Various events & activities in the greater Lake George Region of Upstate New York recur on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The Lake George Area 2015 ongoing events & activities are listed for you below. You will be pleasantly surprised as to the number of activities for kids and adults alike! Most of these events/activities occur during the peak season (late spring, summer and/or fall seasons), and some are year-round. Click on the links for more complete information.
Also check out… Tours in the Lake George Region!
Adirondack Museum Kid & Family Activities:
These activities take place at the Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake. (518) 352-7311. adkmuseum.org (Open May 22 – October 12, 2015)
• Feed the Fish – learn more about trout species and fish stocking while feeding the fish (Daily at 12:30pm thru September 30, 2015 – excluding Sept. 12-13, 19-20).
• Little Log Cabin & Tot Lot – toddlers and pre-schoolers can romp and play on a wooden rocker, scamper up and down a rustic bridge in the schoolyard (Daily 10am-5pm).
• Old Fashioned Wash Day – kids can wash cloths the old-fashioned way by filling washtubs, pounding & scrubbing clothes using old-fashioned tools (Daily 10am-5pm).
• The Reising Schoolhouse – visit a one-room schoolhouse to play with old fashioned toys and make special craft projects (Daily 10am-5pm).
• Victorian Lean To and Platform Tent – explore and enjoy a lean-to in 19th century fashion, a platform tent with sitting porch & writing desk, and also look through flip-books with historic photographs (Daily 10am-5pm).
• Paddling On The Pond – enjoy taking a canoe ride around the museum’s pond; find out the basics of paddling/ Daily 1-4pm June 30 – September 29, 2015, excluding 9/12-13 & 9/19-20.
• Monday Evening Lecture Series – learn about Adirondack history, culture and art during the museum’s evening lectures; a new lecture each week/ (Mondays at 7:30pm) July & August.
Adirondack Style Workshops & Classes
Learn more about the culture & arts of the Adirondack region through a variety of year-round hands-on workshops & classes taught by skilled Adirondack artisans, musicians, crafts people & volunteers, who share their knowledge of hiking, nature walks, storytelling, food preservation, photography, Adirondack music, songwriting, organic gardening, basket making, paper making, natural dyeing, weaving, rustic furniture making, and much more. Check out the full schedule of workshops & classes/ Adirondack Folk School, Lake Luzerne. (518) 696-2400. adirondackfolkschool.org
Adirondack Theatre Festival
Summer theatre offering 5 weeks of first class productions (late June thru late July). Professional artists from NYC and across the country perform new and contemporary plays and musicals. Performances include: “Kalamazoo” (June 23 – July 3, 2015); “The Uncivil War” (July 9 – 18, 2015); “Cabaret: J. Robert Spencer” (July 12-13, 2015); “PB& J Cafe: Dinner Theatre for Kids” (July 14-August 1, 2015); “Spun” (July 23-August 1, 2015); “Cabaret: Jeremy Schonfeld” (July 26-27, 2015); “The Banana Tree” (July 28, 2015); “Think Again” (August 4-7, 2015)/ All shows are at The Charles R. Wood Theater, Downtown Glens Falls. (518) 798-7479. atfestival.org
Adventure Days/ Self-Guided Hikes at Up Yonda Farm
Take a self-guided exploration on Up Yonda Farm’s trails to look at Adirondack wildlife. Self-guided hikes are available Mondays thru Fridays; nature adventure packets, activity books & nets available for your self-guided hikes on Saturdays (July & August 2014)/ Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center, Bolton Landing. (518) 644-9767. upyondafarm.com
Adventure Village & Disc Golf: Hiking, Biking, Inflatables & More
In addition to scenic gondola skyrides, guided & self-guided hiking excursions, and downhill mountain biking at Gore, try some other new adventures including: the climbing wall, bungee trampoline & toddler’s inflatable at the Adventure Village, or the 9 Hole (Par 35) Disc Golf Course/ May – October. Gore Mountain, North Creek. (518) 251-2411. goremountain.com
Aromathe Reiki Classes
Combining holistic aromatherapy and Reiki together in one class/ Adirondack Aromatherapy at The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls. adkaromatherapy.com
The Glens Falls Golden Eagles Baseball Club play various regional teams on select dates in June & July 2015 at 7pm. Home Game Schedule: June 4, 6, 9, 11, 14, 16, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28, 30; July 2, 9, 10, 12, 14, 19, 20, 23, 28, 29. East Field Stadium, Dix Ave., Glens Falls. glensfallsgoldeneagles.com
Bring your chess set and play, or learn how to play (free lessons available); all ages welcome/ Saturdays 9AM-1PM year-round. Town of Chester Library, Chestertown. (518) 494-5384. chesterlibrary.org
Colonial Children’s Program
Kids can partake in different 18th century activities: dressing up in colonial clothes, cooking, playing games, and dancing; different program each week/ Wednesdays in July 1-3pm (July 1,8,15,22). Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater. (518) 664-9821. nps.gov/sara
Corn Maze Adventures
Enjoy great family fun at Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze – a newly designed 6 acre corn maze (open August 14 – October 18, 2015). Choose from the full maze or the kiddie maze, and test your knowledge of Fort Ti History in this life-size puzzle/ Daily 10am-5pm (August 14– September 7, 2015) and Saturdays & Sundays 10am-5pm (September 12 – October 11, 2015) + Columbus Day Monday. Also enjoy the “Maze By Moonlight” at night with flashlights & complete the Archeology Quest (7-10pm October 17-18, 2015). Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga. (518) 585-2821. fort-ticonderoga.org
Crandall Library’s Children Programs & Activities
The library hosts a variety of year-round programs & activities for young children & their caregivers including: “Baby Lap Time” – infants under 14 months (with parent or guardian) can share interactive songs, rhumbas, and board books 2:30-2:50PM Wednesdays (December thru June). “Toddler Story Time” – kids 18 months to under 3 years will enjoy simple stories, songs, and puppets 9:30-9:50AM Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays (March thru May). “Preschool Storytime” – kids ages 3- 5 years old will enjoy songs, fingerplays, puppets, and stories 10:15-10:45AM Tuesdays & Wednesdays (December thru June). Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. (518) 792-6508. crandalllibrary.org
Cruise Nights in North Creek:
Show off your classic car, sports car, or hot rod; music, raffle, trophies, food and drink/ Thursdays 6-9PM (June 18 – September 10, 2015). Tops Market Plaza, Main Street, North Creek. gorechamber.com Find on Facebook
Fear This Halloween Haunting
A spooky Halloween haunting through the historic old courthouse complex/ 6:30pm on select dates: Oct. 9-10, 16-17 & 23-24, 2015. Historic Salem Courthouse – 58 East Broadway, Salem. (518) 854-7053. salemcourthouse.org
Film & Video Series
Enjoy a different film each week at the local library/ Tuesdays 2:30-4:30pm and 6:30-8:30pm (May & June, and then September – mid-December). Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. (518) 792-6508. crandalllibrary.org
Fireworks in Lake George
Enjoy a spectacular display of fireworks over Lake George on Fri., July 3, Sat., July 4, & then every Thursday (July 9 thru August) at 9:30pm, plus other select dates throughout the year. View from Shepard Park (Canada Street) and Beach Road, Lake George Village. (518) 668-5755. (518) 668-5771. lakegeorgechamber.com lakegeorgeguide.com/fireworks
* Take a Fireworks Boat Cruise on Lake George – offered by many businesses who provide “Sightseeing Cruises.”
French and Indian War Society Lecture Series
The public is invited to attend summer history lectures, sponsored by the French & Indian War Society, a group of area historians, archaeologists and history enthusiasts/ 7pm in August only. Fort William Henry Conference Center, Canada Street, Lake George Village. (518) 964-6626. frenchandindianwarsociety.org
Treat your family to terrific terrifying fun at this Halloween playground. Enjoy thrills and chills on rides in the dark, the trick-or-treat trail, mazes, costume contests, roaming ghouls, haunted houses, entertainment, shows, and much more/ Fall Weekends (Saturdays & Sundays October 3-11, 2015) and (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays October 16 – November 1, 2015). Six Flags Great Escape. (518) 792-3500. sixflags.com/greatescape
The Fun Spot Programs
In addition to the attractions at The Fun Spot, there are also a variety of fun-filled programs provided throughout the year: Camp Fun Spot Afterschool Program, Autism Awareness Playtimes, Summer Camp, Ballroom Dancing, Middle School Dance Nights, Holiday Skates, New Year’s Eve event, and more/ The Fun Spot, Queensbury. (518) 792-8989. thefunspot.net
It’s party central at Lake George Lanes & Games with brand new state of the art sound system and special lighting effects, as well as games & contests the entire family will love/ Friday & Saturday Nights. Lake George Lanes & Games, Lake George. (518) 668-5741. lakegeorgebowl.com
Gondola Rides, Hiking Excursions & Downhill Mountain Biking at Gore
Enjoy scenic gondola skyrides to observe incredible views of the High Peaks & Southern Adirondacks where you can also hike, picnic and take photographs of stunning landscapes; partake in a self-guided 30 minute “eco-loop” hike, or choose from many guided hikes where an experienced mountain host will take you on a long excursion through multiple peaks of the Gore Mountain Range; also try downhill mountain biking on challenging terrain/ May – October. Gore Mountain, North Creek. (518) 251-2411. goremountain.com
If These Platforms Could Talk: Historic Discussions
Speakers discuss a topic significant to the North Creek and Adirondack Region/ North Creek Depot Museum, North Creek. (518) 251-5842. northcreekdepotmuseum.com Please Note: 2015 talks are still being revised; check website for updates.
Lake George Dinner Theatre
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” – enjoy lunch or dinner while watching this “family-friendly, heartwarming & hilarious” comedy. Luncheon Shows: 11:15am seating, & 1pm show on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (plus select Saturday Matinees). Dinner Shows: 6:30pm seating, & 8pm Show on Wednesdays thru Saturdays. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) ” runs July 16 to Oct. 10, 2015. Lake George Dinner Theatre at the Holiday Inn Resort, Lake George. (518) 668-5762, ext. 411. lakegeorgedinnertheatre.com
Lake George Youtheatre Shows
Enjoy three different summer musical theatre productions performed by local students ages 11-18 years old. 2015 shows: July 15 – 18… “Tarzan”; July 22 -24… “Aida”; and July 29-31… “Thoroughly Modern Millie”/Wednesdays at 1pm, Thursdays & Fridays at 9:30am. Lake George High School Auditorium – 381 Canada St., Lake George. lgyoutheatre.com
Let’s Dance: Lessons, Instructions and Dancing
Come and learn a new dance step from different dance instructors from around the area – for beginners and experienced dancers on select days & months during the year. “2nd Saturday Dance” is year-round at Temple Beth-El in Glens Falls (excluding July, August & September); “3rd Sunday/ 4th Sunday Dance” is year-round at The Fun Spot in Queensbury (excluding June, July & August)/ Sponsored by the USA Dance Inc., Adirondack Chapter of Glens Falls. (518) 761-4174. usadanceadk.com
Luzerne Music Festival & Concert Series
Many concert series at this summer classical music camp/ Luzerne Music Center, Lake Luzerne. (518) 696-2771. luzernemusic.org
- ” Luzerne Chamber Music Festival” – a world-class performing arts series celebrating 35 years of presenting artists of national and international renown on (most) Mondays at 7:30PM (June 21 – August 15, 2015) – except 1st concert is on Sunday, June 28, 2015
- “Faculty Artist Music Series” on Fridays at 7:30PM (June 26 – August 7, 2015)
- “Student Solo and Chamber Music Showcase” on Saturdays at 7:30PM (June 27 – August 14, 2015)
- “Piano Prelude, Large Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra Concerts” on Sundays at 2PM (June 28 – August 15, 2015)
Mining, Caveman Wall, and Dino Dig
Kids and adults can explore the following activities: the pitch black Gold Rush Mine to find treasures including iron pyrite & polished gems; the Crystal Quest Mine to discover actual crystals buried in the sand; Gemstone Mining where you can find actual gemstones, fossils and arrowheads; the Caveman & Cavekid Challenge Bouldering Wall where adults & kids can try out their climbing skills; and the Dino Dig to uncover buried dinosaur bone casts that were made from actual dig sites/ Daily (May 18 – October 13, 2014). Winter Snowshoe Self-Guided Tours Fri. – Sun. & Winter Snowshoe Guided Tours Saturday only (mid Dec. – March). Natural Stone Bridge & Caves, Pottersville. (518) 494-2283. stonebridgeandcaves.com
Mohican History & Ghost Cruise
“Tacos and Tale” – Enjoy an evening cruise on Lake George aboard the Mohican to learn about history & ghosts/ Wednesdays 6:30pm (July & August) – starting July 7, 2015. Lake George Steamboat, Lake George. (518) 668-5777. lakegeorgesteamboat.com
1000 Books B4 Kindergarten Challenge
A great program for parents/guardians to do together with their children (at least 18 months old). During this challenge, read 1,000 books together before your child starts Kindergarten; earn prizes for every 100 books read, and get tips on how to keep track of your readings/ Program runs through December 31, 2015. Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. (518) 792-6508 x4. crandalllibrary.org.
Outdoor Cinema in City Park
Bring your blanket or chair & celebrate the art of film at these free outdoor film screenings throughout the summer; an Art in the Public Eye event/ Starts at dusk. Every Friday night (July & August). City Park, Downtown Glens Falls. artinthepubliceye.com Please Note: this program has not been confirmed yet.
Painted Pony Championship Rodeo
Professional rodeo: Saddle Bronc, Bare Back, Calf & Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, & Bull Riding, Texas Style BBQ every rodeo night/ BBQ (6-8PM) and Rodeo (8PM) Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (July 3, 2015 thru Labor Day Weekend). Painted Pony Rodeo, Lake Luzerne. (518) 696-2421. paintedponyrodeo.com
Photography Workshop Classes
Take a variety of photography workshops and classes for all abilities with award-winning outdoor photographer, Carl Heilman. Choose from Nature Photography Workshops, Adirondack Photography Tours, Photoshop for Photographers Workshops, and attend various public events and AV programs on photography (throughout the year). For more information and a full schedule, visit carlheilman.com
The Polar Express Train Rides
Kids can wear their pajamas as they ride the train to the North Pole and read along with the story of the Polar Express; enjoy meeting Santa, caroling, hot cocoa, a treat, and a special gift/ Evening rides on select dates (November and December). Saratoga & North Creek Railway. (877) 726-7245. sncrr.com
RockSport Climbing Team Youth Programs & Summer Camps
Learn the basics of safe & fun climbing, as well as more advanced climbing skills by coaches (long-time climbers with world-wide experience)/ Saturdays 10AM-12PM & Tuesdays 6-8PM. Also Youth groups, scouts & sport team programs, and summer camps available. RockSport, Queensbury. (518) 793-4626. rocksportny.com
Round the Lake Challenge
Become a Lake George Land Conservancy “Round the Laker,” by completing at least 20 out of the 30 variety of challenges throughout Lake George’s watershed (designed by LGLC) including: hiking on trails of Tongue Mountain, Sleeping Beauty, and other parks & preserves; canoeing or kayaking Jabe Pond & Northeast Bay; exploring exhibits at Up Yonda Farm; visiting museums & historical roadside markers, and more. Lake George Land Conservancy, Bolton Landing. (518) 644-9673. lglc.org roundthelake.org
Story Hour and Sing-A-Long
Fun with Wendy Joy/ Fridays at 10:30AM (all year-round). Town of Chester Library, Chestertown. (518) 494-5384. chesterlibrary.org
Summer Camp at The Fun Spot
Kids and parents will love the structured indoor and outdoor activities as well as The Fun Spot attractions, lunch & snacks each day provided, plus two field trips per week to a variety of places: Tubby Tubes Co., Great Escape, Prospect Mountain, Fort Ticonderoga, Adirondack Extreme, Bowling, Moreau State Park & more/ Monday – Friday 7:30AM – 5:45PM (June 29 – August 28, 2015). The Fun Spot, Queensbury. (518) 792-8989. thefunspot.net
Summer Speaker Series
The John Thurman Historical Society sponsors this summer speaker series/ First Tuesday of the month at 7pm (May – October). Town Hall, Thurman. (518) 623-2007. thurmannyevents.com
SUP – Yoga Classes
A melding of stand up paddling and yoga in one flowing 90 minute class on Lake George taught by Tobey Gifford (certified yoga instructor of the Lemon Tree Yoga & Healing Arts Studio)/ Two 4 week summer classes available 8-9:30am (for level 1 and level 2). Also Intro and semi private & private watersport lessons for SUP, wakeboard, water ski & more are available/ Patty’s Water Sports, 291 Cleverdale Road, Cleverdale on Lake George. (518) 656-4072. pattyswatersports.com lemontreeyoga.com
Take a Bite in Downtown Glens Falls
Take a Bite in Downtown Glens Falls – “Snack & Stroll” and enjoy a night out with the family. Affordably priced tapas to-go are are offered by Downtown restaurants so you can snack while you stroll the streets of Downtown. Visitors can explore all the tastes of the city, enjoy shopping specialty stores & boutiques (retailers open later), listen to live music, partake in a fun drop in program (for all ages) at Crandall Public Library, and check out the farmers market/ Wednesdays 5-7pm (July 8 – August 19, 2015). Throughout Downtown Glens Falls. facebook.com/downtownglensfalls
Up Yonda Farm Activities & Programs
Various environmentally educational activities & nature programs offered for children & families. Learn and experience the wildlife and land of the Adirondacks: hike along the woodland trails with views overlooking Lake George, visit perennial gardens, discover the butterfly garden & natural history exhibits, and more. Programs available all year-round; call or visit online for schedule. Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center, Bolton Landing. (518) 644-9767. upyondafarm.com
Waikiki Supper Club
Polynesian Dinner Show: Fire & Sword Act – Island Style Dining Entertainment with vocals, sword dancers, spectacular costumes and audience participation/ Dinner show seating 6pm & Cocktail Show 7pm. Saturday shows (May & June); nightly shows except Thursday (July & August); select show dates (September & October). The Tiki Resort, Lake George. (518) 668-5744. tikiresort.com
Women’s Programs at Wiawaka
Renew & restore your body, mind & spirit with lakeside classes at this peaceful retreat for women on Lake George: Yoga on Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am & Pilates on Thursdays 9:30-11:30am (July & August). Also participate in a variety of other women’s programs, classes & workshops throughout the week (June – September). Wiawaka Center for Women, Lake George. (518) 668-9690. wiawaka.org
Yoga, Zumba, Dance & Fitness Classes
A variety of lessons offered for all abilities with yoga, meditation, zumba, and other fitness instructions (available year-round). Some classes require pre-registration. The Lemon Tree Yoga and Healing Arts Studio at The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls. (518) 301-3291, (518) 301-3293. lemontreeyoga.com shirtfactorygf.com
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