Wednesday, October 5, 2016

12 Adirondack Autumn (Fall) Festivals - Leap Peeping and Harvest Celebrations!

There are so many opportunities to see the change of seasons in the Adirondack Park. Now is the time to take in the changing leaves and enjoy the fall harvest. Here are 11 opportunities to visit various parts of the Adirondack Park from Lake George to Lake Placid. Each festival is different and offers a unique experience for you and your family. Enjoy!

October 7-9,
6th Annual Lake George Oktoberfest and Fall Festival
FREE
Between Canada St and Shepard Park in Lake George village
Friday: Oct 7 5-10 pm
Saturday: Oct 8, noon- 10 pm
Sunday: Oct 9, noon - 5 pm
Beer garden, food, German and Bavarian live music and children's activities


October 8-9
Lake Placid Flaming Leaves Festival
Admission: Online $14/adults, $8/children, $16/adult gate, $10/children gate
October 8: 10 am - 4 pm
October 9: 9:30 am - 4 pm
Watch the top North American ski jumping talent while listening to live Blues and enjoy BBQ, beer garden, craft vendors, lawn games and chairlift/elevator ride.

October 8
Thurman Fall Farm Tour
10 am - 4 pm
Enjoy self-guided tours to 7 different sites, just minutes from Lake George, NY. Wagons rides, Barn Raising, quilt show and live music are just a few of the activities available for the whole family.

Lake George Land Conservancy FREE foliage hike
FREE
10:30 am -12:30 pm
Last Great Shoreline Preserve, Putnam, NY hike, 3.0-mile.
This guided hike is free, but advanced registration  is required.



October 8
Long Lake Harvest Festival
FREE
10 am - 4 pm
Long Lake Town Hall
Craft vendors selling handmade items including soaps, hiking sticks, cheese boards, homemade herbal spice mixes, children's books and more. Kids' activities include bounce house, pumpkin painting and games

October 8-9
Gore Mountain Harvest Festival
10 am - 4 pm
FREE (pay as you play)
Live music, Adirondack raptor experience, hay maze, gondola rides, magicians, food, nature hikes, Halloween egg hunt


October 9
Penfield Museum AppleFest, Ironville/Crown Point
10 am - 3 pm 
Admission: FREE (pay as you play)
Vendors, Bakery market and free entry to the museum as well as nature trail hikes, games, and other family fun.


Punkin' Chunking' at Kate Mountain, Vermontville
 October 15, 11 am - 3 pm 
Admission: $3/children, $5/adults
Bring your trebuchet or catapult or just come to watch the fun. Nature trails, face painting, pumpkin painting and pony rides ($). Submit an entry for the pumpkin pie bake-off.


October 15
ECS Farm Fall Fun Day
FREE
Meet retired and rehabilitated racehorses while enjoying some fall activities, bounce house, food and beverages and raffles. Look for vendors such as Saratoga Tea and Honey, food from Mr. Bill's, and raffles from Ellms Family Farm, Saratoga Apple, and more!

October 15-16, 2016
Harvest Weekend: Babbie Farm and Learning Museum, Peru
10 am - 4 pm ($1 off admission with a nonperishable food item for the Interfaith Food Shelf.
• Children can make a cornhusk doll, corn harvest demonstration, Thomas the Train rides, stagecoach and hay wagon rides. (Frosty the cow will only be there on Saturday)


October 21-23
Lake George Harvest Festival
FREE (pay as you go)
Kids games,kids rides and bounce houses, pumpkin coloring  face painting, magic shows. Tastings and Marketplace for baked goods, food truck, live music and fireworks Saturday over Lake George village.

October 23
Lake George Land Conservancy Fall Foliage Hike
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
FREE
Cat Mountain, Bolton NY
This moderate challenging hike with rocky ascent, about 3.75 miles round trip.

  © Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook series. Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy, short Adirondack family hikes for ADK kids, parents, retired, seniors, dog-owners, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebooks online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.

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