Adirondack Festivals Kick off With Winter Carnivals in February

Jan 21, 2010, 10:54 ET from

ADIRONDACK REGION, N.Y., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- February in Northern New York marks the beginning of a month of Adirondack winter events and activities, carnivals, celebrations and festivals that truly capture what this Northern New York Region is all about – enjoying the outdoors year-round.

Top 10 Adirondack Winter Events and Festivities in February:

  1. Canton Winterfest Feb. 4-16. A weeklong festival in the northwest Adirondacks.
  2. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Feb. 5-14. The oldest Winter Carnival in the Eastern U.S. features its crowning glory – an ice palace constructed from blocks of ice taken from nearby Lake Flower. Fireworks, fry-pan toss, sporting events, concerts, theatre presentations, parade and so much more. A tradition in the truest form of Adirondack winter fun.
  3. Ogdensburg's River Shiver Feb. 6-21. Swim in the St. Lawrence River for the Polar Bear Plunge; enjoy an ice-fishing derby and hockey tournaments. Bring your inner outdoorsman (and some warm clothes)!
  4. Massena Winter Festival Dog Sled Races Feb. 6. Enjoy a parade, ice sculpting, hockey tournament, a dog sled race and so much more!  
  5. Lake George Winter Carnival Feb. 6-7 & Feb. 13-14. Maybe one of the only places in the country to host Outhouse Races, a historical and military Encampment of the 1700s, a chicken wing cook-off, giant ice slide and a polar bear plunge into the lake. This is one festival you don't want to miss – especially the sky-diving competition!
  6. Empire State Games Feb. 9 -21. This annual amateur athlete event offers exciting alpine, biathlon, bobsled, skeleton and ski jumping competitions. Join in and cheer the athletes on.
  7. Indian Lake Annual Winterfest Feb. 12-14. Two-day festival celebrates winter in Indian Lake. Skiing and ice-skating contests, snow sculptures, bonfires and fireworks.
  8. Raquette Lake Winter Carnival Feb. 12-14. A weekend of winter events for the whole family. Fireworks on Saturday night showcase the glorious Adirondacks in winter.
  9. Hague Winter Weekend Feb. 13-14. Shiver your timbers and join in the Polar Bear Plunge, fireman's breakfast, scholarship dinner and more.
  10. Inlet's Frozen Fire & Lights Feb. 20. Capping off February's winter festivals- this event offers an afternoon and evening of fun. From the bonfire at Fern Park and free sledding, to ice-skating and cross country skiing – its' a great way to spend the day. The evening ends with a bang - so don't miss the fireworks!

The Adirondack Park, named for the Adirondack Mountains that lie within its boundary, offers some of the best opportunities in the United States for both recreation and relaxation in an inspiring natural setting. Enjoy the many winter events during a weekend or week-long visit. Check out's extensive list of lodging packages and head for the mountains.


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