The Carnival is on January 31-February 9, 2020!
The Carnival theme is 'Myths and Legends!'
Ice Palace construction is underway and continues until 1/31!

2020 Winter Carnival Schedule of Events

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2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Schedule

 

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* NOTE: An asterisk indicates events run by a group other than the Winter Carnival Committee and is for informational purposes only

$ NOTE: A dollar sign indicates there is a cost involved with this event.

WINTEr Carnival Committee Meetings 

All meetings take place on TUESDAY at 6 PM at the LGI LECTURE ROOM at SARANAC LAKE HIGH SCHOOL, 79 Canaras Avenue, Saranac Lake, NY

Meetings for the 2020 Winter Carnival: January: 14th, 21st, 28th

 MONDAY, january 6, 2020

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. High School Court Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser (Belvedere Restaurant, 102 Bloomingdale Avenue, 518-891-9873, $)

friday, January 10, 2020

6:00 p.m. High School Court Trivia Night Fundraiser (6:00 team selection, 7:00 game start, Elks Club, 30 Bloomingdale Avenue, Food and drinks available, $)

THURSDAY, january 30, 2020

5:30 p.m.  *19th Annual Past Royalty Mixer and Dinner, Open to Past Royalty only (Red Fox Restaurant, 5034 NYS Rte 3, contact Marilyn Bigelow 518-891-1286, $)

FRIDAY, January 31, 2020 - first day

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *Art Reception - Myths and Legends, each member artist has a unique piece  (Adirondack Artist Guild, 52 Main St, free refreshments)

7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. *Silent Film Double Feature for Myths and Legends, Free/Donation, Refreshments served (Land Flower Landing, 421 Lake FLower Ave)

7:30 p.m. *Women's Civic Chamber Coronation of Winter Carnival Royalty (Harrietstown Town Hall)

Post-Coronation *Winter Carnival Royalty Reception presented by the Elk's Club (Immediately following Coronation, Elk's Club, 30 Bloomingdale Ave)

9:00 p.m. *Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy wsg Tigerman Woah (Waterhole, Upstairs Music Lounge, doors open at 8pm, $, for more info)

10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. *Karnival Karoake (Romano's Saranac Lanes, 11 Bloomingdale Ave)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020

10:00 a.m. NBT Bank Ice Palace Fun Run (4 miles) (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest (Prescott Park next to the State Boat Launch)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. *Lutheran Church Women's Bake and Craft Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. *27th Annual Chocolate Festival by the Paul Smith's Boosters without Borders  (Harrietstown Town Hall)

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. *Make a Winter Carnival Button, make your own special Winter Carnival button (Saranac Labratory Museum, 89 Church St, $, for more info)

11:00 a.m. Long Run Wealth Advisors Curling Exhibition  (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)

11:00 a.m. *Paul Smith's College Woodsmen's Exhibition (Riverside Park)

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. *Petrova Winter Carnival--for Kids (Petrova Elementary School Cafeteria, $)

12:00 p.m. Heat Keepers Icicle Contest, prizes for longest natural icicle (Riverside Park), icicle check-in at 11:30 a.m.

12:00 p.m. "Hit the Button" Curling Competition  (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)

12:30 p.m. Saranac Lake Teachers Association Little Ladies' Fry Pan TossFor girls 6-17 (Riverside Park) Registration is 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the event

1:00 p.m. Taylor Rental Ladies' Fry Pan Toss For 18 and up (Riverside Park, $) Registration is 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the event

2:30 p.m. ANCA FlowerBall (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)

5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. *Annual Winter Carnival Spaghetti Dinner, Catholic Daughters and Knights of Columbus (St. Bernard's School Cafeteria, 63 River St., $)

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. *Crackin' Foxy, live music (Hotel Saranac, 100 Main St, no cover)

6:30 p.m. *The Story Ending, Elk's Club Murder Mystery (6:32 Open Bar, 7:04 Play, 7:55 Dinner, Elk's Club, 30 Bloomingdale Ave, $, for more info

7:00 p.m. Lighting of the Ice Palace and Hotel Saranac Opening Fireworks Display (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

9:00 p.m. *Lucid wsg The Mallett Brothers Band (Waterhole, Upstairs Music Lounge, doors open at 8pm, 21+, $, for more info)

10:00 pm. - 1:00 a.m. *Sonic Boom, Live Music (Romano's Saranac Lanes, 11 Bloomingdale Ave)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Blue Line Brewery Arctic Golf (Prescott Park next to the State Boat Launch)

10:00 a.m. *White Stag Downhill Ski Races (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $)

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. *Make a Winter Carnival Button, make your own special Winter Carnival button (Saranac Labratory Museum, 89 Church St, $, for more info)

11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. *Arctic Bar-B-Que (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $) Presented by the Friends of Mt. Pisgah

12:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Adirondack Health Skate Lake Colby and Ice Sport DemosFun Skate Races and Kicksled Races from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., 100 Meter Straight Line Sprints, refreshments available from Paul Smiths College Boosters. (Lake Colby beach,  Bring your ice skates or try out other ice sports provided by Human Power Planet Earth)

1:00 p.m. H & R Block Ultimate Frisbee Games (Saranac Lake High School Football Field, call 518-637-3238 for details)

1:00 p.m. *Adirondack Wind Ensemble concert: All music composed for AWE, including the second performance of Wm Pfaff's Suite of Incidental Music to Fuddy Meers (Saranac Lake High School Auditorium, 79 Canaras Ave, $, for more info)

2:00 p.m. Yeti Hunt - An Amazing Race, Form a team or take on the challenge yourself to see if you can find the creature, the myth, the legend, the Yeti by deciphering clues. Bring a phone or camera to get a selfie with the elusive Yeti should you be successful! (Harrietstown Hall) 

2:00 p.m. *Pat McAvoy Experiment, DJ (Waterhole, Downstairs, 21+, free, for more info)

3:00 p.m. - close *Superbowl Party, Superbowl Wing Specials (Romano's Saranac Lanes, 11 Bloomingdale Ave)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2020

7:00 p.m. *Community Celebration Service (St. Luke's Church)

7:30 p.m. *Life, Love, & Legends - A Rock 'n Roll Memoir, produced by Joe Dockery featuring over 20 musicians and actors (Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave, for more info, $)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020

3:30 p.m. *Scavenger Hunt for Middle School Students (Saranac Lake Youth Center, 29 Woodruff St)

5:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Grand Marshal Reception (Hotel Saranac, 100 Main St, cash bar)

6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Royalty Dinner (Hotel Saranac, 100 Main St, $, RSVP required by 2/1, call 518-891-4367)

6:00 p.m. *Trivia - New York State themed trivia, 7 rounds (Racquette River Brewing Co, 11 Balsam St, Tupper Lake, free to anyone in attendance)

7:30 p.m. *Life, Love, & Legends - A Rock 'n Roll Memoir, produced by Joe Dockery featuring over 20 musicians and actors (Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave, for more info, $)

9:00 p.m. *Balkun Brothers (Waterhole, Downstairs, 21+, free, for more info)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020

6:00 p.m.  Curtis Lumber Snowshoe Races (all ages) (Dewey Mountain, $, call 891-2697)

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. *Mythology of the Night Sky presented by Adirondack Sky Center and Observatory, Seth Mcgowan speaker (Saranac Lake Baptist Church, 490 Broadway, free)

7:30 p.m. *Life, Love, & Legends - A Rock 'n Roll Memoir, produced by Joe Dockery featuring over 20 musicians and actors (Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave, for more info, $)

8:30 p.m. *Annie in the Water and Hayley Jane present Hayley in the Water play Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" (Waterhole, Upstairs Music Lounge, doors open at 7:30pm, 21+, $, for more info)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020

2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. *31th Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library, Thomas B Cantwell Community Room, $)

6:00 p.m. American Management Association Torchlight Skiing and Fireworks (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center)

7:00 p.m. *The Silver Chalice - Art of the Cure Movie Series, free movie (John Black Room, Saranac Labratory, 89 Church St, for more info)

8:30 p.m. *Pappy Presents - A Night of Appreciation of JJ Cale wsg Soule Monde (Waterhole, Upstairs Music Lounge, doors open at 7:30pm, 21+, $, for more info)

10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. *Superjam, Live Music (Bitters and Bones, 65 Broadway)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020

10:00 a.m.  Adirondack Bank Innertube Races (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. *31st Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library, Thomas B Cantwell Community Room, $)

12:30 p.m. Coakley Home and Hardware Children's Skating Races (Saranac Lake Civic Center)

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *Big Boss Sausage, Live Music (Bitters and Bones, 65 Broadway)

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. *Paul Smiths College Alumni Hockey Game,  Free admission with plenty of food, merchandise, and giveaways (Saranac Lake Civic Center, 213 Ampersand Ave)

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *Comedian Justin Rupple, North Country Communinty College (The Connector at NCCC, 23 Santanoni Ave, enter through either MulHolland Hall or McCorkmick Hall, no fee to attend. light refreshments)

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. *Firefighter's Broom Ball (Saranac Lake Civic Center, 213 Ampersand Ave)

7:30 p.m. *Rotary Club Variety Show (Harrietstown Town Hall, $) This event usually sells out.  Get your tickets ahead of time.

9:00 p.m. *Bella's Bartok wsg Mal Maiz and Folkfaces (Waterhole, Upstairs Music Lounge, doors open at 8pm, 21+, $, for more info)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. *Mason's Pancake Breakfast (NEW Location: First United Methodist Church, 63 Church St.), $) Sponsored by Whiteface Mountain Lodge 789 Masonic Temple.

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. *Breakfast with the Winter Carnival Characters at the Mason's Pancake Breakfast (NEW Location: First United Methodist Church, 63 Church St.)

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Stewart's Shops Meet the Winter Carnival Characters (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

10:00 a.m. *Can-Am Snow Rugby Game (Saranac Lake High School Track Field. Call 524-5841 for details.)

10:00 a.m. - Noon *Make a Winter Carnival Button, make your own special Winter Carnival button (Saranac Labratory Museum, 89 Church St, $, for more info)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. *31th Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library, Thomas B Cantwell Community Room, $)

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. *Lion's Club Chili Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall, $)

11:00 a.m. *Paul Smith's College Woodsmen's Exhibition (Riverside Park)

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. *Open House at the Loon Center, with cookies and hot chocolate to warm up before or after the parade (Loon Center, 15 Broadway)

12:00 p.m. Gala Parade Line-up (Register at Nice N Easy Mobil. Line up on Upper Broadway.)

12:55 p.m. Pre-Parade Wave, just before the Gala Parade, "Wave Coaches" along the way (Starting at Town Hall and traveling down one side of of the parade route and back the other)

1:00 p.m. Gala Parade presented by Casella Waste Systems and North Country Community College  (Broadway and Main Street from Ampersand Avenue to LaPan Highway)

Post-Parade Winter Carnival Parade Bands Sound-Off (Harrietstown Town Hall)

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. *Make a Winter Carnival Button, make your own special Winter Carnival button (Saranac Labratory Museum, 89 Church St, $, for more info)

2:00 p.m. *Post Parade Party - featuring The Big Takeover (Waterhole, Upstairs Music Lounge, free, 21+, for more info)

2:00 p.m. *Josh Clement, DJ (Rusty Nail, 90 Broadway Ave)

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. *Slab City, Live Music (Romano's Saranac Lanes, 11 Bloomingdale Ave)

6:30 p.m. *The Story Ending, Elk's Club Murder Mystery (6:32 Open Bar, 7:04 Play, 7:55 Dinner, Elk's Club, 30 Bloomingdale Ave, $, for more info)

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. *Big Boss Sausage, Live Music (Bitters and Bones, 65 Broadway)

7:30 p.m. *"Popcorn Falls," a hilarious comedy about a small bankrupt town that only be saved if it builds a new theatre (Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave, $, for more info)

9:00 p.m. *West End Blend wsg Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers (Waterhole, Upstairs Music Lounge, doors open at 8pm, 21+, $, for more info)

10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. *Good Guy Productions, DJ (Romano's Saranac Lanes, 11 Bloomingdale Ave)

11:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. *DJ Funky Cold Medina (Bitters and Bones, 65 Broadway)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020 - last day

10:00 a.m. Community Bank Adult Cross-Country Ski Races (Dewey Mountain, $, Call 891-2697 for details)

11:00 a.m. Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament (Bloomingdale Fields, click for more info, $)

11:00 a.m. Bionique Testing Labs Snowflake Volleyball Tournament (Saranac Lake Civic Center, Rotary Field, $)

11:00 a.m. Snowshoe Softball (Elks Field, John Munn Road, $)

11:00 a.m.  ANCA FlowerBall, (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)

12:00 p.m. Adirondack Health Youth Cross-Country Ski Races (Dewey Mountain, $. Call 891-2697 for details)

12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. *Lunch at the Carousel with the Stewart's Shop Carnival Characters (Adirondack Carousel, $, for more info)

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Snowy Owl Face Painting for Children (Hotel Saranac)

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. *Make a Winter Carnival Button, make your own special Winter Carnival button (Saranac Labratory Museum, 89 Church St, $, for more info)

2:00 p.m. Casella Waste Systems Kiddie Parade  (Main Street)

2:00 p.m. Tops Friendly Markets Cookie Decorating Contest (Harrietstown Hall, right after the Kiddie Parade)

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. *Mike Lashomb of Annie in the Water, Live Music (Bitters and Bones, 65 Broadway)

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. *Saints and Liars - Bloody Mary Sunday (Waterhole, Downstairs, free, 21+, for more info)

7:30 p.m. *"Popcorn Falls," a hilarious comedy about a small bankrupt town that only be saved if it builds a new theatre (Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave, $, for more info)

3:00 p.m. *25th Annual Saranac Lake Young Arts Association Winter Carnival Baroque & Beyond Concert (First United Methodist Church, donation requested)

7:30 p.m. Guide Boat Realty Winter Carnival Slide Show (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

8:00 p.m. Guide Boat Realty "Storming the Palace" Closing Fireworks Display (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

Tuesday, february 11, 2020

6:00 p.m. Post-Winter Carnival Committee Wrap-Up meeting, 2019 Critique (LGI Lecture Room, Saranac Lake High School)

Wednesday, february 12, 2020

2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Post-Winter Carnival Slide Show (Saranac Village at Will Rogers)

wednesday, february TBD, 2020

6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Volunteer Recognition Dinner (TBD, 5pm-6pm Cocktails)

tuesday, march TBD, 2020

6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Committee Meeting -- Theme Nominations (LGI Lecture Room, Saranac Lake High School)

tuesday, april TBD, 2020

6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Committee Annual Meeting -- Elections and Theme Selection (LGI Lecture Room, Saranac Lake High School)

2021 WINTER CARNIVAL

February 5-14, 2021 

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Top Sponsors
Guide Boat Realty
Casella Waste Systems Inc.
North Country Community College
Hotel Saranac
Adirondack Bank
Taylor Rental
Stewarts
Adirondack Health
American Management Association
Can-Am Rugby Tournament
Tops Friendly Markets
Gala Parade
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Ice Palace Construction to Begin
2020-01-19 - Construction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace is scheduled to begin on January 20.
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