Open Sky Arts Festival


Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds
5514 Cascade Road
12946 Lake Placid , NY
United States
44° 15' 33.3756" N, 73° 57' 46.2528" W
New York US

Event Listings

Open Sky Arts Festival
August 2, 2021August 3, 2021August 4, 2021August 5, 2021August 6, 2021August 7, 2021August 8, 2021August 9, 2021August 10, 2021August 11, 2021August 12, 2021August 13, 2021August 14, 2021August 15, 2021
Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds 5514 Cascade Road Lake Placid New York 12946

Open Sky Arts Festival

August 2-15 at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds

Open Sky is a brand new, multidisciplinary festival for arts lovers of every age. Explore two weeks of music, dance, film and theatre outdoors against a spectacular mountain backdrop. You'll find something for everyone in your family under the open sky! 

Festival passes go on sale June 1st for LPCA members and June 7th for the general public. Individual tickets/registrations for free events will open June 14th. 

Why Choose a Festival Pass?

At just $200 each, a festival pass gives you access to all 18 Open Sky performances at a discount of almost 50%! You'll have the chance to see as many shows as you like, from modern bluegrass, to circus, to musical theatre and so much more. After a whole year without live performances, this is an amazing way to dive in – see your favorite artist, try something new and experience the magic as live art unfolds around us in the fresh mountain air.

COVID Safety

We are evaluating the latest guidelines from New York State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will post the most up-to-date information here leading up to the festival to help you plan your trip to Open Sky.


Open Sky Arts Festival Performances include:


Chris Thile – Monday, August 2 | 7:00PM

MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer, songwriter Chris Thile is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. His most recent album Laysongs highlights his genre-defying ability to shift into any style, from bluegrass to classical.


Young & Fun: Pirate School – Tuesday, August 3 | 10:30AM

This show is a riotous, interactive pirate escapade promoting everyday polite behavior and social-courage performed by veteran New York actor David Engel. Part of a free performance series that will run Tuesday & Thursday mornings throughout the festival.  


Songs at Mirror Lake: TBD – Tuesday, August 3 | 7:00PM

The beloved free summer concert series will be hosted at the Horse Show Grounds during the Open Sky Arts Festival.


Depot Theatre’s Working: A Musical – Wednesday, August 4 | 7:00PM

Nominated for six Tony Awards, Working features vibrant portrayals of 26 real-life American workers including a schoolteacher, trucker, housewife, fireman, and millworker played by 6 actors. The musical includes songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, and favorite numbers by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia and James Taylor.


Young & Fun: Bubble Trouble – Thursday, August 5 | 10:30AM

Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more, mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic. Part of a free performance series that will run Tuesday & Thursday mornings throughout the festival. 


Judith Hill  – Thursday, August 5 | 7:00PM

Judith Hill is a Grammy winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who appeared as a finalist on NBC’s The Voice. Hill is an accomplished independent artist who has worked closely with legendary talents Michael Jackson, Spike Lee and George Benson, toured with Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ringo Starr and others.


The Gibson Brothers’ Mockingbird – Friday, August 6 | 7:00PM

The celebrated bluegrass duo—siblings Eric and Leigh Gibson—have already made over a dozen albums, but none quite like the new Dan Auerbach–produced Mockingbird. Their newest venture is an effortless blend of classic '70s-infused rock and timeless country, a modern twist on their traditional sound, and harmonies that will keep you wishing for more.


*Surprise Artist TBD*  Saturday, August 7 | 7:00PM

LPCA is working hard to secure one more great artist to bring to Open Sky. Exciting news will be shared as soon as possible.


Miko Marks – Sunday, August 8 | 2:00PM

A trailblazing singer-songwriter who garnered a string of accolades in Nashville’s music scene, Miko Marks has cut her own path embodying the underrepresented voices of Black women in country music. Her new music is rooted in sounds from country, blues, soul and roots music and refuses to be put squarely into one box.


Lake Placid Film Society: Masters of the Universe (1987) – Monday, August 9 | Time TBD

He-Man fans, rejoice! This original saga portrays the heroic warrior He-Man as he battles against the evil lord Skeletor and his armies of darkness for control of Castle Grayskull.


Young & Fun: Yogapalooza – Tuesday, August 10 | 10:30AM

Beloved family music artist and pioneering kids yoga educator, Bari Koral leads this highly interactive concert that blends imaginative songs, yoga poses, dance breaks and play. Part of a free performance series that will run Tuesday & Thursday mornings throughout the festival. 


Songs at Mirror Lake: TBD – Tuesday, August 10 | 7:00PM

The free summer concert series will be hosted at the Horse Show Grounds during the Open Sky Arts Festival.


Acrobuffos: Waterbombs – Wednesday, August 11 | 2:00PM & 5:00PM

Everyone loves a water balloon fight! Direct from New York City, dramatic opera music scores this hysterical battle filled with 100 flying water balloons and ridiculous comedy. With no words, Seth and Christina create a

laughter-filled zone of wet fun, encouraging two audience members to be mighty gladiators.


Young & Fun: Lake Placid Sinfonietta – Thursday, August 12 | 10:30AM

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is a professional chamber orchestra of twenty musicians from across the country who will share a vibrant introduction to classical performance especially for young audience members. Part of a free performance series that will run Tuesday & Thursday mornings throughout the festival. 


Elisa Monte Dance – Thursday, August 12 | 7:00PM

Elisa Monte Dance bridges cultural barriers through the universal language of dance and aims to foster appreciation of live dance performance through their commitment to education. The company will perform powerful new work commissioned during the pandemic.


Joan Osborne – Friday, August 13 | 7:00PM

Since she broke through 25 years ago with the multi-platinum Relish and its touchstone mega-smash “One of Us,” the seven-time Grammy nominee has never played it safe. Osborne has followed her restless musical heart, exploring a diverse range of genres: pop rock, soul, R&B, blues, roots rock, gospel, funk, and country – all of which can be heard on her new album Trouble and Strife.


Complexions Contemporary Ballet – Saturday, August 14 | 7:00PM

Led by dance icons Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions has awakened audiences to a new, exciting genre with their singular approach of reinventing dance and contemporary ballet. Their performance will feature a collection of company favorites and LOVE ROCKS, set to the music of Lenny Kravitz.


Martin Sexton – Sunday, August 15 | 2:00PM

American singer-songwriter and Syracuse native Martin Sexton got his start singing in the streets and subways of Boston in the early 90's. His songs have appeared in television series such as Scrubs, Parenthood, Masters of Sex and in numerous films, though it's his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for more.