Mamatoga Loves: The Saratoga Fall Festival and FREE Family Movie Saturday

I know I've said it before, but we really live in the best city. One of my favorite local events is this Saturday, the 11th Annual Saratoga Fall Festival! A fantastic family event that is fun for all ages, the Saratoga Downtown Business Association Fall Festival has something for everyone: a costume parade, pumpkin races, a bouncy house, petting zoo, trick or treating, free carousel rides, pony rides, cupcake decorating, live music and so much more! And once the sun sets there is still some great (and free) family fun with the Movies at High Rock! This Saturday, get there at 6:30 (movie starts at 7) to watch Spooky Buddies with the whole family! Bring some blankets and a thermos of hot chocolate for some fun Halloween family fun, a perfect way to end the Fall Festival day. Check out the poster at the end of the post for more details on the free movie! The Saratoga DBA Fall Festival kicks off at 10am on Saturday at the Farmers’ Market with a ribbon cutting and special guests Mayor Scott Johnson, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and music by Matthew Boyce, 'Younge Elvis,' and then continues with festive events and activities all day long.

PLUS music from:

  • Radio Disney
  • Betsy & The Byegons
  • Jeff Brisbin
  • Open Mic for Kids with Rick Bolton along Broadway
  • Los Amigos at the Senior Center

The day ends with the Kid’s Costume Parade down Broadway at 4pm starting at the parking lot next to Stockade Imports (in front of Forno) and ending with a free ride on the Carousel in Congress Park!

The event is FREE for families to attend, and countless festivities can be found throughout downtown Saratoga Springs at all hours.

I've got the full schedule for you right here:

10am Opening Ceremony at the Farmer’s Market on High Rock Ave. There will be a Ribbon Cutting and the winner of the guess the weight of the great pumpkin will be announced! Join Mayor Scott Johnson, Elvis tribute artist Matthew Boyce (who also sang at the Mamatoga Kids Sing event at polo this summer, we love him!) and Winnie the Pooh & friends to kick off the fun!

10am-4pm Star 101.3 Live Broadcast with Twinkle the Bear on the corner of Broadway and Division St. Spin the prize wheel, receive a free balloon, and find out who won the Star 101.3 Twinkle the Bear Essay Contest!

10:30am-3pm Halloween Crafts & Pumpkin Painting at Gaffney’s, 16 Caroline Street. Hosted by the Skidmore Pro-Arts Group & Random Acts of Crafts

10am-4:30pm Spa City Foods will be in front of the Borders Building serving up chili and hot chocolate, and all proceeds will go to benefit the Beagle School Playground Fund Drive! Support a great cause and enjoy a yummy snack!

10am-5pm Haunted Palace Fun at The Mine on 388 Broadway. Hot Chocolate and Friendly Haunts, don’t worry!

10am-5pm Make Your Own Chef Hat at Compliments to the Chef, 488 Broadway. Hat’s off to creativity!

10am-5pm Awesome Dogs in the Collamer Parking Lot. Always delicious, one of Saratoga’s favorite hotdogs!

10am-1pm Face Painting with Amanda Stokes at Paper Dolls, 438 Broadway. Be a fancy face!

11am-1pm  Some Halloween fun for the four legged member of your family! Bobbing for Howl-O-Weenies at Sloppy Kisses, 425 Broadway. A doggy version of bobbing for apples!

11am-2pm  Cupcake Decorating at The Bread Basket, 65 Spring Street. Be creative! Decorate a tasty treat!

11am-2pm  Radio Disney in the Collamer Parking Lot, Sponsored by MVP Health Care.

11am-3pm  Pony Rides & Petting Zoo in the Collamer Parking Lot, Sponsored by The Adirondack Trust Company

11am-3pm Pumpkin Rolling on Caroline Street at Broadway. Participate or watch all of the craziness as pumpkins are rolled down the hill! Too fun to miss! Sponsored by Healthy Living. Pumpkins provided by Ellm’s Family Farm. Prizes from Saratoga Strike Zone, Ben & Jerry’s, and McDonald’s!

11am-3pm  Meet Harvey the Horse and Bean Bag Toss at Saratoga Saddlery, 460 Broadway. You could win a 10% off coupon!

11am-4pm  “Coats For Kids” Drop off & Distribution, Make your Own Halloween Magnets and a Prize Wheel: Hosted by Cudney’s Cleaners on Division Street by Borders. Bring a donation for a great cause!

11am-4pm Bean Bag Toss at Impressions, 368 Broadway. Try tossing a beanbag into the Giant Pumpkin!

11am-1pm Elvis Tribute with Artist Matthew Boyce Near the Arcade Building. Performing at 11 and 12:15. You won't want to miss this incredible kid Elvis!

11am-4pm Doggie Photo Booth at Dawgdom, 441 Broadway. Dog & Kid Friendly, amazing photos!

11am-4pm Bounce Around Castle in the Collamer Parking Lot. Have a hopping good time! Sponsored by The Saratoga Strike Zone.

11am-4pm Pumpkin Toss Game at Saratoga Salsa & Spice, 398 Broadway. Toss a gourd into baskets!

12-3pm Mr. & Mrs. Bill Balloon Fun & Pumpkin Painting at G. Williker’s, 461 Broadway. So much fun, the kids adore Mr. & Mrs. Bill!

12-2pm  Alan Edstrom the Magician at Plum Dandy, 419 Broadway. Alan is definitely a Mamatoga family fave, we love him! Don't miss this one...

12-3pm  Sparkles the Tall Juggler and Magic Dan the Magician will be traveling Broadway.

12-4pm Rubber Band Shoot Out at Crafter’s Gallery, 427 Broadway. They meet at high noon. This is high on Finn's list.

12-4pm Coloring Contest at The Clothes Line, 486 Broadway. Winner gets a DBA Gift Card!

1-3pm New Shoes Band at The Adirondack Trust Drive Through, 473 Broadway. These guys rock! Sponsored by Cudney’s Cleaners and Advantage Press.

1-3pm  Aaron Civic at Putnam Market, 435 Broadway. Playing original music as well as covers! Sponsored by Bonacio Construction.

1-4pm  Face Painting with Diane McGeary at Paper Dolls, 438 Broadway. Fun and festive!

1-4pm  Face Painting with P.J. Duell on the Corner of Broadway and Division.

2-4pm Open Mic for the Kids at Gaffney’s, 16 Caroline Street, Hosted by Rick Bolton. Show us what you can do!

2-3pm Racing City Barbershop Chorus will be at the Downstreet Market Place, 454 Broadway. These men are smooth! Sponsored by The Stewart’s Shops.

2-5pm Jeff Brisbin Live Music at the Adelphi Hotel, 365 Broadway. He plays a little bit of everything!

4pm will be the Children’s Costume Parade! Line up at Forno Bistro, 541 Broadway.

4:15pm Parade Down Broadway to Congress Park with Star 101.3 Mascot Twinkle the Bear, the Star Essay Contest Winner and Winnie the Pooh & Friends!

4:30-5pm Free Carousel Rides! For all who participated in the parade! Trick-or-Treaters

These are the shops that will be handing out treats during Fall Festival:

Boca Bistro, Lifestyles, The Clothesline, Next Summer, The Clothes Horse, The Candy Co., Fallon Pharmacy, The National Museum of Dance, Raina’s, Impressions of Saratoga, Gaffney’s, Dawgdom, G. Willikers, The Mine, Saratoga Salsa and Spice, Mountain Man Outfitters, Violet’s and Stella’s, Rockabella, Silverado, Compliments to the Chef, Sloppy Kisses, Putnam Market, Aggie Mullaney, Uncommon Grounds, Mimosa, Compliments to the Chef, Cudney’s Cleaners, Silverwood.

Look for the “Candy Corn” Signs

For further information, contact the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association at (518) 587-8635.