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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.

First Night Saratoga 2019: Let's Celebrate!

Monday December 31, 6pm-midnight


Artist Applications for First Night 2019 are now available!


Thank you for participating in First Night 2018!


Here are some great interviews and reviews of First Night 2018 from our friends at Saratoga Living the The Saratogian and the Times Union.  Check out the The Schenectady Daily Gazette for their fun photo gallery. 

We would love to see and share any photos or videos that you take of First Night! 

Email your photos and videos to Alix at

The photos below are courtesy of Andre Pilarczyk, John Seymour and Sarah Hastings and are from First Night 2018 and First Night 2017.


The mainstage at the city center will kick-off with two sets just for kids as Boston-based magician, Scott Jameson, takes the stage to demonstrate his unparalleled juggling and balancing skills.  As the night gets rolling, Jon Stetson, one of the most well-known mentalists in the United States, will read thoughts with unbelievable accuracy and the nationally recognized actor and magician, Joshua Lozoff, will close out 2017 with a riveting magic performance that will captivate adults and children alike. 


Our WEXT stage features the Shane Guerrette Band and Sydney Worthley, who are both currently dominating the 518 playlist with their hip brands of pop and soul.  At the end of the evening, Sawyer Fredericks, the 2015 winner of “The Voice”, returns form his national tour to perform for his local fans! 


In addition to the WEXT stage, Saratoga Arts is proud to showcase a number of up and coming artists this year.  In the Visitor Center Brendan Eprile will enthrall the audience a slice of acoustic funk; in the Adirondack Trust Bank Angelina Valente and Katie Louise will offer up original songs backed by keyboard, and singer/songwriters Maddy Hicks and Belle-Skinner will serenade the First Night throngs from the storefront window of Lifestyles of Saratoga.  All of these young artists have promising careers ahead of them, so make sure to stop by to say you heard them when!


If you are in need of some good humor this New Year’s Eve, make sure to check out the Empire State College Rotunda where Comedy Works will present an array of the best regional stand-ups.  For a more introspective performance, be sure to check out the Saratoga Storytellers at Empire State College and the Saratoga Film Academy in the Visitors Center.  Looking for a more interactive experience?  Join Will Shakespeare at Temple Sinai for adventures full of merriment, sword fights, mistaken identities, star-cross’d lovers, shipwrecks, musical numbers… and being chased by a bear all in under 40 minutes!  Jump on stage as a performer or sit back and enjoy the fun.


This New Years it is time to get moving!  At the Military Museum the hottest local swing group, NitroJive, will let you showcase those dips and twirls and the popular country music DJ, Kevin Richards, will host a line-dancing party appropriate for all levels.  Come to hear the music, watch the fun, or learn a few moves yourself- no partner necessary! Looking for something less structured?  Check out St. Peter's Parish Center to move to the grooves of Collette & the Mudcats and the reggae of Robanic with the Caribbean Sound.  And don't miss Sirsy, a perennial rock favorite!


A full range of genres are represented, from country-bluegrass (Three Quarter North, Ramblin Jug Stompers) to retro rock groups and tribute artists (Mike Mettalia & the Midnight Shift, Harold Ford) to jazz (Hetko, Seibel & Syracuse, Hot Club of Saratoga, Déjà vu Jazz) to Irish infused groups (Insolent Willies, HellCat Maggie, Grafton Street Trio), to old school blues (Jimy Graham, LB Walker, Professor Louie).  There is something for everyone.


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!
Saratoga Arts is pleased to offer free admission for children with the purchase of one button admission.
Check out some of our amazing kid-friendly events HERE!




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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