Get ready for a fantastic event happening all over town from June 7th-10th, SaratogaArtsFest! This is an event near and dear to my heart as I have volunteered for the organization for two years and besides being an incredible experience here in Saratoga Springs it is also run by some great people. The first SaratogaArtsFest happened in 2007, and every year in early June the arts take over Saratoga Springs for the annual four day festival. The festival celebrates the arts in its many forms-dance, music, literary, theater and visual and encompasses local, national and international artists at performance venues and exhibit spaces all over the city. There is something at the festival for everyone in the whole family, from kid friendly events like the Community Rainbow Wheel to fun nights out like Upbeat on the Roof with Railbird. The best way to take in all that the festival has to offer is with the SaratogaArtsFest ARTSPASS. The handcrafted collective artifact the ARTSPASS gives you free and discounted admission to events during the entire celebration and for arts-related discounts throughout the year. To purchase an ARTSPASS you can pick one up in person in person at the Center & Gallery at 38 Van Dam Street or at Mimosa Gallery, Saratoga Beads, Impresssions of Saratoga, or Skidmore Bookstore. They can also be purchased online and then picked up at the Center & Gallery. Head over to their website to check out the entire calendar here and start planning your weekend with the arts! In the meantime, here are my favorite family friendly picks for SaratogaArtsFest 2012, you can also check out more family friendly stuff happening during the festival here. I'll be scoping out the scene all weekend snapping pictures of the most fashionable moms and kids for a Mamatoga Street Style: SaratogaArtsFest Edition feature in the next issue of Mamatoga Magazine!
- Community Rainbow Wheel on Thursday, June 7th at 11am at the Feneex Boutique and Gallery. I absolutely love this community event. All are invited to come in and contribute to the project. Simply choose a piece of fabric and apply it to a large fabric color wheel. This mandala-like piece of artwork will be quilted and exhibited in a venue as a beautiful example of the vibrancy of SaratogaArtsFest. Admission is free for this event.
- Arts at the Market presented by the Saratoga Farmers Market Association at the Market on High Rock Ave starting at 9am on Saturday, June 9th. They will have children's veggie art stamping, live music and art for sale! New this year, the market has invited acclaimed local photographer, Steve Bertone. Steve will donate 20% of his sales to the Market who in turn has earmarked SaratogaArtsFest as it's donation recipient. This event is free.
- Big Top Fun with Circus Theatricks presented by Saratoga Children's Theater at the St. Peter's Church Annex Auditorium on Saturday, June 9th. Kids can run away and join the circus without packing a suitcase! Children of all ages will learn the basic skills of juggling, tumbling, clowning, partner acrobatics, stilt walking, and more. This fun-filled, one-of-a-kind workshop features Sean Fagan, a former Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus clown. Big Top Fun with Circus Theatricks! will start at 2pm. The description has been updated. Grades K-3 are encouraged to attend from 2 to 3:30 and grades 4-8 are encouraged to attend from 3:30 to 4:30. Admission is $10 or free with ARTSPASS or Festival Pass.
- I can't wait to check out the Trashion Show presented by Saratoga Springs City Schools on Sunday, June 10th at 2pm at the Teaching Auditorium at Saratoga Springs High School. This is the 3rd Annual Trashion Show, featuring fashion created by Saratoga Springs High School Students. Enjoy a runway filled with creative & unique attire made from a variety of interesting things. You never know what you might see! Admission is free and open to the public.
- Undercover Playground will be going on at East Side Recreation Field on Saturday, June 9th presented by the Capital Region Dance Alliance. This is the newest artistic venture of the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and is an exciting site specific work designed to be performed at public playgrounds. Lasting 10 to 15 minutes, the dancers leap, twirl and glide along swing sets, monkey bars and slides while accompanied by Ghanaian percussionist Zorkie Nelson. This is a very unique and fun-filled way to bring dance to children and their families and is sure to delight any onlooker! There will be performances at 1pm, 1:30, 2 and 2:30. Admission is free and open to the public.
- Kids Do Art is a family-friendly series of events at Universal Preservation Hall on Sunday, June 10th from 12:30 to 3:30pm. The hands-on activities and performances for kids include crafts, beads, pottery, Magician Alan Edstrom, the AMAZING Kids' Circus, Myers Dance Center/Northeast Ballet and more! Cost is $5 or free with ARTSPASS.