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Caffe Lena

47 Phila St. P.O. Box 245
Saratoga Springs , NY , 12866
Phone: 518-583-0022
43° 4' 49.8036" N, 73° 47' 0.2256" W
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.Carolyn Shapiro
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Caffe Lena is an award-winning live music venue and music school located in the heart of Saratoga Springs. With 60 years of history, Caffe Lena provides an unparalleled listening experience in a community gathering space that is inspiring and inclusive. Although closed to the public due to COVID-19, Caffe Lena remains an anchor in our community providing nightly live streamed concerts and virtual music classes for all ages.

Caffe Lena has been a Saratoga treasure since 1960. Diverse programming sets the stage for musical discovery and is presented in an intimate listening room where your faith in the power of music will be renewed.

A History of Good Music

First opened in 1960, our roots are entwined with the social movements of that era. Emerging artists such as Bob Dylan, The Freedom Singers, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris and Don McLean played our stage, along with esteemed veterans such as Clarence Ashley, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James and Pete Seeger.

An Intimate Venue

Slip back in time at Caffe Lena’s historic venue. The small, relaxed setting seats up to 110 attendees and allows music lovers to sit just steps away from world-class performers including Judy Collins, Bela Fleck, Sawyer Fredericks and more. At Caffe Lena, you’ll see every foot tap, finger strum, and arm movement of these talented performers. Caffe Lena is 100% handicap accessible and opens its arms to all music fans.

Never Skipping a Beat


Since the onset of COVID-19, Caffe Lena has had to close its doors to the public. But this change has not slown us down. We now offer nightly live streamed concerts recorded live from our listening room with state of the art production. The Caffe Lena School of Music offers a plethora of virtual music classes for children and adults alike. 

Though our virtual introductory courses, children develop a core repertoire of folk songs, and learn to play their instrument by ear. Courses are available for banjo, fiddle, guitar, ukulele and more!