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“Best large concert venue on the east coast”

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Summertime cultural and entertainment venue features performances in a sheltered amphitheatre or "under the stars." The Center is the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Reviewed September 21, 2012

Been going here since 2001 and was here many times this past summer concert season. Most concert venues are a cookie cutter venue from city to city. This venue is surrounded by tall pine trees and a creek. The bridge you cross after entering is great as you look down at the creek way below. The lawn is rather small (especially for sold out shows) and doesn't have the best sightlines but I typically sit inside anyways which is a real treat. There's not a bad seat inside as it's a pretty small seating area especially since 1/3 of the seats are in the balcony which is a great view. As well, sound quality is top notch. The concession area keeps getting better with more relaxed beer sales and good yet standard food options. I personally like the the tent for Esperanto's which has great food. There is a bathroom area by the concession area but tends to always be packed. If you're sitting inside, there is a bathroom area down to the left and if you are on the lawn head back to the very back of the lawn in a large building called the Hall of Springs. Staff here is great as well, very friendly and super helpful. I love this place and plan to keep coming back year in, year out.

1  Thank bcasacci
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

My husband and I have been going to the Saratoga Springs Jazz Festival the last weekend in June for over 20 years! It is the perfect venue to enjoy great jazz music in the beautiful outdoors performing arts center. The fest is 2 days Sat/Sun, from 12noon til about 10pm. You can buy tix for one or both days and for the amphitheater, lawn or both. Tents are allowed in certain areas. Bring your food, coolers, tables. There is a large craft tent where vendors sell their wares- food, jewelry,clothes, arts and crafts, etc. The food vendors have some really delicious goodies- from smoked turkey legs to cajun food and many things in between, including vegetarian. You can purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. After a set musicians have been known to mingle with the fans as well as sign CDs at a designated area.
The city of Saratoga Springs is lovely and really sparkles during the jazz festival. Restaurants and lots shopping. Also the famous Saratoga Racetrack. Lake George is nearby with lots of shopping outlets- Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Nine West, Eddie Bauer, Banana Republic, etc.
I highly recommend the jazz festival or just visiting the area, it's really special.

Thank Michele W
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

No Saratoga Water at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center? What happened to buying local? Besides that love the ballet, orchestra but don't like not being able to bring in anything for a picnic etc...

1  Thank woodrufl
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

A fun, if expensive, place to see the arts. Because of the sloped lawn, we like it better than Wolf Trap. NY City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra and staples during the summer, along with rock groups.

Thank Stan S
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Recently went here to see Jason Mraz. First time at this venue and i was beyond impressed. Staff was outstanding and very helpful but more importantly, very friendly. Acoustics were phenomenal. The parking was slightly troublesome but no more so than any other major concert venue i have been to. The only real negative i can come up with is the signage in town to direct you to the venue was sporadic.

Thank Vincent K
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