Great Reasons to Visit Glens Falls This Summer

Glens Falls, NY — where the city meets the mountains — has long been known as Hometown USA. And there’s no better time to soak up our quintessential small city charm than under the skies (or stars) of summer. Our charming downtown, brimming with arts and culture, and a great variety of dining and shopping options, is perfectly accented by the majesty of the Adirondack Mountains in our backyard and our easy proximity to beautiful Lake George and historic Saratoga Springs. Add to that our fantastic festivals, welcoming downtown events, and outstanding museums and performing arts, and you have the perfect summer getaway – the possibilities are endless! Keep reading to discover some of the great summer attractions our hometown has to offer.

Glens Falls Farmers Market
Saturdays: May to October
South Street Pavilion

Enjoy a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, crafts and trinkets from local artisans, and educational community activities all integrated into our weekly open-air Farmer’s Market. Sampling the fare and chatting with friendly locals make for a great way to experience the welcoming Glens Falls community.

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LARAC Arts Festival
June 17 & 18
Downtown City Park

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) June Arts Festival features more than 200 artists and artisans offering a variety of handmade items for sale in a beautiful outdoor setting. Stroll through our picturesque downtown City Park while perusing jewelry, fine art, textiles, decorative home items, garden décor, homemade foods and much, much more. It’s fun for the whole family with live music, children’s activities, arts demonstrations and concessions. Admission is free, and the festival takes place rain or shine.

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The Glens Falls Dragons
June to August
East Field

Looking for an activity that is sure to be a home run? Bring your family to cheer on The Glens Falls Dragons in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. You’ll enjoy watching players from colleges across the country, some of whom will continue their careers at the professional level. Come out to the ball park and celebrate America’s Pastime.

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The Hyde Collection art museum and historic house
161 Warren Street

The Hyde Collection is a world-class museum in a small-town setting, housing an incredible collection of Old Masters and European and American art, including classics from Rembrandt and Picasso to Van Gogh and Degas. Now, this summer, the museum is taking an exciting step to establish its place in the world of modern and contemporary art with the opening of the new Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, a 1,500-square-foot space to showcase significant abstract, Pop, Minimalism, and conceptual pieces. The inaugural exhibit, opening June 10, will include works from iconic artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Sol Lewitt, Louise Nevelson, Bridget Riley, and Andy Warhol. The Hyde should be on every traveler’s bucket list of museum destinations.

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Adirondack Theater Festival
2017 Season: June 21 to August 12
Charles R. Wood Theater

The Adirondack Theater Festival takes center stage when it comes to professional theatre in Upstate New York. Professional actors and artists from New York City and across the country perform new and contemporary musicals and plays at the Charles R. Wood Theater in the heart of Downtown Glens Falls.  This summer’s performances vary from an electronic pop musical (Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat) to a quirky musical love story (The Boy in the Bathroom); a comedy about corporate culture (Knights of the Sales Office) to an enchanting magic show (Glitches in Reality); a comedic new play reading (Big Babies) to two groundbreaking cabaret performances (Vienna Juvenile: Sketch Comedy, The Song Of Bernadette); plus a family-friendly dinner theatre classic (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe). The 2017 season runs late June through mid-August; evening and matinee performances on select days and times.

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The Chapman Historical Museum
348 Glen Street

Step into history at The Chapman Historical Museum. Located within the restored 1867 Victorian home of prominent Glens Falls merchant Zopher DeLong, the museum chronicles the rich heritage of the city and its connection to Adirondack culture. Exhibits revolving around the history of the area, including Adirondack photographs from the famed Seneca Ray Stoddard, create an immersive educational and informative experience. This summer’s special exhibits include “Water & Light: S.R. Stoddard’s Photos of Lake George,” and “By Stage to Lake George,” a photographic journey by stage coach from Glens Falls to Lake George Village in the 1870s. The Chapman is also participating in a number of programs celebrating the Women’s Suffrage Centennial in New York State.

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Take A Bite
Wednesdays: June 28 to August 16
Throughout Downtown Glens Falls

Experience a taste of Downtown Glens Falls’ many great restaurants during Take A Bite, a popular family-friendly event throughout our downtown center. Local chefs offer “small plates,” priced at $5 and under, for guests to savor while enjoying live street-side music and entertainment. The weekly festival showcases our vibrant downtown community, encouraging residents and visitors alike to appreciate the city’s charm. The event runs for eight weeks from June 28 to August 16, 2017, on Wednesday evenings.

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Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra Annual Summer Pops Concert
July 3
Crandall Park

The Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra’s annual Summer Pops Concert is a true celebration of Americana, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to the grassy expanse of historic Crandall Park for festive music, good eats and a spectacular fireworks show. Not many cities the size of Glens Falls can boast their own professional orchestra, and we’re proud to share ours with you.

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World Awareness Children’s Museum
89 Warren Street

Inspire wanderlust in your kids at the interactive, hands-on World Awareness Children’s Museum in Downtown Glens Falls. For more than 20 years, the WACM has inspired curiosity and fostered understanding and appreciation of worldwide cultural diversity. Its collection includes 8,000+ artifacts (fashion, musical instruments, dolls, toys and other objects) as well as 7,000+ pieces of international children’s art from 140 countries. In just a few short hours, your children can shop for groceries in a Nigerian Marketplace, learn how to use chopsticks in a Japanese Washitsu, dress up in World Fashion, create music with global instruments, and explore our amazing world – all from Hometown USA!

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Glens Falls Entertainment & Music (GEM) Festival
July 29
Multiple Downtown Venues

Fine tune your summer schedule to include the Glens Falls Entertainment & Music (GEM) Festival! This unique event combines the best local musicians and emerging visual artists, as music is brought into art galleries and other venues throughout Glens Falls. The event is completely free, with stages and art galleries set up for viewing live shows.

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Out to Lunch
Tuesdays: July 11 to August 15
Downtown City Park

Out to Lunch serves up music, fun and great company in our downtown City Park. Guests are encouraged to purchase take-out lunches from downtown restaurants (like The Queensbury Hotel’s friendly neighborhood pub, Fenimore’s) and enjoy them at the picnic tables or on a blanket while local musicians entertain and local artists create their next masterpieces.

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Outdoor Cinema
Fridays: July to August
Downtown City Park

Downtown’s City Park hosts many events under the summer sun – and underneath the twinkling stars! On Friday nights in late summer, there are free movies beginning at dusk. Bring your blanket or chair; it’s like the drive-in, with a lot more leg room!

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