September 3 – September 9, 2021

Friday, September 3

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 through 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. Cost is $20.

Free Movie in the Park
Wiswall Park, Front St., Ballston Spa |  8 – 10 p.m.

Showing The Secret Life of Pets 2. Free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. We will follow any continuing guidelines for safe public gatherings that may be in effect at the time of the event.  These may include social distancing measures, face masks and limited capacity in the park for movie viewers.  Rain dates are the next Saturday evening.

Saturday, September 4

Cars & Coffee
Middle Grove Town Park | 430 Middle Grove Rd., Middle Grove | 8 – 11 a.m.

The event is free to the public. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome, including daily drivers. There will be door prizes, a 50-50 raffle and the Lions Club will be serving up fresh breakfast sandwiches and donuts. Bryan’s Brew is one of our sponsors for this event. For more information, contact Lion Bill Marzano at 518-461-9784. 

Congress Park Walking Tours
Saratoga Springs visitor’s 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 Tue-Sat from June-October. Cost is $20.

Tunnels to Towers Foundation Benefit
2117 Barrett Rd., Ballston Spa

Comedy, music and food. The event will honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We will also honor military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our great country. Comedy by Colin Quinn and Friends, 50/50 Raffle, Silent Auction with donations from local businesses. For more information or to donate to this cause, call Dillon at 518-871-3772 or Chris at 518-542-3731. You can email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  All proceeds from the freedom festival go to The Tunnel to Towers organization.

Sunday, September 5

Summer Stroll: Queen Annes
SW Corner of Spring & Circular Streets, Saratoga Springs | 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Debbie Studwell will tour the area formerly home to the Young Women’s Industrial Club of Saratoga, which would later become Skidmore College. 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 our website at saratogapreservation.org or call 518-587-5030 to purchase tickets in advance!

Monday, September 6

Closing Day at the Track
Saratoga Race Course | 267 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs

The 2021 meet will come to a close with the traditional final feature race, the Grade 1, $300,000 Hopeful for 2-year-olds, which affords racing fans a preview of potential standouts in next year’s Triple Crown series and Runhappy Travers.

Tuesday, September 7

Gardener’s Gold: Making Compost All Year
Pitney Meadows Community Farm | West Ave., Saratoga Springs | 6 p.m.

Gardeners are too often overwhelmed, confused, and discouraged by the “rules” of composting. Faced with an array of bins and barrels, we search for The One that will produce our coveted gardener’s gold. This workshop will present suggestions for cheap, easy, and effective compost strategies for the home gardener, and hopefully eliminate the frustration that so often stalls the quest for an abundance of perfect compost. Registration required: events.constantcontact.com/register/event.

Time to Sing – Saratoga Voices
O’Rourke Middle School, 173 Lake Hill Rd., Burnt Hills | 7 p.m.

Saratoga Voices, formerly known as the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, invites all singers to join them for their first performance of the 2021-22 season. The opening concert is Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, to be performed on November 19, 7:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs. To take advantage of the hall’s unique theater in the round, the performance will have an interesting twist - a semi-staged concert version of this well-known choral masterpiece. Rehearsals are held Tuesday nights, 7 p.m., at the and start September 7. Singers are asked to complete a vocal placement interview beforehand and must be vaccinated. Go to the saratogavoices.org website and click on the “Participate” menu for more details and to sign up for a vocal placement interview. Further questions email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 518-416-4060.

Wednesday, September 8

Baked Ham 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. – noon to place an order. 518-584-2585. Menu: Baked ham, Au Gratin potatoes, vegetable, applesauce, roll, tossed salad. Dinner for 2 is $25.00 cash only. 

Thursday, September 9

The Gangsters of Saratoga
Saratoga Springs History Museum, 1 E. Congress St., Canfield Casino, Congress Park, Saratoga Springs | 7 – 8 p.m.

Retired Chief of Police Greg Veitch will tell some of the most fascinating stories of Saratoga’s nefarious past from his two books, All the Law in the World Won’t Stop Them and A Gangster’s Paradise. From murder and bootlegging to gambling and fixed horse races, these stories are sure to entertain anyone interested in the notorious side of the history of the Spa City.

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