There's More To Explore
We’ve got the best ideas for things to do on your next Adirondack adventure, and we will deliver them right to your inbox! Thanks For Subscribing! Your next adventure awaits you in your inbox! Tell us more about what interests you, and we can help you plan your next trip.
Adirondack Plein Air Festival
See the Adirondacks through artists' eyes!

Please Note: the 2020 Adirondack Plein Air Festival is going to be modified to avoid gatherings of people in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines. Participating artists will paint on their own at any location within the Adirondack Park between July 30 and August 19. The event will be limited to regional artists who will not have to make overnight trips. They will submit photos of their paintings and a month-long online exhibit will open on August 22 at All works will be available for purchase. There will be no actual exhibit and no public reception. Please check the website for updates and contact for more information.


Outdoors, from observation, and in natural light.

Held annually the 3rd week in August.

Fifty juried artists have four-and-a-half days to paint outdoors. 

The Adirondack region has long been known as a wonderful, wild vacation retreat and the inspiration for numerous artists, writers, and musicians. The artists who come and take part in the Adirondack Plein Air Festival know that very well, which is what attracts them from all over the country. It's the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi, yet it's still within a day's drive of the major cities of the Northeast. There are mountains, lakes, rivers, bogs, forests, farms, and small communities — a full variety of subject matter for artists. 

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 — 

Monday - Meet the Artists Nocturne Reception
Artist Check-In and "Meet the Artists" Nocturne Reception, 7 - 9 pm at the Hotel Saranac.

Tuesday - "Paint the VIC" Day
Artists painting on the trails at the Paul Smith’s College VIC, 10 - 5 pm.

Wednesday - "Paint the Adirondacks" Day
Artists free to paint anywhere; pick up maps of painting locations at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery.

Thursday - “Paint the Town” Day & Silent Auction
Artists will be painting in the Village; Silent Auction of donated paintings set up at 5 pm at the Artists Guild. Also a 3rd Thursday ArtWalk evening from 5 - 7:30 pm.

Friday - "Paint the Saranac" Day and Preview Party
Artists will be at the Saranac Lake Fish & Game Club for the morning. "Special Preview Party", from 6 - 9 pm, Harrietstown Town Hall, Refreshments, Awards. Admission: $20.

Saturday - “Quick Draw” Competition and "Show & Sale"
Quick Draw Competition 9 - 11 am / Show & Sale noon to 5 pm, both are at the Harrietstown Town Hall. Free admission.

Stop by the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, at 52 Main Street, to get more information or visit Adirondack Plein Air Festival.

Sponsored by Saranac Lake ArtWorks. 

Earn Your Patch There’s an adventurous spirit in all of us. In Saranac Lake, you can answer that call by becoming a Saranac Lake 6er.
Unplug Outdoors The mountains, rivers, and lakes bordering Saranac Lake aren’t just for show, and those boots on everyone’s feet aren’t a bold new fashion statement.
Enter to Win Sample Saranac Lake with this getaway package. Enter now!