Enjoy The 2018 Lake George Winter Carnival

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 (Saturdays and Sundays from 2/3/2018-2/25/2018), so mark your calendar now and get ready to take part in the fun.

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

Kids can participate in children's activities, go for a 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 events and activities below!

happy snowman sign in winter

What Happens If There's No Ice?

Although Lake George is usually frozen solid by February, there are some years (like 2017) 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 also update our schedule with the latest information as it comes in.

The 2018 Lake George Winter Carnival Schedule:

All Weekends:

Please Note: These events will be held on both Saturday and Sunday during each weekend of the carnival.

  • 11:00AM - Human Foosball Tournament - Duffy's Tavern
  • 12:00PM-3:00PM - Ice Diving Demonstration - Shepard Park Beach
  • 12:00PM-3:00PM - Children's Activities - King Neptune's and Other Participating Locations
  • 12:00PM-3:00PM - Face Painting - King Neptune's
  • 12:00PM-3:00PM - Pony Rides - Shepard Park
  • 2:00PM - LG Dog's Got Talent Contest
  • 3:00PM - Polar Plunge - Shepard Park Beach
  • Helicopter Rides over Lake George - For info call Bruce at 518-361-1380
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage & Sleigh Rides - Canada Street

Weekend 1: Saturday, February 3rd & Sunday, February 4th, 2018

Opening Weekend!

  • Sat 12:00PM - Opening Ceremonies - Macdonald Pier in Shepard Park
  • Sat 12:30PM - LGWC Outhouse Races - Registration at Duffy's Tavern at 10:00AM
  • Sat 12:30PM till gone - Chili Cook-Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 12:30PM-2:00PM - Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 3:00PM - Cooking Demo w/Chef Mike Burdick - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 4:00PM - LGWC Parade - Beginning at Fort William Henry
  • Sat 4:45PM till gone - S'mores at the Beach - Shepard Park
  • Sat 4:45PM-6:00PM - Hot Chocolate Bar - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 6:00PM - Fireworks by SANTORE - Over Lake George
  • Sun 11:00AM-12:00PM - ADK Youth Hockey Scrimmages
  • Sun 11:30AM till gone - MYO Sundae Fun Day
  • Sun 2:00PM - Super Bowl Sunday Warm Up Keg Toss - Shepard Park Beach

Weekend 2: Saturday, February 10th & Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Rev It Up Weekend!

  • Sat 9:00AM - ATV Scavenger Hunt - Registration from 9:00AM-11:00AM at Duffy's Tavern
  • Sat 10:00AM-4:00PM - ECS Sanctioned Sno-Cross Races - Warren County Fairgrounds
  • Sat 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sat 12:00PM till gone - BBQ Cook-Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 12:30PM-2:00PM - Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 1:30PM-3:00PM - MYO Snow Tie-Dyed T-Shirts - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 4:00PM till gone - S'mores at the Beach - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 4:00PM-6:00PM - Hot Chocolate Bar - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 6:00PM - Fireworks by SANTORE - Over the Lake
  • Sun 11:00AM-12:00PM - ADK Youth Hockey Scrimmages
  • Sun 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sun 11:30AM till gone - MYO Sundae Fun Day - Shepard Park
  • Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM - ECS Sanctioned Sno-Cross Races - Warren County Fairgrounds
  • Sun 3:00PM - Cooking Demo w/Chef Mike Burdick
  • Sun 3:00PM-4:00PM - Do You Wanna Build a Snowman Contest

Weekend 3: Saturday, February 17th & Sunday, February 18th, 2018

President's Weekend!

  • Sat 9:00AM - ATV Scavenger Hunt - Registration from 9:00AM-11:00AM at Duffy's Tavern
  • Sat 12:30PM till gone - Chowder Cook-Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 12:30PM-2:00PM - Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 1:30PM-3:00PM - MYO Snow Tie-Dyed T-Shirts - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat - NYS AMA Sanctioned Motorcycles & ATV Ice Races
  • Sat 4:00PM till gone - S'mores at the Beach - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 4:00PM-6:00PM - Hot Chocolate Bar - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 6:00PM - Fireworks by SANTORE - Over Lake George
  • Sun - NYS AMA Sanctioned Motorcycles & ATV Ice Races
  • Sun 11:00AM-12:00PM - ADK Youth Hockey Scrimmages
  • Sun 11:30AM till gone - MYO Sundae Fun Day - Shepard Park
  • Sun 1:00PM - AFLAC Duck Race - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sun 3:00PM - Cooking Demo w/Chef Mike Burdick

Weekend 4: Saturday, February 24th & Sunday, February 25th, 2018

The Grand Finale!

  • Sat 10:00AM-4:00PM - ECS Sanctioned Snowmobile Ice Drag Races - Held on Lake George off from Shepard Park
  • Sat 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sat 12:00pm till gone - Chicken Wing Cook-Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 12:30PM-2:00PM - Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 4:00PM till gone - S'mores at the Beach - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 4:00PM-6:00PM - Hot Chocolate Bar - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 6:00PM - Fireworks by SANTORE - Over Lake George
  • Sun 11:00AM-12:00PM - ADK Youth Hockey Scrimmages
  • Sun 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sun 11:30AM till gone - MYO Sundae Fun Day - Shepard Park
  • Sun 12:30PM - "Glacier Golf Tournament" - Sign up in Shepard Park
  • Sun 1:00PM - AFLAC Duck Race - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sun 3:00PM - Bloody Mary Contest Voting
  • Sun 3:30PM - LGWC Winner's Choice Raffle - Shepard Park Beach

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

Return of East Coast SnoCross

For the 2018 Lake George Winter Carnival, don't miss out on the return of East Coast SnoCross! Lake George will be the site of Round Three of East Coast SnoCross' event schedule, and it will take place on February 10 & 11.

Coming in from out of town? See which lodging venues are open in winter »

Watch our Winter Carnival video below!

See all the action of the Lake George Music Festival

Get a printable version of the full schedule »

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