Festivals, food and bountiful colors light up Lake Tahoe this fall

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?

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