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First Night Saratoga

Thank you to the hundreds of performers, over 150 volunteers, community partners who opened their doors for First Night events, and to Price Chopper, GE, the Saratoa Springs City Center, and the dozens of other sponsors who worked together to present First Night Saratoga 2014, one of the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations in the Northeast.

First Night Saratoga is the largest New Year’s Eve event in New York outside of NYC. As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country, the event is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region!

With this event, Saratoga Arts brings over seventy regional and touring performing groups to over thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs for this evening of live music, dance, comedy and other performances, attracting between 15,000 and 20,000 celebrants.

Each year, a unique and fun arts-related theme is developed, capturing the spirit of the evening and acting as inspiration for the First Night Saratoga Buttons and Posters people have grown to love. Some of the more recent themes have been Live Creatively, Art Unleashed, and Explore the Night.

Look at what the region's media had to say about First Night Saratoga 2014!
The Albany Times Union noted that even on a cold night Saratoga Springs swells with First Night Revelers
CBS6 in Albany was there.
FOX23 was too.
The Saratogian's photographer captured preparations for First Night Saratoga, and The Schenectady Gazette captured the spirit of things.

Click here for First Night Saratoga 5K race resultscoverage of the race, and photos. Thank you to the 5K sponsors and volunteers who make the race so successful. 


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 2014, was a Kids in Free Event, offering free admission for children with the purchase of one button admission.

Staying overnight for First Night Saratoga? Book a room at a special rate by clicking here!

Committed to creating an exciting New Year’s Eve celebration for the entire region, while also supporting local artists, Saratoga Arts is proud to present First Night Saratoga 2015!

Find out how you can participate in this festive community arts event by calling Saratoga Arts at 518-584-4132.

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


First Night Saratoga 2014 Info Book





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