Break out the sweaters...
It's definitely getting more noticeable by the day -- fall is coming, and it's coming quick. The mornings and evenings are getting a bit cooler and, dare I say, it's even more pleasant to sleep. The vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn are starting to poke their heads out of the lush green landscape. Raquette River Brewing just announced that their final batch of the popular summer ale is currently on tap -- most likely to make way for the awesome Pumpkin Ale that will soon follow. And finally, but definitely just as notable when marking the change of the season, Larkin's Deli & Bakery has their famous pumpkin & apple donuts ready and waiting for me to eat (and by eat, I mean, more than just one!).
As the season transitions, my mind starts racing with all of the fall things that I love -- and the bucket list of "must-dos" gets longer and longer. The hardest part is fitting it all in and not missing all of the exciting events fall brings with it. But I won't complain, because if I'm going to have a problem, that is a pretty good problem to have! It's simply time to mark the calendar with the "not-to-miss" events for fall.
Save the dates! Top 5 fall events:
1. Rock the Arc
September 10, 2016
The first event not to miss is coming up this weekend, and it is actually a roll-over from summer. Mother Nature was not so kind when Rock the Arc was originally scheduled for early August, but that is okay... because fall fireworks with a hot cup of apple cider in hand sounds pretty fantastic.
In its fourth year, Rock the Arc is quickly becoming a must-attend annual event. With a great lineup of music, games, and fireworks all with FREE admission what's not to love!? Presented by Adirondack Arc, Rock the Arc supports the needs of people with developmental disabilities. Gates open at noon on September 10 and the live music begins at 1pm. There will be activities for the whole family taking place throughout the day. There will also be the annual 500-club raffle drawing where someone will win $10,000 -- announced just as the first fireworks begin to light up the night sky.
September 24, 2016
Probably the most iconic fall event in Tupper Lake is the annual OkTupperfest at Big Tupper Ski Area. Set to the vivid autumn backdrop that the Adirondacks is known for, OkTupperfest is a day filled with great live music, free chair lift rides, children's activities, craft fair shopping, cold beer, and great food. Don't miss this fun event, grab your friends and family for a memorable day on the mountain. Gates open at 11am on September 24, and the chair lift will start running at noon.
Want more reasons to attend OkTupperfest? Read this FAQ Blog from 2015
3. Harvest Craft & Vendor Fest
October 1, 2016
What better way to kick off the holiday shopping season than by attending a craft fair and vendor fest? Back by popular demand, the annual Tupper Lake Harvest Fair Vendor Fest will be held on October 1 at the Holy Ghost Academy (HGA) School. Invite a friend and spend a couple of hours, or the entire day, strolling through the many craft and direct-sale vendors set up throughout the building. The Harvest Craft Fair & Vendor Fest will run from 10am to 4pm.
4. Halloween in TL
October 31, 2016
I won't lie, Halloween is one of my favorite days of the entire year -- it might actually be my number one! It doesn't matter how old I get, there is something magical and exciting about that one day of year that you get to be whatever, or whoever, you want to be.
Tupper Lake is a great place to be on Halloween, especially if you are a little witch, goblin, or ghoul. From the annual Park Street Trick-or-Treat to the newly redesigned Park Street Business District event in the afternoon, to the Town-sponsored Haunted Halloween Trail, to the Junction Pass Multi-Use Trail, there are plenty of Trick-or-Treating festivities to fill up the candy bag. As the date gets closer stay tuned for parties, haunted houses, and other fun events that will be populating the haunted calendar.
5. Erin Dewey Turkey Trot
November 24, 2016
Want to know the best way to avoid the kitchen on Thanksgiving? Running from it!
Join the masses on Thanksgiving morning for the 3rd Annual Erin Dewey Memorial Turkey Trot. Offering up both 5K & 10K races, this is a great way to get out of the kitchen, get some exercise and have some fun in good company, all while supporting a great cause. Advance registration is now open. Race begins at 9am on Thursday, November 24.
Enjoy a fall getaway in Tupper Lake
Whether it's attending a fall event, leaf peeping from one of our local mountain peaks, or simply getting out to enjoy one last warm weather activity before the snow flies, you will be happy you made the time to visit Tupper Lake in the fall. Book a warm and cozy room or cabin, browse through our selection of eateries and breweries, and start planning your activities for a fantastic fall getaway.
ADK autumn events - we've got them: