Tahoe locals like to talk about the three seasons you'll find here: winter, summer, and construction. Although it may seem like Mother Nature skips over fall and spring, we'd like to reveal one of Lake Tahoe's best kept secrets: autumn.
The aspen trees are ablaze in yellow–endless meadows and vistas of orange. The days are still long enough to hit the trails after work. Highway 89 isn't a parking lot. Local restaurants and grocery stores are not zoos. There is a slight chill in the air, the Tahoe sky is on fire with cotton candy sunsets, and the hopeful anticipation of an epic winter is palpable. The animals are preparing to hunker down while you sip spiced lattes or mulled wine by the fire.
Here are some fun family activities and events to check out in Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, and Truckee!
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine, September 5-7
Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series, September 7
"Trattoria" Opening Event for Tahoe Art Haus + Cinema, September 5-6
Ironman Lake Tahoe, September 21
Cadillac Ball, September 27
Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley, September 27
Donner Party Hike, October 4-6
Tahoe City Oktoberfest, October 4
Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop, October 4
Foothill Farmer's' Market: Truckee Location, Tuesdays through October 14
Truckee Haunted Historic Tour, October 16
Truckee River Day, October 19
Gatekeeper's Museum Spooky Ghost Walk, October 31