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First Night Saratoga 2020

First Night Saratoga 2020 poster
girl dancing with ribbons in front of a first night sign
people getting ready to run a 5k in the snow
person dressed as bird Arm of the Sea Theater
woman with short hair Belle-Skinner
music group Big Fez and The Surfmatics
musicians Blind Crow
Chinese art Chinese Theater Works
musician Chris Sanders
musicians Curley Lamb Nu-Soul-Jaz Quartet
dance group Dance Lab
men posing Desertion Trio
people posing Grit N Whiskey
musicians Drank the Gold
black and white photo of musicians Hot Club of Saratoga
band Joey Thomas Big Band
woman on piano Logan Spaleta
musicians Masters of Nostalgia
musicians Let's Be Leonard
musician Mike Campese
band performs North & South Dakotas
person skateboarding On Deck Saratoga
martial arts class Saratoga Budo
group of people Saratoga Springs High School Fiddle Club
three images of man Sime Gezus
musicians SIRSY
older man The McKrells
three people Wild Adriatic
When: Event has passed. Watch this page for updates.
Cost: $20 for a button (or $15 if purchased online or at Saratoga Arts between November 5 and December 25)
Phone: 518-584-4132

First Night Saratoga is New York's largest New Year's event outside of NYC!

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 Tuesday, December 31st, join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Arts hosts dozens of regional and touring performing groups in 30 venues throughout historic downtown Saratoga Springs. First Night Saratoga starts with the 5K road race at Skidmore College, and is an evening packed full of live music, dance, and more - this event will be a highlight of your outgoing year.

A fireworks show in Congress Park at 5:45 P.M. will kick off the night. 

Throughout the evening at the City Center, First Night revelers will journey through time with the Joey Thomas Big Band, a Grammy-nominated swing group that plays everything from Big Band music of the 1930s and 40s to horn music of the 60s and 70s - as well as classic rock and contemporary hits of today. They share the headlining stage with Wild Adriatic, a rowdy blues-rock band with an explosive live performance to keep the dance party going. Also, at the City Center, Saratoga's legendary rock band The Figgs, pop-rock favorites Sirsy and high school heavy metal band Reprise play side stages.

This year’s First Night theme is A New Dimension - and the festival introduces a host of new acts to Saratoga Springs. Progressive string quartet Blind Crow, a crew of virtuoso pickers, brings their infectious rhythms and insane energy to Caffe Lena. New York City’s acclaimed Chinese Theater Works appear at Lake Avenue School to perform “Tiger Tales,” a shadow puppet performance drawing on Chinese folktales and literature. Over at the Saratoga Arts Gallery, DJ and emcee Sime Gezus warms up the crowd with chill beats. Returning acts this year include favorites the McKrells, one of the region’s most influential and best-loved Celtic acts. The North & South Dakotas pay homage to the spirit of old-time American music and mountain folk with a harmony-rich sound. Robanic Reggae Band gets funky with a colorful range of Caribbean music and darkly nostalgic singer-songwriter Belle-Skinner brings her hauntingly beautiful pop to New Year’s Eve.

A Button is your ticket! Buttons only costs $20 (or $15 if purchased online or at Saratoga Arts between November 5th - December 25th) and will give you access to all of our First Night venues and performers all night long as well as free CDTA bus service downtown.

Children 12 and under are always free!

Images of performers provided by Saratoga Arts.

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