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SPAC’s 50th Anniversary First Night Fireworks

The sky lights up with a dazzling firework finale to 2015 at midnight in Congress Park. Saratoga Arts invites you to join Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen as we ring out the city’s Centennial Celebration and ring in 2016 with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 50th Anniversary First Night Fireworks! A perfect viewing area is provided with street closures at the intersection of Spring and Putnam Streets, near the carousel. The First Night Saratoga fireworks display is presented by Saratoga Arts in partnership with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), and with support from Northstar Fireworks.






Fun, Food & More at First Night!

Alpacas of Breezy Hill Ranch Alpacas are very gentle creatures and they hope you’ll stop by to wish them a happy New Year! Owners Lisa and David Proulx will have alpaca products to buy such as hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks. NBT Bank Parking Lot, all night.








Balloon Gal Jenny has a decade of experience teaching both art and cooking to kids. Her favorite part of being a balloon artist is the smile she brings to children’s faces. This vendor charges $5 per balloon animal.  Lake Avenue School, all night.






Jojo’s Fabulous Faces Add a bit of color and sparkle to First Night with beautiful, unique designs!  Locally owned and operated.  Fun for children and adults! This vendor charges $5-$10 per face design and accepts reservations. Lake Avenue School, all night.







Forever Flowers sells beautifully preserved roses for you to give your loved one when the clock strikes twelve!  City Center, all night.






Airstream CateringNo matter how you like to roll, Airstream Catering Co. rolls with you! NBT Bank Parking Lot, all night.

Reggie’s Veggies from Greenwich New York, sells donuts and macaroni & cheese to keep you going throughout the night.  Adirondack Trust Drive through, all night.

Ziti Dinner youth programming dinner provides a baked Ziti meal with a salad, beverage and dessert for $8 adult, $4 youth and $.50 kids. Presbyterian-New England Church, 4pm - 8pm.


GE Kids in Free Days Event

First Night Saratoga, the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the region, is a GE Kids in Free Days event. One child aged 12 and under will be admitted free with each paid adult. Both Saratoga Arts and GE share the goal of providing a variety of outstanding, family-oriented community events. Since First Night Saratoga is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event, it is a natural fit with GE’s Kids In Free Days program which offers free admission for kids 12 and under with a paying adult at special events across New York’s Capital Region.

How it works

Detach the coupon on your buttoncard and redeem it on New Year’s Eve at one of the following locations:
Saratoga Arts (320 Broadway, Saratoga)
Saratoga City Center (522 Broadway)
Lake Avenue School (126 Lake Ave) between 6-9pm

Participants receive a wristband that will allow one admission of a child 12 years old and under to all First Night venues.

GE has been sponsoring GE Kids in Free Days at venues across the Capital Region for nearly a decade. Last year more than 7,000 Capital Region youngsters attended a wide array of cultural, educational, and sports events free-of-charge. Details on GE Kids in Free Days can be found at


All First Night Saratoga events are family-friendly, but here are some with just kids in mind!

Ballston Spa Film Fest, Inc. (BSFF) is an independent non-profit whose mission is to promote an appreciation of films and filmmaking in the Ballston Spa and Greater Capital District communities.  Since 2008, they have offered a free monthly classic film series to the public and have presnted an annual short-film festival the first week in August in which established, emerging and student film-makers display their works.  This year at First Night they will present "Best of the Fest", a selection  of the best short films from this year's BSFF featuring animated and live action films from one to fifteen minutes in length from around the world... and neighborhood. Saratoga Arts Dee Sarno Theater: 6pm-8pm 

Caricatures by Rich Conley bring a fun, creative touch to your new year.  He believes in capturing the personality as well as the person and will leave you with a great drawing and even better memory.  Gift caricatures make great presents, which is why Rich will be set up at the Saratoga Springs Post Office where we are also offering a special ink stamp in commemoration of our 20th anniversary.  The Post Office will be open all night, so you can send your special portrait off to a loved one right away! Saratoga Springs Post Office, All Night

Chris Ruggiero presents his nationally acclaimed one man variety show.  Whether he's juggling random objects on a unicycle or executing  seemingly impossible tricks and stunts, nothing is off limits! Thousands of audience members have been left in a state of laughter and  amazement.  As ELLEN says, "he's Epic!".   Saratoga Arts Dee Sarno Theater: 9pm & 11pm

The Homespun Dancers invite you to come kick up your heels to live fiddle music.  Enjoy a tradition of community dancing and music handed down from generation to generation. We play music and get everyone involved – from ages 2 to 102 — especially those who have not danced before, in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites: circles, squares, contras, as well as a few international folk (Irish, Dutch, Russian, Israeli, French, African, and more) dances.  The toe-tapping music consists of reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, and waltzes. Besides fiddle, instruments in a family dance could include banjo, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, clarinet, guitar, piano, recorder, accordion, dulcimer, percussion, and more.  While participation in the dancing is encouraged — and it’s hard to sit still — it’s fun to just listen to the music and watch too!  Lake Avenue School Gym #2: 7pm & 9pm

Joshua Lozoff  has been studying and sharing magic around the world for over fifteen years. He regularly performs throughout the U.S. Before turning his attention  to magic, Joshua was a professional actor in Los Angeles, including a notable recurring role on the TV show Cheers, as Gino Tortelli, and as Logan in the movie  Clueless. You can even see Joshua's martial arts prowess on display (he holds a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido) in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! After 14 years  as a professional actor, Joshua left Los Angeles to regain his sanity and devote more time to service work, including volunteer stints throughout Latin America. It was  during his travels that a chance encounter with a street magician sparked a new passion, and Joshua began his training. Traveling around the world, Joshua studied with  master magicians on several continents. After years of full-time training, he began sharing his craft with others. Now Joshua is regarded as one of the top magicians  working today. Joshua loves sharing his craft with people in every setting, and his love and respect for magic come across in every performance. A few moments spent  with Joshua can truly inspire, amaze and entertain. Empire State College, Rotunda: 7pm, 9pm & 11pm

The Mop and Bucket Company is the region’s favorite Improv Comedy Troupe. A long-time First Night Saratoga favorite, MOPCO brings to life your suggestions in story, song and games.  St. Paul's Lutheran Church: 9pm, 10pm & 11pm

Ratboy Jr. is a Kindie band (independent kids music) from the Hudson Valley in New York. NY. Singer and guitarist Timmy and multi-tasker extraordinaire Matty (he plays drums and keyboards at the same time!) are a rocking duo for all ages, a band for the whole fam. Adults often say, “Hey! We love your music just as much as the kids do!”  So, Ratboy Jr. plays music for kids, adults, and everyone in between. They have a knack for blurring the lines and pushing the boundaries between kids music and adults music so that it becomes EVERYONE’S music. They can be found playing all over the country from the Mountain Jam festival to a farmers Market selling jam.  St. Paul's Lutheran Church: 6pm, 7pm & 8pm

Saratoga Youth Symphony was founded in 2012.  Under the leadership of Music Director Katie Gardner, The SYS provides an orchestral experience for talented student musicians ages 18 and under and represents more than two dozen schools throughout the Capital District.  Church of St. Peter Parish Center: 6pm & 7pm

Magic by Scott Jameson is the show audiences are calling “Superb!”, “A blast!”, and “Heartwarming fun for the whole family.” Join us for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities. Lake Avenue School Gym #1: 7pm & 9pm

Seth and the Moody Melix is a toe-tapping trio with lyrically rich music for kids that parents can appreciate, too.  With guitar (Seth Warden), fiddle (Doug Moody) and percussion (Brian Melick), along with sweet harmony vocals, their  songs impart good values and educational tidbits in a fresh upbeat organic style. Lake Avenue School Gym #1: 6pm & 8pm


Silent Wings Raptors bring birds of prey up close courtesy of the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York.  Owls, hawks, eagles and falcons; all have remarkable adaptations and skills for survival in the wild and all are breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating to watch!  Admired for their strength, speed and astounding grace raptors are some of the most successful hunters in the animal kingdom. Their fierce independence and tenacity has been the source of admiration for countless generations.  Learn about them, their unique behaviors and the conservation issues that impact them including natural selection and the “human” impact on species survival.  You will be able to meet the birds at the end of every demonstration. Lake Avenue School Cafeteria: 6pm-8pm & 8pm-10pm

Steven Brundage has the perfect blend of comedy, talent, and amazing, sophisticated close-up magic. He has performed for thousands of people living in upstate New York, Vermont, New York City, and other surrounding areas. His magic will leave you amazed and wondering for weeks to come. Empire State College, Meeting Room #105: 6pm, 8pm & 10pm

The Storycrafters, Barry Marshall, and Jeri Burns, PhD, have been working together since 1991, and have been storytellers for even longer than that. They  perform and teach their art form in schools, libraries, and other venues all over the US and the British Isles.   Jeri and Barry believe in the time-tested wisdom of  traditional stories, and share that wisdom with today’s audiences. They strive to honor world cultures by telling the old stories in respectful ways, often integrating the  musical instruments, songs or dances indigenous to that region. The Storycrafters have been recognized nationally and locally, from the prestigious Oppenheim Toy  Portfolio Platinum Award and Parents Choice Awards, for their storytelling recordings, to Artists of the Year in their county. Their family radio show, “Just Imagine” has been showered with awards from the NYS Broadcasters’ Association. Publishers’ Weekly describes them as ‘top-notch family entertainment.  Presbyterian New-England Congregational Church: 6pm & 7pm

The Turtle Clan Dancers are three siblings of Ojibwe & Abenaki heritage, now ages 21, 19, and 17 who have been performing native american dance & culture since the age of 6, at various native american festivals, powwows, other cultural events, and various venues. Featuring a presentation of their native american cultural & social dances, educating others & inviting the public to join them in their social dances.  Lake Avenue School Gym #2: 6pm & 8pm




Make plans for a New Year's Eve getaway!

at one of Saratoga's amazing restaurants

...and ENJOY
FIRST NIGHT SARATOGA 2016 - an evening filled with live music, dance, comedy, magic and midnight fireworks!

First Night will keep you warm! 

All of our venues are inside, heated, and with free (and warm!) bus service thanks to CDTA, you don't have to worry about getting cold on your way to all the best First Night performances. 


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