SaratogaArtsFest, a four-day annual celebration of the arts scheduled in early June, 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. SaratogaArtsFest is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization managed by a Board of Directors, with an operations team comprised of community volunteers and professionals.
The SaratogaArtsFest Admissions Package includes an ARTSPASS (for free or discounted admission to events during the June weekend and for arts-related discounts throughout the year), the Festival Book & Event Guide, promotions from local merchants and restaurants, the year-long Annual Directory of the Arts with schedules for the coming arts season, and other festival items. ARTSPASS is an artifact that displays the logo of the SaratogaArtsFest—with a unique design each year—and is itself a collectible work of art. ARTSPASS provides access to multiple events, organizations, and discounts.
The idea of a comprehensive arts festival celebrating the unprecedented cultural resources and arts programming in the Saratoga region began in 2001 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. In 2006, conversations coalesced into a plan that was broadly embraced by leaders from the arts, education, business, and government. A planning committee outlined a program and structure, pulling together community volunteers and dozens of organizations from across the region. Skidmore College agreed to take the lead in organizing and coordinating this project, providing administrative leadership and support, as well as financial assistance.
The mission of SaratogaArtsFest is to advance the visibility of the arts in Saratoga, increase appreciation and enjoyment, and bring together community and arts organizations by promoting collaboratively the arts year-round and producing a festival of the arts.