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 courses are ready for you to sneak in a few more rounds of golf before the snow starts falling!
- Take a hike. Now that the USFS has reopened, we can return to our mountain trails for unlimited adventures. And we all know fall is the best time to experience the changing colors. 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 2021. 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.
- Test the waters. Did you know that Lake Tahoe is actually at its peak temperature in September? 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 Bearitage Boat Tours, 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.
- Put-put with family and friends. Grab the gang and head to Kings Beach Miniature Golf for some fun fall-time memory making! Check their website for fall hours.
- Passport to Dining. Our 16th annual fall social gathering is the not-to-miss event of the season! Enjoy North Tahoe’s most flavorful fundraiser on Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 6–9pm at the North Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach, CA. We’re bringing together 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.
- A Liar’s Cruise. The Sierra State Parks Foundation presents the 7th annual A Liar’s Cruise, Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 4-7pm aboard the Tahoe Gal. Enjoy spellbinding stories, a scrumptious feast of never-ending hors d’oeuvres, and bottomless bubbly while we slowly travel along Tahoe’s West Shore. Tickets are $75 per person ($70 for SSPF members). Seating is limited and reservations are required.
- All Night Happy Hour every Tuesday at Spindleshanks from 5-8pm. $10 appetizers + $8 house wine and well drinks. If Tuesdays don’t align with your schedule, come see us Wednesdays through Sundays from 5-6pm for the same stellar deals. Check Facebook or call us (530) 546-2191 for upcoming live music dates.
Form a team or just drop in Alibi Ale Works to play at little trivia for some awesome prizes! Trivia Tuesday in Incline Village begins at 7pm. Or visit on Wednesdays in Incline for Bingo Night.
- Live music. We always on the hunt for live music in North Lake Tahoe. Look no further than the Crystal Bay Casino for live shows almost every Friday and Saturday throughout fall. Check out the lineup on their event calendar.
- Did you hear the news? Karaoke at The Grid Bar & Grill is will continue into the fall! Every Thursday and Sunday night 9pm to close.
- Monday Night Football. Need we say more? Join Tahoe Biltmore each Monday during the NFL regular season for Happy Hour starting at 3pm including drinks, food, fun atmosphere, and free entry to the $175 prize board. $1 domestic drafts (including 805 drafts on Monday nights only), $2 well drinks, $2 Jäger shots, and $4 Patron shots. Stay for all the SWAG and great food including $0.25 wings.
Our favorite keytar hero, Chris Costa performs Friday and Saturday nights at the Tahoe Biltmore. Happy Hour goes until 7pm and the music starts at 8pm.
- Join North Tahoe Art’s Quilt Collage Workshop on Saturday, October 2 from 1-4pm. No sewing needed to create beautiful works of art!
- Curious how the Washoe Tribe crafted those intricate and spectacular pine needle baskets? Now it’s your turn to give it a try with North Tahoe Arts. Register today to participate in their Pine Needle Weaving Workshop with Karey Dodge on Saturday, October 9 from 10-2pm.
- Join silk artist, Louise Noel and North Tahoe Arts, for a one day journey into the brilliant and joyous realm of silk painting on Saturday, October 16 from 10-3pm.
Craft your own bead and wire Tree of Life art that can be displayed as a sun catcher or wall hanging. North Tahoe Art’s guest artist, Sally King, guides you through basic wire wrapping techniques, proper use of tools and incorporating beads to personalize your tree. Workshop date is Saturday, October 30 from 1-3pm. Enroll your kiddos too, ages 12 and up welcome!