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Spring Events in the Adirondacks

It's not only the fresh air and vivid green of budding trees that draw people to New York's Adirondack Region during spring. Crowd-pleasing annual events like Maple Weekends, the Americade motorcycle rally, the Black Fly Challenge bike race plus a huge arts and crafts festival happen here in spring.

Maple Sugaring events in the spring

Maple Weekends

Learn how maple syrup is produced. Take a tour of a sugar house. Then, best of all, sample freshly boiled-down Adirondack maple syrup during the Maple Weekends held throughout the Adirondacks during the last two weekends in March. A map of participating sugarhouses and farms can be found here

Hadley Maple in April Festival

The annual festival features craft and food vendors, live entertainment, maple-themed activities and the "Lil Sugar Dust Off Car & Truck Show." Typically held the last weekend in April, this event offers fun for the whole family and the unmistakable taste of pure Adirondack maple syrup.

Great Adirondack Garage Sale

Treasures await at the Great Adirondack Garage Sale, from antiques and rustic furniture to jewelry, toys, housewares and clothing. Seek out great finds along Routes 28, 30 and 3, from Cranberry Lake to Speculator and participating towns in between including: Old Forge, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Tupper Lake, Cranberry Lake, Piercefield, Newcomb and Speculator. The Great Adirondack Garage Sale is typically held in late May.

Americade, Lake George

Join thousands of riders and motorcycle enthusiasts for a week of demonstrations, concerts, guided and self-guided scenic rides, an Expo, stunt show, fireworks and so much more. Americade is going all out in 2023 to celebrate its 40th anniversary!   

Black Fly Challenge

This legendary Adirondack bike race, held annually on the second Saturday in June, is a 40-mile gravel grinder. Pass through the Adirondack backcountry, cross through the rugged Moose River Plains and continue along waterways, dirt paths and dense forest trails. The Black Fly Challenge started as a small biking race in 1996 and has grown exponentially, with nearly 1,000 participants entering the competition each year and hundreds more gathering to cheer along the course.

LARAC June Arts Festival, Glens Falls

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council’s (LARAC) June Arts Festival features handmade items by over 100 artists and makers. Shop for jewelry, fine art, textiles and home and garden decor. Typically held in mid-June, rain or shine, in Glens Falls' City Park, the festival also includes live music, children's activities, not-for-profit booths and food concessions.