The Calendar: What’s Going On In Saratoga Springs This Weekend

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

Kentucky Derby
The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 5. (Roderick Eime/Flickr)

Welcome to the Calendar at saratogaliving.com—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. As always, the Calendar will be updated every Thursday, so that you’ll have a jump on your weekend plans. You’ll never have to ask “What’s going on in Saratoga?” ever again. Today’s calendar is a special Kentucky Derby Day edition.

Derby Day In Saratoga – Saturday, May 5

This weekend brings all the feels—and makes me want to crank the Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers” loud while I drive down Broadway in Saratoga with my windows rolled down. You know, for the kicker line: “Oh, when you’re sitting in back in your rose-pink Cadillac, making bets on Kentucky Derby Day.” Yes, Saturday marks the 144th running of the fabled “Run for the Roses,” and given that we’re a horse town, we need to jump on the bandwagon and watch the race, no matter what. Where to watch it is an altogether different question. There are more than a few options in town (see below).

Not to mention the fact that it’ll also be Cinco de Mayo, so it’s clear that Saratogians—and anyone else who wants to join in—will have quite a few options to party down this weekend.

The National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame is throwing its annual Derby Day bash, with samplings of local beers and spirits and Kentucky-inspired dishes from local restaurants. Guests are encouraged to “dress to impress.”

The Saratoga Casino and Hotel has its own Derby party going down, with tables and lounge reservations coming in at $16 a pop at the Vapor Night Club. Not to mention that you can gamble while you gamble!

The Saratoga National golf course has its own soirée for Derby Day, which costs $30/person and features live music by Grand Central Station.

R&R Kitchen + Bar at 43 Phila Street has drink specials from 1pm to 7pm on Derby Day.

The ReRun Thoroughbred Aftercare. It starts at 3pm sharp.

2 West Bar & Grille is throwing its own hybrid Derby/Cinco de Mayo extravaganza. Make sure you download that Uber app!

The Lodge also has its own “And They’re Off” Derby event from 4pm to 8pm, which sponsors Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar.

There’s also saratoga living neighbor Cantina, where I’m sure they’ll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo all day. There’s a TV at the bar, so my guess is they’ll also be showing the Derby.


Friday, May 4

“The Ambassador of Soul,” Ellis Hall – 8pm at Caffè Lena – 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs

Lucid with Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Adrian Aardvark – 63a Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs

Saturday, May 5

Cars and Coffee – 8am to 10am at the Saratoga Auto Museum – 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Farmers’ Market – 9am to 1pm in High Rock Park – Saratoga Springs

NYS Collegiate Rowing Championships – Fish Creek – Saratoga Springs

Free Comic Book Day – 10am to 5pm at The Comic Depot – 514 Broadway – Saratoga Springs

Will Levith

Will Levith is Editorial Director at Saratoga Living and Capital Region Living magazine. He's a native Saratogian and graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. His work has been published by Esquire, Playboy, Condé Nast Traveler, Men's Health, RealClearLife and many others. He lives in Troy with his wife, Laura, and dog, Esopus.


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