The Calendar: What To Do In Saratoga Springs This Weekend

All the top events in the Capital Region on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Saratoga Beer Week
(Beer Summit)

This marks saratoga living‘s inaugural entry of The Calendar, our expertly curated list of the top events, live music, readings, workshops and everything else in between hitting the Capital Region on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of each week. The Calendar will be updated every Thursday, so that you’ll have a jump on your weekend plans.  Below, you’ll find one “featured” event, which we think is a must-see, along with a number of additional goings-on that should be on your radar. You’ll never have to ask, “What’s going on in Saratoga?” ever again.

Saratoga Beer Week – February 20-24

Saratoga’s Beer Week actually began on Tuesday, February 20, with an Official Kick Off Party at Henry Street Taproom. The annual celebration will continue through the weekend—with three featured events happening on Thursday (Whiskey Night), Friday (Cider Night) and Saturday (Beer Summit). “This is our seventh year which is really cool,” says Beer Week Coordinator Samantha Yates. “We have 160 craft beer samples from more than 80 breweries, some of which are local and some of which come from as far as Alaska.”

As is tradition, Saturday’s Beer Summit will be the can’t-miss event of the weekend, but festival sponsor America On Tap will be holding several major sampling parties at the Saratoga City Center as well, including the aforementioned Whiskey Night (a Beer Week first!) and Cider Night. Also on tap for the weekend, local vendors such as Toga Threads and Spirichill will be selling their wares onsite to festival-goers; the Albany Football League will have a table for potential new registrants; and reps from Schenectady County Community College will be spreading the word about their new brewing program. “It’s the end of February. Beer Week is the best way—if you’re a beer, cider or whiskey lover— to kick off your spring,” says Yates. “Come and spend your weekend meeting new people and sampling all these craft beers!”

How do you get to and from Beer Week without a set of wheels? America On Tap has you covered: They’ll be providing shuttles to and from the Saratoga City Center for patrons who may leave the event too tipsy to get behind the wheel and drive home. (Plus, there’s always Uber or Lyft.) Beer lovers who want to celebrate in style may be interested in signing up for the Saratoga Arms’ Beer Week package, which includes a three-night stay at the hotel, mere minutes from the event; exclusive in-room gifts; and, the morning of the Beer Summit, a four-course “Brewer’s Breakfast Bash” sponsored by local brewers Schmaltz. Proceeds for the Beer Summit’s coatcheck will go to Kiwanis, an international co-educational service club dedicated to finding creative ways to pursue the needs of children through fundraising and projects in their local communities.

Friday, February 23

 Saturday, February 24

Sunday 25

Sophia Perez
Sophia Perez

Sophia Perez is a California-raised freelance writer currently based in Brooklyn. She visited Saratoga Springs for the first time in the summer of 2016, at the tail-end of a four-month road trip across the United States. She doesn’t like the mineral water, which tastes like egg salad, but she drives up to Saratoga at least once a month to visit friends and eat doughboys.

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