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Northern Current is a free, day long, community music festival that takes place annually on Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. Held in the beautiful Riverside Park with a stunning backdrop of Lake Flower & Scarface Mountain the festival is perfectly truly encapsulates the Adirondacks and is located walking distance to all the shops, restaurants, and amenities downtown Saranac Lake has to offer!


Northern Current’s mission is to enrich the cultural diversity of the town by celebrating a myriad of musical heritages from 12 noon - 9pm. 


Lineups are diverse and explore a vast array of genres and sounds from multiple countries + cultures. Music stylings range from  Japanese Psych Rock, to Reggae, World Music, Rock n Roll, Americana, Folk, Soul, Afro-Beat, Psychedelic Latin Cumbia, NOLA influenced Jazz, Rowdy Roots & Blues, Alt-Country and more.


Notable artists that have performed at the festival include: Teke::Teke, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Underground System, Paris Monster, Kat Wright, Mal Maiz, Mosaic Foundation, Rose & The Bros. The Mallett Brothers Band, Chestnut Grove, The BigTakeover, and Folkfaces.


Be sure to check out the kid zone featuring activities from Play ADK & ADK Art Rise, then grab yourself a tasty treat and bite to eat from 1 of our 4 fabulous local food vendors. A stop at the merchandise tent is also a must! We will have Northern Current hats, t-shirts, koozies as well as all the band merchandise you could ask for! 


As our tag line suggests, Northern Current truly is a community music festival. Without the incredible support from members of our community the amazing local business that sponsor the event, Northern Current would not be possible! 


This fantastic event is organized by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Additionally, members of the community sign up to volunteer for set up, tear down, and support during the event itself. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out and we will connect you with our Volunteer Coordinator! 


Northern Current is made possible with the support of its event sponsors – North Country Community College, Adirondack Health, Waterhole Music Lounge, Hotel Saranac, and Play ADK – as well as its music sponsors – Fiddlehead Bistro, Long Run Wealth, Cape Air, Edward Jones, Nori’s Village Market, Barley Sandwich, and Northern Power & Light. Additional support is provided by Explore Adirondack Frontier, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, the Cloudsplitter Foundation, the Charles R. Wood Foundation, and many more generous businesses and individuals. To become a sponsor or learn how to support Northern Current, email


This year's festival is being assembled by a wild bunch of creative locals. Scroll through below to learn more about us! 


We're looking for volunteers to help with a variety of day-of activities! Interested? Click here and sign up for an open volunteer shift. And thanks!!!

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