Fall in the High Peaks Region is rich with events celebrating the season of flaming leaves and the fall harvest season. Plan ahead for your overnight accommodations as rooms fill up early for some of these very popular events!

Car buff alert!

2015 will mark the 33rd year of the annual Olympic Car Show and Parade on September 5th and 6th. Taking place over Labor Day Weekend, Saturday’s events will include a cruise night around Main Street and Mirror Lake beginning at 6 pm. Be on the lookout! Nearly 100 cars typically participate in the show each year. On Sunday, the classic car parade begins at noon with cars parading down Main Street from Saranac Avenue. The parade is followed by the car show on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval until 4 pm. The show benefits the Lake Placid Ski Club’s youth programming. 

Cars lined up around the Lake Placid speedskating oval for the Annual Olympic Car show, benefiting the Lake Placid Ski Club youth programming
Cars lined up around the Lake Placid speedskating oval for the Annual Olympic Car show, benefiting the Lake Placid Ski Club youth programming

A Lake Placid Classic

Mid-September seems to be the perfect time for a running race and this year is no exception. The 45th Annual Lake Placid Classic Half Marathon & 10K hits town on Saturday, September 12th this year. With hundreds of participants, it’s a sight to behold as the mass start kicks off from the speed skating oval, up Main Street and around Mirror Lake. The running race starts at 9 a.m., preceded by the walkers at 8:30 a.m.  

Speaking of running……

Ragnar Relay Adirondacks rolls into town on Saturday, September 26th for the final leg of a team relay event. The race begins in Saratoga Springs on Friday, September 25th. Teams of athletes run a relay race non-stop through the day and night, raising funds for their designated charities in what has become a popular and pretty cool annual event. If you’re traveling around the Lake Champlain, Whiteface and High Peaks Regions during the two-day event, you’re likely to see the athletes along the highways and byways of the route - all day and night.

Ragnar finish line in Lake Placid 2014
Ragnar finish line in Lake Placid 2014


The awe inspiring alpenhorns at Oktoberfest
The awe inspiring alpenhorns at Oktoberfest

Ok, folks, dust off the lederhosen and grab your beer steins and head on down to Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest on October 3rd and 4th. This ever-popular fall event celebrates the Bavarian holidays of the harvest with this annual folk fest. With a mixture of attractions including live Bavarian entertainment, kids rides and activities, gondola rides, bag jump and more, as well as some amazing food, and, of course, beer, everyone should have a great time! Plan an entire day (or attend both days!) and take the gondola to the top of Little Whiteface when you need a break. You can sit back and relax and enjoy the cool air, and peace & quiet of the alpine summit. Arrange for your lodging well in advance as this is a very popular weekend!

Also plan ahead for the festivals of October 10th and 11th weekend, including Flaming Leaves and Brewfest. More to come on those two great events taking place on Columbus Day weekend!

Check our entire events schedule so you don’t miss a thing while visiting the Lake Placid region.

Check out these additional awesome ADK events:

Going’ the distance! From scenic runs to Rough Riders and antique motors, the Schroon Lake Region is gearing up for fall.

Peak performance! Bavarian fun, face painting, gondola rides — Whiteface is the place to get your color on this fall. 

Cool fests! Farm2Fork, HoboFest, 90-miler — yeah, Saranac Lake knows how to celebrate the season.

A-maze-ing! Trek to the Adirondack Coast this fall for some old world — and out-of-this world —events!

Say what? Tupper Lake’s OkTupperfest is as unique as its name implies, traditional meets local flair.

True ADK experience! From moose-calling contests to celebrating fruit, we know how to usher in the season! 

Blue skies overhead! Malone acts as an awesome backdrop for your early-autumn activities.