When you’re looking to plan a fall getaway, Columbus Day Weekend is the perfect time this season. Not only are the leaves changing color, but many of the biggest fall festivals take place over the holiday weekend. Spend some time in the Adirondacks and enjoy these upcoming events and activities!
Celebrate the Weekend at Festivals & Fairs
You’ve never experienced anything quite like the Flaming Leaves Festival in Lake Placid. This weekend, some of the country’s top skiers will soar through the air at the Olympic Jumping Complex. Watch the competitions, and then check out the craft vendors, live bands, BBQ food, and lawn games.
Not sure how to celebrate Columbus Day Weekend? Try visiting North Creek for the annual Gore Mountain Harvest Fest on Saturday and Sunday! This free festival has a huge lineup of entertainment and activities planned, such as a vendor area, pumpkin field games, a petting zoo, live music, a Halloween egg hunt, and more. You can even take a scenic gondola ride while you’re there.
Head over to St. Lawrence County in beautiful Canton, NY for the 16th annual Remington Arts Festival, going on from Thursday through Sunday. Highlights will include music in the park, a student art competition, historical tours, a 5K run, and more.
Love garlic? If so, then don’t miss the Warrensburg Riverfront Farmers Market’s Garlic Festival this Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm. The festival will feature garlicky food contests, samplings, and tastings, as well as demonstrations and live music.
Get ready for the 37th Annual Oktoberfest at Titus Mountain this Saturday from 10:00am-11:00pm. This family-friendly event will feature live music, vendors, beers and brats, hayrides, and fireworks at dusk. Admission is $5 at the gate.
Looking for food, craft beer, games, and more to enjoy over Columbus Day Weekend? The Westport Heritage House in Westport is hosting a fall festival this Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm. Admission is free, and there will be local artisans, bakers, musicians, and volunteers in attendance.
Get some early holiday shopping done at the Harvest Craft Fair in Long Lake. This year’s event will take place in the Long Lake Town Hall, and you’ll find everything from limited edition goods to Adirondack treasures and crafts.
Enjoy Local Food & Tours
This Saturday is the annual Thurman Fall Farm Tour! Nine local farms/sites will be participating in this year’s event, and each place will be open from 10:00am-4:00pm. Take the tour and enjoy food, family fun, talks, sales, activities, and more.
This Sunday, join fellow cheese lovers for the 4th Annual Essex County Cheese Tour from 10:00am-3:00pm. Three participating farms/creameries will open their doors for visitors to stop by for tours, demonstrations, cheese samples, and other products.
On Columbus Day, Lizzie Keays Restaurant in Warrensburg will host the 10th annual Local Harvest Dinner at 5:00pm. Seating will begin at 5:00pm, and the dinner will be a five-course meal paired with local wine, beer, and liquor.
Experience the Arts in the Adirondacks
If you’re up in Saranac Lake this weekend, stop by NorthWind Fine Arts on Friday for the opening of Anne Hughes’ new exhibition titled “Out of the Woods.” This unique exhibition features Adirondack-inspired wall hangings, sculptures, accessories, and furniture.
The Adirondack Shakespeare Company is currently touring the Adirondacks! Take a trip to the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek for a performance of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” this Sunday.