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The Whiteface Region conjures images of big mountains, flowing rivers, and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Yes, there is mountain biking, skiing, hiking, fishing, cycling, and everything in between in every season, but did you know there’s also a blossoming arts and culture scene that reaches full bloom in the summer season?

From rock concerts to folk music, painting to pottery, the Whiteface Region is bursting with arts, and the best part is that you can experience it all right here, right now!

Adults and children performing live music.

A real JEM

The Jay Entertainment & Music Society (JEMS) has been bringing music, workshops, and entertainment to the community of Jay since 1987. Whether at the Jay Village Green or in the Amos & Julia Ward Theatre, something is happening throughout the summer that will bring a sweet song to your ear. Every Thursday is Acoustic Jam Night. All musicians are welcome, and all music enthusiasts are welcome, too! Don't miss the JEMS Summer Concerts on the Green series, and be sure to check their website calendar and Facebook page for newly added events.

Art studios

Stop at one or all of the local studios to chat with artists, purchase artwork, and soak in some of their inspiration. The Jay Craft Center and Sue Young of Young’s Art Gallery have local artwork on display and offer you an opportunity to see the artists in their element. While you’re in the Adirondacks, don’t forget to check out the many art galleries that dot the landscape!

Various art and ceramics on display in a shop.

Party on the Beach

Thursdays are a party at the Wilmington Town Beach. The summer concert series brings a wide variety of music to the riverside beach, and folks make a night out of it by barbecuing or picnicking. On a hot summer Thursday, arrive early to take advantage of swimming in Lake Everest, nature trails, and a playground that will keep kids happy and occupied while you dance the night away.

Recover. Relax. Repeat.

In Upper Jay, the Recovery Lounge is a place to enjoy music, theater, and visual art. The building itself is art (and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of 2013). Over the past decade, the Lounge has welcomed a diverse array of artists, musicians, and playwrights to the stage. A full calendar of upcoming events is listed on their website for this summer.

Audience enjoying live music in an old building.

Fuel your inspiration

With rolling hills and gentle farmlands, the Whiteface Region is home to a rich agritourism scene. Farmers and growers open stores to the public, offering their fresh, local products to fuel your next adventure or inspire your next project. You can even book a stay at one of them as well!.

People talking while standing in front of fenced livestock.

Get ready to rock

We weren’t lying when we said every taste of music is covered here in the Whiteface Region. On July 27, rock music rolls into the Wilmington Ball Park with the Wilmington Mountain Music Fest. Kickstart your vacation with The Smoke Show, presented by Scarlet Foxx Entertainment, which will have audiences rapt with its pyrotechnic displays. Food and local beer will be available from vendors.

Home sweet home

Summer in the Whiteface Region has so much that you'll want to stay for a while and experience everything, from home-cooked meals to fun places to check out that will create memories for years to come.


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