Fall Festivals Galore
Beyond the traditions of Oktoberfest — honored at numerous Adirondack versions – fall is a time to celebrate achievements in Adirondack history, from military, to culinary and, err… ascendiary*.
This fall, go beyond beers and brats, or don't, but definitely make sure you add at least one of the Adirondacks unique festivals to your calendar. Here are our top picks for autumn entertainment:
- Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration — September 10-12, in Plattsburgh honors Lake Champlain's role in the decisive Battle of Plattsburgh during the War of 1812, the outcome of which helped establish the true Canadian Border, ensured that a second War of Independence wasn't fought, and, some 200 years later, inspired a line of microbrews such as Plucky Rooster Ale, available at the Plattsburgh Brewing Company. Ask the bartender to tell you the story.
- Adirondack Balloon Festival — September 17-20, in Queensbury features fancy hot air balloons rising into the sky, with or without you aboard, as well as vendors, a craft show, live music, local food and beverage offerings and some family-friendly activities.
- Cream Cheese Festival — September 19, in Lowville celebrates over a decade of delicious cream cheese just down the road from the world's biggest Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese manufacturing plant. Enjoy cream cheese everything to eat, a host of wacky competitions involving cheese, live music, and much more.
- Civil War Living History Encampment & Annual Harvest Festival — September 26-27, in Burke at the Almanzo Wilder Homestead will feature reenactments and skirmishes, 19th century games, pumpkin painting and readings from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Farmer Boy, inspired by her husband's stories about growing up in rural New York.
- Great Adirondack Moose Festival — September 26-27, in Indian Lake features two days of events, including a Moose Calling Contest and an old-fashioned Turkey Shoot. Join one of the guided excursions into the woods around Indian Lake in search of these northern giants.
- Remington Arts Festival — October 1-4, in Canton celebrates the artwork of native son Frederic Remington, a famous sculptor, painter and illustrator renowned for his depictions of the Old West. Enjoy a weekend of horse-drawn carriage rides, music in the park, games for kids and an art show and sale.
- Flaming Leaves Festival — October 10-11, in Lake Placid offers a weekend of blues, brews and barbecues at the Olympic Jumping Complex. Enjoy two days of watching North America's top ski jumpers compete, as well as live blues music, scenic chair lift rides to the top of the 120 meter ski jump, craft vendors and lawn games during peak fall foliage in the Adirondacks.
*We made this word up. In this instance, it means "to take flight."