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Events in Lake Placid, New York

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Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole

Lake Placid, New York
Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole is a Christmas themed family amusement park in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks region with rides, shows and shops for children and adults of all ages. Established in 1949, Santa’s Workshop is known as the forerunner of present-day theme parks in the United States. There are many different attractions ranging from a candy making shop to a reindeer barn. There are also rides and shows for children of all ages (even those who are just kids at heart). Santa’s Workshop is open from June through November (with a few breaks so the elves can make toys), and it reopens in the end of November through December for the Village of Lights. For more information about dates and pricing please visit www.northpoleny.com.

Lake Placid Ironman!

Lake Placid is proud to host the Lake Placid Ironman for the past 10 years. The Lake Placid Ironman is the ironman.jpgqualifying race for the Hawaii Ironman. The Lake Placid course presents challenging sections on both the bike and run courses that give nearly 2,000 competitors a workout to remember. The 2.4-mile swim takes place in the pristine Mirror Lake and guests of the Golden Arrow can watch it from the balconies of their lakeside guest rooms or on the private beach. The challenging 112-mile bike course winds through the Adirondack Mountains, and is both scenic and tough – what more could a tri-athlete want? The 26.2-mile run is no picnic, either, and offers up some of the best views in the Adirondacks including the towering ski jumps. Put it all together and you have the essence of Ironman … a race that captures both the beauty and the challenges of the area, and the sport.

I Love BBQ Festival

Lake Placid, New York
Early July
The Lake Placid I Love BBQ Festival is a three-day community festival that takes place in early July, featuring music, kid’s rides, food demonstrations and a professional barbecue competition sanctioned by Kansas City Barbecue Society. The competition brings in some of the best culinary BBQ talent in the nation. And it is delicious! Making it even better is that the money raised by this event helps to fund the Shipman Youth Center which is a local recreation center for Lake Placid’s youth.

Lake Placid Marathon

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is Proud to be the Official Host Hotel

The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is proud to be the host hotel for the Lake Placid Marathon since its inception. The Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon Courses have to be some of the most scenic in the world. The volunteers are encouraging and friendly, the announcers are hilarious, the course is pretty accommodating (except for those two big hills) and the race is high energy! The start and finish lines are literally steps from our front door. Those supporting friends and family can grab some of the best coffee in town right here at the hotel, then look out the window of our lobby and watch the beginning of the race run right by us!

Winter Carnival

End of January- Beginning of February

The Lake Placid Winter Carnival takes place towards the end of January. It involves the Lake Placid High School with some pageantry events such as the crowning of the king and queen.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, in early February, is the longest-running event of its kind in the eastern United States. It began as a one-day event to break the monotony of the long Adirondack winter. The carnival has grown into a 10-day festival that includes sporting activities, dances, dramatic and musical productions, two parades (one especially for children) and two sets of fireworks above the world-famous Ice Palace. In spite of the many changes, the carnival has retained the warmth, charm and camaraderie of a family and community celebration, replete with reunions of friends and families. The events range from a parade to womens cast iron pan throwing. Yes, pan throwing.

Lake Placid Sinfonietta

The intimate theater of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is the setting for the Summer Concert Series performances that include masterworks and classical treasures, as well as concerts designed for children and seniors. Ever since 2006 there have been free community Pops in the Park concerts in newly redesigned “Mids Park” in downtown Lake Placid. These summer concerts are highly attended and one of the many cultural opportunities Lake Placid summer visitors have the pleasure of enjoying.

Flaming Leaves Festival

Lake Placid, New York
This annual two-day event has something for everyone in the family – from watching the best ski jumpers in North America compete, live blues bands, tempting barbecue and great brews, a 60-foot inflatable obstacle course, a petting zoo with pony rides, arts and crafts – all with unparalleled views of the Adirondacks and the peak fall foliage. Bring your skis or board – Saturdays usually feature a rail jam too. Take a chair lift or elevator to the top of the famed 120-meter ski jump for some of the best views in the Adirondacks during the peak fall foliage. Music and vendors daily and the Flaming Leaves Ski Jump competition begin each day at noon. Join us for one of the most exciting events of the fall season!

Oktoberfest at Whiteface Mountain

Lake Placid, New York
Come join us at Whiteface for a great time at the Annual Whiteface Oktoberfest! We will be featuring authentic Bavarian music, dancing, food and beer, as well as complimentary rides and activities for both kids and adults, including some amazing craft vendors! In addition, there will be discounted rides on our Cloudsplitter Gondola that will take you to the majestic summit of Little Whiteface.

Pendragon Theatre

Lake Placid, New York
Pendragon Theatre is an ensemble of artists, based in the Adirondacks, dedicated to preserving the vitality and enhancing the quality of professional theatre through year round performance and education programs. The Pendragon has been entertaining the North Country since 1980 with an average of six plays a year (maybe more if they have time).


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