The leaves are turning, falling and breezing all over Tahoe South signaling the coming of October. It’s hard to believe that we’re nearly done with the year, but there is still so much to experience when you visit Lake Tahoe. This month brings events and festivals to the area that celebrates the Autumn season. It’s a great time to get outside, spend time with the family and drink apple cider – or a giant stein of beer if you’re so inclined!

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Cheers to Oktoberfest, Oct. 1-2! Courtesy: Camp Richardson Resort & Marina

Does Fall really start until you’ve relished some authentic German fare and giant mugs of brew? For many, the season kicks into gear with the annual Oktoberfest hosted by Camp Richardson, Oct. 1-2. The two-day festival packs in fun and fare with something for everyone, including craft booths, a pumpkin patch, face painting, balloon art, a climbing wall, a bouncy house and live music. Guests can enter contests such as beer stein holding, yodeling and owner and dog dress up. A popular element of the fest is the beer and wine garden.

Occurring on the same Saturday and Sunday, the Fall Fish Fest at Taylor Creek Visitor Center is an annual celebration of the fall migration of the Kokanee salmon. This weekend is one of the most educational wildlife viewing events in Northern California with plenty of great activities for the whole family. Kokanee salmon come to spawn in Taylor Creek after a long journey. Bears are often spotted in the area Avid runners can also join the Kokanee Trail Run during this action packed weekend. Sign up for a half marathon, 5k and 10k runs.

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Push your boundaries during the Lake Tahoe Marathon. Credit: Dan Thrift

If you crave more physical activity, sign up for the Lake Tahoe Marathon. The marathon has become a premier, 3-day festival of running, swimming and kayaking, Oct. 6-9. There are events available for any age group beginning with toddlers.

The colors are popping off in Tahoe region and the Alpine Aspen Festival honors the beauty of the season Oct. 8-9. It also celebrates the vital role of aspen groves in providing water to millions of residents in California and Nevada. Located in the picturesque Hope Valley, Alpine County hosts the headwaters of five major rivers: American River, Stanislaus River, Mokelumne River, Truckee River and Carson River. This area not only hosts great opportunities for fly fishing, but also horseback riding, hikes, disc golf and star gazing. Try out a new hobby during the festival or simply appreciate the splendor of your surroundings.

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Amazing fall colors await you in Hope Valley. Credit: Merick Rickman

As always, the Ridge is packed with endless opportunities and adventures for all ages. Catch one of two Blockbuster movies shown every day in the cozy theater. Try one of the Valley View Hikes with incredible mountain scenery or take tennis lessons with the family to improve that swing. The complimentary Kids Club offers hands-on activities and fun learning experiences, while parents get treated to a relaxing spa treatment at Elevation Spa. The Ridge offers incredible amenities in any season so grab that Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy!

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.