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?

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Wayne Failing & Friend Well known to the vibrant Lake Placid music scene as either a soloist or in a duo with long-time musician friends John Doan, George Bailey or Duane Gould, Wayne Failing has been uplifting...

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Half day of school and nothing to do? Stop into the Lake Placid Public Library for crafts, games, books, and more! For families with children in Pre-K-grade 5. Free and open to the public.
The winner of M.T.V.’s Viewer’s Choice Award, Chris has earned honors across the globe for his gifted vocals, accomplished musicianship and charismatic presence. Chris’ performances at The Mirror Lake Inn Bistro &...

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

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The annual community Teddy Bear Picnic is happening again, and more exciting than ever, under the auspices of the Lake Placid Rotary Club. Chockful of fun activities, this year’s Teddy Bear Picnic will take place on...

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Students in grades 3-5 are invited to join us at the Lake Placid Public Library, Mondays from 3:15-4:15 (when school is in session) for homework help, reading, building projects, arts & crafts, educational games,...
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, September 26th, 2018

LAKE PLACID FARMERS' MARKET Support your local farmers and makers! When: Every Wednesday: 2 p.m.- 6 p.m.  Dates: June 27-October 17 Location: Jewtraw Park, Station Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946Black Rooster MapleTriple...

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

A service club on Thursdays for 6-8th graders at the Lake Placid Public Library from Sept. 27-Nov. 15 from 3:00-4:00pm. Students will use computer, artistic, writing, and public speaking skills to promote books and...
Scott Sileo Following detours through New York and as far west as Houston, TX, Scott Sileo is back in Lake Placid with original music and American favorites. Join us at Dancing Bears Restaurant every Thursday for...

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...
National Recording Artist George Collichio. George is a favorite at the Mirror Lake Inn, playing his unique brand of new age jazz guitar with incredible style and finesse. If you haven’t had a chance to hear George, why...

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

The Bookstore Plus Hosts Author Signing Event with Margo Fish on Saturday, October 6th, 2018, from 1:00-3:00 PM. Join The Bookstore Plus for an exciting book event! Margo will be at The Bookstore Plus on Saturday,...
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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...

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

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10/7/2018  - 5th Annual Essex County Cheese Tour Location: Essex County in the Adirondacks Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please join us for the 5th annual Essex Co. Cheese Tour! This self-guided tour highlights three...
The Bookstore Plus Hosts Author Signing with Caperton Tissot! Lake Placid, N.Y.- Sunday, October 7th, 2018| 1-3 PM The Bookstore Plus is pleased to host local author Caperton Tissot for a book signing event. Caperton...

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

The Bookstore Plus is pleased to host the 20th anniversary of the American release of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Join us in celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday and 20 years of magic!   We will provide...

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Join us at the Lake Placid Public Library for help creating your own Halloween costume! Sewing machines, sewing supplies, materials, etc will be available along with helpful adults and teens to assist families in...

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Struggling with math? Need a tutor? The Lake Placid Public Library would like to offer free math tutoring sessions for any student in grades 6-12. No registration required. Saturday mornings at 10:00 starting Nov. 3 (...

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...

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Join us for a special Local Shopping Night!  On Tuesday, December 4th, 6-8 PM, we will host an evening of special holiday shopping. You're invited to join The Bookstore Plus for light refreshments, complimentary gift...

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

The 2019 Empire State Winter Games is a multi-day sports event hosted in Lake Placid, New York, from January 31 - February 3. In its 39th year, the Games will bring together athletes from across New York State and...

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Monday, August 5th, 2019

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...

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