We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Jazz Festival 2012” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Scotia, New York
Level Contributor
57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Jazz Festival 2012”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

I have only missed this event about 3 times in about 15 years. It is one that can't compare.
For a full day a fantastic music, food and meeting new people and connecting with poeple from previous years, you can't beat it.

You race in to find the piece of real estate where you will set up your chairs, blankets, coolers..whatever it is you want to bring in..kick back and relax..the sky is blue and a gentle breeze thru the pines..You just could not ask for a better day..

Bony James, Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Steven Kroon, Brian Culbertson and Michael McDonald, just to name a few of the greats..

The festival usually happens the last weekend in June. Check it out on the website and plan for one of the most enjoyable events of the summer. Plus, you also get to check out Saratoga Springs a beautiful town.

Visited June 2012
Thank Noreen C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

405 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Saratoga Springs, New York
Level Contributor
258 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Best large concert venue on the east coast”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank bcasacci
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Freihofer Saratoga Springs Jazz Fest”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited June 2012
Thank Michele W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
United States
Level Contributor
18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Buying Local”
3 of 5 bubbles 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...

Visited June 2012
1 Thank woodrufl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Schenectady, New York
Level Contributor
39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Don't miss if you are in Saratoga Springs”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2012
Thank schdytraveler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Saratoga Performing Arts Center also viewed

Saratoga Springs, NY

Been to Saratoga Performing Arts Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing