Open-Air Concerts around the Park

Songs at Mirror Lake photograph by Shaun Ondak

Songs at Mirror Lake photograph by Shaun Ondak, courtesy of Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series

Across the Adirondacks—from Wanakena to Raquette Lake and Lake George to Westport—civic-minded groups have pulled together an impressive array of free concerts from blues to bluegrass, roots to reggae, plus a little country, a little Cajun and a little old-fashioned rock ’n roll. Bring blankets and bug dope to enjoy tunes at twilight. This list is the tip of the iceberg, so check locally for more events.


Songs at Mirror Lake presents seven 7 p.m. concerts this summer at Mid’s Park, smack in the center of downtown Lake Placid. Starting off on June 28 is bluesman Popa Chubby.


Lake George Arts Project has been bringing great bands to Shepard Park for more than 20 years. The venue is right in the heart of town on Canada Street, with weekly concerts at 7 p.m. For stellar guitar and great gypsy jazz, check out the John Jorgenson Quintet on July 27.

Saranac Lake’s Music on the Green gets rolling at 7 p.m. for nine programs that begin with LeGroove on June 29; on August 24 Terrance Simien wraps up the schedule with zydeco flair.


Westport’s Soundwaves concerts are at Ballard Park, overlooking Lake Champlain; all shows begin at 7:30 p.m. On July 7, Chilean-born singer and guitarist Camilla Meza launches the series curated by jazz trumpeter Taylor Haskins.


The Jay Entertainment and Music Society occupies the village green on Route 9N for family-friendly concerts from July 9 to August 27 that begin at 6:30 p.m. Bluegrass stars Dyer Switch are slated for July 23.

North Creek presents four biweekly shows during the Music by the River series. Colette & the Mojo Dawgs get funky on July 16. All programs begin at 6 p.m. at Riverfront Park, near the train station, where there’s a covered pavilion and picnic tables.

Inlet’s Sunsets by the Lake gets rolling on July 2 with Irish music by Tom O’Carroll, and on July 30 the featured band is My Sweet Patootie, a sassy trio with fiddle, guitar and percussion performing ragtime, Western swing and Americana tunes. All shows are at Arrowhead Park at 7 p.m.


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