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Belmont Stakes Watch Parties & Saratoga Springs Race Day Events

As the Belmont Stakes comes to Saratoga Springs, tickets are sold out, but there’s plenty of watch parties at local establishments full of excitement shared with other racing fans.

The 2024 Belmont Stakes is being held this year at the Saratoga Race Track in Saratoga Springs, NY on June 8th. While tickets to the event itself are sold out, there are still opportunities to experience the excitement through resale outlets like Ticketmaster and SeatGeek.

This June, Saratoga Springs will be abuzz with excitement as it hosts the prestigious Belmont Stakes for the very first time. Often referred to as the “Test of the Champion,” this grueling race is the final leg of the Triple Crown, a coveted title in the world of horse racing. To achieve Triple Crown glory, a three-year-old thoroughbred must conquer all three races: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. With its historic track and passionate fans, Saratoga promises an electrifying atmosphere for this year’s Belmont Stakes, making it a can’t-miss event for racing enthusiasts everywhere.

If you’re unable to get a ticket or attend the live event at Saratoga Race Course, you can still join the festivities outside the clubhouse. Several local restaurants and gathering spots in Saratoga Springs are hosting a plethora of Belmont Stakes watch parties

Dance Fire Studio – Party For a Cause

Dance Fire Studio Saratoga is hosting their Belmont Stakes Viewing Party from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on race day. Attendees can watch Belmont Stakes on a big screen while enjoying delicious refreshments. All proceeds from ticket sales will directly benefit Old Friends at Cabin Creek, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing dignified retirement homes for retired racehorses. Tickets are available online at eventbrite.

Horsin’ Around Watch Party at UPH

Universal Preservation Hall is hosting “Horsin’ Around” – a lively Belmont Stakes watch party in downtown Saratoga Springs. Guests can experience the thrills on a 24-foot screen with on-site NYRA Bets wagering, outdoor/indoor games, multiple bars, food trucks, live performances and more immersive festivities. The event starts at 4:00 PM and features a performance by the musical group Shine On.

Mama Mia’s Restaurant

One of the watch party hotspots is Mama Mia’s Restaurant (185 Ballston Ave), featuring 4 televisions, a $50 buffet with shrimp cocktail and antipasto, plus a cash bar from 12 Noon – 6:00 PM. Reservations can be made by calling 518-583-7783.

Morton’s The Steakhouse Belmont Stakes Breakfast

Located at the Saratoga Casino and Hotel, Morton’s the Steakhouse is offering a brunch-sized breakfast from 7am – 10am on both June 8 and June 9. The cost is $49 per person, reservations can be made by via OpenTable.

Saratoga Casino and Hotel

The Saratoga Casino Hotel is offering a variety of ways to experience the thrill of the Belmont Stakes this year. Whether you’re a seasoned gambler or just looking to catch the race with a drink in hand, the casino has something for you.

For those who want to stay on the casino floor, tellers and self-service betting kiosks will be readily available. Large TVs throughout the gaming area will ensure you don’t miss a second of the action while playing slots or your favorite table games. For a more relaxed atmosphere, Mane Bar and Diamond Jim’s will be offering drinks and a lively viewing experience.

The Mezzanine level will provide on-track betting odds with tellers and self-service kiosks available all weekend. Doors open at 9:00 am on both Friday and Saturday, with Fortunes Restaurant opening at noon on Saturday to accommodate overflow seating and wagering.

For those seeking a truly immersive experience, the Vapor bar boasts a massive 16-foot screen broadcasting the race. The bar will be open with self-service betting terminals starting at 4:00 PM on Saturday. After the race, unwind at the Rewind Party featuring DJ NPG. Reservations are recommended, so call 518.581.5775 to secure your spot.

And if the Belmont Stakes isn’t enough excitement for one day, the Saratoga Casino will also be hosting live harness racing at the Spa Oval with the first post at 5:00 PM.

The Bunker

The upscale Bunker (307 Broadway) is offering a luxury experience with private suite viewing packages from 9am – 12am. Event pacakges can be booked online at and can include private indoor golf bays, dart boards and even VIP suites.

Other Belmont Stakes Festivities Happening Around Saratoga Springs

The Belmont Stakes excitement extends beyond just the race day itself, with festivities happening across Saratoga Springs over the entire weekend. From kick-off parties to celebratory brunches, the region is embracing the spirit of this renowned Triple Crown event. While some details are still being finalized, here’s a look at other Belmont Stakes happenings taking place around town:

Other Belmont Stakes Festivities Happening Around Saratoga Springs include:

Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady is offering an “Unforgettable Belmont Weekend Experience” with exclusive drink specials like Miller Drafts, White Claw, Modelo and the signature Belmont Breeze Cocktail. The Landing Hotel Patio hosts “Sunset Sips” nightly with a specialty drink menu and live DJs from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

Pre-race festivities kick off on June 7th with The Mill on Round Lake’s patio party featuring DJ Romantics.

On Belmont Stakes day itself, the Holiday Inn is hosting a lavish $77 Champagne Brunch from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM with live entertainment. The National Museum of Racing has a free “Saturday Morning Social” from 9am – 11am with exhibits, handicapping seminars and more.

With sold out Belmont Stakes tickets, Saratoga Springs is the place to be for race fans looking to celebrate and watch the action at lively local watch parties.

Quarters Bar After Party

For those looking to keep the buzz going after the Belmont Stakes, Quarters Bar (117 Ballston Avenue) is hosting an after party for race day enthusiasts. Starting at 7:30 PM, Quarters Bar invites guests to extend the day’s excitement promising “good people” and “plenty of parking” for those seeking to unwind, share race recaps, and celebrate (or commiserate) with fellow horse racing fans.