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Caffe Lena food from the kitchen with TLC #14

The Farmer's Daughter at the City Center all night #1

The First Baptist Church food from the kitchen with TLC #13

Fritelli-Lockwood cold-weather wear at Saratoga Arts #12

Green Mountain Gourmet Cotton Candy at the Lake Ave School #6

The Hungry Traveller out front of Saratoga Arts #12

The Mason Jar Gourmet Mac & Cheese in the ADT drive thru #17

Moby Dick's Fish Fry at Empire State College #8

The Salvation Army food from the kitchen with TLC #15




First Night Posters with art by Sharon Bolton:

$20/ $15 - First Night 2019 

$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 2019

$5- Previous First Nights


5K Run



Saratoga Arts is excited to announce that Patrick Lynskey will be joining the team as the new Race Director for the annual Saratoga Arts First Night 5k in Saratoga Springs on New Years' Eve. Patrick is the Event Director for the Firecracker 4 Race and the Freihofer's Run for Women as well as the Race Director for the Troy Turkey Trot.  Additionally, he is the founding parter and COO of GreenLeaf Racing, through which he manages many more smaller events in the region.

If you have questions about registration or volunteering for the race, please contact Patrick at



Saratoga Arts First Night 5K participants receive a $5 discount off the purchase of their First Night buttons and First Night posters when they are purchased in conjunction with your race registration!

Annual Saratoga Arts First Night 5K Run 

December 31, 2018 at 5:30pm
Skidmore College Athletic Complex
Saratoga Springs, NY

Start and finish on the beautiful Skidmore campus. The first ¾ mile is a gradual uphill on the perimeter road. The course exits the campus at Clinton Avenue and continues to Greenfield Avenue, continuing up North Broadway and back to campus. This is a moderately challenging course, including both hills and downgrades.

Limited to 1,500 Runners: Due to the overwhelming success of this run, and having to close-out registration several years in a row, there will be no day of race registration.

Check-In: Packet pick-up 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. the day of the race at Skidmore College Athletic Complex. Parking, restrooms, and showers are available as well as refreshments after the race.

Timing:  The race will be timed by GreenLeaf Racing using the MyLaps Bib Tag. This is a small and flat chip that comes affixed to the back of your bib. You must wear your bib on your outer-most layer and it must not be altered in any way. Do not flatten, bend, or fold your bib. Results will be available following the event.

Awards: To the top three overall male and female finishers, and top three male and female finishers in each 5-year age division. No duplicate awards.

Shirts: All registered runners will receive a limited edition First Night Saratoga commemorative shirt.

Rules of Competition: Due to the hour of the race, anyone with dogs or carriages is prohibited from running. We reserve the right to cancel the race due to weather conditions that cause the running surface to be hazardous to the runners’ safety.

Price: Race registration is $25 through October 31st, $30 through December 23rd, and $35 through December 30th.   

Entry fees are nonrefundable and non-transferable.  All prices exclude service fees.

Come Downtown: leave your car in place at Skidmore after the 5k roadrace and grab a free bus downtown to enjoy the rest of First Night!


The 5k is proudly sponsored by 






with food provided by Dunkin Donuts, Freihofers, Uncommon Grounds



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!

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

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