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On Deck, Spooky Season Kick-Off Style
Rest up this week, because this first fall weekend is packed: Think vino-soaked corn mazing, an opening night scream fest, giant pumpkins and more.
Friday, September 22
Soak up this beautiful, crisp fall weather—and support the local art scene—at the Friday Art Market on Beekman Street. This seasonal monthly event (this is the second-to-last of the year) runs this Friday 5-8pm; expect to meet visiting artists at the galleries and shops that stay open, plus live music, craft demos—and ice cream!
Saturday, September 23
One great day, four great events—and all for a good cause. Pitney Meadows Community Farm will host this year’s Field Day, all to benefit Building on Love. The day starts with an 8:30am yoga sesh with Yoga Mandali, followed by Upstate NY Cornhole’s Cornhole Tourney, with registration starting at noon. The Main Event—the Saratoga Field Day Games—is just what it sounds like. Think relay races and tug-of-war for all ages!
Selfie time! It’s not Halloween season without pumpkins, and the biggest ones from all over the Northeast will be downtown this Saturday. The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, the Saratoga Springs City Center, and the Saratoga Farmers Market are the proud hosts of this year’s 8th Annual Saratoga Giant PumpkinFest Weigh-Off (9am-4pm) at the Saratoga Springs City Center Parking Garage. Hit up the farmers market early for food, and take pictures with massive pumpkins; the official weigh-off starts at 11am.
Wellspring’s Annual Pooch Parade gets going at 10am in Congress Park. Bring your canine companion for a day of fun, and it’s all to benefit Wellspring's Safe Pet Partnership, which assists victims of relationship violence who remain in their abusive environments because they don’t want to leave their pets behind. The day’s activities include pawdicures, photo shoots, an agility course and more.
Double M Haunted Hayrides is kicking off the season with an Opening Night special ($28.95) Saturday at 7pm. (Normal nights will offer the spooky season regular price of $39.95.) Come see what 25 years of hayride experience delivers: This year’s ride takes guests from a post-apocalyptic scream fest, through Blood Moon Farm and into Slaughter Swamp.
Friday and Saturday, September 22-23
Grab the kids (under 12 are free), and hit the Saratoga Casino Hotel Grounds this Friday and/or Saturday—the Saratoga Motorcar Auction is back. Featuring American muscle cars, exotics, classics and memorabilia, the auction is an exciting whirlwind of an event. Want a mimosa or two? Saratoga Living is again running the VIP tent. Come see us!
If you missed Schuyler Farms’ first “Find the Wine” event, this weekend is your big chance—it’s going down both Friday and Saturday. This vino-maze combo features wine-tasting stations scattered throughout the corn maze to make getting lost fun. The Basin Grill will offer food, and the farm’s cider donuts and flavored popcorn will also be for sale. (More of a beer fan? “Where’s the Beer?” takes place September 30.)
Sunday, September 24
Caffe Lena is offering two chances to catch Martin Sexton—and his Rolling Stone-deemed “soul-marinated voice.” His early show starts at 4pm, with the late show going off at 7. Known for his heartfelt performances on the acoustic guitar, his current tour is a reinvention of his own rock/soul/folk classics, plus songs from his latest project, 2020 Vision, which was produced by three-time Grammy nominee John Alagia (Lukas Nelson, John Mayer, Dave Matthews).
If you haven’t been to Latin Sundays at Putnam Place yet, trust us—you’re missing out. Every Sunday evening, the nightclub and concert venue hosts DJ BoyBoy for an evening of Latin music, complete with free instruction from Tango Fusion Dance Company from 7-8pm, Caribbean cuisine from El Coqui, and hookah by Hookah Mami’s. The festivities continue late into the evening, with attendees grooving onto Putnam Place’s newly expanded patio all night long.