Festival Fever: Saratoga ArtsFest, 6/6-9/13

Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen

The Saratoga ArtsFest – a four-day festival that runs from Thursday-Sunday (June 6-9) at a variety of venues throughout the city – is a collaboration and celebration of more than 40 community arts organizations, designed to appeal to a wide audience, from the serious arts aficionado to families with young children. The festival offers activities and events, showcasing music, dance, visual art, film, theater and literary art.

As a tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Saratoga Race Track, many of this year’s ArtsFest events will draw on the Spa City’s rich history.

A few of the festival’s highlights include:

MUSIC/TALK: Tiempo Libre & Alfredo Rodriguez at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center at 7:30pm on Thursday (June 6). Also, a lecture demonstration by Rodriguez at 1pm on Thursday at the Zankel.

DANCE: Susan Marshall & Company’s open rehearsal at Skidmore College’s Dance Theater at 6pm on Friday (June 7)

Tiempo Libre
Tiempo Libre

MUSIC: The Tequila Mockingbirds on the roof of Skidmore College’s Tang Museum at 7pm on Friday (June 7)

MUSIC/DANCE: “Steppin’ Out,” a concert performance by veteran song-and-dance man Ben Vereen at 8pm on Friday (June 7) at Skidmore’s Zankel Music Center

THEATER/MUSIC/DANCE: “Spirit of Life: 150 Years of Words, Music & Dance” featuring music by Heard’s Elizabeth Woodbury-Kasius at Skidmore College’s Bernhard Theater at 4:30pm on Saturday (June 8)

FILM/MUSIC: Musical adventurer Gary Lucas plays a live soundtrack to the classic silent film “The Golem” at the Saratoga Arts Center at 7pm on Saturday (June 8)

DANCE: RG Dance Projects’ multimedia performance of “We Fall Down, We Get Up” at Universal Preservation Hall at 7:30pm on Saturday (June 8)

ART/MUSIC: Beekman Street Art Fair on Beekman Street runs from 10am-5pm on Sunday, featuring performances by New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band and Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers, as well as a juried art show with displays and demonstrations by local and regional artists.

GO HERE for a complete schedule of Saratoga ArtsFest events for 2013…

Tickets for the fest are a bit complicated to explain. You can purchase an ARTSPASS for $40; students 18 and over $20; military personnel $15; youth (age 17 and under) FREE. For many of the fest’s events the ARTSPASS will get you in free, while at other events the ARTSPASS will allow you to purchase tickets at a discounted price. Still other events that are part of the Saratoga ArtsFest are FREE for everyone – even without an ARTSPASS.

The LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival @ various locations, Lake George, 5/29-6/2/13
Berkshire International Film Festival, Great Barrington & Pittsfield, 5/30-6/2/13
Collar City Film Festival @ Monument Square, Troy, 5/31/13 (FREE)
Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/6-9/13
Art On Lark @ Lark Street, Albany, 6/8/13 (FREE)
Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam, 6/8-9/13
Capital Pride Festival @ Washington Park, Albany, 6/9/13 (FREE)
A Taste of Country Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/13-15/13
River Street Festival @ River Street, Troy, 6/15/13 (FREE)
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival @ Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, 6/15-16/13
Echo Music Festival @ Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam, 6/21/13
Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 6/21-23/13
Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, 6/28-30/13
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 6/29-30/13
Fourth of July Celebration @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 7/4/13 (FREE)
GE Kids’ Day @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 7/7/13 (FREE)
CountryFest @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, 7/13/13
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 7/18-21/13
Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 7/20/13
African American Family Day @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 8/3/13 (FREE)
The Big Up @ Hemlock Hollow Farm, Clavarack, 8/8-10/13
New York State Food Festival @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 8/14/13 (FREE)
Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ the Empire State Plaza, 9/14/13 (FREE)
FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/20-22/13

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