Sunday, July 15: Saratoga Race Course Open House 11am - 4pm Free admission
Friday, July 20: Opening Day
Friday, July 20: Family Fun Fridays - In the backyard of the track including a bounce inflatable plus arts and crafts. Family Fun Fridays will also run July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24 and August 31.
Friday July 20-22: Hats Off to Saratoga Festival. Nearly a dozen bands will line Broadway and nearby streets from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in downtown Saratoga Springs to provide fans with a memorable night of music and entertainment to celebrate the return of the thoroughbreds to Saratoga. Musical acts include Captain Squeezer and the Zydeco Moshers, MAXIMUS, Maryleigh & the Fauves, Skip Parsons Clarinet Marmalade Quartet, Jeff Strange, Bob Warren & Friends, and the Racing City Chorus.
Sunday, July 22: Hat Contest - Enter your favorite hat into one of three categories for a chance to win a great prize.
Friday, July 27: College Day - All college students admitted free with a college ID and will be entered to win a $1,000 scholarship after each race.
Friday, July 27: Party at the Spa - First post is at 2:30 p.m. and enjoy live music after the races.
Sunday, July 29: Giveaway - Saratoga baseball cap
Thursday, August 2: Mid-summer St. Patrick's Day - The luck 'o the Irish will take over the track with traditional Irish food, music and dance.
Sunday, August 5: NY Wine Event at the Track - Sample NY wine during the Galloping Grapes wine festival. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Sunday, August 12: Giveaway - Saratoga Picnic Mat
Friday, August 17: Fabulous Fillies Day - Dress in pink and celebrate women.
Sunday, August 19: Giveaway - Saratoga pilsner glass
August 18 - 26: 17th Annual Travers Stakes Festival
August 19 - 23: Travers 1864 Restaurant Week - Restaurants around the area will offer three-course meals for $18.64.
Wednesday, August 22: Stewart's Ice Cream Eating Contest - Participants will be in three groups of kids, teens and adults. Registration is at noon and the event is held outside the jockey silks area.
Thursday, August 23: Travers Celebration - Cocktail party, food stations and live music to benefit the Backstretch Employee Services Team and the Times Union Hope Fund. Tickets are $175. For more information: http://2012traverscelebration.eventbrite.com
Friday, August 24: American Red Cross Battle of the Brews - Sample microbrews and vote on your favorite. Admission is $30. Runs from noon to 4pm in the backyard.
Friday, August 24: Travers Eve Party - Celebrate Travers in downtown Saratoga. Jockeys will sign autographs from 7:30-8:30pm, music, live entertainment and acts all downtown from 7pm-10pm.
Saturday, August 25: 143rd Travers Stakes
Wednesday, August 29: Salute to Veterans
Friday, August 31: Party at the Spa - First post is at 2:30 p.m. and enjoy live music after the races.
Sunday, September 2: Giveaway - Saratoga fleece blanket
Sunday, Sept. 2 & Monday, Sept. 3: Family Fun Fest - The backyard area will host a variety of family-friendly attractions such as carnival games, face painting, caricatures, spin art and pony rides.
Sunday, Sept. 2 & Monday, Sept. 3: Times Union Labor Day Weekend BBQ