The event schedule will feature a number of new happenings alongside returning traditions and perennial favorites. Coca-Cola will return as the official sponsor of the Saratoga Pavilion, the on-track venue where NYRA hosts 40 days of special events. The Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion is where fans will gather to enjoy the majority of event activities during the summer meet.
Taste NY: Wine & Spirits
Every Thursday beginning July 11
Come sample varietals of wine and spirits from the best of the best New York State wineries and distilleries. Enjoy live music while sipping on select spirits every Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. Five samples are just $5! Guests must be 21 years or older to participate.
Taste NY: Craft Beer & Cider
Every Friday beginning July 12
Come sample varietals of craft beers and ciders from the best of the best New York State breweries and cideries. Enjoy live music while sipping on select spirits every Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. Five samples are just $5! Guests must be 21 years or older to participate.
Every Saturday beginning July 13
Showcasing the tradition of style in thoroughbred racing, Fashion Saturdays will feature women's and men's fashion apparel from local retailers such as The Pink Paddock, Miss Scarlett Boutique and The National, as well as a selection of home décor and jewelry items. Guests can stop by the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Berkshire Bank Family Sundays
Every Sunday beginning July 14
Guests may visit the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a wide variety of family-friendly activities, games, attractions and educational activities each Sunday of the All games and activities are free.
Military Appreciation Day
Wednesday, July 24
Saratoga Race Course will pay tribute to active military members and veterans in appreciation of their sacrifice and service to our nation. Guests can stop by the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion to view exhibits and activities throughout the day and all veterans and active duty military will receive free Grandstand admission with military ID. Veterans from World War II to those currently serving will be recognized prior to several of the day’s races, including a special ceremony in the Winner’s Circle following the third race.
Taste NY: Food Day
Wednesday, July 31
Taste NY: Food Day welcomes fans to enjoy a lively on-track market of numerous food vendors featuring products made exclusively in New York State, including crackers, granola, preserves, gelato, olive oil and dessert cakes. The market will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion.
First Responders Day
Wednesday, August 7
Saratoga Race Course will honor police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics during First Responders Day. The Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion will feature interactive exhibits and activities throughout the day, in addition to fire engines and police cars on display. All first responders will receive free Grandstand admission with proper ID.
Wednesday, August 14
Highlighting the majestic Adirondacks region, Adirondacks Day will take place all day at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavillion. Saratoga Race Course will feature activities, exhibits and entertainment which showcase the great attractions of the Adirondacks in upstate New York.
New York Sports Day
Wednesday, August 21
Fans will have the opportunity to learn about the many teams and leagues with a home field advantage in the Capital Region during the first New York Sports Day at Saratoga. Participating teams and colleges include the Tri-City ValleyCats, Adirondack Thunder, University at Albany and Siena Athletics. The Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion will feature exhibits and activities from local sports teams from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stewart's Ice Cream Eating Contest
Wednesday, August 21
Come to Saratoga Race Course to compete in the ultimate in chilly contests at the annual Stewart's Ice Cream Eating Contest. Contestants will be divided into three age groups - kids, teens and adults - as they battle to see who can eat a pint of ice cream the fastest. The competition will take place in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion.
Italian & Irish American Day
Wednesday, August 28
The day-long celebration of Italian and Irish heritage will feature traditional music, dance, food, entertainment and games at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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