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Four Days of Art & Entertainment: Saratoga Arts Fest

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Saratoga Arts Fest 2011

Saratoga Arts Fest The SaratogaArtsFest starts its annual four day celebration June 9th, and the list of activities this year is staggering. Celebrating the many different forms of arts, from music and dance to visual art, film, theatre, and literary art, this year’s festival promises brilliant displays and high-end energy for all.

First held in 2007, the idea for a comprehensive arts festival celebrating the extraordinary cultural resources and arts programming in the Saratoga region began when representatives from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Skidmore College, Yaddo, the Saratoga County Arts Council, and other arts organizations came together to imagine an effort to promote all of the arts. Since then, people have flocked year after year to the SaratogaArtsFest to indulge in all the artistic wonderment it has to offer.

This year, festival highlights range from performances by jazz icon Dave Brubeck with his son Chris Brubeck’s group “Triple Play,” to an eclectic mix of films on topics from skateboarding to recycled trash-art to the blues, to hands-on activities and a topsy-turvy opera for kids. Dance, gallery exhibitions, theatre, all kinds of music, discussions with a wide range of artists, studio tours, live demonstrations and painting in the streets of Saratoga are all featured.

There’s also a Sunday jazz brunch at Saratoga National Gulf Club, performances from New York City Ballet dancers, painting displays from well-known artists such as Pat Goodale and Maryann Schmidt, and a performance of Guys and Dolls Junior by the Saratoga Children’s Theatre on Thursday, June 9th.

Entrance to most events is gained via an admission pass, which is good for the entire weekend and allows you access to all events over the four days. Adults (including Seniors) purchase an ARTSPASS with premium benefits  for $35; youth (5-17), students (18+), and military may purchase a discounted Festival Pass. Children under 5 are admitted for free. You can find out more information about the festival, including specific event information and a full detailed schedule, as well as information on how to purchase tickets, on the festival’s website at or by visiting the festival location at 516 Broadway (next to City Center, corner of Ellsworth Jones Place).

–Christopher Bruen is an Assistant Editor for The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our new City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.


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