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Fall Events & Festivals

There are so many fun-filled, colorful events and festivals throughout the Adirondacks during the fall season.

fall foliage as seen from Blue Mountain in the Adirondacks

Beyond the traditions of Oktoberfest — honored at numerous Adirondack celebrations – fall is a time to commemorate achievements in Adirondack history, from military to culinary.

Check out some of the best annual fall events below with 2019 dates. We'll update dates and details for 2020 as we get closer to the new autumn season!

September Fall Events

Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration: September 12-15

This annual event 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.

Cream Cheese Festival:  September 21

Located in Lowville, this annual festival celebrates over a decade of delicious cream cheese just down the road from the world's biggest Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese manufacturing plant. Guests enjoy cream cheese, a host of wacky competitions involving cheese, live music, and much more.

Adirondack Balloon Festival: September 19-22

Held in Queensbury, the Adirondack Balloon Festival 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.

Great Adirondack Moose Festival: September 28-29

Join us in Indian Lake for the Great Adirondack Moose Festival, featuring two days of events, including a Moose Calling Contest and an old-fashioned Turkey Shoot. The guided excursions into the woods around Indian Lake in search of these northern giants are loved by all.

Whiteface Oktoberfest: September 28-29

Dust off your lederhosen, grab a mug of German beer, and head to Whiteface Mountain for their annual Oktoberfest celebration. Enjoy authentic Bavarian-style music, food, and beverages and take a ride on the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the top of Little Whiteface for some of the best fall foliage views in the Adirondacks!

Harvest Festival & Civil War Living History: September 28-29

This unforgettable event in Burke at the Almanzo Wilder Homestead features re-enactments 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.

hot air balloon in the Adirondacks

October Fall Events

Oktoberfest at Titus Mountain: October 5

Tons of vendors, music, food, beverages, and fireworks await you at this annual Oktoberfest celebration at Titus Mountain in Malone.

Lake George Oktoberfest: October 11-13

Lake George Village celebrates Oktoberfest traditions with lots of food, music, and dancing. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun on Canada Street Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday afternoon.

Gore Mountain Harvest Fest: October 12-13

Visit Gore Mountain in North Creek for a family-friendly harvest festival! There will be live music, children's entertainers and activities, and plenty of food and drinks to keep everyone full and happy!

Harvest Fest fall event at Gore Mountain

So what are you waiting for? Book an Adirondack fall getaway today and come experience it all for yourself!

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