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 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. 10, the Mammoth Gran Fondo, a 102-mile bike ride, Sept. 11, and the Tioga Pass Run, a 12.4-mile run up Tioga Pass on Sunday, Sept. 12. 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)!

Bridgeport invites you to their annual Founder’s Day Celebration - three days of fun and history will take over this quaint, little town during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5!

FREE Fishing day in Mono County on Sept. 4! All regulations still apply and Report Cards are required -- but Fishing Licence 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

June Lake Jam Fest returns to Gull Lake Park Sept. 10-12! 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

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.

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 – Aug. 14 (Old Benton Roaring 20's Party), Sept. 11 (First People of Benton), and Oct. 9 (Charlie Tant, Legendary Lion Hunter). Call (760) 933-2287 for reservations.

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.

The Crowley Lake Trail Run 5k/10k and kids 1k on (TBD) 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.

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

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