This Weekend in Lake George, N.Y.

Summer is definitely prime season for Lake George, but the fall shouldn’t be overlooked. There is so much to do, especially in September and right on into the end of October.

This weekend alone there are tons of events going on in the region.

First, you must check out the Adirondack Balloon Festival. The four-day event (Sept. 24-27) kicks off on Thursday at Crandall Park in Glens Falls. The rest of the weekend, many of the events are at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensberry. The best part – at least for me – starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, when 90+ hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes take off from the airport.

During the day various local food vendors and other fun activities are offered for kids at the airport. It definitely has a community festival feel, and is usually very packed. (A few years ago it took me more than an hour to get to the airport, which is usually only a 15 minute drive – so leave early!)

On the northern end of Lake George is the town of Hague’s Oktoberfest, Sat., Sept. 26 from noon to 6 p.m. According to their Web site, there will be a beer tent, live music, traditional German food and kid activities, such as pumpkin painting. I’ve never been to this event, but may try to check it out this year.

There are at least two events on Sunday that seem fun, depending on where you are located.

If you are staying in the Lake George area all day, check out the 15th Taste of the North Country in Glens Falls City Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 27, where area restaurants will be offering food samples. If you think you can’t find four star worthy food four hours north of Manhattan, this  may just change your mind.

If you are heading south – back to the City or Jersey – check out the Microbrew and Wine Fest at Hunter Mountain. The indoor event is Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the grounds is free. For $20, per day you get a souvenir beer or wine glass and up to six tastings.

These are just a sample of the things going on this weekend in the Lake George region, so if you haven’t booked your stay for this week – what are you waiting for?!?

I plan to definitely check out the balloon festival, as well as hopefully get some kayaking in this weekend. (Look for a future blog about kayaking on Lake George!) Oh, and remember to visit the Adirondack Winery and Tasting Room while you’re in the village!

Have fun! And, look for a blog next week/over the weekend with photos from the balloon festival!

– Michelle Maskaly

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