SaratogaArtsFest is a four-day annual celebration of the arts here in Saratoga Springs that delivers the brilliance and energy of art in its many forms—music, dance, visual art, film, theatre, and literary art. First held in 2007, the festival has enjoyed significant growth in its first few years, expanding artist participation, audiences, and community support. This year they've got some amazing things lined up, especially for kids and families. Here are just a sampling of the great family friendly highlights, click here to check out the full schedule of events! Admission for SaratogaArtsFest varies by performance. Some events are free and open to the public, others require a pass. Youth (17 and under) are FREE but you must claim your Youth Pass at the Center and Gallery, or at the event door. For more information on admission click here.
- Jeff Kinney, Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series will be at Skidmore on Wednesday, June 5th! Get all the details for the event here. Admission is $10 for adults, and Youth Passes are available at the door.
- On Friday at 10am at the Gary Zack Studios observe the process of creating beautiful handmade glass paperweights, perfume bottles, bowls, vases, and large objects. This event is free and open to the public.
- Saturday at 10am The Children's Museum at Saratoga will be hosting three art workshops that celebrate horse racing. These workshops will start off with a fun horse story and end with a functional, take-home project. Children can create paper bag horse puppets, make racing horse puppets, and fashion filly hats in celebration of ArtsFest 2013! Admission is $6 or free with ARTSPASS or Festival Pass or Youth Pass.
- Check out A Morning of Family Fun at The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs on Saturday starting at 9:30am. From 9:30-10am discover and enjoy the art of storytelling. Performance includes storytelling by Waldorf teachers and students. From 10-10:45am the dance performance will feature Lili Loveday's dance students performing a variety of pieces. From 11am-12pm Enjoy great talent and learn to juggle! Open to everyone who wants to have fun with Circus Acts. Create Your Own Pizza from 11am-12:30pm! Join them for a unique lunch. Supervised by Will Pouch, owner and chef at Esperanto's Restaurant, young chefs create their own personal pizza using a variety of fresh toppings and then watch as it magically cooks to perfection in their wood-fired pizza oven. Pizza is free.
- Albany Symphony Tiny Tots program presents Cowboy Dave, Saturday at 11am at Universal Preservation Hall! Join Cowboy Dave, the roughest, toughest cowboy conductor of all time for an action packed, interactive musical trail-ride. Introduce your favorite young cattle roper to some great symphony music with the help of Cowboy Dave! Join Maestro David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony for a morning of fun, laughs, and music! Suitable for ages 2-8. Admission: ARTSPASS or Youth Pass or single event ticket
- The Beekman Street Art Fair kicks off at 10am on Sunday on Beekman Street and is free and open to the public (event is rain or shine). Featuring a juried art show with displays and demonstrations by local and regional artists. Attend the family-friendly performances under the big tent, purchase fine art and craft works, and watch a demonstration of the artists' craft. In addition, enjoy refreshments and tasty treats from a variety of food trucks! The art show will run from 10am to 5pm and performances run from noon to 5pm, rain or shine. Here's a little Mamatoga Exclusive Tip: Be at the Beekman Street Fair by noon for an extra special arrival for the performers!
- Sunday at Universal Preservation Hall Kids do Art! I LOVE the idea of having kids paint their own toy portraits, click here for all the details!
SaratogaArtsFest has so much going on, be sure to check out the full schedule right here to find your own not to miss events as well! xoxo