The Saratoga Performing Arts Center takes pride in the wide array of events they host. In order to better prepare guests, the venues rules and guidelines will be broken down according to event type. Please take great care in ensuring you are following the correct protocol for your event.

Amphitheater rules may be subject to change. We recommend checking the Live Nation listing here, for a full list of the latest rules and information.

Below are the ground rules for anyone attending events at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Please make sure you know the rules and regulations before attending any event.

Permitted Items

Please note: The items listed below are subject to change or vary on show day.

  • ONLY small clutches, wristlets, or fanny packs no bigger than 6”x 9” OR clear plastic bags NO BIGGER than 12″x6″x12” will be allowed inside.
  • Lawn Chairs (Subject to the guidelines listed below)
  • Binoculars
  • Umbrellas (personal-sized, no pointed ends)
  • Food – in a clear, 1-gallon zip-lock bag
  • Water – an empty water bottle OR up to 1 gallon of water in a factory sealed bottle is permitted.
  • Small blankets
  • Strollers (if used to transport a child). Due to the size of the crowds, we advise against bringing strollers and it will be difficult to navigate.
  • Medicine / Prescriptions
  • Breast pumps / milk coolers

Items Not Permitted

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs/substances
  • Glass containers
  • Cans
  • Hard/soft coolers
  • Average sized bags/backpacks
  • Large or oversized bags/backpacks, such as luggage, duffel bags, or industrial/camping-sized backpacks
  • Laser pointers
  • Animals (except ADA approved service animals)
  • Fireworks
  • iPads/tablets
  • Selfie sticks

Bag policy

To reduce staff contact with guest belongings, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center has implemented the following bag policy:
They allow clear plastic, vinyl or PVC tote bags no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” and/or small clutches, wristlets, or fanny packs that are not clear (6”x 9”).
No other bags of any type will be allowed.

Camera Policy

Small point-and-shoot cameras are acceptable. Professional cameras and equipment, including tripod, detachable lenses, and zoom lenses, are strictly prohibited.

Cashless Payment

All points of sale will only accept credit and debit.
For fans who wish to use cash, or do not have a credit or debit card, there is a Cash to Card kiosk in the main concession plaza to exchange cash for card, dollar for dollar, without any service fees.

Lawn chairs

For the safety, comfort and experience of all fans, venue management reserves the right to not permit outside lawn chairs from being brought into the venue. A limited number of lawn chair rentals will be available for advance purchase online or at the venue on the day of the event, while supplies last.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed within the Live Nation Family Zones located on the lawn.

Festivals, Concerts & Orchestra

Jazz Festivals:

Guests are permitted to bring alcohol, although anyone consuming alcoholic beverages must be prepared to show a current, government issued ID. Coolers are allowed as well.

Ballet & Orchestra:

Alcohol is permitted on the premises, though food, coolers, and cooking equipment of any kind are not. Smoking is not allowed in the center lawn area.

Rock & Pop Concerts:

Guests are welcome to bring food and water. All food must fit into a clear, one gallon plastic bag. Water is allowed – up to one gallon – and is to be in a factory sealed container. No open bottles, glass bottles, or alcohol of any kind is allowed. Beer is served at all events: Purchaser is required to have a current, government issued ID.