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, January 17th, 2019

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, January 18th, 2019

Join us for Live Music every Friday from 7pm-10pm! 

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

A Math & Movement Family Fun Night is a high energy math and reading event. Children use fun floor mats and wall charts to learn math and reading concepts through movement. At the Family Fun Night, you will move...

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

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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...

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

OUR BOOK CLUB PICK FOR February 2019 | Crimson Lake by Candice Fox 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 club...

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Story Time On the second Sunday of every month, at 4:00 PM, we host a themed story & craft hour. All children (especially children at heart) are welcome! Our storyteller reads to the curious listeners and then...

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

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Please join us for the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society February Winter Lecture: 'The Six Nations' presented by David Kanietakeron Fadden. David's lecture will focus on the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois or Six...

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Join us in celebrating local artists in the LPCA's Black & White Juried Art Show. The show runs from Feb 15 - Mar 23. Visit lakeplacidarts.org for gallery hours.

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

OUR BOOK CLUB PICK FOR March 2019 | Maid by Stephanie Land 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 club pick...
The Bookstore Plus BOOK CLUB PICK FOR MARCH 2019 | "The Elizas" by Sara Shepard On the first Tuesday of every month, The Bookstore Plus hosts a unique Book Club experience where readers have the opportunity to discuss...

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

The Bookstore Plus Book club pick for May 2019 , Featuring "Finding True North: A History of One Small Corner of the Adirondacks" by Fran Yardley On the first Tuesday of every month, The Bookstore Plus hosts a unique...

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

The Bookstore Plus is hosting a Scrabble Tournament on Saturday, May 18, 2019! Two players will be teamed up to compete with other teams. Up to 12 teams of two players can sign up for this fun and free event. If you don...

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

OUR BOOK CLUB PICK FOR June 2019 | "The Age of Light" by Whitney Scharer On the first Tuesday of every month, The Bookstore Plus hosts a unique Book Club experience where readers have the opportunity to discuss the...

Monday, July 29th, 2019

We believe that individuals are products of their environment, their experiences, their teams, and their families - both immediate and extended. From that simple concept, and what it means to us, the Northstar...

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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