The witches are back and taking over the streets of Saratoga Springs, NY, for this year’s Annual Witch Walk and Dance Animal Benefit.
The Witch Walk & Dance is a fundraiser/benefit to raise donations to support animal organizations. The event has brought over 500 participants and thousands of dollars in donations for animal charities and revenue to the local businesses by encouraging folks to put together their most imaginative “witchy attire” and decorate the streets with their beautiful hats, brooms, and costumes all for an amazing cause.
It’s that time of year when the witches dress in their finest, pull out their brooms, and dance through the streets “shaking their bacon.” Spread the word & get ready to “Shake your bacon” all for a great cause on Saturday, October 21st, 2023! Dances originate from the Wolfshager Hexenbrut Witches of Germany and add an element of joy and fun to the event throughout the afternoon and evening. The Witch Way Wanderers Dancers dance the event away from 12:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Library, 1:30 in the new City Center Park on High Rock Avenue during registration and then again on Caroline Street to kick off the event at 2:30/3:00 p.m. Registration will take place between 2:00-4:00 p.m. at 37 High Rock Avenue at the City Center Parking Garage lower level.
For 17 years (originally the Ballston Spa Witch Walk) this event has quickly grown to bring in more donations and participants in turn making the event more colorful, inclusive, and creative along the way. We offer the opportunity to dance fun, flash mob-like dances to lively music throughout the evening in various locations that welcome us for the 5-15 minutes of dances. Historically, including teaching a few spectators or fellow “witches” along the way.
The final Dance Practice/ Dress Rehearsal is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18th at 5:30 pm at the City Center Park 37 High Rock Ave in Saratoga Springs.
The “witchy” participants patronize local businesses, explore the town, participate in the witch dances, and enjoy an evening out with friends making new friends along the way.
The “Witches” add an element of fall, Halloween, and everything October is meant to be when they come to town and “Wander” the streets for the evening!
Registration: Wristband Presale until 10/18 $25, After 10/18 $30 https://Witchwalksosa2023.eventbrite.com
Witching Story Time: https://sspl.libcal.com/event/10737345
Parking and maps link: https://www.discoversaratoga.org/plan/transportation/maps-and-parking/
Bars included in the open pub crawl: Bourbon Room, The Soundbar, The Misfit, Caroline Street Pub, Spa City Tap & Barrel, Lucy’s Bar, The Icehouse, Clancy’s Tavern, and Trotters will be offering witchy drink specials to participants with wristbands.
Magic Moon, located at 17 Phila Street, will give a free gift to the first 75 participants who show their wrist band and they will also receive 10% off purchases made that day. There may be readers offering short sessions as well. Contact 518-583-2884.
“I’d Rather Travel by Broomstick” an original art print by local artist, Colleen Shannon, will be available for purchase at the registration area, on October 21st, on a first come first serve basis. The 8” x 8” prints come with a dark gray mat & backing and are ready to go into a 12” x 12” frame. Colleen will be donating 10% of sales to the Witch Walk Sosa Event. Special event pricing is $35.00 before 10/21 (cash only). To purchase prior to the event, please text Colleen at 630-951-8959. The price will be $40.00 at the event(cash only). Pick up in Saratoga.
Animal Charities for 2023 include:
Adirondack Chapter of North Shore Animal League
Therapeutic Horses Of Saratoga
Whispering Willows Wild Care
Operation at Ease
Estherville Animal Shelter
Lucky Puppy Rescue