Lake Tahoe is open and ushering in fall colors and fun! Check into The Ridge Tahoe and check out some of these nearby activities lined up through October and early November.

Decorate a pumpkin at the inaugural Pony and Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 12-13.

Decorate a pumpkin at the inaugural Pony and Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 12-13. {via}

The latest family fun event to hit Tahoe South is the inaugural Pony and Pumpkin Festival. This free, fall inspired festivities will take place at the Forest Suites Resort in South Lake Tahoe Oct. 12- 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and features live music by Lake Tahoe local band Class Act and CW & Mr. Spoons, demonstrations by the Carson Valley Historical Society, Cowboy Poets, and a Native American singer, and arts and crafts including: crochet, knitting, pine cone turkeys, and pumpkin decorating for all ages.

The South Tahoe Classic Car, Truck & M/C Show is at Heavenly Village Oct. 11-13. Trophies, poker run, sidewalk sales, raffle giveaway. Open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Prefer running shoes instead? How about running in a costume? Check out Tahoe’s Freakin’ Fun Run Oct. 13 at Lake Tahoe Community College. Sanity and health can both suffer during the crazy holiday season. So why not ensure your fitness is on track and slap sanity in the face by being even crazier? The event begins at 10 a.m. Dress up and join the insanity. Contests include best and most ridiculous costumes.

It wouldn’t be fall without the bountiful aspens changing color in the Sierra. You can see some of the colors outside the doorsteps of The Ridge Tahoe or you can head over to Hope Valley where the colors are changing into bright bursts of sunshine yellow and orange. There’s a guided fall color hike Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. you’ll want to check out.

How about some great food to celebrate harvest? The Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation will have its annual signature fundraiser, Fall Food Fest, Saturday, Oct. 26, 6:30-10 p.m. at Harveys Convention Center.  This community event will feature great food by local restaurants, beer, wine, tequila, and vodka tasting, silent and live auctions with wonderful donations by local businesses, and live music.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe entertainment includes Blue Oyster Cult, Oct. 12; The Blind Boys of Alabama, Oct. 19; Leon Russell, Oct. 26; Gov’t Mule, Nov. 2 and Tower of Power, Nov. 30.

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa showroom entertainment/events line-up features The Male Review Oct. 12 and Lake Tahoe Fall Harvest Reggae Jam, Nov. 19.

The annual South Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival offers three days of sampling various flavors, sumptuous wines and celebrity chef creations, Nov. 8-10. This year’s event will showcase the talent of Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, star of Food Network hit shows Dinner Impossible and Restaurant Impossible.

What are your fall Lake Tahoe plans?

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.