California’s Great Beyond

2023 Fall Events

Tons of fantastic fall events happening this year to compliment your trip to see the brilliant fall foliage! 

September Events

The Mono Lake Committee offers Field Seminars all year long with wide array of topics. September and October are especially good months to participate – crisp mornings and fall colors make the outings extra enjoyable. Fire ecology, geology, fall colors, arborglyphs are just a few of the fall programs, or get more hands-on with the watercolor painting and photography workshops. 

Convict Lake, just south of Mammoth Lakes, is arguably one of the best fishing holes in the West, and certainly is one of the most popular rod and reel destinations in Mono County. It’s about to be derby time with again with Ambush at the Lake from Aug. 25 – Nov. 15, the Morrison’s Bonus Derby Weekend taking place Oct. 27-29.

FREE Fishing day in Mono County on Sept. 2! All regulations still apply and Report Cards are required -- but Fishing License Fees are waived on this day. For more information on Mono County fishing regulations, contact the California Department of Fish & Wildlife at 760-934-2664.

Bodie Ghost Walk Tours on September 2 and 30. What better way to visit California's official ghost town than for a ghostly night in Bode after-hours. You can enjoy one or two of the tour options in addition to a free astronomy talk after dark.

The Tioga Pass Run, a 12.4-mile run up Tioga Pass is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 10 and may have the best tagline of any event with "only one hill!". June Lake Jam Fest also returns that weekend, jamming from Sept. 8-10 in June Lake.

Locals, visitors and lovers of the land of all ages are invited to participate in Mono County Stewardship Events on a variety of dates from Jun - Oct with Friends of the Inyo. Meet other outdoor enthusiasts while giving back to the beautiful public lands of Mono County and then celebrate with lunch after a good morning's work. 

Four fun-filled days of off-road adventure come Sept. 12-16 at the Eastern Sierra ATV & UTV Jamboree in Coleville and Walker. Head out on several guided trail rides through the beautiful backcountry for an exhilarating event.

September 24 Marks complimentary entrance to national parks in celebration of National Public Lands Day. This is a great opportunity to visit Yosemite National Park with FREE entrance - but please check the Park's website for more information. 

Local's favorite Crowley Lake Trail Run returns on Sept. 25. This community fundraising event is perfect for the whole family with 5k and 10k options, as well as a 1k fun run for kids. 

Experience Fall colors at Rock Creek on a Fall Colors Photography Workshop and Pack Trip from Sept. 28 - Oct.1. The John Muir Wilderness provides wonderful subject matter and conditions (Alpenglow, Golden Hour, Blue Hour). Travel beyond the beaten path with equine companions. Included are tent lodging, meals, riding and pack stock, guides/cook/wranglers and photography instruction. 

Craft beer lovers rejoice as the June Lake Autumn Beer Festival returns to Gull Lake Park on Sept. 30. Several breweries will have their suds on-tap in the ticketed beer garden, while the music, food vendors and overall family-friendly festival fun will be free and open to the public.

Challenge your stamina and grit during the Ridge Rambler Half Marathon in Twin Lakes near Bridgeport on Sept. 30. The race begins at about 7,100 feet and stretches downhill toward Buckeye Road, past alpine lakes and through rolling hills, finishing in Bridgeport at 6,600 feet.

October Events

Join the Spirits of Benton on October 7 with a catered dinner and presentation.  is happening with OC Ghosts and Legends, a group dedicated to investigating the paranormal at historical landmarks and privately owned places is visiting Old Benton. Come learn what they discover. Cate

 Leaves in the Loop is a fall festival from Oct.13-15 in June Lake. It includes guided hikes, photography contests, a downtown history tour, and “Taste of the Town” restaurant sampling. Stay tuned to the June Lake Loop's Facebook page for more information.

As the colorful fall color season comes to an end, join ESIA at their annual Eastern Sierra History Conference from Oct. 27-29 with Historian-led discussions coving everything from the people, culture and traditions of the Eastern Sierra region.

To see more great events happening throughout Mono County,

please visit our Events Calendar