Over Twenty (20) weekly Summer events for Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Keene High Peaks

Lake Placid Sinfonietta FREE Wednesday
Concert in Mid's Park
By Diane Chase

We are not the type of family that just hikes, swims and sails. We enjoy a variety of events and activities. My family has found that each town in the Adirondacks has its own special charm. It can be difficult to decide which activity to attend.

Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Keene/Keene Valley, Wilmington have a summer full of events and activities to add to our busy schedule from from live music to mini-triathlons. There is always something to keep our multi-aged family active and outside. 

Here are just a few that I highlight in my Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook, Adirondack Family Time™ Tri-Lakes and High Peaks: Your Four Season Guide to Over 300 Activities (with GPS coordinates)

1) For the young ones or young at heart, the Bookstore Plus offers summer story time every Monday morning at 10 am as well as a monthly “Second Sunday” story time.

2) Free Wednesday Morning Art Fun: The Lake Placid Center for the Arts Young and Fun Series, 17 Algonquin Dr., 518-523-2512. This free series starts at 10:30 am on a first-come, first-serve basis, showcasing magic shows, plays and live music. 

3) Eight (8) Chances to Listen to Live Music Almost Every Day of the Week!

FREE Tuesday Lake Placid concert: Enjoy the free Songs at Mirror Lake. Songs of Mirror Lake takes place each Tuesday at Mid’s Park bandshell on Main St. at 7 pm rain or shine.  These free, outdoor concerts take place at 7 pm so bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the view of Mirror Lake.

Music on the Green,
Berkeley Green, Saranac Lake
Free Wednesday concerts in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid
Music on the Green, Berkeley Green (Corner of Main & Broadway), Saranac Lake at 7 pm.

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta hosts its Park Concert Series on Wednesdays at Mid’s Park bandshell. 

(Adirondack Family Time TRIVIAMid’s Park is named, not because of it’s location in the middle of the village, but for Mildred (Mid) Uihlein, the person instrumental in saving this bit of green space that has become a central place for relaxation and the arts.) 
Music From The Back Porch:
Holt House, Marcy Field

FREE Thursday concerts in Keene/Keene Valley and Wilmington: 

The Marcy Field Music on the Back Porch series hosts free concerts Thursday nights in July and August at The Holt House

Wilmington Beach
summer concert series
Wilmington Town Beach, Bowman Ln, at 6 pm (fire up the grill, play at the playground, swim, and relax) 

FREE Saturday concert in Jay, Saranac Lake, and Loon Lake
Jay Entertainment Music Society (JEMS), Jay, 518-647-5661, free Saturday outside concerts on the Jay Village Green, corner of Parkside Drive and John Fountain Road, in July and August at 6:30 pm

Loon Lake Live!  presents FREE Saturday morning performances, 10:30 am at the Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main St., 518-891-4190, or children as well as classical chamber music concerts in July and August around Saranac Lake and at Sundays at the Loon Lake  Jewish Center, 3407 CR 26, Loon Lake.  

This guide offers 33 easy hikes, 19 swimming
holes, trivia, maps and four-season activities
4) The town wide search for Waldo starts July 1 and runs the whole month July. The contest will conclude July 31st at a party from 5-6 pm at The Bookstore Plus, so hurry to get those required stamps from area businesses to be entered into the drawing for a deluxe set of Waldo books as well as other great prizes.

5) There are plenty of Olympic opportunities to see Lake Placid’s 1980 Winter Olympic history. The Olympic Museum, The free Freaky Friday Ice Show at the Olympic Center on Main Street highlights up and coming skaters judged for creativity and style. The Wednesday Olympic Aerialists for Wet and Wild Wednesdays at the Freestyle Aerialist Training Center, Olympic Ski Jumping Complex, Route 73,  Lake Placid, 518-523-2202, 800-462-6236, 1 p.m. Admission includes entry to the park and elevator and scenic chairlift, Visit Soaring Saturdays ski jumping demonstrations at the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex, Route 73, Lake Placid, 518-523-2202, 800-462-6236, G at 1 p.m. Ski jumping commences from the 90-meter jump onto an artificial surface. Take the Cloudsplitter Gondola at Whiteface Mountain, 5021 Route 86, Wilmington, 518-946-2223. Ride to the top and back or mountain bike the numerous trails. 


20 Summer Ideas from
Adirondack Family Time Tri Lakes and
High Peaks guidebook
6) Free naturalist guided walk at Henry's Woods, with the Adirondack Mountain Club! Meet at the Bear Cub Rd entrance every Thursday at 10 am. There are also many free activities from guided walks, a Nature Museum, lectures, and campfire talks at the ADK Loj Heart Lake property. 

7) Farmers MarketsFind fresh food local Farmers MarketsGreen Market Wednesdays Lake Placid Farmers' Market at the St Agnes Elementary School, Saturday's Saranac Lake Farmers Market, Tupper Lake's Thursday Wild Center Farmers Market

8) Visit the Paul Smith's Native Butterfly House: visit the only Adirondack Native Butterfly House: The Paul Smith’s VIC has the only Native Butterfly House in the Adirondack Park. FREE and open weekends in June, every day in July and August ,or by appointment, the VIC Butterfly House, trails and indoor mini-museum are all free. 



20 Summer Ideas from
Adirondack Family Time Tri Lakes and
High Peaks guidebook
9) Take a nature walk: There are historic tours at 10 a.m. and 1:30 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays at White Pine Camp, 432 White Pine Road, Paul Smiths, 518-327-3030, This was the summer White House for President Calvin Coolidge in 1926. Admission: $ 

10) Shakespeare in the Park: Join Pendragon Theatre, ADK Shakes, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts  for various outside live theatre around the Park. 

11) You don't have to be an Ironman to try a mini-triathlon with High Peaks Cyclery.  Mondays at 5:30, Lake Placid Town Beach: The race is a 400 yard swim, 12 mile bike, and 3 mile run. Entry fee is $20 for each race, Teams are allowed at $45 for a team of 3. (Two kids triathlon races this summer on July 17th and August 14th. 2:30 Registration, 3PM Start.)

Check out the 20 Summertime ideas from the pages of my guidebook. Enjoy! 

However you plan to spend your days, I hope you can slip one of these special events into your own busy schedule. Enjoy! 

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities (with GPS coordinates). With over 33 easy hikes, 19 swimming holes, trivia and seasonal activities for the Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and High Peaks regions. 

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