Travelers Can Enjoy Outdoor Recreation, Cultural Experiences, Equine Events, and Farms and Fairs this Summer in New York's Capital-Saratoga Region

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Summer getaways to New York's Capital-Saratoga Region offer visitors events, history, theater, concerts and more.

From the bright lights of the cities of Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs to the quiet countryside and lakes of Washington County and Fulton County, the Capital-Saratoga Region presents countless offerings for visitors.

From the bright lights of the cities of Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs to the quiet countryside and lakes of Washington County and Fulton County, the Capital-Saratoga Region presents countless offerings for visitors. The region, which stretches north to the Adirondacks, west along the Mohawk River and Erie Canal and east to the Vermont border, offers visitors outdoor recreation, cultural experiences, equine events, farms, fairs and much more. Visit for more details.

Experiences in the region include:

Outdoor Recreation
Visitors will find an abundance of outdoor recreation in the Capital-Saratoga Region, with thousands of acres of park lands, birding areas and many waterways to explore – including the Hudson River, Champlain Canal, Erie Canal and the 44 lakes in Fulton County. Great fishing spots are easy to come by, with the Great Sacandaga Lake, Saratoga Lake, the Hudson River, and fly fishing on the Battenkill all within the Capital-Saratoga Region.

Cultural Experiences
The Capital-Saratoga Region is rich in cultural experiences. Numerous art festivals, including Woodworking and Fine Arts Weekend, Open Studios Art Tour, a Kids Art Festival and others are on the summer calendar. Visitors can enjoy performances at venues such as Proctors, Hubbard Hall, Palace Theatre, Capital Repertory Theater and Spa Little Theater. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center hosts the New York City Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Don’t miss the newest addition to the region's arts calendar – Cirque Eloize at Proctors.

Every Wednesday evening from June through August, the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District and the City of Troy, along with DeCrescente Distributing Company, present the free, outdoor concert series Rockin’ on the River.

New for 2013 is Saratoga En Pointe!, a collection of twenty-four, five-foot tall pointe shoe sculptures on display throughout the City of Saratoga Springs. The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame commissioned local artists to decorate the shoes. The museum also has an En Pointe! exhibit about the myths, history and reality behind pointe shoes and ballet, now through November 24, 2013. For more information, visit

Equine Events
Horses and Saratoga are synonymous. This summer’s Saratoga Race Course thoroughbred season will be celebrating 150 years of racing with a five-month festival, Saratoga 150. Horses can also be seen at the Skidmore Saratoga Classic Horse Show, Saratoga Polo, Surya Polo in Greenwich or at harness racing at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Fun at Farms, Fairs and Markets
Agri-tourism is plentiful in the Capital-Saratoga Region, with county fairs and numerous farmers’ markets offering local produce and products. Enjoy craft beers at Browns Brewing Co., wine at Brookview winery, hard cider at Slyboro and spirits at the Albany Distilling Company.

Troy Night Out, which is held the last Friday of each month from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., is a celebration of arts and culture featuring arts venues, unique boutiques and restaurants staying open later and offering promotions. New for 2013 is the Twilight Market – a smaller version of the Troy Farmers Market, held at every Troy Night Out from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The annual Troy Pig Out has joined forces with BaconFestNY to make this year's event even more fun. The Troy Pig Out event welcomes professional BBQ teams from across the United States and Canada for a two-day weekend competition on July 13 and 14 – which includes a People's Choice St. Louis Rib competition on Saturday, and the "main event" on Sunday. Barbeque vendors, live music, and a special fireworks show over the Hudson River on Saturday night add to the fun. This year, 'Bacon Alley' will be added - a special section of the festival filled with vendors offering “bacon-y” treats sure to satisfy anyone's innermost bacon cravings.

The Knickerbocker Mansion, located in Schaghticoke, NY, will hold its summer festival Saturday July 20 to Sunday July 21. The Knickerbocker Mansion Summer Festival includes a Civil War encampment and program and cemetery tours. The event is open 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on both days. For more information, please visit

Sir William Johnson built his home in Johnstown, NY as a tribute to the claim he staked in the new frontier and it is still visited by local, national and international travelers 250 years later. The 250th anniversary of the Johnson Hall State Historic site will include events that run through mid-October. For event information and details, visit

Travelers can stay at an area hotel, motel or bed and breakfast to make their summer visit even more enjoyable. To learn more about the Capital-Saratoga Region’s seasonal events and vacation opportunities, please visit

About The Capital-Saratoga Tourism Region
New York’s Capital-Saratoga Region is made up of Albany, Fulton, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga and Washington Counties. With museums, wineries, performing arts venues, thoroughbred racing, hiking, fishing, farmers’ markets, art galleries, festivals and more the Capital-Saratoga Region offers much for travelers to see and experience.

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