February has finally arrived, which means the long wait is over – winter carnival season is kicking off in the Adirondacks! Learn more about the carnivals going on this weekend, and don’t miss out on the other exciting events happening throughout the Adirondacks: February 3-5.
Photo: 2012 Ice Palace at Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, by Donna Lichti
Discover Local Carnivals
The 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival has arrived, and this year’s theme is “Adirondack Wildlife.” The spectacular Ice Palace, parade, and king and queen coronation are all returning, and from February 3-12, there will be even more celebrations and entertainment going on in Saranac Lake.
The first weekend of the Lake George Winter Carnival is here, and despite the lack of ice on the lake, there will still be plenty of fun activities to enjoy. Highlights include the chili cook-off, the carnival parade, and fireworks over the lake.
This Saturday, Behavioral Health Services North in Plattsburgh will host a carnival for kids at the Plattsburgh City Recreation Gymnasium. From 2:00pm-5:00pm, kids can enjoy bouncy houses, face painting, balloon animals, music, and more. Admission is free.
Exciting Competitions & Activities
The 37th annual Empire State Winter Games are returning to the Lake Placid Region this weekend, from Thursday through Sunday. This winter sports event takes place in a wide variety of local venues, including Whiteface Mountain, Tupper Lake Memorial Civic Center, Titus Mountain, and the Herb Brooks Arena. Stop by and witness world-class athletes compete in 26 winter sports.
Big Moose Inn & Duffy’s at the Glenmore will be co-hosting this year’s annual Big Moose Shootout on Big Moose Lake. Come by and watch some fun snowmobile races from 10:00am-3:00pm.
Ski for MS at Whiteface Mountain is a day-long community fundraising event benefiting people with multiple sclerosis. The event will feature amateur races, a mountain scavenger hunt, a Memorial Ski Down, and more activities. The cost is $25 per person.
In keeping with the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival’s “Adirondack Wildlife” theme, the Adirondack Artists Guild will host the opening reception of its Adirondack Wildlife exhibition on February 3.
Check out ski-film pioneer Warren Miller’s film “Here, There & Everywhere” at the Strand Center Theatre in Plattsburgh. In addition to the 7:00pm film screening, this event will also include giveaways, raffles, and demonstrations. General admission is $15 per person.