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?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Join us every Wednesday night for Open Mic Night! Featuring Blues, Rock, Country, Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass, and an evening of Rockin’ Entertainment.  Musicians, Song Writers, Fun Seekers, Welcome. No cover. Come In Off...

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Join us for Live Music every Friday from 7pm-10pm! 
We are excited to welcome Tim to the Bistro for the first time! Tim is a Saratoga Springs local specializing in Acoustic Folk Rock. Find out the latest on Tim at www.twecmusic.com 

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Please join us at the Lake Placid Public Library on Tuesday April 2 at 5:30 pm for a guided meditation. There will be a short meditation period followed by a short discussion. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

This event is designed to bring area farms and chefs together. Farms will offer seasonal tastings. Chefs already featuring local food on their menus will share their experiences in a panel, regarding challenges,...

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...

Friday, May 31st, 2019

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 never...

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...

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

The Bookstore Plus Hosts Author Signing Event with Paul Seward on Saturday, June 8th, 2018, from 1:00-3:00 PM. Join The Bookstore Plus for an exciting book event! Paul will be at The Bookstore Plus to autograph copies...

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Täste Bistro is proud to present Bob Warren. Bob is a well known & highly regarded artist in Saratoga, New York’s music scene. A regular performer at Lena’s Café, Bob’s songs have been recorded by such artists as...

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Tim Wechgalaer is a Saratoga Springs local who specializes in Acoustic Folk Rock. Find out more about Tim at www.twecmusic.com or come see him for yourself at The Taste Bistro!

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

The Bookstore Plus Hosts Author Signing Event with David Crews on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, from 3:00-5:00 PM. Join The Bookstore Plus for an exciting book event! David will be at The Bookstore Plus to autograph...

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Ryan Clark is a musician based in upstate New York. He released his first original EP titled Take a Chance in November and is currently touring regionally. His passion for music drives him to create original content....

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Lake Placid's July 4th celebration has become legendary in the North Country.  Stay tuned for more information for the 2019 celebration!  The parade steps off at 5 p.m. sharp on Main Street at the Olympic Center and...
Join the Lake Placid Sinfonietta for a concert that has the best view in town!  Bring your own seating to enjoy these “concerts-with-a-view” in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Children’s dancing is encouraged! If...

Friday, July 5th, 2019

The Bookstore Plus Hosts Author Signing Event with Ted Comstock and Chris Woodward on Friday, July 5th, 2018, from 3:00-5:00 PM. Join The Bookstore Plus for an exciting book event! Ted and Chris will be at The...

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

The Bookstore Plus Hosts Author Signing Event with R. George Clark on Saturday, July 27th, 2019, from 3:00-5:00 PM. Join The Bookstore Plus for an exciting book event! R. George Clark, (Bob), will be at The Bookstore...

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...

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

The Bookstore Plus Hosts Author Signing Event with Rebecca Donnelly on Satuday, August 3rd, 2019, from 3:00-5:00 PM. Join The Bookstore Plus for an exciting book event! Rebecca will be at The Bookstore Plus to...

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

The Bookstore Plus Hosts L.R. Smolarek For a Book Signing! The Bookstore Plus is excited to welcome back Linda Smolarek for a signing event on  Sunday, August 4th, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Get your copies of...

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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