California’s Eastern Sierra

Fall Events

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


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. Please be sure to read our COVID-19 protocols and guidelines before registering for a seminar. Keeping participants, instructors, and our staff safe is our highest priority.

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 coming up Aug. 27 – Nov. 12, the Morrison’s Bonus Derby Weekend taking place Oct. 29-31, and the Round-Up at the Lake happening Spring of 2022.  

The Tioga Pass Run, a 12.4-mile run up Tioga Pass is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 12 and may have the best tagline of any event with "only one hill!". 

FREE Fishing day in Mono County on Sept. 4! 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.

Grab your lederhosen or dirndl and get ready to celebrate Mammoth Oktoberfest, Sept. 16-18, at the Village at Mammoth. This year’s event will be fun filled with all the family-friendly games, music and mouthwatering food your heart desires.

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. 26 - Oct. 9 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. 7-11 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.

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is back! It's a five-day festival that screens independent features and shorts in the spectacular setting of Mammoth Lakes, California’s premier mountain resort, high in the Eastern Sierras usually held over Memorial Day weekend. Our 7th annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival will now be Sept. 22-26. We will do our best to hold it as a live, in-person event.

Come on up to Bridgeport to check out the Wrecks and Rods Car Show on Sept. 11 for tons of family fun!  Challenge your stamina and grit during the Ridge Rambler Half Marathon in Twin Lakes near Bridgeport on Sept. 25. 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.

Craft beer lovers rejoice as the 7th annual June Lake Autumn Beer Festival returns to Gull Lake Park on Sept. 25.  Around seventeen expected 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.

Sept. 25 also marks complimentary entrance to national parks. This is a great opportunity to visit Yosemite National Park with FREE Entrance. Visit NPS.Gov for more information.

Mammoth's newest 5k, Mammoth Trail Fest on Sept. 25 is California’s Highest Hill Climb!  Run, hike, or walk from Twin Lakes Bridge in Mammoth Lakes Basin at 8,500' up the world famous and unbelievably beautiful Dragon's Back Trail to the summit of Mammoth Mountain at over 11,000'. Party on the summit with local coffee, doughnuts, music and finish the day with a scenic gondola ride off the top of California. Spectators encouraged at the summit, BRING YOUR COWBELL!

Leaves in the Loop is a fall festival from Oct.15-17 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.

ESIA will host their fourth annual Eastern Sierra History Conference at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory Page Center, about 10 miles south of Mammoth Lakes, from Oct. 29-31. Historian-led discussions will cover the people, culture and traditions of the Eastern Sierra region.


To see more great events happening throughout Mono County,

please visit our Events Calendar