Lake George Winter Carnival 2017

Weekends In February Are Winter Carnival Time!

Lake George Village offers a month-long celebration of winter during this annual family-friendly festival! The Winter Carnival takes place each weekend throughout February, so mark your calendar now and get ready to take part in the fun.

snowmobile races at the Lake George Winter Carnival

Relish the warmth of tasty samples during the chowder, chili, BBQ, and chicken wing cook-offs. Enjoy the always hilarious and fun outhouse races - a crowd pleasing favorite - as well as dog sled, ATV, snowmobile races and more!

Kids can participate in children's activities, enjoy an ATV wagon or pony ride, and toast marshmallows on the beach. And that's just a sample; there's so much fun for everyone! View the complete list of activities below.

What Happens If There's No Ice?

Although Lake George is usually frozen solid by February, there are some years (like 2016) when mild temperatures cause the ice to be unsafe for the Winter Carnival's normal activities.

If ice-dependent events need to be canceled or relocated, that information will be announced on the Winter Carnival's Facebook page or website.

We will continue to make updates to this page through the end of the Carnival.

2017 Winter Carnival Activities:

Every Weekend in February

Lake George Winter Carnival

The following events are ones you can enjoy every Saturday and Sunday at the Lake George Winter Carnival during the month of February:

  • All day - Helicopter Rides (fee) - Rides will take place at the lake. For info, call Bruce at 518-361-1380. If no ice, rides will take off from Fort William Henry
  • All day - Giant Ice Slide - Shepard Park
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - ATV Wagon Rides for Kids ($2) - In front of Duffy's Deli if no ice
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Make Your Own Sundae Sundays - Shepard Park Beach sponsored by Stewart's Shops (Sundays Only)
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Children’s Activities and Face Painting - King Neptune’s Restaurant
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Pony Rides ($5) - Shepard Park
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • 2:00 PM - LG Dog's Got Talent Show - Shepard Park Beach
  • 3:00 PM - Polar Plunge - Shepard Park Beach
  • 6:00 PM - Fireworks Over The Lake (Saturdays Only)

The 2017 Winter Carnival Schedule:

Weekend 1: Saturday, February 4th & Sunday, February 5th, 2017

  • Sat 12:00 PM - Noon Opening Ceremonies - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 12:30 PM - Chili Cook Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 12:30 PM - Outhouse Races - Registration at Duffy's at 10:00 AM
  • Sat 4:00 PM - Lake George Winter Carnival Parade - North on Canada St. to Amherst St.
  • Sat 4:00 PM - Bonfire on the Beach - Shepard Park Beach - Toast marshmallows and watch the fireworks
  • Sat 6:00 PM - Fireworks - Over the Lake
  • Sat & Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Dogsled Rides - $20 - On the lake, if no ice, then at the Festival Space at West Brook Road
  • Sun 11:00 AM - ADK Youth Hockey Scrimmage - On the lake
  • Sun 2:00 PM - Superbowl Sunday Pre-Game Warm Up - Keg Toss Competition at Shepard Park Beach

Weekend 2: Saturday, February 11th & Sunday, February 12th, 2017

  • Sat - 4X4 Truck Races - hosted by King Neptune's Restaurant
  • Sat 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Registration - ATV Poker Run/Scavenger Hunt - at Duffy's, call 518-361-2559 for more info
  • Sat 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - BBQ Cook Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 1:00 PM - Duck Race - Shepard Park Beach - Buy a duck for $10
  • Sat 4:00 PM -Bonfire on the Beach - Shepard Park Beach - Toast marshmallows and watch the fireworks
  • Sat 6:00 PM - Fireworks - Over the Lake
  • Sat 2:00 PM & Sun 1:00 PM - Human Foosball Tournament - Boardwalk Parking Lot
  • Sat & Sun - Breezy Hill Alpaca Farm - Shepard Park
  • Sat & Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Dogsled Rides - $20 - On the lake, if no ice, then at the Festival Space at West Brook Road
  • Sun - Human Foosball Tournament - Sign up teams of 6, at the Boardwalk parking lot, call Linda at 518-361-2559
  • Sun 11:00 AM - ADK Youth Hockey Scrimmage - On the lake

Weekend 3: Saturday, February 18th & Sunday, February 19th, 2017

  • Sat 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Registration - ATV Poker Run/Scavenger Hunt - Duffy's
  • Sat - NY State AMA Sanctioned Motorcycle & ATV Ice Races, hosted by Duffy's
  • Sat 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Chowder Cook Off - Shepards Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 4:00 PM - Bonfire on the Beach - Shepard Park Beach - Toast marshmallows and watch the fireworks
  • Sat 6:00 PM - Fireworks - Over the Lake
  • Sat & Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Dogsled Rides - $20 - On the lake, if no ice, then at the Festival Space at West Brook Road
  • Sat & Sun - Breezy Hill Alpaca Farm - Shepard Park
  • Sun 11:00 AM - ADK Youth Hockey Scrimmage - on the lake
  • Sun - Human Foosball Tournament - Sign up teams of 6, at the Boardwalk parking lot, call Linda at 518-361-2559

Weekend 4: Saturday, February 25th - Sunday, February 26th, 2017

  • Sat 12:00 PM - Chicken Wing Cook Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 4:00 PM - Bonfire on the Beach - Shepard Park Beach - Toast marshmallows and watch the fireworks
  • Sat 6:00 PM - Fireworks - Over the Lake
  • Sun - Dogsled Rides - $20 - Festival Space
  • Sun - Car Races - Sanctioned car races on the ice
  • Sun 11:00 AM - ADK Youth Hockey Scrimmage - On the lake
  • Sun 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Glacier Golf Tournament - Sign up teams of 2 or 4, call 518-683-5333
  • Sun 3:30 PM - Raffle Drawing - Shepard Park Beach

All events are weather and ice permitting, LGWC will not be held responsible for any canceled events or races.

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