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About the Festival
The 44th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival this June marks the first live jazz performances at SPAC in over a year! Gates will open at 10am each day and performances will run on the amphitheater stage from 12pm-6pm. Headlining this year’s Festival are Dianne Reeves, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Christian McBride’s New Jawn, Al Di Meola, Joey Alexander and Artemis, presented by Skidmore Jazz Institute. Acclaimed local artists Garland Nelson’s Joyful Noise and Hot Club of Saratoga round out the Festival, both presented by Caffé Lena. Tickets will be available for one or both days – check out Saturday’s line-up here and Sunday’s line-up here.
Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, this year’s Festival will look a bit different – ticketing information and safety protocols are below.
In order to maintain social distancing and uphold mandated guidelines by New York State, the 2021 festival will feature performances from 12pm-6pm on both days, all scheduled for the main amphitheater stage. Food and beverage options will be available on site. Guests are welcome to bring in their own blankets (no larger than their designated pod size), chairs and personal umbrellas or clip-on umbrellas. Essential personal items, food in a clear plastic bag and factory sealed water will also be permitted onto the grounds. To limit bag checks and allow for touchless entry whenever possible, coolers, beach umbrellas, tents, and tarps will not be permitted for this year.
Ticketholders who kept their seats from the 2020 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, which was canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be reseated and contacted by the box office. SPAC Members will have early ticket access depending on membership level beginning May 18. Tickets for the public will be available to purchase May 21.
Designated pods of two will be allocated and reserved for ticket buyers in the amphitheater, while designated pods of one, two and four will be available on the SPAC lawn. Amphitheater tickets start at $130 per pod, which seat up to two people. Lawn tickets are available to purchase for $150 for a two-person pod, or $300 for a four-person pod. Single tickets will be extremely limited and available starting at $65 for the amphitheater and $75 for the lawn. Advance ticket purchases are strongly advised, as ticket availability will be limited. If available, tickets will be on sale on the day of, but are subject to an additional fee.
COVID-19 Safety and Protocols
SPAC will be adhering to all mandated NYS guidelines. All attendees are required to show proof that they have completed their COVID-19 vaccination no sooner than 14 days prior to the event OR a negative 72-hour COVID-19 test. In addition, attendees are required to complete a health screening questionnaire and pass a mandatory temperature check prior to entry. Guests are required to wear a face mask that cover the nose and mouth at all times, regardless of proof of vaccination or negative test. Guests are permitted to bring up to one gallon of factory-sealed water, food in clear plastic bags, blankets (no larger than their designated pod size), chairs and personal umbrellas or clip-on umbrellas. Coolers, tents and tables are NOT permitted. Restrooms will be available with social distancing and enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols in place in accordance with recommended guidelines.
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