FREE FEST: Hats Off Music Festival in Saratoga This Weekend

Erin Harkes
Erin Harkes

Photograph by Tim Reidy

Yes, the race track opens in Saratoga Springs on Friday, and as is the tradition here in the Spa City, the annual Hats Off Music Festival takes over downtown with a variety of free outdoor music on the track’s opening weekend. Performances run from 7-11pm on Friday & Saturday (July 21 & 22).

Unfortunately, the free street fest has been in downsizing mode recently, and this year is no exception. Back in 2011, the fest featured 10 bands at nine different venues around downtown. By 2015 to schedule had shrunk to eight bands at six venues. This year, the fest is down to just five bands – only four on Saturday… But it’s free so I guess we shouldn’t be complaining.

Anyway, here’s a round-up of who’s playing where at the 2017 Hats Off Music Festival:

Sirsy @ Adirondack Trust Company
Alan Darcy @ Ben & Jerry’s
The Erin Harkes Band @ Caroline Street
Hot Club of Saratoga @ North Broadway (NOTE: Friday only)
Racing City Chorus @ the Adelphi Hotel and Druthers

BERNE SUMMERFEST @ Berne Town Park, Berne, July 22, FREE
BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 5, FREE
NEW YORK STATE FOOD FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 9, FREE
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 15-17
PEARLPALOOZA @ North Pearl Street, Albany, September 16, FREE
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 16 & 17, FREE

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