The Lake Placid Blues and Heritage Festival features more than 25 bands performing at a dozen venues over three days in June and celebrates exceptional music from around the world and the rich heritage of the Lake Placid area.
This world class race, set in the Olympic mountain village of Lake Placid, follows a course nestled in the beautiful High Peaks Region of Upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. The Marathon features 28 aid station opportunities in 26.2 miles. The Half Marathon features 15 aid station opportunities in 13.1 miles. Designed to be similar to the Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid triathlon run course, the races begin in the Olympic Village on Main Street and proceeds around beautiful Mirror Lake for the first 3 miles before heading out of town to the Horse Show Grounds, Ski Jump area, out River Road along the Au Sable River and back.
The Lake Placid Horse Show, I Love New York Horse Show and Adirondack Horse Show occur during consecutive weeks in late June and early July. Featuring one of the nation’s premier hunter-jumper horse shows, The Lake Placid Horse Shows attract the nation’s best horses and riders that compete in four show rings.
The horse shows also feature a boutique area with a wide range of shopping and dining options throughout the show grounds. An assortment of special events also take place during the horse shows that are entertaining for the entire family.
The I Love BBQ Festival attracts the best BBQ competitors in the country and continues to grow in popularity year after year. The tasty event days are filled with sampling opportunities, food and beverage concessions, children’s activities, live entertainment, and more! Rated one of the top 10 BBQ festivals in the US by Delish.com, the competition offers approximately $9,000 in cash prizes.
Athletes from around the world descend on the alpine village of Lake Placid to test their limits in this annual competition. A favorite among competitors, the Lake Placid Ironman is the second oldest Ironman in North America and one of the sport’s most popular courses. The highly anticipated race begins with a 2.4 mile swim across beautiful Mirror Lake, followed by a demanding 112-mile bike leg through the Adirondack Mountains, and ends with a full marathon through the mountains and downtown that ends at the Olympic speed skating oval in the village of Lake Placid.
The intimate theater of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is the setting for the Summer Concert Series performances that include masterworks and classical treasures, as well as concerts designed for children and seniors. Since 2006, this event features free concerts in newly redesigned “Mids Park” in downtown Lake Placid. These summer concerts are highly attended and one of the many cultural opportunities Lake Placid summer visitors have the pleasure of enjoying.
Considered one of the largest and best run rugby events in the world, the Can Am Tournament was created in 1973 by the Mountaineers Rugby Club. The inaugural event was an eight-team affair that quickly doubled and has mushroomed into a mid-summer tradition with 100 +teams converging on the Adirondacks.
Over 150 teams compete in the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament over seven days. With a unique mix of competition, socialization, vacation, and reunion, the tournament is a great opportunity to reunite with old friends, make new friends and celebrate the beloved game of lacrosse in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
The Lake Placid Classic is a friendly running event that takes participants through the beautiful village of Lake Placid during the spectacular early fall season. The starting line oozes with excitement, energetic music and plenty of pre-race activities to warm you up for your run. Once you cross the finish line enjoy music, food, and comparing race stories with new friends! This is a wonderful event the entire family can enjoy and a great reason for a fall weekend vacation in the Adirondacks.
New starting in 2017 – Athletes from around the world descend on the alpine village of Lake Placid to test their limits in this annual half-Ironman competition. An iconic North American triathlon for decades, Lake Placid offers the ultimate IRONMAN family vacation. In 2017, the town will host its very first IRONMAN 70.3 event, a little over a month after IRONMAN Lake Placid, which takes place every July.
At this event, athletes will be treated to a course that’s identical to the full-distance race, but each discipline will be one single loop of the course. Athletes will begin with a one-loop swim in clear Mirror Lake, with the famous sight line at the bottom of the lake to guide them. Transitioning in the Olympic Speed Skating Oval to the bike, the rolling mountain views provide a scenic backdrop to the one-loop, 56-mile ride. Back at the Oval, athletes will begin their 13.1-mile run through town and around the lake.
Once a year, Whiteface dusts off its lederhosen, fires up the oompah band and enjoys a tall mug of German beer. Oktoberfest is a weekend-long celebration of Bavarian culture, with authentic music, dancing, food and beer. But it’s not just about eating and drinking (not that there’s anything wrong with that). You’ll find complimentary rides for kids and adults, craft vendors and discounted trips on the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the summit of Little Whiteface. The views from up there will make it pretty clear why Fall in the Adirondacks is something worth celebrating. Free admission with your Olympic Sites Passport!
Come out and join us for the annual two-day celebration of Fall. Bring the whole family–there’s plenty for all of you to enjoy. North America’s top ski jumpers compete, soaring through the air while on the ground below live Blues bands play and barbecue chefs grill up ribs and burgers. Play the day away with various lawns games, enter a horseshoe tournament, check out the craft vendors and even make your own tie dye t-shirt (bring your own or buy one there). Make sure to save time for a trip to the top of the 120-meter ski jump. A chairlift and elevator combine to get you there, and once you’re there, you won’t believe your eyes: the Adirondacks during peak Fall foliage – hills and mountains in every direction turned bright red, orange and yellow. Free admission with your Olympic Sites Passport!
Celebrate the holiday season in the Adirondacks featuring holiday shopping, festive family fun, arts and entertainment. The Village of Lake Placid transforms into a winter wonderland full of family activities and sugar plums all weekend long! Join in on the Jingle Bell Run, movies, story time, parade and visits from Santa Claus. Enjoy music, evening skating on the Olympic oval along with wine tastings and dining specials.
Named the second best winter carnival in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine in 2012, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the longest-running event of its kind in the eastern U.S. Since 1897, it has grown into a 10-day festival that includes sports, performances, two parades and three sets of spectacular fireworks. The centerpiece of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the Ice Palace, built by volunteers on the shore of Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay at the state boat launch.