Fall events announced by ORDA

Alphorn Trio performs on Main Stage at the Whiteface Oktoberfest.

Alphorn Trio performs on Main Stage at the Whiteface Oktoberfest. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Some of us may be turning our attention to the upcoming winter season, but don’t forget about autumn.

The temperatures are ideal for all types of activities and the fall foliage is breathtaking. Plus, as an added bonus, the autumn season is also festival time, a time where residents, visitors and families can get together and celebrate the summer past and look ahead to winter.

The 22nd annual Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest, Oct. 5-6, will draw thousands of visitors to the Olympic mountain, in Wilmington as they celebrate the Bavarian culture with authentic music, dancing, food and of course beer. But it’s not all about eating and drinking, as there will be rides for kids and adults, craft vendors and discounted trips on the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the summit of Little Whiteface. Families will also be able to enjoy a drive up the mountain’s Veterans’ Memorial Highway, where even more breathtaking views from New York’s fifth high peak await.

Saturday’s hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., while the Oktoberfest continues Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults and $10 for juniors and seniors.

The fall festivals continue the following weekend, Oct. 12-13, when the Olympic Jumping Complex plays host to the Flaming Leaves Festival and the Olympic Center welcomes back the second annual Lake Placid Brewfest.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, watch as our nation’s best compete for the title of U.S. national champion in the sports of ski jumping and Nordic combined during the annual Flaming Leaves Festival. These athletes will be launching themselves off the Olympic Jumping Complex’s 90-meter ski jump while on the ground below live blues bands play and Centerplate grills up ribs and burgers. The blues begins at noon, Saturday, when Funky Blues Roots takes to the Olympic Jumping Complex stage for their first of two sets, noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday’s Blues line-up also features Back Porch Society from 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

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