October Events in Truckee and Lake Tahoe

Fall walks through Martis Valley might be our favorite fall activity!

Fall walks through Martis Valley might be our favorite fall activity!

Fall is finally here and although the days are still full of sunshine, we are waking up with warmer layers and a little less light. This is the time of year when the Truckee Tahoe area really shines. There is an abundance of crisp mountain air and fall colors are beginning to litter mountainsides across the region. This is the time of year when you should sneak away from the city to catch a bit of “Locals Summer.” There is still plenty to do in Truckee and around the lake from Fall Festivals to Halloween Hauntings and we hope to see you there.
Celebrate the 9th annual Fall Festival, one of our biggest events of the year! This family-friendly harvest festival offers something for everyone and is the perfect community event to celebrate autumn in the High Sierra.

Enjoy a day of special performances, live music, costume competition, kids carnival area, arts and crafts vendors, a pumpkin patch, pony rides, seasonal beer offerings, harvest-inspired food and more!

Plus, dog owners are invited to bring their four-legged friends to participate in the popular Doggy Dip taking place at the Northwoods Clubhouse Pool. Dogs are welcome but must be on leash when not in the pool area. Get more info on the event here.


Watch with Matchstick Productions as they present "ALL IN" at the incredible Olympic Valley Lodge at Squaw Valley. Be there for your chance to win awesome prizes from our partners. Additionally, limited edition Stanley / Matchstick / Sierra Nevada collectors vacuum pints will be available (while supplies last).

ALL IN, Matchstick Productions' 2018 epic ski film delivers a first of its kind experience. This concept is spearheaded by a talented group of hard-charging women who wanted to disrupt the male-dominated ski film formula. This isn't your typical "women can shred too" film. This is a kick-ass film that just happens to feature as many women as men. Skiing isn't exclusionary. True fun in the mountains can be shared equally by everyone. Learn more about the screening here.

Trails & Vistas, photo from    website   .

Trails & Vistas, photo from website.

Harvest local vegetables, fruits, meats, flowers and more at the Truckee Farmers Market on Tuesdays while you still can. It’s been a great summer season for the market but they are wrapping things up after Tuesday, October 16th and won’t pick back up until mid-May. Personal favorites include the heirloom tomato pickings from Towani Organic Farm, a loaf of fresh bread from the Truckee Sourdough Company, and a savory snack from Crepe Hearts. If you’re looking for a deal while pursuing the fresh produce throughout the market, keep your eye out for “seconds” or #2’s, which are cosmetically challenged fruits or veggies that taste just as good as the pretty ones! #funkyfruitsneedloveto  - The Market runs from 8am-1pm and you can get more info here.  


Listen On October 10th, at Alibi Brewing Public House in Truckee, the WinterWonderGrass crew will be on-site selling festival tickets with no processing fees! They will also be giving away swag, passes, and more. There will be a free show with music by Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) and Silas Herman, plus other special guests. This event will run from 7-10pm and is 21+Additionally, on October 11th, there will be a second Caravan to WinterWonderGrass Squaw Valley at the Stone House in Nevada City, CA from 8-11pm. More details about the event can be found here.

Will your wooden boat make it?! Photo from    website   .

Will your wooden boat make it?! Photo from website.

Treat your children to a parade through downtown Truckee to the TDRPD Community Arts Center then Trick or Treat through the Art Center, where each room has decorations and candy. If you are a business and would like to participate in handing out candy, please contact the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District at 530-550-4444. The Parade leaves the Truckee Train station at 6pm sharp. The event will run from 6pm-9pm on Oct. 26th and all ages are welcome to this free event!

SPOOK yourself at Truckee's Historical Haunted Tour October 18 & 19 (UPDATE: Sold Out). Join the KJM Team for an unforgettable night of Truckee history on this fun and rowdy tour! The Tour features engaging tales performed by talented characters at six historical sites in Downtown Truckee.