Attention Foodies: You need to add these festivals to your bucket list! The Lake George Area has an abundance of food festivals taking place throughout the year in which restaurants exhibit their variety of cuisines, while chefs show off their culinary talents and innovative recipes. Sample and shop award-winning artisan foods, craft beverages, and organically-grown produce. One of the best ways to experience the Lake George Area is to eat like the locals!

September, October, and November features German-inspired cuisine and seasonal flavors. Here is the Fall Edition of our Festivals for Foodies series:

*2023 Taste of the North Country has been cancelled.

Apple Festival

Date: September 15

Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers’ Market

Cost: Free to Attend

Dedicated solely to apples, their varieties and uses, the Apple Festival is just one of many food festivals held at the Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers’ Market. Locally-grown Saratoga Apple varieties, ciders, and donuts will be available alongside homemade apple and apple-flavored desserts, local spirits, and handcrafted artisan wares. There will also be live local music, kids’ activities, and a chance to win Farmers’ Market Bucks. Here in upstate New York, crisp bushels of bright red and green apples signals the official arrival of fall!

Apple Festival

Lake George Garlic & Pepper Festival

Dates & Times:

  • September 16: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • September 17: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: The Festival Commons at Charles R. Wood Park

Cost: Free to Attend

The Lake George Garlic & Pepper Festival is a BRAND-NEW event! 250+ food vendors will be handing out samples and selling hot sauces, hot peppers, jams, baked goods, and other garlic and pepper themed goods such as art and crafts. Enjoy a large selection of beer and wine. Chili competitions will be held alongside live entertainment.

And if you’re an avid garlic fan, keep scrolling for details about the Warrensburgh Farmers’ Market Garlic Festival.

Taste of Oktoberfest

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Dates: Select Dates in September, See park website for calendar dates – click here.

Time: See website for park hours – click here.

Location: Six Flags Great Escape

Cost: See website for ticket options & prices – click here.

Step away from the scares of Fright Fest and into the Great Escape’s own little corner of Germany. Taste of Oktoberfest is a Bavarian food-focused event that is relatively new to the theme park’s fall festivities. Experience a German-inspired menu & craft beers, traditional German music & dancing, and fun games all in the German Fest Area of the park. Of course, you can’t leave the Great Escape without taking a ride on the iconic Comet coaster, the new Adirondack Outlaw, or the fan favorite Sasquatch – all offering bird’s eye views of the theme park and surrounding mountainous landscape.

Click here for the full Taste of Oktoberfest menu.

Lake George Village Oktoberfest


Dates & Times:

  • October 6: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • October 7: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • October 8: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Lake George Village (Canada St.)

Cost: Free to Attend

Join in the Lake George Village’s Oktoberfest celebration! During this three-day festival, Canada Street is transformed into a Bavarian-style street fair. The authentic German food, like bratwurst, knackwurst, potato pancakes, and more, are highlights of this event, alongside Adirondack Pub & Brewery’s Bier Garten. Host a stein of their local handcrafted German-inspired ales and lagers, including their tasty, sweet Märzen-style beer brewed with New York State hops.

Fun for the whole family, there will be activities and entertainment like German Polka band performances, the Chicken Dance, cask tapping, keg tossing, and more! Celebrate Oktoberfest traditions, music, food, and beer with a backdrop of fall foliage in the Lake George Area.

Click here for a full list of vendors and the Adirondack Pub & Brewery’s Bier Garden menu.

Garlic Festival

Date: October 6

Time: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Location: Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers’ Market

Cost: Free to Attend

The Garlic Festival at the Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers’ Market can help you spice things up, staring with your home garden! Browse more varieties of bulbs and cloves than ever, all certified organic and naturally grown garlic from Warren County farms and local businesses. Garlic, in all its different forms, will be sampled and sold for planting and consumption. Want to participate in the Garlicky Food Contest? Make sure you bring a copy of the recipe with your entry, or you can enjoy free samplings to go! More recipes and horticultural information will be provided to attendees. Other entertainment includes a children’s’ seasonal craft workshop, live local music, and a chance to win Farmers’ Market Bucks. In addition to its uses in all different types of cuisines, garlic boosts the immune system and has many other health benefits – making this a very popular event.

Garlic Scapes

Harvest Bar at the Holiday Inn

Dates & Times:

  • October 6: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • October 7: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • October 8: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • October 12: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • October 13: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • October 14: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Location: TR’s Restaurant & Lounge at the Holiday Inn Resort Lake George – Adirondack Area

Cost: Free to Attend

Pull up a seat at the annual Harvest Bar! During two long weekends in October, TR’s Restaurant & Lounge at the Holiday Inn serves up harvest-themed food and drink pairings on their gorgeous patio that transforms into the perfect autumn setting centered around a haybale bar. Cozy up around a fire pit, participate in lawn games, or watch a classic film on their outdoor projector screen. It’s pumpkins, gourds, and fall galore at this laid-back foodie fest!

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Harvest Fest

Dates & Times:

  • October 7: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • October 8: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Gore Mountain

Cost: Free to Attend

Gore Mountain’s annual Harvest Fest is a celebration of everything the season has to offer. On-mountain dining will serve hearty fall menus, including heaping slices of apple and pumpkin pie, and satellite bars around the base area will have bountiful selections of beer and wine.  Adirondack artisans will be selling their autumn-inspired goods like all-natural bath & beauty essentials, handcrafted décor, knit scarves, handmade jewelry, pottery, photography, wine & spirits, and more. Gore’s four peaks provide prime leaf peeping opportunities, and attendees are invited to a take scenic gondola skyride to admire the fall foliage during Harvest Fest.

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West Mountain Fall Festival

Dates & Times:

  • October 7: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 8: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 14: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 15: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: West Mountain

Cost: Free to Attend

Fall fun for the whole family! The West Mountain Fall Festival incorporates all of their seasonal fall activities and some! Take a scenic chairlift ride for leaf peeping, challenge yourself on the aerial treetop adventure course, find serenity in mountaintop yoga, take a scenic hike, go mountain biking, listen to live music, paint a pumpkin, and browse products from local crafters and artists. For the foodies – enjoy beer/spirits tastings or specialty food trucks on-site. This two-weekend-long event celebrates the harvest, fall foliage, and crisp weather of this Adirondack season.

Apple vs Pumpkin Fall Throwdown

Date: October 14

Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: The Shirt Factory

Cost: Free to Attend

Team apple pie or team pumpkin spice? The Shirt Factory hosts this fall festival in the courtyard, where vendors exhibit their culinary talents through a variety of dishes featuring apple or pumpkin – the quintessential fall flavors. Not a fan of either? The Apple vs Pumpkin Fall Throwdown will also feature a BBQ competition.

Among other activities, there will be a pumpkin carving competition. Show off your skills by bringing a creatively carved pumpkin to be judged at the end of the event.

The Shirt Factory is a historic building home to community of artist’s studios, galleries, healing boutiques, and retail shops that will also be open during this event.

Adirondack Pub & Brewery Oktoberfest

*Must be 21+ to attend; ID required to gain entrance.

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Date: October 14

Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Adirondack Pub & Brewery  

Cost: Advanced Ticket – $55; Day of Ticket – $60; Designated Driver Ticket – $10

Lace up your dirndl dress, step into your lederhosen, and come on out to Adirondack Pub & Brewery’s Oktoberfest. In addition to opening their Bier Garden for the Lake George Village’s Oktoberfest, Adirondack Pub & Brewery hosts their own event in celebration. Come hungry and thirsty – the festival will feature a full menu of authentic German food, a Bier Garten, and NYS guest breweries. Take part in activities like the incredibly popular keg toss competition, costume contest, stein hoisting, dancing chicken, and more!

Tickets Include:

  • Complimentary Oktoberfest branded 5 oz. sampler stein
  • Complimentary food voucher of $15 value (also included w/ DD Ticket)
  • Unlimited sampling of Adirondack Brewery beer & cider, NYS guest brewery beer, and local wine & cider
  • Free parking in the High Peaks Distilling/Biscotti Brothers Cafe parking lot at 1 Canada St.

All food & beer is cash only – click here for the full Bier Garden menu. Click here to purchase tickets.

Taste of the Tri-Lakes

Date: TBA

Time: TBA

Location: Chestertown (Intersection of Main St. and Riverside Drive)

Cost: $1 Per Ticket; Samples Cost 1-2 Tickets Each

The residents of Chestertown and Horicon welcome all to the Taste of the Tri-Lakes held in conjunction with the Rotary Memory Tree Lighting. Dress warm to sample signature dishes from 10 to 15 local restaurants who set up booths and tents outdoors at the intersection of Main St. and Riverside Drive. Take a horse drawn carriage ride around town, join in on some holiday caroling, or roast marshmallows over a bonfire. All these activities are available at the event before it concludes with the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree, whose every bulb signifies a donation in memory of loved one. Held the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this joint event gathers everyone at the center of town to mark the beginning of the holiday season.