The August Event Line-Up

We have hit our summer stride! August is a golden month here in Saranac Lake. The days are warm, the air is fresh, and the evenings have enough hours to pack them full of outdoor fun. Hit the open road with Cycle Adirondacks or stay put for Plein Air Festival —either way, we are ready for you!


Adirondack Plein Air Festival, August 14-19: What is plein air? For starters it’s French. Plein air translates to outdoors. Plein air painting is the act of painting outdoors, from observation, and in natural light.

The Adirondack Plein Air Festival started in 2009. Fifty juried artists have four-and-a-half days to paint outdoors. And the subject matter — mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, historic buildings — is aplenty!

Not a painter? Not to worry. Spectators are encouraged to check out the creative process while enjoying the classic Adirondack surroundings.

The festival includes several events — a Nocturne Contest (painting at night), a “Paint the Town” Silent Auction, a “Quick Draw” Competition, and a Show & Sale. The Show & Sale is held on the 19th, the final day, in the Harrietstown town hall on Main Street. There will be about 500 fresh, new paintings of the Adirondacks for sale. This is your chance to snag a one-of-a-kind piece.

Olga Memorial Foot Race, August 19: Saturday at 9:30 a.m. the Olga 5K and 10K Run and 5K Walk start from Berkeley Green (corner of Main and Broadway). Celebrating its 20th year, it has become a summer tradition in Saranac Lake. The course is an accurate, flat, scenic, two-loop course. Starting on Main Street at Berkeley Green, it loops around Moody Pond, runs on a path through the cemetery, along Lake Flower, and returns to the park via Church, Street, Bernard, and Academy Streets. Refreshments, awards, post race raffle, and music make it a festive family event. A cool thing about the race is it supports community causes — this year proceeds will benefit the local Youth Center and enhance the Rotary’s literacy program. Need a reason to run? Do it for the kids!

Cycle Adirondacks, August 19-25: A full service, week long cycling tour of the Adirondacks. For 2017 Cycle Adirondacks features three overnight communities — Schroon Lake, Keene Valley, and Saranac Lake. This allows riders to bike as few as three days or as many as six. Riders arrive in Saranac Lake on the 23rd and depart on the 25th. Making for three days to explore and immerse in the local culture!

Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, August 23: Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Riverside Park (corner of Main and River). The Music on the Green summer concert series, in partnership with Cycle Adirondacks, ends the season with a bang! This 12 piece orchestra performs an original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as salsa, merengue, cha-cha, bomba, plena and latin jazz.

Grab a drink from the beer garden and some good eats from the Bitters & Bones farm-to-table taco bar. Opens at 5:30 p.m. in Riverside Park before the concert.


Guided naturalist walks, every Wednesday in August.

Guided canoe paddle on Barnum Pond, every Wednesday through Sunday in August.

Yoga on the deck with Kripalu Certified instructor, every Tuesday and Thursday in August.


Saranac Lake Village Farmers Market, August: Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Riverside Park (corner of Main and River).

Fun Run, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Every Thursday at 6 p.m. the runs start in Riverside Park. This free event includes distances of a quarter-mile, half-mile, 1 mile, and 4.5 miles. Just show up and sign up.

Community Ride, August 9 and 23: Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. the rides start and end in Berkeley Green (corner of Main and Broadway). All you need is a bike and helmet for these family friendly group bicycle rides.


Loon Lake Live, August 7: Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the historic John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum. Loon Lake Live will perform a 75 minute concert featuring classical chamber music.

Music on the Green, August: Every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Berkeley Green (except August 23 will be at Riverside Park).

Party on the Patio, August: Every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Waterhole.


Shakespeare in the Park, August 3: Starting at 7 p.m. at the Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths. Enjoy this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park tour production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. How cool is an hour long version of the Shakespeare comedy classic — outdoors and free?!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, August 2 and 3: This production is a quintessential Saranac Lake pairing of theatre and the outdoors. Pendragon Theatre performers take their play outside to Dewey Mountain Recreation Center. Starting at 7 p.m. at the lodge, the audience will be escorted on a short walk into the woods. Bring a blanket, hiking boots, and bug spray.

Art Walk, August 17: From 5 to 7:30 p.m. there are some 30 outdoor venues for the visual, literary, and performing arts scattered throughout the downtown Saranac Lake area. Venues include parks, galleries, nonprofits, and downtown businesses. This a free, self-guided, family event showcasing creative talents.

ArtWorks Studio Tours, August 25-27: The tour highlights the amazing talent of the artists and craftspeople in the Saranac Lake area. It is your opportunity to see and learn how an artist works — what they do, how they develop their ideas, and the various steps their work goes through — in their own intimate space.


Trudeau Sanatorium Tour, August 2: Meet at 10:30 a.m. inside the Park Avenue gates of the American Management Association campus. Tour the grounds of the former Trudeau Sanatorium.

Downtown Tour, August 9: Meet at 10:30 a.m. in Riverside Park. Take a walking tour of historic downtown Saranac Lake. The tour concludes with a visit to the Saranac Laboratory Museum on Church Street.

Cure Cottage Museum, August 16: Meet at 10:30 a.m. on the porch of 103 Helen Street. Visit a patient room and cure porch in an historic private home. 

Eagle Island Tour, August 22: Historian, Mary Hotaling, will lead a tour of the historic National Landmark, Eagle Island. Designed in 1899 by William L. Coulter it is one of the finest examples of "Great Camp" architecture. The Girl Scouts operated Eagle Island as a summer camp from 1938 until 2008. Today the Friends of Eagle Island are working to preserve and reopen it.

Little Red and Trudeau Statue, August 23: Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Trudeau Institute for a tour of one of Saranac Lake's first cure cottages and to visit the statue of Dr. Trudeau. 

Keep up to date on what is happening by visiting the events page. And don't forget to explore our town for food and shopping while you're here!

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