scoc_logo.gifSaratoga Springs, N.Y. - Saratoga County, New York once again offers several exciting cultural arts events and festivals during the summer of 2010. The fourth annual SaratogaArtsFest will showcase nationally known, as well as emerging and established local artists, through dance, music, theater, fine art, film and writing.  This four-day festival is highlighted by 75 events at various venues throughout Saratoga Springs from Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 13.  Some new features for this year include, a Working Artist Studio Walk, a Center Stage with ongoing musical performances, Family Day, a Saratoga Sculpture Project and more.  For a complete schedule of events and to purchase an ARTSPASS, go online to www.saratogaartsfest.org.  The 33rd Annual Freihofer's Jazz Festival will take place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center grounds Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27.  This legendary gathering has been entertaining jazz enthusiasts and families for decades.  The 2010 festival will be headlined by Gladys Knight, Al Jarreau & the George Duke Trio, Ramsey Lewis, Taj Mahal and more, as well as many first-time appearances by acclaimed artists.  For more information and a full performance schedule, visit www.spac.org.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is also home to a number of concerts and classical performances.  The New York City Ballet will come to Saratoga for its annual summer residency from July 6 through July 17.  This year is highlighted by sixteen ballets and Balanchine's full-length ballet, "A Midsummer Night's Dream".  The Philadelphia Orchestra will take the stage August 4 through 21, with the return of actor Alec Baldwin narrating "Peter and the Wolf", as well as Cirque de la Symphonie and a Farewell Concert for Charles Dutoit and Chantal Juillet.  Two dance companies will also perform, the José Limón Dance Company and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, June 10 and July 23, respectfully.  SPAC also hosts a number of music concerts this June, July and August, including Sugarland, Phish, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty, Chicago & The Doobie Brothers, Celtic Women, Sting, John Mayer and more. For more information, go online to www.spac.org or call the Box Office at 518-476-1000. The Lake George Opera at Saratoga presents two works this July at the Spa Little Theater, in the Saratoga Spa State Park.  Carmen (July 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18) and Viva la Mamma (July 9, 11, 15 & 17).  For more details, visit www.lakegeorgeopera.org. The Saratoga County Arts Council at The Arts Center has been promoting the arts and cultural diversity for over two decades.  The Arts Council offers workshops and classes, an art gallery, showings of independent films and special events.  The gallery is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, go online to www.saratoga-arts.org. Skidmore College recently opened a 54,000 square foot, state-of-the-art performing arts venue, the Arthur Zankel Music Center.  Now home to the college's music department, as well as host to numerous concerts, lectures and cultural events.  Visit the center's web site for full calendar of events at http://www.skidmore.edu/zankel/. Caffè Lena, which was voted Folk music's Best Small Venue in North America, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2010.  Known for past performances by Bob Dylan, Don McLean, Ani DiFranco and others, Caffè Lena offers theatrical performances, music concerts, poetry, open mic nights and workshops.  Go online to www.caffelena.org or call 518-583-0022, for more information and a schedule of events. The Beekman Street Art District is a located a few blocks off Broadway and encompasses art galleries, exhibits, specialty art stores, as well as eateries.  Visitors can find a variety of handmade artwork and goods made by regional painters, sculptors and designers.  Several arts and performance related vacation packages are available online at www.saratoga.org for visitors.  For more information or to plan a trip, go to www.saratoga.org or request a free travel guide by calling 1-800-526-8970.  About Saratoga, New York Saratoga's attractions and spectacular scenery have made it a premier Northeast destination for centuries.  Located approximately three hours from New York, Montreal and Boston, Saratoga features world-class horse racing, the performing arts, gaming, polo, award-winning golf courses, museums - including three National museums, a National Battlefield, Victorian architecture, great shopping, plentiful outdoor activities and so much more. Visitor information is available online at www.saratoga.org or by calling 1-800-526-8970.  The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce is the official Tourism Promotion Agency of Saratoga County, New York. 

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Contact: Greg Dixon Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce 518-584-3255 gdixon@saratoga.org www.saratoga.org