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First Night Posters with art by Sharon Bolton:

$20/ $15 - First Night 2018 

$10/ $5 - Previous First Nights

Need to Complete Your Button Collection?

$5 for buttons from 2008 to now and select previous years

First Night 5k Shirts: 

$10- First Night 2018

$5- Previous First Nights


First Night Saratoga will be the highlight of your outgoing year!

Proceeds support the community arts programs at Saratoga Arts to help make the arts affordable and accessible to all.

Kids in Free

Saratoga Arts wants everybody to Light Up the Night at First Night Saratoga 2018 - including kids! That's why we are maintaining our many yearslong Kids in Free tradition, with one child aged 12 and under admitted free with each paid adult. To take advantage of our Kids in Free offer, detach the coupon on the First Night buttoncard and redeem it on New Year's Eve at one of the following locations:
Saratoga Arts (320 Broadway, Saratoga)
Saratoga City Center (522 Broadway) between 4pm & 10pm
Lake Avenue School (126 Lake Ave) between 6-9pm
The Children's Museum at Saratoga (69 Caroline Street) between noon and 6pm

Participants receive a wristband that will allow one admission of a child 12 years old and under to all First Night venues.

Thank you to The John Winter Family Fund for helping to sponsor our Kids in Free program. The legacy of John R. Winter, Jr. comes from his understanding that all young people have vast potential but that many youths need opportunities to encourage and foster the development of their God-given talent.  Though his generosity in creating the John Winter Family Fund, he established a source that can be used to allow more participation in programs and events such as First Night Saratoga.

New This Year~

The Children’s Museum at Saratoga will kick off the First Night New Year’s Eve activities by hosting a special event for children and their families, a Count Down to First Night. Join us at The Museum beginning at 4:00 PM for New Year’s Eve themed activities. Children will set resolutions for the coming year, create time capsules and a lantern to light the night ahead! We will also participate in a countdown to the beginning of the First Night Activities at 5:30 PM before parading up to the children’s activities at Lake Avenue Elementary.  Museum admission will be free to First Night button holders beginning at 4pm.


All First Night Saratoga events are family-friendly, but here are some that will particularly hold kids' interest!

Ensign Brook Farm invites you to experience the exceptional quality spun yarn and roving. Visit this years spring lambs and be sure to bring the camera for photos. Our flock consist of many different color coated breeds. We enjoy the different variety of hand spinning fleeces. The farm has pure Natural Color Romney with very soft and dreamy fleeces that can stand up to our merino and cormo lofty fibers..feeling is believing...and we are so lucky this all this grows right here in your backdoors of Washington County. (NBT Bank Parking Lot: all night)
Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza.  A bubble volcano. Bubble roller coaster. A kid in a bubble? Bubble Trouble is the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more. Mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic, he engages and delights audiences of all ages. A hit at performing arts centers, festivals…anywhere there’s air! (Lake Avenue Gym 1: 6pm, 7:20pm, 8:40pm)
Broken Box Mime Theater is a collaborative performance group that tells original stories through mime technique. Our aim is to activate the imagination of our audiences, contemporize the art of mime, and remind us all of the power of simple storytelling.  BKBXKids! aims to inspire unplugged creativity in children and families by way of joyful, movement-based storytelling.  We celebrate the power of shared imaginative experience and challenge audiences to explore new ways to create, connect, and communicate! (Lake Avenue School Auditiorim: 6pm, 7:20pm, 8:40pm)
Caricatures by Rich Conley bring a fun, creative touch to your new year. Rich has been working as a professional caricature artist since 1988, although he has been drawing since he was old enough to hold a pencil.  Currently he does caricatures in both traditional and digital formats and is a proud member of the International Society of Caricature Artists. He has worked with such great groups as Albany Tulip Festival, MAAC and ECAC tournaments, Saratoga Racetrack, Gilda's House, Ronald McDonald House, Albany Conquest,Tri-City ValleyCats, State University at Albany, and Oneonta, RPI, Union, Sage, Albany College of Pharmacy, General Electric, Macy's, JC Penney, Boskovs, Albany Institute of Art and many, many more. He has also provided character design for various companies including all the design work for Saratoga Sweets.  He tries to bring a fun creative approach to any event by capturing the personality as well as well as the person. “It's important to me to make sure the people who sit for me have a fun and memorable time. My hope is that you leave with a great drawing and an even better memory.” (Free in the Saratoga Arts Gallery, all night)
Jo-Jo’s Fabulous Faces immerses your children in a world of imagination and fun with extraordinary face painting that will transform your child into a wild animal, beautiful fairy princess, or mighty super hero! The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.  We ensure safety standards by the use of FDA hypoallergenic high quality makeup, brushes, sponges, glitter, liquid glitter,  and gems,  to create a range of amazing artistic possibilities. We promise to put a smile on everyone's face! (Lake Avenue School, Gym 2: 6-9:30pm)
Planetarium Adventures takes you on a journey through space and time exploring the universe and ancient cultures. The Starlab Learning Dome, a portable planetarium, is an interactive teaching tool designed to inspire young minds.  Disguised as a “spacedome”, the visual impact in the Starlab is guaranteed to capture the attention and enthusiasm of students! (Lake Avenue School, Gym 2: 6-10pm)

Origami by Dan Busha has been folding and teaching origami for over 20 years. He has taught classes in Japanese paperfolding in Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Troy and Albany. He has also been one of the participants in Larkfest’s Family Fun Zone for three years and has provided decorations for several weddings and birthday parties, including a Saratoga event that celebrated Philly Dake’s 80th birthday in 2006. He has held workshops at the Saratoga Springs Library, Crandall Library and Saratoga First Night in years past. Through his workshops and classes, he has given children, teens and adults the opportunity to discover the world of origami and all its beauty for themselves.  This New Years Eve he will be providing instuctions for a modular origami pieces that will form a Sonobe Ball.  Write your resolution on the inside for good luck! (Saratoga Arts: all night)

Saratoga Youth Symphony was founded in 2-12.  Under the leadership of Music Director, Katie Gardner, the SYS provides an orchestral experience for talented student musicians ages 18 and under and represents more than two dozen schools throughout the Capital District. (Church of St. Peter, 6 & 7pm)  
Magic by Scott Jameson is the show audiences are calling “Superb!”, “A blast!”, and “Heartwarming fun for the whole family.” Join us for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities. (City Center Mainstage, 6 & 7pm)
Silent Wings Raptors bring birds of prey up close courtesy of the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York.  Owls, hawks, eagles and falcons; all have remarkable adaptations and skills for survival in the wild and all are breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating to watch!  Admired for their strength, speed and astounding grace raptors are some of the most successful hunters in the animal kingdom. Their fierce independence and tenacity has been the source of admiration for countless generations.  Learn about them, their unique behaviors and the conservation issues that impact them including natural selection and the “human” impact on species survival.  You will be able to meet the birds at the end of every demonstration. (Lake Avenue School Cafeteria, 6-8pm & 8-10pm)
The Storycrafters, Barry Marshall, and Jeri Burns, PhD, have been working together since 1991, and have been storytellers for even longer than that. They  perform and teach their art form in schools, libraries, and other venues all over the US and the British Isles.   Jeri and Barry believe in the time-tested wisdom of  traditional stories, and share that wisdom with today’s audiences. They strive to honor world cultures by telling the old stories in respectful ways, often integrating the  musical instruments, songs or dances indigenous to that region. The Storycrafters have been recognized nationally and locally, from the prestigious Oppenheim Toy  Portfolio Platinum Award and Parents Choice Awards, for their storytelling recordings, to Artists of the Year in their county. Their family radio show, “Just Imagine” has been showered with awards from the NYS Broadcasters’ Association. Publishers’ Weekly describes them as ‘top-notch family entertainment.  (Presbyterian New-England Congregational Church, 6 & 7pm)
Uncharted Wild is a group dedicated to bringing learning and fun to audiences of all ages through their one of a kind, interactive live animal programs. They bring the wild to you, with bugs, snakes, turtles, and lizards from around the world that you definitely won't see in your backyard. Learn how a frog swallows with its eyes, a snake smells with its tongue, or a tortoise saves entire ecosystems! They guarantee you've never laughed so hard while learning about snakes and spiders! You can feel, see, and learn up close why reptiles and other "creepy crawlies" aren't as scary as they may seem.  (Lake Avenue School, Gym 2: 6-10pm)


What is First Night Saratoga?

One of the oldest and largest celebrations of its kind in the country:

  • 15,000+ revelers;
  • The 5k roadrace at Skidmore College;
  • 30 venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs;
  • 70+ regional and touring acts performing live music, dance, comedy and magic from 6pm to midnight!


The most affordable, accessible, safe and exciting all-ages New Year's Eve event in the region:

  • 9,000 admission buttons priced at $20 and under;
  • Kids 12 and under are admitted for free; 
  • All venues are alcohol-free;
  • Free CDTA bus service;
  • Fireworks in Congress Park at midnight!


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