North Tahoe is already feeling the pleasant temps and we’re getting excited for the bright aspen groves, beautiful sunsets, and amazing adventures that come with this time of year. After a busy summer, our towns are starting to wind down of crowds making it the perfect time to explore North Lake Tahoe. The lake is calm for boating and paddling, the trails are open to hike or bike to your favorite peaks to view the changing colors, and the the golf courses are ready for you to sneak in a few more rounds before the snow starts falling!
- Take a hike. And we all know fall is the best time to experience the changing colors. Start planning ahead for your “leaf peeping” adventures. To watch the area transform, head outside and enjoy a hike of various difficulty levels. Aspen groves around the lake we recommend are: Mt Rose, Page Meadows, Marlette Lake, and Spooner Lake. Make sure to dress in layers for the cooler weather and bring plenty of water. If you’re looking for a guided tour, the Tahoe Adventure Company offers various fall foliage hikes.
- Play a round of golf. Old Brockway Golf Course plans to stay open through Thanksgiving weekend 2023, or the first snow, whichever comes first! Enjoy this historic 9-hole course with 3,400 yards in a beautiful setting made even better by fewer golfers on the course towards the end of the season.
- Explore by bike. The Tahoe Rim Trail, Tunnel Creek Trail in Incline Village, or Northstar California, home to Northern California’s largest bike park are our favorites. Pro tip: Use the Mountain Biking Guide for more routes. Also, celebrate Oktoberfest at NorthStar’s Mountain Bike Park on Saturday, September 30 at their Bike’toberfest.
- Test the waters. Did you know that Lake Tahoe is actually at its peak temperature in September? Check out real time lake temps and waves before heading out, here. Take advantage of it with less crowded beaches and fewer people on the water. Rent a kayak or paddleboard from our local shops: Adrift Tahoe, Tahoe Paddle & Oar, or Waterman’s Landing or take a tour offered through Tahoe Adventure Company.
- Make waves. Take to the skies and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the lake by parasailing with North Tahoe Watersports, share the magic of Lake Tahoe through an individualized custom charter with Tahoe Family Adventures, or explore the shore by renting your own Four Winns boat with North Lake Tahoe Boat Rental.
- Climb beautiful settings. The mountains and crags in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin offer a great opportunity for rock climbing for all ability levels as well as a picturesque venue. Group and private courses are offered through Tahoe Adventure Company.
- Help Keep Tahoe Beautiful! Join us for North Lake Tahoe’s 28th Annual Fall Clean Up Day on Saturday, September 30, 9AM – 1PM, in Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay and Crystal Bay. Over 100 volunteers will take to the streets to pick up trash. Last year, over 2,500 pounds of trash was collected.
- Tahoe City Oktoberfest– The Tahoe City is a unique festive fall celebration that welcomes ALL ages. Experience the ultimate lakeside Oktoberfest celebration at Gatekeeper’s Museum/ William B. Layton State Park in Tahoe City, California from 12 to 5 pm on September 23.This family-friendly event offers a wide selection of Bavarian-themed food options and delicious craft beers brewed by regional breweries. Prepare for a fun-filled day of craft beer, live music, local food trucks, games, and a vibrant vendor village.
- Incline Wine + Food– Join in for a fun and lively afternoon, September 23 1pm-4pm, under the aspen trees at the Incline Wine + Food event and taste over 50 premium wines including Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot and more! Walk around and taste or grab a table and chat with friends. Proceeds benefit: Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and Incline Middle School.
- Kings Beach Block Party + Beartoberfest– Saturday, September 30 after the Community Clean Up Day Join the annual Kings Beach Block Party (formerly called the Thank You Party), and enjoy cold beer from Bear Belly Brewing Co. at their official Beartoberfest, enjoy delicious food from El Buen Zason, dance to live music with Truckee Mountain Bandits, kids enjoy free kids crafts with Chickadee Art Collective, as well as face painting, and shopping with local vendors.
- 3rd Annual BARKtoberfest. Join the Pet Network Humane Society on October 12 from 4:30 to 8:00pm for live music, food, games, and raffle. Tahoe’s on Jacked Up will be performing live. A family and pet friendly backyard celebration with beer, food, and games. All proceeds benefit the Pet Network.
- Passport to Dining. Our 17th annual fall social gathering is the not-to-miss event of the season! Enjoy North Tahoe’s most flavorful fundraiser on Thursday, November 2, 2023 from 6-9pm at the North Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach, CA. Featuring 30 restaurants, caterers, breweries, and wineries for a night of unlimited tastings to excite the palate. Come experience one-of-a-kind flavors from a variety of local and regional vendors while you bid on the extensive silent auction. Tickets will be on sale soon!
- 33rd Annual Tahoe Chocolate and Wine Festival November 3 from 6 to 9pm. Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival takes place in the elegant Lakeside Ballroom at Hyatt Regency – a hotel and casino set among the spectacular backdrop of Incline Village on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Celebrate Sierra Community House’s achievements together with a delightful evening evening of decadent chocolate creations, wine tasting, heavy appetizers, music, exciting auctions, and an engaging program. This year’s theme is Glitter and Gold, promising a glamorous and festive evening. Get your tickets, here.
Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is excited to bring back Dining for Schools, cardholders can support local education while also enjoying 50% off any individual dinner entrée at participating restaurants in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe area. Thanks to the generosity of local restaurant partners, Buy now here.
Cards will also be available beginning September 21 at Mountain Hardware, Safeway (Truckee + Kings Beach), and Save Mart (Truckee + Tahoe City).
At $100 each, your purchase raises funds that allow us to invest in classrooms at TTUSD. Plus, you receive a discount while dining out at several local restaurants!
We hope you continue to enjoy the Dining for Schools program, which directly benefits local youth within Tahoe Truckee Unified School District!
- Did you hear the news? Karaoke at The Grid Bar & Grill will continue into the fall! Every Thursday and Sunday night 10pm to close.
- Let it glow! Join Tahoe Flow Arts for a night dancing, music, neon body paint and a little vinyasa flow. Switch things up and join in a fun Buti Glow Yoga Night, Friday, September 29, 6– 8pm.
- Live music! We always on the hunt for live music in North Lake Tahoe and we are lucky to have great venues that host fun and funky musicians! Check out some of these upcoming shows….
—- Alibi Ale Works: Incline Public House– Alibi Ale Works creates delicious beers from Tahoe tap water. So delicious! Grab a pint and stay for the amazing entertainment and events. From BINGO nights, Trivia Nights, Country Line Dancing, and more! Check out their upcoming in house music festival, Higher Elevation Music Fest on Saturday, September 30. See their full list of events here.
—- Crystal Bay Casino is a local’s favorite for live shows! They have a full schedule this fall , with almost every Friday and Saturday Booked throughout the fall. Upcoming shows include: Jamestown Revival, The Glorious Sons, Ballyhoo, Duran, Duran, Duran, Polyrhythmics and more! Check out the full lineup on their event calendar.
—- Fox Cultural Hall– Located in downtown Kings Beach, The Fox Cultural Hall is a newly renovated venue space operated by the organization formerly known as Arts for the Schools and hosts community classes, workshops, teen clubs, kids programs, and cultural programs. Check out the upcoming live show, Friday September 22 8-11pm,The Reminders. For a full list of events, see here.
- Looking for a night out, without the kids?! Every third Friday of the month from 5:30-8:30 you can drop your (K-5) kids off at the North Tahoe Event Center and enjoy a night out on the town! $20 per child, $30 per child (non resident).