Friday, August 20
Congress Park Walking Tours
Saratoga Springs visitor Center | 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Learn about the fascinating history of “The Queen of Spas” with a leisurely walk thru Congress Park. Our experienced guides will tell you the stories of How Saratoga became the “Queen of Spas” in the 19th Century. The tragic story behind the Trask Family and the Spirit of Life statue. The history of the Saratoga City Museum and it’s notorious reputation as the highest rolling gambling casino in the US. How the city rallied to restore the historic Spit and Spat statues. Tours are given Tuesday – Saturday through October.
Ghost Tours of the Canfield Casino
Saratoga Springs History Museum | 1 East Congress St., Saratoga Springs
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Is the Canfield Casino haunted? Take a tour with guides who tell their personal experiences of the paranormal in the Canfield Casino. The Canfield Casino was featured on SYFY Network’s show Ghost Hunters and on the Travel Channel’s America’s Most Terrifying Places. Reservations not required, but tours are limited to 20 people. Adults $15, Kids $9, under 6 free. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through August.
Family Fun Fridays
Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa
2 – 4 p.m. | Free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. Take a playful trip back in time to the 18th century every Friday afternoon. Children, along with their parents, are invited to join reenactors Erin and Henry in playing with reproductions of centuries-old toys and games. Brookside Museum will be open on those days, 1-5 p.m. There are four new exhibits, including the innovative “Social Life of Hats” display and the exhibition on Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Family. Visit brooksidemuseum.org for news and updates.
Saturday, August 21
Empire State Aerosciences Museum | 250 Rudy Chase Drive, Glenville | 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy an assortment of pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, potatoes, juice, coffee, tea, fruit and more. The breakfast is open to the public. At 10 a.m., ESAM 2nd Vice President, Mike Collins will discuss “The Kobe Bryant Accident: Lessons Learned”. Mike is a local professional pilot with over thirty years of experience piloting various aircraft of New York State aviation and the Army National Guard. Fly-In if you would like. Pilots: Tower Frequency 121.3; Ground 121.9. Land at Schenectady County Airport and taxi to Richmor Aviation North. Tell them you are going to ESAM.
The Saratoga Arts Celebration
National Museum of Dance | 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Stroll the tree lined park viewing the original art and fine crafts booths. The pristine manicured lawn is a gorgeous backdrop for this highly acclaimed event. All works displayed will be original and be handmade by the artist. The show will feature touchless payments and easy access to safely stroll the park and view the art exhibits with space in the open-air mini galleries. The show is on flat lawn. It is accessible and suitable for all ages. Rain or shine with plenty of free parking. The show continues on Sunday, same time.
Outdoor Concert Series
Hubbard Hall Great Lawn | 25 E. Main St., Cambridge | 6 p.m.
Audiences are invited to bring their own blankets and chairs and enjoy a relaxing evening listening to some great music and musicians from near and far! Audiences may arrive any time after 5 p.m. for the concert. Maximum 100 attendees allowed on the lawn. In case of rain, concerts will be performed inside Hubbard Hall for a maximum of 45 audience members with house opening at 5:30. No reservations. First come, first sit. Masks required for those unvaccinated. See hubbardhall.org for more information. This evening’s featured artist is Hot Club Saratoga.
Sunday, August 22
Pancake Breakfast and Car Show
Saratoga County Fairgrounds | 162 Prospect St., Ballston Spa | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. |Help rebuild the grandstand! Breakfast will be served from 8-11 a.m., Car Show from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (registration 7:30 a.m.). 50/50 raffle and basket raffles. All proceeds for the rebuild of the Grandstand. $15 Entry fee for car show participants. Cost for breakfast: $8 adult, $5 children 10 and under.
Summer Stroll: North Broadway
NW Corner of North Broadway & Van Dam St., Saratoga Springs | 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation (SSPF), Samantha Bosshart, will lead a tour of the grand Queen Annes along this famed corridor. All Sunday morning tours last approximately 90 minutes and require walking and standing on varied terrain. Tours will be limited to thirty and tickets must be purchased in advance. The cost per tour is $15 for SSPF members and $20 for non-members. Members who have received complimentary Stroll passes will have those honored for their value of $10 and will be required to pay the difference of $5. Visit saratogapreservation.org or call 518-587-5030 to purchase tickets in advance!
Horse Farm Tour
Several Local Farms in Saratoga County
Noon – 4 p.m. | The community is invited to join CCE Equine for a drive-it-yourself tour. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to personally meet some of the farm owners and horses that make the Saratoga area so unique. It is fun and educational for the whole family. You will meet different breeds of horses and get a behind the scenes look at the horses. The horse farms included on the tour are: Cross Timbers Ranch of Middle Grove, Mill Creek Farm of Stillwater, and Stark Racing Stables of Saratoga. This event is sponsored by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors and the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund. For more information contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County at 518-885-8995. Tour information can also be found at ccesaratoga.org/agriculture/cce-equine/horse-farm-tour.
Monday, August 23
Completely Different Band
VFW Post 420 190 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs 6 – 9 p.m. | Food and drink specials. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 518-584-9686.
The Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series
Tuesday, August 24
STEM Summer Aviation Camp
Empire State Aerosciences Museum, 250 Rudy Chase Drive, Glenville
8:30 a.m. – Noon | For students ages 8 -16. Size of the class will be limited to 20 students, with appropriate spacing. Several classes will be conducted outdoors which is weather dependent. The program will be fun and instructional as always, and will offer classes on a variety of aviation topics, such as: the history of aviation, the forces of flight, learning the different parts of a plane, how helicopters fly, the US Manned Space Program and more. The program will also feature guest speakers, in-depth tours of the museum, and use of flight simulators. ESAM is committed to serving as a resource for the community and a limited number of scholarships are available. Cost is $120.00 per student for the 4-day session August 24 – August 27. Please call 518-377-2191 for an application.
Summer Concert Series in the Park
Congress Park – War Memorial, 268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
7 – 8:30 p.m. | Gather your friends and family, bring your blankets and chairs, find a spot on the lawn, and enjoy some of our area’s favorite performers. The rain location is the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center. This week’s featured artist is Garland Nelson.
Wednesday, August 25
Meat Loaf Dinner
Saratoga Wilton Elks Lodge, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs
4:30 – 6 p.m. | For curbside pickup only. Call Monday or Tuesday Between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. to place an order. 518-584-2585. Menu: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, gravy. Dinner for 2 is $25 cash only.
Thursday, August 26
Concert in the Park
Old Iron Springs Park, 198 Front St., Ballston Spa | 6 – 8 p.m.
This week’s featured artist is Ballston Spa Community Jazz Band.
Band “18 Strings of Trouble”
VFW Post 420, 190 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs | 6 – 9 p.m.
Food and drink specials. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call 518-584-9686.