A street performer greets passersby during the Lake George Italian Fest held in late Spring. Friday Sept. 27 through Sunday Sept 29, Lake George is hosting an street fest with far more activities — The Festival for the Lake — that is to offer a wide array of activities for adults and families.
An ambitious three-day event to be held this weekend in Lake George Village features a street festival, a craft fair, casino games, a children’s carnival, plenty of family activities and a lineup of talented musical entertainment.
Called “Festival for the Lake,” the event will be held from Friday Sept. 27 through Sunday Sept. 29, and several downtown blocks will be cordoned off for the crowd that is expected to attend.
Billed as Lake George’s largest festival, the event goes much further than merely providing a memorable weekend. It will be raising thousands of dollars to help bankroll an effort to curb invasive species that are threatening Lake George. All festival vendors will be donating a portion of their proceeds toward the effort, Mayor Robert Blais said Friday.
“Attending this festival is a way for families to have a lot of fun while having a good feeling about protecting the lake,” Blais said.
The street barricades go up at 9 a.m. Friday Sept. 27, and the festival opens that day at 4 p.m. when Rich Ortiz begins a performance of his soulful music in the Shepard Park amphitheater. His music is followed at 6 p.m. by the popular Stony Creek Band. Their concert is capped off with fireworks at about 9:15 p.m.
Saturday in Shepard Park, featured are the Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band, the Bluz House Rockers and the Big Block Blues Band, the Mississippi Hot Dogs and Soul Session.
At Blais Park off Beach Road, featured during the weekend will be The Beatles tribute band “Across the Pond,” as well as the talented Jonathan Newell Band, Headwall, and the T-N-T Band.
Events on Saturday include a Pedi-Cab race at 2 p.m., and a bicycle tour. The latter is sponsored by the Warren County Safe & Quality Bicycling Organization, and registration is at 9 a.m. Saturday in the West Brook parking lot.
A 5-kilometer footrace by flashlight is set to begin at 7:30 p.m..
Large tents downtown on Canada St. will host brewfests, featuring not only craft beers by Adirondack Pub & Brewery of Lake George, but wines from Adirondack Winery & Tasting Room.
For children, special attractions will include pony rides, a children’s zoo, amusement rides, bounce houses and walk-through balloons. Beach road will be barricaded for many of these activities.
Hours of the festival are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission which includes one initial beverage is $10 for adults. Children under 16 are admitted free.
Corporate sponsors of the event include Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Pepsi-Cola, Lake George Shoreline Cruises, Lake George Mirror, Lake George Steamboat Co., Adirondack Pedal Cab Co., Adirondack Winery, Adirondack Brewery, the Lake George Guide and TrustCo Bank.
Organizations backing the festival are the town and village of Lake George, Warren County, The Fund for Lake George, and the Lake George Association.
For further details, call 668-5771.