Summer Fairs & Festivals in Hudson Valley, Upstate NY 2012

Summer’s in full swing, and the Valley is buzzing with events for all ages


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saratoga performing arts centerPhotograph by Paul Kolnick

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs NY

(June 1-Sept. 3)

The sheer size of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center — a 10-story covered amphitheatre that seats 5,200 people, and a sprawling lawn with room for 20,000 more — is in itself a thing to behold. More to the point, the venue offers a star-studded lineup of music and dance performances throughout the summer. This year, the two-week-long New York City Ballet season is especially noteworthy. The troupe presents 16 ballets, including new works by Christopher Wheeldon and Benjamin Millepied; Peter Martins’ full-length production of Romeo + Juliet (July 19 & 21); and Balanchine classics including Firebird, Symphony in C, and Barocco/Kammermusik (July 10). The Ballet Gala (July 14) showcases a world premiere by rising choreographer and NYCB dancer Justin Peck.

Other outstanding SPAC offerings include concerts by the Zac Brown Band (June 1), Brad Paisley (June 29), Phish (July 6-8), and Jason Mraz (Sept. 2); the Opera Saratoga series (July 6-15) with productions of Rigoletto, The Mighty Casey, and Trial by Jury/Le 66; August performances by the resident Philadelphia Orchestra with soloists like famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violin virtuoso Joshua Bell; as well as chamber music, cabaret, and the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival (June 30-July 1). $15-$250; 518-587-3330 or

» Next fest: Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville (June 1-Sept. 30)


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