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Mark Your Calendar for These Top Annual Events in the Lake George Area

Lake George has thrilling events worth checking out all year long! From maple and whitewater rafting in the spring to Americade in the summer to a fishing derby and jazz weekend in the fall and much more, we've rounded up the top annual events you won't want to miss out on.

Browse the list below, and mark your calendars so you don't miss a moment of the excitement.

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Top Spring & Summer Events to Look Forward To

Thurman Maple Days

March 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 2024

March is maple season in the Lake George area, and all month long pancake breakfasts, sugar house tours, and more maple fun takes place. The cornerstone of these events in the region is the Thurman Maple Days in Thurman and Athol.

Other non-maple farms typically participate in the event too, so you can enjoy additional activities like goat cheese tastings, sausage samplings, tractor wagon rides, and more. This is a self-guided tour where you pick where you want to go.

The Great Upstate Boat Show

pontoon boats

March 22-24, 2024

With warmer days approaching, many of us are thinking about spending days on the water. Luckily, The Great Upstate Boat Show is the largest boat sales event between New York City and Montreal. Taking place at the Adirondack Sports Complex, this has become a tradition for many boat enthusiasts. Thousands attend each year between the deals and seeing new boat models to hit the water!

Warrensburg Bike Rally

bike rally

May 28 - June 4, 2024

One of the best weekends for anyone that loves to motorcycle is in late May. The Warrensburg Bike Rally takes place on the same weekend as Americade. This will be the 22nd year for the event and it is free to participate in. Ring in the summer season with an event filled weekend!

Americade Motorcycle Rally

May 29 - June 1, 2024

The biggest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally in the world takes place every year in Lake George: Americade. Like Elvis Festival, Americade takes place over several days, with multiple events happening in different locations throughout Lake George. There are guided rides (including charity rides), exhibits and vendors, fireworks, parades, contests, and much more.

Over 50,000 riders, passengers, and spectators come out for Americade, and the rally has continued to draw increasingly large crowds with each year that passes. Americade has earned a reputation for being family-friendly, so make sure to bring the kids out for this one!

LARAC June Arts Festival

June 14&15 2025

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) hosts the LARAC June Arts Festival each year in nearby Glens Falls. You can expect over 200 exhibitors and crowds of around 15,000 at this fun event.

Shoppers browse products like jewelry, home decor, outdoor decor, gourmet food, fine art, textiles, and more. You can also expect arts demonstrations, kids activities, food concessions, and live music performances. This event is free to attend and happens rain or shine.

Adirondack Wine & Food Festival

June 29 - 30, 2024

Wine and food enthusiasts will not want to miss out on this incredible festival with over 120 New York State craft beverage producers and food vendors. The Adirondack Wine & Food Festival highlights some of the best wineries, breweries, distilleries, artisanal food vendors, food trucks, and craft vendors that our region has to offer.

The festival takes place outdoors at the Charles R. Wood Park Festival Commons, and is considered to be the official start to summer in Lake George. Besides being able to sample dozens of beverages and food to make your taste buds dance, there are also cooking demonstrations, bartender demonstrations, and a Kids Activity Tent.

Adirondack Theatre Festival

June 27- August 7, 2024

Even if you're not normally a theater-goer, you will want to check these plays out. The Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls is a hugely popular event, with shows typically selling out and attendance and subscribership increasing each year. In addition to the mainstage productions they often have comedy, magic, and a dinner theater for kids.

Discover more about the Adirondack Theatre Festival »

Best 4th in the North

fireworks in ticonderoga

July 1-4, 2024

If any place knows how to celebrate the Fourth of July, it's Ticonderoga. The Best 4th in the North is a full four days of fun in the Adirondacks. This includes the Montcalm Mile, a parade, and a beautiful display of fireworks. The celebrations will take place in Bicentennial Park with live music, games, rides, and food vendors. This is an event you do not want to miss during the summer!

Rock the Dock Music Festival

rock the dock

July 13, 2024

Lake George is one of the best places to experience music during the summer. The Rock the Dock Music Festival is a family friendly event that occurs each year. Enjoy the sounds of well known bands in the region, whether you are on the dock or on board one of the steamboats. This is guaranteed to be an incredible experience you will have from live music. 

Smoke Eaters Jamboree

July 26-27, 2024 

Just north of Lake George is Warrensburg, which hosts the Smoke Eaters Jamboree each summer. As the name suggests, you can be prepared for incredible grilled food like barbecue chicken and corn on the cob, but there's also live music, karaoke, carnival rides, fireworks, and entertainment for kids. All proceeds for this event go towards the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Company.

Lake George Art & Craft Festival

art and craft festival

August 2-4, 2024

One of the best festivals in the Adirondack region is the Lake George Art & Craft Festival. With over 100 artists, there will be many handmade creations to look at or purchase. The three days are full of live music and wonderful festival fare. There will be refreshing beverages and activities for kids too.

Stony Creek Mountain Days Festival

men lumberjacking
Photo provided by Stony Creek Chamber of Commerce

August 3 - 4, 2024

Stony Creek, located just under 30 minutes west of Lake George, is home to the Stony Creek Mountain Days Festival. This weekend-long event calls on participants to channel their inner lumberjack as they enjoy family-friendly fun. You can see lumberjack competitions, enjoy live music, chow down on delicious food, browse local and regional vendors, and there are activities for the kids as well.

Lake George Music Festival

August 11 - 22, 2024

The Lake George Music Festival is a week-long event that celebrates everything relating to music - from chamber to full orchestra music to experimental pieces, contemporary works, and beyond, there's undoubtedly something for everyone.

The chamber performances tend to be the highlight of the festival, and then other events can include a kids concert, wine-centered music events, a cruise with the Lake George Steamboat Company, performances at the amphitheater in Shepard Park, and more.

This event draws experienced musicians from renowned institutions like the Philadelphia Orchestra, along with students, up-and-coming musicians, and music lovers.

Lake George Triathlon Festival

people running triathlon
Photo provided by Adirondack Race Management

August 31 - September 1, 2024

The Lake George Triathlon Festival is split up into two events: the Lake George Triathlon - Olympic Distance and the Big George Triathlon - Half Iron Distance. Participants can choose either race or both; one takes place each day of the festival.

Those competing enjoy an invigorating swim in Lake George followed by fast but scenic bike rides and runs on two-loop courses. Both races are spectator-friendly, and end with post-race food.

Get Ready for Fall Fun & Winter Events

Adirondack Nationals Car Show

aerial view of car show
Photo provided

September 5 - 8, 2024

Classic car enthusiasts head to Fort William Henry the weekend after Labor Day for the Adirondack Nationals Car Show. Visitors enjoy the beautiful cars, special events, music, and more - they've also been known to have celebrity guests!

This event was first held in 1988 with under 300 vehicles. Today, the car show boasts over 1,500 classic and antique cars, with registration beginning early in the year as everyone wants to get in on the fun.

King George Fishing Derby

 girl holds up fish
Photo provided

Stay tuned for 2024 date!

Several thousand dollars worth of prizes are given away in adult and junior divisions each year at the King George Fishing Tournament, which got its start in 2015. This ultimate fishing tournament takes place right on Lake George and is perfect for both experienced and new anglers. It also includes live music, food, and more fun.

Jazz at the Lake - Lake George Jazz Weekend

jazz group on stage
Photo credit: Amanda Metzger

September 13 - 15, 2024

Jazz lovers bring chairs and blankets to Jazz at the Lake for a weekend-long event of thrilling jazz performances. Sit in Shepard Park, or enjoy the performances from a boat right on Lake George. All concerts are free and performed by talented musicians.

Adirondack Balloon Festival

September 19-22, 2024

People flock from all over the North Country and Capital Region for this event! The Adirondack Balloon Festival is spectacular sight to see, as dozens of hot air balloons fill the sky with brilliant colors.Visitors can walk inside half-inflated balloons, get an inside look at balloonists preparing for flight, and there's also live music and other fun activities. Balloons take off at select locations in Queensbury and Glens Falls. This event has been taking place for nearly 50 years.

World's Largest Garage Sale

October 4 - 6, 2024

The World's Largest Garage Sale in Warrensburgh comprises over 500 vendors lining the streets and residential neighborhoods.Garage sale vendors sell a wide range of home goods, collectables, toys, and much more, and there is also a slew of street vendors with mouthwatering food to keep your energy up during your massive shopping spree. Make sure to dress warm, have solid walking shoes on, and bring plenty of cash for this one.

Adirondack Film Festival

November 7 - 10, 2024

The Adirondack Film Festival in Glens Falls includes several feature films, short films, kids films, documentaries, and more, all spanning different genres from romance to horror and beyond. In addition to the film screenings, guests also enjoy panel discussions, meet and greet events, Q&A sessions with filmmakers and casts, and parties.

Lite Up the Village

Stay tuned for 2024 dates!

Lite Up the Village kicks off the holiday season in Lake George! The Village transforms into a winder wonderland of magic as 3,500 light displays illuminate Shepard Park at once. The event typically includes holiday shows and performances, fireworks, and a Lighted Fire Truck Parade with Santa himself.

Polar Plunge

January 1, 2025

Take a dip in Lake George - in January! The Polar Plunge is a Lake George New Year's Day tradition, when 1,000 or more participants head into the lake for a shivering good time. This event happens at Shepard Park Beach, with a party often taking place at Duffy's Tavern afterwards.

Lake George Winter Carnival

aerial photo of lake george winter carnival on a frozen lake
Photo credit: Charles Henry Eldridge

February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 2025

Ever wondered what it'd be like to walk right over the lake? You can, at the Lake George Winter Carnival! The biggest event of the season, the carnival takes place every weekend in February with a jam-packed schedule of events, many of which happen right on the ice.

You can expect events and activities such as: sanctioned car races, youth hockey games, outhouse races, pony rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, cornhole games, a bonfire on the beach, a hot chocolate bar, a BBQ, a chowder cookoff, fireworks, ice diving demonstrations, and they even offer helicopter rides over Lake George!

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