As the cold sets in you may want to bundle up and wait the winter out - but then you would miss out on so many great events going on in the heart of the Adirondacks! From ice fishing to snowmobiling to winter festivals, there are so many things to choose from! (Click on each event name for more information)
American Snowmobiler Dynotech Research Shoot Out - December 11
Returning to Inlet, this is a huge event with races starting at 11am! The Ole Barn will be hosting a lunch buffet with a live telecast and audio from the race track!
Inlet Barnstormers poker run - January 22-23
Stop by any sponsor to pick up your card, then visit as many sponsors as possible! Bring your stamped card to Daikers by 5:15 pm on Saturday, January 23rd. Each hand played costs $10. Play for your chance to win!
Adirondack Ice Bowl Pond Hockey Tournament - January 28-31
This 3-day tournament is filled with fun things to do! With games to watch, on-ice concessions, an ice bar, shanty grill, and live music you are guaranteed to have a blast!
Frozen Fire and Lights Festival - February 27
Get warm by the bonfire, build a ride for the cardboard sled race, make your own stuffed animal, have your face painted at the Inlet Town Hall, or set off on the Kitty Cat Fun Runs - wow, there are so many fun activities to participate in! The festival will conclude with fireworks, followed by a wine and chocolate sampling at Matt's Draft House and live music at The Woods Inn!
Long Lake/ Raquette Lake
Feelin' Long Lakey Polar Bear Plunge - January 2
Take a dip if you dare! ( Or just spectate...)
Moonlighter's Winter Carnival - January 16
Come check out the snowmobile parade and the crowning of Long Lake's King and Queen! Enjoy events throughout the day including the Cardboard Box Derby, snowball golf, the ladies frying pan toss, and more. End the night viewing a stunning fireworks display!
Snowmobile Trail Rally and Scavenger hunt - January 30
Come take part in the 1st Annual Snowmobile Trail Rally and Scavenger Hunt! Follow a set of silly rules to find clues and complete the tasks for your chance to win cash prizes!
Raquette Lake Winter Carnival - February 13
A full day of fun winter events! There will be a Snowshoe Relay, Snow Dodge Ball, Tug-O-War, and more with a bonfire all day!
Lake Eaton Fishing Derby - February 13
With a $25 entry fee, take your chance at winning cash prizes for Trout and Land Locked Salmon!
Kid's Ice Fishing Derby - March 5
Kids under 15 can fish Long Lake, Lake Eaton or South Pond for pike, perch, and trout for cash prizes! Tip ups and lines in at 9 am, weigh in at 3pm at Geiger Arena.
Snowmobile Hill Climbs at Oak Mountain - December 5
The races start at noon and last all day. Come check out the sleds racing up hill all while competing for cash prizes.
Holiday Fair at Oak Mountain - December 11
Featuring Holiday crafts for sale, live reindeer, children's book readings, and Jolly Old Saint Nick himself! There is fun here for the whole family!
Kid's Fun on the Run race at Oak Mountain - December 26
A fun competition for kids to show off their skiing or snowboarding skills!
New Year's Eve Celebration at Oak Mountain- December 31
Fireworks, a Torchlight Parade and Live Music in the Acorn Pub!
Annual Polar Plunge - January 1
Come join in the annual tradition on New Year's Day! As the noon firehouse alarm sounds, rush into the icy waters... or watch from dry land!
Ride for the Cure - January 30
Join the Pleasant Riders Snowmobile Club to help raise money for a good cause! This will be their 3rd Annual Ride, with over $12,000 raised last year!
Oak Runner Snowshoe Race - February 6
Strap on your snowshoes and take a hike up, down, and around Oak Mountain! Take your pick of the 10k or 5k for adults, and sign up your younger family members for a 1k kids fun race!
Winter Carnival at Oak Mountain - February 13
Come take part in a day full of fun winter games! And don't miss the crowning of Oak Mountain's Royalty! End the day with Live Music from 7-11 in the Acorn pub!
Big Dummy Air at Oak Mountain - February 20
A hilarious tradition at Oak Mountain! Build your own dummy and attach it to your choice of skis or snowboard and send it sailing over a jump! $25 to enter and a cash prize for the winner!
Famous Cardboard Race at Oak Mountain - March 5
Make a cardboard racer and then make your way down the mountain! Several catergories to participate in and win!
Pond skimming at Oak Mountain - March 19
Dress in your best costume and do your best to make is across the homemade "swimming pool" on your skis or snowboard! It's a toss up if it's more fun to watch or participate!
Central Adirondack ice Fishing Contest - January 16
Spend your day on Lake Adirondack Ice Fishing! There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash prizes for both Northern Pike and perch.
Snocade - February 12-21
Don't miss out on Indian Lake's week-long celebration of all things winter! Events include snowmobiling, tours, dining, racing and more!
Winterfest - February 12-14
Coinciding with Snocade is Indian Lake's Winterfest! This year marks the festivals 31st anniversary and they will celebrate with a "Fabulous 50's!" theme. There will be poker runs, bake-offs, craft fairs, snow horseshoes, and more, there will be so much to see and do for all ages.
B.A.D. Snowshoe Softball Tournament - February 27
This fun event is a charity softball tournament held to benefit the Northeast Kidney Foundation and the PKD Foundation. Come out to Benton Field to play or spectate and show your support!
Full Schedule of Events!
With so much to do this winter here in the heart of the Adirondacks, make sure you come visit! Stop for a night or two - check here for your lodging reservations! And while we are talking about reservations, make some for dinner too!
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