Free Area Events

A vacation doesn't have to mean breaking the bank 

You've chosen your vacation dates, your room is booked, and now it's down to the fun part — deciding what to do. How about we help you (and your budget) out? Lake Placid and the surrounding villages offer a host of free events throughout the season. As a matter of fact, it's hard to pinpoint a single day when there isn't at least two or more possibilities for you to choose from. The hardest part about vacationing in the Adirondacks is juggling your schedule — concerts, dance, art shows, theater performances, nature walks, museum tours, film screenings, farmers markets, and kids programs — the list goes on and on.

Are the kids in tow? 

  • How about Free Story Hour at the Bookstore Plus, followed by an afternoon hike up Cobble Hill or a stroll through Henry's Woods? There are several awesome one -to two-hour hikes that start right in the village!
  • Not into hiking? Pack a picnic and relax at the town beach, or go to one of the free Songs at Mirror Lake concerts. Why not visit one of the many local farmers markets in the area and get a true taste of the Adirondacks?

An evening with a view

  • The Lake Placid Sinfonietta holds a free concert in Mid's Park every Wednesday evening in July and early August. It's the perfect place to settle down and watch the sunset after a romantic stroll around Mirror Lake. 
  • The Wilmington town beach is home to the popular Thursday evening concert series. Artists rotate weekly, but the experience is always fun. Bring a picnic or barbecue on site, then settle in to listen to the sounds of music by the river.

Take a few minutes to scroll through the list of great events below. These fun, informative, and festive programs are sure to leave you with fond memories of your visit.
What, oh what, will you choose?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Join us for Tuesday Night Trivia! 7-9pm 1st place prize - $50 gift card 2nd place prize - $20 gift card  3rd place prize - pitcher of beer! + shout out prizes! $2 domestic beer $3 well mixed drinks $4 draft beers $5...

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

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Wellness Wednesday's at Pure Placid Each Wednesday Pure Placid will offer a FREE class to help guide you on becoming a healthier YOU.   April 11th- Join Pure Placid to welcome Kristen Perry from Lake Placid Yoga. ...

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Join us for a fun evening of education, giveaways, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine, and kombucha sampling. Discover trails less traveled, trail etiquette, great snacks and skincare to protect and nourish your skin...

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Book Release Event with Andy Binder Join The Bookstore Plus for the release of Andy Binder’s new book, Harsh Reality—Tales from a Z-List Reality Star Booking Agent! The Bookstore Plus is excited to welcome author and...

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Join us every Monday Night at Taverna for All Night Happy Hour! Food and Drink specials include... $2 16oz Utica Club Cans $5 Draft Beers $6 House Wines  $10 Gyro, Chicken Kabob, Falafel or Steak Wrap with house cut...

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

A great night & fundraiser for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society here at the pub. From 5-10pm we will be donating a portion of all Ubu Ale & Ubu’s Golden Ale sales to the humane society. There will be a silent...

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

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CELEBRATE. Two great events in one! Celebrate writers and readers, vote for People’ Choice Award, and join for the announcement of this year’s Adirondack Literary Award winners. Afterwards, kick off summer in style with...

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

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OUR BOOK CLUB PICK FOR June 2018 | "Bachelor Girl" by Kim Van Alkemade On the first Tuesday of June, The Bookstore Plus will host a unique Book Club experience where readers will have the opportunity to discuss the book...

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Friday, June 15th, 3:00-5:00 PM| Author Signing Event with Kate Messner! The Bookstore Plus is excited to host the release of Kate Messner's latest book titled Breakout.  Come meet and chat with Kate, and get your copy...

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

The High Peaks Summit Classic is, in spirit, a regeneration of the original concept that put us in Lake Placid in the first place, back in 1990. The original idea in 1990 was to invite the lacrosse community to the...

Monday, June 25th, 2018

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH Lacrosse is more than just X's and O's, it's a way of life. The Lake Placid Youth Classic is designed as a competitive and fun youth lacrosse tournament in the heart of the Adirondacks, with an...

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Join us for a blood drive at Elderwood. 12 - 5pm

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

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Saturday, June 30th, 2018| Author Signing Event with Laurie Chandler The Bookstore Plus is pleased to host author Laurie Chandler for a book signing event.  Laurie will be at The Bookstore Plus on Saturday, June 30th,...

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

The Bookstore Plus Hosts July Book Club | Video Chat with author Adam Weymouth OUR BOOK CLUB PICK FOR July 2018 |  "Kings Of The Yukon" by Adam Weymouth On the first Tuesday of every month, The Bookstore Plus hosts a...

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

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Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards features a live five-piece New Orleans jazz band! Families enjoy their favorite Jazzy Ash songs and hear a live ukulele, guitar, banjo, accordion, fiddle, bass, trombone, sax,...
Bring your own seating to enjoy these “concerts-with-a-view” in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere (Children’s dancing is encouraged!).  If it is below 65 or raining, the concert moves to St. Agnes Church, a nearby...

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Multiple Author Signing Event!  The Bookstore Plus is pleased to invite you to our Summer Authors Event. Five authors will be joining us at The Bookstore Plus for a multiple author signing event. Come meet and mingle...

Friday, July 27th, 2018

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta will perform a Free Concert for Children at 10:30 AM in the gymnasium of St. Agnes School, with sponsorship from Stewart’s Shops and St. Agnes parish.  All ages are welcome to attend this...

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

OUR BOOK CLUB PICK FOR August 2018 | "THOUSAND-MILER: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail" by Melanie McManus On the first Tuesday of every month, The Bookstore Plus hosts a unique Book Club experience where readers...

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Sunday, August 12th, 2018| Author Signing Event with Roger Robinson The Bookstore Plus is pleased to invite you to an exciting event. Roger Robinson will be joining us at The Bookstore Plus for a book signing event....

Monday, August 13th, 2018

The Bookstore Plus Hosts Author Signing Event with Larry Weill on Monday, August 13th, 2018, from 3:00-5:00 PM. Join The Bookstore Plus for an exciting event! The Bookstore Plus is pleased to host author Larry Weill...

Friday, September 28th, 2018

The Bookstore Plus Hosts Author Signing Event with Robert Hunter on Friday, September, 28th, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Join The Bookstore Plus for a unique event! The Bookstore Plus is pleased to host author Robert...

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

OUR BOOK CLUB PICK FOR October 2018 | “The Boat Runner" by Devin Murphy On the first Tuesday of every month, The Bookstore Plus hosts a unique Book Club experience where readers have the opportunity to discuss the book...

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

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Saturday, October 6th, 2018| Author Signing Event with Chuck D’Imperio The Bookstore Plus is pleased to host author Chuck D’Imperio for a book signing event.  Chuck will be at The Bookstore Plus on Saturday, October...

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

OUR BOOK CLUB PICK FOR November 2018 | "The Fire By Night" by Teresa Messineo On the first Tuesday of every month, The Bookstore Plus hosts a unique Book Club experience where readers have the opportunity to discuss the...

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