What do you get when you combine beautiful scenery, delicious food, live music, and creative art? Why, an arts and culture getaway in Lake Placid, New York, of course!

Known for rugged mountains, pristine lakes, and endless forests and waterways, Lake Placid and the Adirondacks are an outdoor paradise. And while those breathtaking natural features are worthy on their own, Lake Placid’s arts and culture scene is also compelling.

This summer, as events and attractions start back up, join us for good times singing and dancing, listening to music, taking in artwork, and browsing the selection of locally grown foods.

Carrots and other vegetables on a table.

Songs at Mirror Lake

After any activity (hiking or shopping on Main Street), the perfect way to end a day is with a song. In fact, you can hear many songs at Mid’s Park this summer at the weekly Songs at Mirror Lake series. The live music can be enjoyed on land and sea: take a seat on the lawn or paddle up to watch from your kayak. Either way, you’ll be singing along and grooving to the tunes in no time.

Songs at Mirror Lake is hosted on Tuesdays, from 7 - 9 p.m., starting July 20 and ending on August 24. All shows are FREE!

A band of four men plays in the bandshell next to Mirror Lake with an audience.

Performances this year include:

  • Tuesday, July 20: Ursa and the Major Key (indie rock)
  • Tuesday, July 27: North Mississippi Allstars (country/blues)
  • Tuesday, August 3: Farewell Angelina (country)
  • Tuesday, August 10: Lao Tizer (jazz)
  • Tuesday, August 17: The Ghost of Paul Revere (alt-bluegrass jam)
  • Tuesday, August 24: Trigger Happy (Americana)

Up-to-date information on Songs at Mirror Lake can be found on their website.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is a year-round multi-purpose facility dedicated to presenting the highest caliber of music, dance, theatre, award winning films, and visual arts exhibitions in the Adirondacks. The LPCA provides special arts-in education programs, young people's performances, workshops, and artist residencies.

Three people in a bongo drum workshop.

2020 and COVID rocked in-person events, causing many places to adapt new strategies and programming. LPCA is continuing their virtual programming in 2021, and re-introducing in-person events. For the most comprehensive list of their offerings, visit their website.

Some highlights include: socially-distant theatre camp for kids (in-person), 3D collage poem workshop (virtual), adult improv classes (in-person), and an assortment of online lessons and classes. In addition to workshops, LPCA also has a steady stream of concerts and performances throughout the summer.

Totally new this year is the Open Sky Festival, held at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds. Open Sky is a brand new, multidisciplinary festival for arts lovers of every age. Explore two weeks of music, dance, film, and theatre outdoors, under the open sky! The festival will run August 2 - 15 and passes are currently available for purchase.

Colorful paints and brushes for an artist getting ready to work.

Lake Placid Sinfonietta

After a 2020 hiatus, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta is back in 2021! The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is a professional chamber orchestra of twenty musicians from across the country, and they have been providing the Adirondacks with classical performances since 1917.

This year, there will be six concerts on Sunday evenings at the LPCA and six FREE Wednesday evening concerts at the Horse Show Pavilion. Season dates are July 7 to August 15.

Orchestra musicians preforming with white shirts and black pants.

The Sunday Symphony Series evening shows at the LPCA have limited in-person tickets available, and there are also unlimited virtual tickets. Both are available for purchase now. Wednesday Community Concerts are FREE and first-come, first-seated. Unlike previous years’, the Community Concerts will be held at the Horse Show Grounds in the pavilion.

More information on specific concerts can be found on the Sinfonietta’s website.

Farmers Markets

After you’ve had your fill of music and art, it will be time for some food! Lake Placid and the High Peaks Region is home to multiple farmers markets, where you’ll find everything from seasonal vegetables to wine to local art.

A local craftsman holds up a wooden fish at the farmers market.

The Lake Placid Farmers Market is on Wednesdays, from June 17 - September 9, and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. From fresh local honey to Adirondack inspired ceramics, this market offers tasty treats and artisan crafts. You can find the Lake Placid Farmers Market next to the Green Goddess in the Placid Pond Shopping Center.

The Keene Farmers Market is on Sundays, from early June to mid-October, and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This market is located outside of town at Marcy Field, between Keene and Keene Valley. Whether you’re headed back home via I-87 or just looking for a relaxing Sunday adventure, you’ll find the Keene Farmers Market a convenient stop. Plus, you can buy locally made cheese, so you really can’t go wrong.

Invent your own perfect vacation

Let’s face it: there’s a lot going on in Lake Placid this summer! You’re going to need more than one day to experience it all. Book a room and stay for awhile. Get outdoors. Dance to live music. If you forgot to pack your dancing shoes, don’t worry—there are plenty of shops downtown that can hook you up.

Most importantly, remember to have fun!