Real Good for FREE: Hats Off Music Festival, Saratoga Springs

The annual Hats Off Music Festival returns to the streets of downtown Saratoga Springs this weekend to celebrate the opening of the racing season on Friday.

A wide array of bands and musicians will enliven Broadway and the surrounding streets on Friday and Saturday nights with their free performances.

Here’s the line-up of who’s playing where… and when:

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FRIDAY, JULY 20

Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers
at Ellsworth Jones Place (by the City Center)
7, 9:30pm

Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Quartet
at the Collamer Parking Lot
7, 8:30 & 9:45pm

Jeff Strange
at the Post Office
7, 8:30 & 9:45pm

Bob Warren & Friends
at the Adirondack Trust Co. Drive-Through
7, 8, 9:15 & 10:15pm

The Jack Russell Terrorists
on Caroline Street
7 & 9:30pm

MaryLeigh & the Fauves
on Division Street
7, 8:15 & 10pm

Chris Cooley
at Eddie Bauer
7pm

Rachel Matthews
at Eddie Bauer
8:15, 9:15 & 10:15pm

The Racing City Chorus
at Ben & Jerry’s
7, 8 & 9pm

SATURDAY, JULY 21

Aged in the Hills
at Ellsworth Jones Place (by the City Center)
7, 8:15, 9:15 & 10:15pm

Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Quartet
at the Collamer Parking Lot
7, 8:30 & 9:45pm

Jeff Strange
at the Post Office
7, 8:30 & 9:45pm

Bob Warren & Friends
at the Adirondack Trust Co. Drive-Through
7, 8, 9:15 & 10:15pm

The Jack Russell Terrorists
on Caroline Street
7 & 9:30pm

MaryLeigh & the Fauves
on Division Street
7, 8:15 & 10pm

Chris Cooley
at Eddie Bauer
7pm

Rachel Matthews
at Eddie Bauer
8:15, 9:15 & 10:15pm

Bernie Branch
at Ben & Jerry’s
7, 8, 9 & 10pm

ADDITIONAL REAL GOOD FOR FREE EVENTS:

Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society’s Blues Celebration @ Stockade Imports, Saratoga Springs (Friday & Saturday, July 20-21)
New York State Summer Writers Institute @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs (weekdays through July 27)
East Greenbush Community Library Summer Concerts @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush (various days thru August 1)
Freedom Park Concert Series @ Freedom Park, Scotia (various days thru August 29)
Performing Arts at the Common @ Clifton Common Stage, Clifton Park (various days thru August 26)
Dana Park Concert Series @ Dana Park, Albany (Mondays thru August 27)
Upper Madison Concert Series @ Elks Lodge lawn, Albany (Mondays thru August 20)
Music On Main Street @ NBT Bank lawn, Canajoharie (Tuesdays thru August 14)
Brunswick Summer Concerts @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Brunswick (Tuesdays thru August 28)
Altamont Summer Concert Series @ Orsini Park, Altamont (Tuesdays thru August 7)
Concerts On the Lawn @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown (Tuesdays thru July 24)
Cook Park Concert Series @ Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays thru August 28)
Sounds of Summer @ VFW Hall, Great Barrington (Tuesdays thru August 28)
Summer Concert Series @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Wednesdays thru August 29)
Hudson.River.Music. @ Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson (Wednesdays thru August 15)
Rockin’ On the River @ Green Island Bridge parking lot, Troy (Wednesdays thru August 29)
Together at Twilight Concert Series @ Voorheesville Public Library, Voorheesville (select Wednesdays thru August 8)
Music in the Park @ the North End Firehouse, Rensselaer (Wednesdays thru August 29)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (Thursdays thru August 30)
Alive at Five @ Riverfront Park, Albany (Thursdays thru August 9)
Backlot Music Festival @ Waterford Public Library, Waterford (Thursdays thru July 26)
Guilderland Performing Arts Center @ Tawasentha Park, Guilderland (Thursdays thru August 23)
Concerts in the Park @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa (Thursdays thru August 30)
Music in the Park @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays thru August 30)
Arts in the Park Concerts @ Veterans’ Memorial Centre Park, Cobleskill (Thursdays thru August 16)
Fridays at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Fridays thru September 7)
Music at Sunset @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson (Fridays thru August 31)
Upbeat On the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (Fridays thru August 31)
Canal Square Summer Concerts @ Canal Square, Cohoes (Fridays thru August 31)
Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library, Albany (select Fridays thru September 21)
The Summer Sounds of Salem @ the Train Depot Green, Salem, (Saturdays thru September 1)
Riverlink Summer Concert Series @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays thru August 25)
Poets in the Park @ Washington Park, Albany (Saturdays thru July 28)
Powers Park Concert Series @ Powers Park, Troy (Saturdays in July and August)
Music in the Garden @ Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, Clifton Park, Friday, August 3
McDonald’s African American Family Day @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Saturday, August 4
Empire State Plaza Food Festival @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Wednesday, August 15
Local Legends Live @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Saturday, September 8
Hannaford Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Saturday, September 22

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