SaratogaArtsFest, a five-day annual celebration of the arts scheduled in 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 which entitles patrons to:
- Discounted admission to SAF's signature events and free or discounted admission to all other festival events held during the June weekend;
- Arts-related discounts throughout the year as featured in arts365!, our annual directory of the arts happenings in Saratoga Springs.
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.
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.