our performers will be inside their respective locations and community partner, CDTA, is providing free shuttle and bus trips to all of our venues as well as a special shuttle service to and from Wilton Mall!
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 2017, is a GE Kids in Free Days event, offering free admission for children with the purchase of one button admission.
Photo by John Seymour

First Night Saratoga 2016 was a blast!

Here are some great photo galleries put together by our friends at the The Gazette and the Albany Times Union, and a fun video put together by our generous sponsor, WNYT.

Photo by Peter R. Barber

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

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 JM McDonald Foundation for sponsoring 200 free buttons for Teens in Saratoga, Montgomery, Washington and Warren counties!  Contact Saratoga Arts for more information.

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.

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