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First Night, Saratoga takes 1st place in the BEST ANNUAL EVENT category!







First Night Posters with art by Sharon Bolton:

$20/ $15 - First Night 2017

$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 2017, M and S only

$5- Previous First Nights

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

Saratoga Arts Presents First Night

Thank you to the hundreds of performers who applied to First Night 2018: Light Up the Night!

Our new schedule will be announced in October.


for making FIRST NIGHT 2017 a Night of Magic!


Here is a great review from our friends at the The Gazette and fun photo galleries from the Saratogian, and the Saratoga Social!   

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.


Below you can find information about LAST YEAR'S event.

First Night 2017


Saturday, December 31st 2016: 6pm to midnight


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!
Saratoga Arts is pleased to offer free admission for children with the purchase of one button admission.
Checks 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!


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



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