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.
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 Ambush at the Lake hosted Sept. 3 – Nov. 15 and the Morrison’s Bonus Derby Weekend taking place Oct. 26-28.
The Graniteman Challenge, hosted by the High Sierra Athletics, is a unique three-day combination of the Granite to Granite Swim, a 2.4-mile swim in June Lake on Sept. 6, the Mammoth Gran Fondo, a 102-mile bike ride, Sept. 7, and the Tioga Pass Run, a 12.4-mile run up Tioga Pass on Sunday, Sept. 8. While any athlete can compete in any one of these races, only a select few take on the Graniteman Challenge, completing all three to garner the revered title of Graniteman (or woman)!
June Lake Jam Fest returns to Gull Lake Park Sept. 6-8, featuring Melvin Seals & JGB, Cubensis, Dead Winter Carpenters, GooveSession, Matthew Curry, Mojo Green, The Mother Hips, and more. Jam out to fantastic music in a magical place while you support a great cause - ticket sales benefit the Mono Arts Council to fund music in the schools and are available at eventbrite.com.
Grab your lederhosen or dirndl and get ready to celebrate Mammoth Oktoberfest, Sept. 20-21, at the Village at Mammoth. This year’s event is bigger than ever 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 Bodie Hills Stewardship Day on Sept. 21 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. 24-28 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.
Challenge your stamina and grit during the Ridge Rambler Half Marathon in Twin Lakes near Bridgeport on Sept. 28. 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. After the race, head over to the Bridgeport Autumn Festival & Wrecks and Rods Car Show for tons of family fun!
Craft beer lovers rejoice as the 7th annual June Lake Autumn Beer Festival returns to Gull Lake Park on Sept. 28. Seventeen confirmed 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.
Dine in rarely-opened historic buildings and enjoy a fun and fascinating presentation in Mono County’s oldest living town, Benton. The Historic Benton Hot Springs is hosting fundraising dinner events through the end of October, with three dates this fall – Sept. 28 (The Strong & Scandalous Women of Benton), Oct. 12 (Restless Spirits of Old Stone Store), and Oct. 26 (Warren Davis, Gentleman Horse Thief). Call (760) 933-2287 for reservations.
Sept. 28 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.
The Antelope Valley Lion’s Club will host their popular 55th annual Deer Hunter BBQ event on the evening of Oct. 5 at the Walker Community Center, bringing Secret Lion’s recipe barbecue ribs with all of the fixings, dessert and raffle prizes. Tickets are available at the door.
Chalfant Big Trees Farm's pumpkin patch opens on Oct. 5 and will be open until Halloween (or as long as the pumpkins last!).
The Crowley Lake Trail Run 5k/10k and kids 1k on Oct. 6 is a fundraising run designed to benefit the local community. You’ll feel especially good knowing you’re support this cause as you run along Crowley Lake, past Beaver Cove and Cooked Creek, taking in the spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada and Glass Mountains.
New this year, the Mammoth Photo Festival will bring together passionate and professional photographers from Oct. 10-13. Attendees can gain insights from industry icons through the keynote series, panel discussions and educational experiences. Photographers might also be interested in special access to Bodie State Historic Park for a special fall photo day on Oct. 12.
Annetts’ Mono Village Fall Fishing Derby is the perfect event for kids and kids-at-heart to get outside, appreciate nature, and maybe even catch a few trophy trout or two. The Fall Derby is set for Oct. 10-15th - prime time for fall colors!
The Ducks Unlimited Dinner returns to Bridgeport on Oct. 12, where all ages are invited to enjoy a delicious meal and evening of camaraderie as they support fundraising efforts. Tickets are available at Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport.
Also new this year, Leaves in the Loop is a fall festival from Oct.18-20 in June Lake. It includes photography and painting classes, contests, a downtown history tour, and “Taste of the Town” restaurant sampling. Stay tuned to the event’s Facebook page for more information.
Want to get in the Halloween spirit? Two great fall events are happening in Coleville at the Julian Family Ranch: the annual Haunted Barn Fundraiser is Oct. 18-19, raising money for the senior class trip with a spooky "Clowns Against Humanity" theme. On Sunday, Oct. 20, head out to the ranch for family fun at the Halloween Fall Festival, including face painting, hay and horseback rides, fall crafts, a pumpkin patch and more.
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. 25-27. 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.