The Adirondacks and Thousand Islands

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  • 1. Adirondack Canoe Classic

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    The annual Adirondack Canoe Classic is a three-day, 90-mi canoe race held in early September. The 250 boats participating make their way from...Read More

  • 2. Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival

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    More than 100 hot-air balloons puff their stuff as they ascend in this annual four-day event held around the third weekend in September. There...Read More

  • 3. Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts

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    The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts presents a wide variety of programs, from classical concerts to coffeehouse entertainment, films, plays...Read More

  • 4. Americade Motorcycle Tour & Rally

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    Up to 50,000 motorcycle enthusiasts flock to the Lake George area for this multiday event held in early June. Activities include an exposition...Read More

  • 5. Antique Boat Show and Auction

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    The three-day show in early August has a different theme each year. You can view boats on land and water and participate in activities hosted...Read More

  • 6. Bill Johnston's Pirate Days

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    During this 10-day festival in early to mid-August, pirates invade the village of Alexandria Bay for two weekends, and the mayor hands the keys...Read More

  • 7. Black River Trail Scenic Byway

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    The 111-mi trail traces the western extremity of the Adirondacks and leads from Rome, New York in the south nearly to Canada in the north. This...Read More

  • 8. French Festival

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    The largest festival in the North Country celebrates Cape Vincent's French heritage over a weekend in early July. The fun includes a parade...Read More

  • 9. Hudson River White Water Derby

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    In early May, this two-day event draws canoeing, kayaking, and camping enthusiasts to the North Creek area for slalom and downriver races. ...Read More

  • 10. Lake George Elvis Festival

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    In late May, Elvis's spirit wafts through the North Country. Nobody will fault you if you think that, not only is Elvis living, he's become...Read More

  • 11. Lake George Jazz Weekend

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    Jazz groups from all over the state converge at the Shepard Park bandstand for an end-of-summer bash, usually in mid-September, after Labor Day. ...Read More

  • 12. Lake George Winter Carnival

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    Cold-weather activities, such as polar-bear swims, ice sculpting and fishing, snowmobile and dog-pull races, and snowmobile drags are scheduled...Read More

  • 13. Lake Placid Center for the Arts

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    The Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the largest arts center in the region, shows classic films and hosts theater, dance, and music performances...Read More

  • 14. Lake Placid Horse Shows

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    Hunter and jumper competitions are part of the back-to-back Lake Placid and I Love New York horse shows, which start at the end of June and...Read More

  • 15. Pendragon Theatre

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    The Pendragon Theatre, a year-round professional company, performs classical and new works. Special events include mystery dinner-theater shows. ...Read More

  • 16. Rustic Furniture Fair

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    Nearly 100 antiques dealers from throughout the United States and Canada participate in this annual fair, which spotlights rustic furniture...Read More

  • 17. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

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    The annual festival, held for 10 days starting in early February, is the oldest winter carnival in the country. It includes a lighted ice palace...Read More

  • 18. Woodsmen Field Days

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    Skills and crafts related to the lumber industry are demonstrated during this colorful two-day event held in early July at Tupper Lake Municipal...Read More

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