Autumn in the Adirondacks

A calendar of family events to enjoy in this awe-inspiring region

Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial Weekend (Sept. 12-14) 
Cheese Cake, Cherries And Blueberries

The Adirondack Coast along Lake Champlain commemorates the Battle of Plattsburgh, the decisive battle in the War of 1812, this September. This year marks the Bicentennial Commemoration of the Battle of Plattsburgh during the War of 1812, and this fall, the Adirondack Coast commemorates 200 years of peace with Great Britain (and Canada) during a series of special events, historic battle reenactments and culinary delights for the whole family.

Teddy Roosevelt Festival and D&H Rail Fair (Sept. 13-14)

Enjoy a family day at the oldest continuously operated transportation company in the U.S., The Delaware and Hudson Railroad and its Adirondack branch. Walk the grounds, view exhibits of many one-of-a-kind pieces of railway history, tours of the engine house and more. Featuring Joe Wiegand with his reprisal of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. To be held at the North Creek Depot Museum in North Creek, NY.

Adirondack Balloon Festival (Sept. 18-21)

The five-day Adirondack Balloon Festival kicks off in Glens Falls, NY, with tethered balloon rides, live music, children’s activities and a massive launch of hot air balloons. On Saturday, grab your flashlight for Lighting up the Night: Moonglow, featuring a spectacular display of more than 20 hot air balloons.

Annual Cream Cheese Festival (Sept. 20)

One of the most unique fall events in the Adirondacks, enjoy live music, tasty cream cheese treats, food and craft vendors, as well as children’s activities. Held annually
in downtown Lowville, NY, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Remington Arts Festival (Sept. 26-27)

The Remington Arts Festival is a celebration of the life and works of Adirondack artist Frederic Remington, who was born in Canton, NY. Remington was a noted illustrator and sculptor. Activities include an art show in the Canton Village Park, student art competition, children’s time, carriage and wagon rides, walking tours of Historic Canton, farmers market and live entertainment.

The Great Adirondack Moose Festival (Sept. 27-28)

The 2014 Great Adirondack Moose Festival in Indian Lake is your chance to glimpse one of the Adirondacks’ most mysterious and powerful animals: the moose.

From Sept. 27 to 28, enjoy events such as a moose-calling contest, old-fashioned turkey shoot and fun kid-friendly activities that are anything but ordinary. How often do you get to participate in a Count the Moose Scat Contest? Held in Indian Lake, NY.

18th Century Sutler Faire at Fort William Henry Museum (Oct. 11-12)

There’ll be lots of family fun at the museum’s local marketplace. Shop for handmade crafts, tinware, toys, and clothing. Something for soldiers and civilians alike! Fort William Henry (constructed in 1755) is a restored Seven Years’ War era fort, located at 48 Canada Street in Lake George, NY. Free with regular Fort

Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider and Beer Festival (U.S. Columbus Day, Oct. 13)

Locally crafted wines will pair with local gourmet vendors at the third annual Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider and Beer Festival, taking place at the Crete Civic Center in Plattsburgh, NY. This festival is one-of-a-kind in the Adirondack region, serving up unique local cold climate wines, ciders and farm products from local artisans, all under one roof. To be held at the Plattsburgh Crete Civic Center from 2 p.m.-9 p.m.

Adirondack Coast Wine Trail

The Adirondack Coast Wine Trail is North America’s newest wine region. Find a bit of Europe on Lake Champlain and bike between seven vineyards offering tastings and tours. Start your journey at Stonehouse Vineyard in Mooers, NY, and continue on to Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery in Chazy, NY, ELFS Farm Winery and Cidermill in Plattsburgh, and Hid-In-Pines Vineyard in Morrisonville. The wine trail covers nearly 100 kilometres, travelling past mountains and lakes, allowing you to discover the “terroir” that lends itself to the flavourful and distinct wines made along the Adirondack Coast.

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