Clifton Park Living Summer Events 2015

Thursday, June 4 through Friday, June 5
BBQ Pier Picnic
@Steel Pier, 57 Beach Road, Lake George Village
Lake George Steamboat Co. is offering: BBQ Pier Picnic!


Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7
Whiteface Mountain Bike Fest
@White Face Mountain
The weekend begins on Friday, when spectators will enjoy incredible stunts, jumps and tricks at the Jump Jam and Trials exhibition at the Wilmington Bike Park, followed by the 6th annual welcome party, featuring music, raffles, prizes and the competitive "Best Calves" contest. Races on Saturday and Sunday.


Saturday, June 6
National Trails Day
@Wanakena, NY
You are all invited to celebrate National Trails Day with the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK). ADK will be hosting eight different trail projects that vary in difficulty to ensure there is something for everybody. This year’s event will take place in Wanakena, NY.


Saturday, June 6
Guided Wood Walk Understanding Sustainability & Family Fun Day
@280 Valley Road, Athol, NY
Family fun at Martin's! Visit a Certified Tree Farm and band sawmill. Learn how selective cutting and environmental awareness saves forests. Demonstrations of sawmill, stained glass stepping stones, artisans, children's activities, vendors.


Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14
Adirondack Boreal Birding Festival
@Lake Pleasant, Adirondacks
Join us for 3 days exploring the Boreal Birds of Hamilton County. 15 outdoor events to choose from! All events are free, but registration is required.
Cost: FREE


Saturday, June 13 through Sunday, June 14
LARAC June Arts Festival
@City Park, Glen Falls, NY
The June Arts Festival is one of the premier summer events in the southern Adirondack Region, drawing crowds of 20,000. The Festival features about 200 exhibitors offering shoppers a variety of products such as jewelry, home items, food items, fine art, textiles, garden decorations, etc. The event takes place rain or shine, located in beautiful Downtown Glens Falls’ City Park. The festival also includes not-for-profit booths, arts demonstrations, children’s activities, food concessions and live entertainment by local musicians.
Time: 10am-5pm


Saturday, June 13 through Sunday, June 14
Vermont Days
@State Wide Historic Sites and State Parks
Free admission statewide to state historic parks and historic sites.


Tuesday, June 16 through Saturday, August 22
Boat Builder’s Demonstration
@Adirondack Museum
The guideboat was first designed and developed in the Adirondacks. These light-weight elegant boats are still built by skilled craftsmen and women. Talk with Allison Warner, the museum's boat builder-in-residence, and watch as spruce ribs are formed and wafer-thin planking is tacked in place. Allison is currently working on a guideboat modeled off of a Parson's and Roberts' guideboat design. Over the course of this season, Allison will begin the process of crafting the guideboat's center board and ribs.


Friday, June 19
Stand Up Paddling Festival
@Lake Colby, Saranac Lake, NY
The Adirondack SUP Festival  celebrates the fastest growing paddling sport in America. This event is fun for the whole family, with races, food vendors, live entertainment and demos. Help kick off the summer paddling season here in the Adirondacks. Highlights: Long and Short Course, Exclusive deals, Family fun race, SUP demo, Guided group tour for all ages and abilities, On-water and dry-land clinics, SUP yoga and fitness classes, WPA races, Food vendors.


Saturday, June 20
Bike Through History
@Germantown, NY
A low key bike ride visiting historic landmarks in Germantown and Clermont.
Time: 10am
Cost: Suggested donation, $5


Saturday, June 20 through Sunday, June 21
Living History at Fort William Henry
@48 Canada St, Lake George, NY
Explore life at a British colonial outpost during the French and Indian War! Cannon and musket demonstrations, military drill, tailor shop, cooking demos and more


Tuesday, June 23 through Friday, August 7
Adirondack Theatre Festival
@Charles R. Wood Theater, Glen Falls, NY
Professional Summer Theatre committed to producing new and contemporary works, musicals from Broadway to Off-Broadway, one-person and world premiers.


Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28
Civil War Days
@Marilla Town Park, Marilla, NY
2015 will be the 12th consecutive year for this growing reenactment. The Mumford Civil War Days is unique in that it strives to do things most other events of this nature do not. Barn Burnings, Ground Charges, POW Camps, Falling Trees, Candlelight Tours, and much more!


Saturday, June 27
Rulfs Orchard Strawberry Festival
@531 Bear Swamp, Road, Peru, NY
Head to Rulfs Orchard for the Rulfs Orchard Strawberry Festival! With fun and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy including strawberry pie eating contest, u-pick strawberries and interactive tours, music, petting zoo and more! For more information visit Rulfs Orchard website.


Tuesday, June 30 through Tuesday, September 29
Paddling on the Pond
@Adirondack Museum
Enjoy taking a canoe ride around the museum’s pond and find out the basics of paddling. Daily 1-4pm.


Thurday, July 2 through Thursday, September 24
Guided Nature Walks to Minnow Pond
@The Adirondack Museum
You may have driven past it, and not even known it was there! Minnow Pond is very close to State Route 30, but a world apart, a place you can reach - for the first time in decades - along a historic 3/4-mile trail from the museum to this hidden spot. Join naturalist Ed Kanze for an exciting hike along one of the old trails that once crisscrossed the museum's site when the property was a resort hotel called the Blue Mountain House in the 1870s-1950s. Make your way to Minnow Pond and discover with Ed how land use has changed over time in the Adirondacks, as well as the types of trees and wildlife that inhabit our mountain ecosystem. (Early Adirondack photographer and travel writer Seneca Ray Stoddard noted in his seminal guidebook, The Adirondacks, that Mr. Merwin, proprietor of the Blue Mountain House hotel, kept the pond stocked with trout as a private reserve for his guests' fishing.)


Thursday, July 2 through Friday, July 3
Lake Placid International Regatta
@Mirror Lake, Lake Placid, NY
This annual regatta attracts 350 athletes from Canada, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil and Australia to compete against Team USA.


Friday, July 3 through Saturday, July 4
Adirondack Independence Music Festival
@Charles R Wood Park, Lake George, NY
Family fun and music and more music by top touring tribute acts in the nation. Sixties Rock Experience, Beach Party Boys and the Idol Kings - Tribute to Journey/Tribute to John Mellencamp/Tribute to Tom Petty. The Adrenaline Zone features bounce houses, slides, climbing walls and obstacle courses, and a mechanical bull!


Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5
I Love BBQ and Music Festival
@Lake Placid, NY
This annual event 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! Now in its 11th year, the Shipman Youth Center, together with assistance of USA Luge, organizes this annual festival. Rated one of the top 10 BBQ festivals in the US by, the competition offers approximately $8,500 in cash prizes, the most ever for this event.

Attendees can sample many BBQ delicacies over the course of the weekend: Pulled Pork tasting, $3 per person; Rib Fest, $3 per person; TOP CHEF competition - all day, beginning at noon on day of event Entertainment takes place in the Big Top at the north end of the Oval. Some of the best in regional and nationally-known bands have played at the I Love BBQ and Music Festival.  Entertainment runs throughout each day beginning in early afternoon and lasting into the evening hours.
Cost: $6, children 10 and under FREE


Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12
King George Fishing Derby
@Lake George
Derby takes place on the entire lake. Prizes for three species, lake trout, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Junior category for younger than 16. Weigh stations at both north and south basin. Craft show, live music, children's rides, scenic boat cruises, fishing industry trade show, seminars, and food.


Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21
Lake Placid Blues and Heritage Festival
@Lake Placid, NY
Join us this June 19th-21st as the historic Village of Lake Placid becomes the center of the blues stage as some of the Northeastern United State's top Blues Bands converge. There will be music, shopping and fun for the whole family.
Cost: $35 for 3 day pass, Children under 12 FREE


Friday, July 24 through Saturday, July 25
Smoke Eater’s Jamboree with Fireworks
@Warrensburg Recreation Field, Warrensburg, NY
Carnival, rides, entertainment and food! Auction on Friday, 6:30pm. BBQ on Saturday, 5pm. Continuous music by After FX DJ Service, and the Audio Stars. Fireworks! Have a great time at this annual benefit for the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.


Saturday, June 27 through Sunday, June 28
Free Fishing Weekend
@NY State
Head to the water during the last weekend of June! Anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State without a license!


Through Saturday, June 30
Battenkill Inspired
@Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls, NY
The waters of the Battenkill flowing through southern Washington County are the source of inspiration for the art and artifacts showcased in this exhibition. Curated by Todd DeGarmo, it showcases the work of over 25 contemporary artists, while taking a look at the river's culture and history.
Cost: FREE


Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2
Can-Am Rugby Tournament
@Saranac Lake, NY
(518) 891-1990


Friday & Saturday, August 7-8
Ballston Spa Film Festival
@Ballston Spa
Enjoy viewings of short films from around the world and around the Capital District from award-winning filmmakers as well as student entries.
Check for a full listing of events and additional information.
Cost: FREE


Saturday, August 29
Lake George Open Water Swim
@Hague Town Beach, Hague, NY
Competitive open water swims. 2.5k, 5k and 10k distances.


Saturday, August 29
@Saratoga Springs, NY
This is Saratoga's biggest race - the one you don't want to miss - the 146th running of the $1 million Travers Stakes, the "Mid-Summer Derby" for three-year-olds at a mile and a quarter. First post-time is 11:35 am and gates open at 7am to witness the legendary Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.


Saturday, September 12 through Sunday, September 13
Rustic Fair
@Blue Mountain Lake, Adirondacks
The Fair combines quality craftmanship and an interpretation of "rustic" that is sought after by enthusiasts worldwide. This festival of rustic art will feature furniture, furnishings and fine art.


Friday, August 14 through Sunday, October 18
Corn Maze Adventures
@Fort Ticonderoga’s Corn Maze
Enjoy great family fun at Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze – a newly designed 6 acre corn maze!


Gondola Rides, Hiking Excursions & Downhill Mountain Biking at Gore
@Gore Mountain, NY
Enjoy scenic gondola skyrides to observe incredible views of the High Peaks & Southern Adirondacks where you can also hike, picnic and take photographs of stunning landscapes, partake in a self-guided 30 minute “eco-loop” hike, or choose from many guided hikes where an experienced mountain host will take you on a long excursion through multiple peaks of the Gore Mountain Range. Also try downhill mountain biking on challenging terrain.


Luzerne Music Festival and Concert Series
@Lake Luzerne, NY

  • "Luzerne Chamber Music Festival” – a world-class performing arts series celebrating 35 years of presenting artists of national and international renown on (most) Mondays at 7:30PM (June 21 – August 15, 2015) – except 1st concert is on Sunday, June 28, 2015
  • “Faculty Artist Music Series” on Fridays at 7:30PM (June 26 – August 7, 2015)
  • “Student Solo and Chamber Music Showcase” on Saturdays at 7:30PM (June 27 – August 14, 2015)
  • “Piano Prelude, Large Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra Concerts” on Sundays at 2PM (June 28 – August 15, 2015)


Through Tuesday, October 13
Mining, Caveman Wall and Dino Dig
@Natural Stone Bridge & Caves, Pottersville, NY
Kids and adults can explore the following activities: the pitch black Gold Rush Mine to find treasures including iron pyrite & polished gems; the Crystal Quest Mine to discover actual crystals buried in the sand; Gemstone Mining where you can find actual gemstones, fossils and arrowheads; the Caveman & Cavekid Challenge Bouldering Wall where adults & kids can try out their climbing skills; and the Dino Dig to uncover buried dinosaur bone casts that were made from actual dig sites


Outdoor Cinema in City Park
@City Park, Glens Fall, NY
Bring your blanket or chair & celebrate the art of film at these free outdoor film screenings throughout the summer. An Art in the Public Eye event. Starts at dusk. Every Friday night.


Throughout the summer
Round the Lake Challenge
@ Lake George Land Conservancy, Bolton Landing, NY
Become a Lake George Land Conservancy “Round the Laker,” by completing at least 20 out of the 30 variety of challenges throughout Lake George’s watershed (designed by LGLC) including: hiking on trails of Tongue Mountain, Sleeping Beauty, and other parks & preserves; canoeing or kayaking Jabe Pond & Northeast Bay; exploring exhibits at Up Yonda Farm; visiting museums & historical roadside markers, and more.


Adventure Days/ Self-Guided Hikes at Up Yonda Farm
@Up Yonda Farm, Bolton Landing, NY
Take a self-guided exploration on Up Yonda Farm’s trails to look at Adirondack wildlife. Self-guided hikes are available Mondays thru Fridays; nature adventure packets, activity books & nets available for your self-guided hikes on Saturdays.