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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 feats.


September Fall Events

Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration: Early September

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: Mid September

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: Late September

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: Late September 

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: Late September

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: Late September

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: Early October

Vendors galore, live music, Titus Teddy Kids Zone, face painting, chairlift and hayrides, food, beverages, Best Traditional Bavarian Attire Contest, and fireworks await you at this annual Oktoberfest celebration at Titus Mountain in Malone.

Lake George Oktoberfest: Mid-October

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.

West Mountain Fall Festival: Mid-October

Scenic hay wagon rides, mountaintop picnic packages, scenic chairlift rides, mountaintop yoga, food and drink specials, aerial treetop adventure, live music, mountain biking,  indoor and outdoor specialty vendors, corn hole, inflatable obstacle course, and more!

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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