LARAC Festival, Glens Falls, NY

One of my favorite things about Glens Falls, NY is the local Art Community. When people think of the arts in the area, they instantly think of Saratoga Springs. While Saratoga Springs does have a vibrant arts scene, I think Glens Falls, gives it a run for the money. We have the Charles R. Wood Theater that hosts, among other events, the Adirondack Theater Festival. We have The Shirt Factory, a converted factory that is the home to art galleries, shops, and heath and wellness practitioners.

One of my favorite events happens every year in June, outside, and then again in the fall, inside. It’s the LARAC Art Festival. LARAC, short for the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, has been hosting a juried art and craft festival in Glens Falls, NY for forty-five years. I’ve attended the June festival whenever possible for the last 15 years, long before I moved to Glens Falls. The June Festival is, by far, the best one of it’s kind in the region. 80% of the artists that apply to be vendors are turned away. LARAC seeks to have the best of the best and to not over saturate any particular category.

When I first started attending, I traveled from my very traditional home in Ballston Spa. My decorating style was Shabby Chic and I found plenty of items that fit my style. Over the years I have bought many gift items for family and friends that fit their varied tastes. The last three years, I simply walk the block and half from my loft in a converted factory. My decorating style has morphed to “industrial” to fit my new place and there are plenty of items that fit my new style as well.

There’s plenty to see and do, with over 150 vendors, delicious food and live music both days. This year’s festival takes place June 18 and 19 in Downtown Glens Falls City Park. For more information, visit their website LARAC Arts Festival

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