Sunday, December 31st, 2017
In 2017, First Night Saratoga was voted to be the best annual event in the region! As one of the oldest and largest celebrations of its kind in the country, First Night Saratoga truly is the most affordable, accessible, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region. On Sunday, December 31st join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Arts hosts over seventy regional and touring performing groups in thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs. Starting with the 5k roadrace at Skidmore College at 5:30pm, culminating with the fireworks in Congress Park at midnight and packed full of live music, dance, comedy and magic in between, this event will be a highlight of your outgoing year.

The theme for First Night Saratoga 2018 is a Light Up The Night and we have plenty of events lined-up that will let our city shine this New Years’ Eve. Below is a more in-depth look at some of our largest acts.

This First Night, WAIX will introduce our audiences to some of our favorite mind-art acts. In the past, these acts have filled some of our larger venues at First Night and so this year we decided to light up the mainstage at the City Center with their talents.

Boston-based magician, Scott Jameson, will start the evening off with two sets specifically for kids. Scott’s shows are interactive and include an eclectic mix of magic, juggling, family-friendly humor, routines choreographed to music, and other less definable pieces of performance and wit. His programs are featured on the rosters of the New England Foundation for the Arts, Young Audiences Arts for Learning Connecticut, and New York State BOCES.

Later in the evening, Jon Stetson, one of the most well-known mentalists in the United States, will read thoughts with unbelievable accuracy. Mystery entertainment goes back three generations in his family and as a small boy he was so immersed in the culture that he believed all families were as adept at reading thoughts as was his own. Jon has studied with some of the greatest mentalists in the world and continues to practice and hone his art form through in depth studies of human behavior and psychology.

Finally, the nationally recognized actor and magician, Joshua Lozoff, will close out the evening with his show: Life is Magic! Joshua might be familiar to audiences through his appearances in Clueless, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Cheers. After 14 years as a professional actor, Joshua left Los Angeles to regain his sanity and devote more time to service work, including volunteer stints throughout Latin America.
It was during his travels that a chance encounter with a street magician sparked a new passion, and Joshua began his training. Traveling around the world, Joshua studied with master magicians on several continents. After years of full-time training, he began sharing his craft with others. Now Joshua is regarded as one of the top magicians working today. Joshua practices up-close magic and slight of hand and like his fellow performers, his set includes audience participation. Each of the artists will be filmed and projected onto large screens on either side of the stage so that the audiences will not miss a single trick!

WAIX will also emcee the stage at the First Baptist Church where Harold Ford will pay tribute to The Spirit of Johnny Cash. Harold Ford has long been a local sensation and has gained national recognition for his spot-on cover renditions. The seven piece Fenimore Blues Band will be performing in alternating sets with Mr. Ford, all-in-all, making for a great evening of Americana roots music.

Our WEXT Stage in the City Center features the Shane Guerrette Band and Sydney Worthley, who are both currently dominating the 518 playlist. At the end of the evening, Sawyer Fredericks , the 2015 winner of “The Voice”, returns form his national tour to perform for his local fans!

A Button is your Ticket
Buttons only cost $20 and will give you access to all of our First Night venues and performers all night long as well as free CDTA bus service including stops at the Wilton Mall and Skidmore College. Buttons may be purchased at a number of locations to include area Price Choppers, Stewarts Shops and Adirondack Trusts.

At Saratoga Arts and online we will be selling buttons for $15 from December 1st through December 25th. After December 25th our discount ends, and buttons will be priced at $20 through New Year’s Eve.

Kids in Free
Saratoga Arts wants everybody to Light Up the Night at First Night Saratoga 2018 – including kids! That’s why we are maintaining our many years-long Kids in Free tradition, with one child aged 12 and under admitted free with each paid adult.

To take advantage of our Kids in Free offer, detach the coupon on the First Night buttoncard and redeem it on New Year’s Eve at one of the following locations:

Saratoga Arts (320 Broadway, Saratoga)
Saratoga City Center (522 Broadway)
Lake Avenue School (126 Lake Ave) between 6-9pm
The Children’s Museum at Saratoga (69 Caroline Street)
between noon and 6pm

Participants receive a wristband that will allow one admission of a child 12 years old and under to all First Night venues.

All First Night events are family friendly, but we have scheduled a few particularly with kids in mind.

The Children’s Museum at Saratoga will kick off the evening by working with kids to create time capsules and a lantern to light the night ahead. At the Lake Avenue School families can enjoy the StarLab Planetarium, feats of bubble ingenuity by Jeff Boyer, the spectacular theater of the award-winning Broken Box Mime Theater, reptiles, raptors and more!