Caffè Lena

Recently renovated, this 1960s-era coffeehouse and music stalwart serves light bites and hosts world-class performers.

Founded in 1960, Caffè Lena is the oldest continually running coffee house in the United States and is widely recognized as the oldest continuously operating folk music venue as well.

World-class Entertainment for All

Caffè Lena is dedicated to presenting deserving talent regardless of fame and their diverse programming sets the stage for musical discovery year-round. With performances by Bob Dylan in the 1960s and Sawyer Fredericks less than 10 years ago, the venue has a long reputation of helping launch many well-loved artists. No matter the show, guests are promised world-class performances just feet away.

Caffè Lena is a non-profit organization in a renovated 19th-century building in Saratoga’s historic downtown. The renovations allow for the continuation of Caffè Lena’s celebrated programming for decades to come. Now 100% handicap-accessibility to the second-floor performance space is available, and the venue is more spacious with 110 seats, along with other improvements.

School of Music

Caffè Lena also has a School of Music for youth and adults. This unique school teaches its students without sheet music, instead allowing them to discover the instrument by ear. Classes are in small groups and can be for instruments like the banjo, fiddle, guitar, ukulele and others.

Full Capacity Starting July 30

On July 30, 2021, Caffè Lena will open to full capacity once again with a packed schedule of performances, although live streaming is still available on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Look forward to performances by The Quebe Sisters, Rory Block, Diana Jones and others. Open Mic Night will also return each Monday starting August 2. Sign-ups will begin at 6:30 p.m., and performances will begin at 7 p.m. While enjoying great music, snack on some of the delicious offerings like Lena’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and choose from a variety of beverages.

Visit Caffè Lena for great performances and a welcoming atmosphere that you won’t forget!

“One of my favorite music venues! Intimate venue with top talent and tons of cool history. Audience and volunteer staff always really care about the music.”

—Megan S., Yelp

Take Amtrak to Caffè Lena

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