The leaves are changing in the Adirondacks, which can only mean that fall has finally begun! Whether you love leaf peeping, pumpkin picking, or exploring corn mazes, there are plenty of reasons why you should visit the region this season. If you’re planning a trip this weekend, then consider checking out these top festivals and events!
Discover Family-Friendly Festivals in the Adirondacks
Take a trip into the heart of the Adirondacks this weekend for an opportunity to see a real live moose! The 9th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival will be held in the community of Indian Lake and feature a variety of special events, such as a moose calling contest, kid-friendly activities, and guided excursions into the wild. This might be your best shot at spotting an Adirondack moose!
Kick off fall at one of the most fantastic balloon festivals in the region – the annual Adirondack Balloon Festival in Queensbury and Glens Falls. Throughout this four-day event, visitors will have the chance to see hundreds of hot air balloons fly up into the sky. The balloon festival schedule also includes a craft fair, breakfast, live music, and more.
Get ready to dust off your lederhosen and head to Whiteface Mountain for their 27th Annual Oktoberfest! From live music and dancing to food and beer, this weekend-long celebration of Bavarian culture will have it all. Don’t forget to take a scenic gondola ride while you’re there!
If apple picking season is your favorite time of year, then you should attend the annual Applefest in Speculator. Games, crafts, food, baked goods, and more will be at the Speculator Pavilion on Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm.
Enjoy exhibitions on logging, lumberjack demonstrations, and dozens of workshops at the annual Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival at Paul Smith’s College. The festivities will take place from 10:00am-4:00pm each day.
Enjoy Outdoor Activities & Competitions
Looking to lace up your running shoes and get outdoors this weekend? Sign up for a race at the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival in Schroon Lake. This year’s race options will include the Adirondack marathon, half-marathon, relays, 5K, 10K, and children’s fun run.
Bicyclists of all skill levels are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Harry Elkes Rides at The Hub in Brant Lake on Saturday. Bicyclists may choose from three different rides, and maps and route directions will be available at the registration table.
This competitive event at Long Lake Town Beach will feature war canoes and C4 boats in a race to the south end of the lake and then back to Round Island. It’s a great way to fit in one more paddle before the cold temperatures arrive.
Gear up for an exciting mountain bike race at Garnet Hill Lodge this Sunday. The 2nd Annual Garnet Hill Grit Mountain Bike Race will offer two race options: Sport Class (1 lap) and Expert Class (2 laps). Each race will bring riders along Garnet Hill’s beautiful mountain biking trails.