SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association Inc. will welcome the “Dancing with the Stars” runner-up and “Shake It Up!” Disney Channel sensation Zendaya to headline a free family concert at 3 p.m. Sunday during the 33rd annual Open House at Saratoga Race Course.
The first concert in recent memory to be held at the race track will feature a performance by Zendaya, who will be joined on-stage by a full band, five dancers and three back-up singers, during the open house hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Organizers said the annual day of family fun and attractions will mark the Opening Ceremonies for the 150th anniversary season at Saratoga Race Course, which officially opens its gates on Friday, July 19 for 40 days of racing through Labor Day, Monday, September 2.
“Hosting a free concert with Zendaya allows us to kick off the season in a grandiose way while staying true to our tradition of affordable family fun during this annual pre-season celebration,” said Rodnell Workman, vice president and chief marketing officer for NYRA. “We look forward to once again welcoming families through the gates as we launch a memorable anniversary season at Saratoga.”
The track apron will be available for non-ticketed general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. No blankets, chairs or pop-ups will be allowed.
Patrons will also have the chance to get a glimpse of the inner workings of the track with free backstretch tours every half hour beginning at 11 a.m. at the Clubhouse entrance.
This year’s event will continue the longstanding tradition of supporting local community and non-profit organizations through nominal fees for various games and activities and the sale of discounted food and beverages. The backyard will play host to a variety of activities including pony rides, inflatables, face painting, caricatures and mini golf, among other games. Kids can also take part in an equine-themed art contest in celebration of the 150th anniversary for the opportunity to win a named race and present a trophy in the winner’s circle during the summer meet.