LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Summer isn’t over yet, but Six Flags Great Escape is already picturing its iconic roller coasters framed by orange leaves and long sleeves. On Thursday, the park released its schedule of events for Oktoberfest and Fright Fest 2023.

Oktoberfest gets rolling before summer ends. Starting on Saturday, Aug. 26, guests can expect German-inspired cuisine, craft beers and ciders, as well as live music and games.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, the masks come on and the fog machines get running to set the mood for Fright Fest, featuring scare actors, new hours, costume contests, and the all-new “Hell Block IV.” At both the park and Great Escape Lodge, Boo Fest will offer family Halloween fun on weekends.

Here’s what to expect at The Great Escape this fall:


  • Saturday, Aug. 26 – Sunday, Sept. 24
  • New: “Festival Marketplace” area featuring German-inspired foods
  • Craft beer and cider on tap at venues around the park
  • Live polka music
  • Cornhole
  • Stein-holding contests
  • Oktoberfest bingo
  • “Fest Area” with photo opportunities

Fright Fest

  • Saturday, Sept. 30 – Sunday, Oct. 29
  • New: “Hell Block IV,” an explorable prison attraction where scary Halloween monsters have escaped their cells and are wreaking havoc, every Friday night starting Oct. 6
  • Friday night attractions including “Skull Manor,” “CarnEVIL,” and “Nightmare at CrackAxle Canyon”
  • Three scare zones across the park, with scare actors running wild
  • Fog, spooky lighting, props and sound effects
  • Halloween-themed shows and dancing
  • Limited-time food items including sangria blood bags and themed chicken and ice cream options

Boo Fest

  • Great Escape park attractions
    • Costume contest for kids 12 and under
    • Interactive dance parties
    • Trick-or-Treat trail
    • Scavenger hunt
    • Hay maze
    • Storytime
    • Arts and crafts
  • Great Escape Lodge attractions
    • Trick-or-Treat trail
    • Halloween-themed “Boo Bingo”
    • Scavenger hunt
    • Arts and crafts
    • Fireside stories
    • Monster Meet & Greet

More changes are coming to the park this year. The Alpine Bobsled attraction retires at the end of the summer. Meanwhile, the park is hiring for seasonal positions to cover the fall season.