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There is no month that lends itself to festivals and events like October. You can feel the change in the air as winter is fast approaching. It won’t be long before the “snow seekers” make their trek, so why not make the most out of October and enjoy these one-of-a kind October events in California High Sierra.

Vossler Farms Corn Maze

Opening Sept. 24, 2022

Vossler Farms Pumpkin Patch
Image appears courtesy: Vossler Farms

Nothing says October more than a pumpkin patch and corn maze. And one of most exciting ones is the Vossler Farms Corn Maze. In its 23rd year, the design is already thought out when they plant the corn in the spring using a GPS tracker. Built across ten acres, the design is based on a theme. For example, in 2015 it was landmarks. So, the maze was filled with interesting landmarks covering the map of the USA. The farm also features hay rides, train rides, a haunted trail, and a petting zoo on the weekends.

Made In Tahoe Festival

October 8th – 9th

Photo by: Matt Palmer – Image appears courtesy: Go Tahoe North

Sometimes you just need to celebrate all things local. So when it comes to Lake Tahoe, nothing shouts that more than the Made in Tahoe Festival. Held every year within the Village at Palisades Tahoe, this is your chance to discover, explore, and experience all the things made on or near the shores of Big Blue. Within the festival’s plaza, you’ll find more than 100 local artists, businesses, chefs, and entertainment showcasing their products. If there’s ever been a time to support small business, it’s now.

Leaves In The Loop!

October 14th – 16th

fall foliage on June Lake Loop
Photo by: Jeff Simpson – Image appears courtesy: Mono County Economic Development, Tourism and Film Commission

Ahhh fall. There’s nothing like it. As the Sierra Nevada says goodbye to the dog days of summer and hello to the cool weather of autumn, it’s time to dust off those hiking boots and explore the Eastern Sierra’s bounty of fall foliage. Using nature’s colorful display as a backdrop, the Leaves In The Loop Festival features photography tours, painting classes, and even foods and drinks inspired by autumn’s full glory.  

Truckee River Day & Fair

October 16th

Truckee River Day
Image appears courtesy: Peter Kulchawik

The beating natural heart of Truckee is the river of the same name. Flowing through the center of town, it’s also the sole outlet of Lake Tahoe which then empties into Pyramid Lake. These waters are also the native home to the largest trout in the world – the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Back in 1996, the 1st ever Truckee River Day helped spawn today’s Truckee River Council. Over the past decades, thousands of nature-lovers in gumboots have helped restore meadows, planted native vegetation, and repaired our mountain home. For inspiration in joining them this year to help continue that tradition, take a self-guided tour of the 10 past Truckee River Day projects.

All Hallows Faire

October 29th – 30th

all hallows fair festivals in october high sierra
Photo courtesy: Calaveras Visitors Bureau

What started as a way to celebrate the Celtic festival of Samhain has now transformed to include all types of fantasy. This two-day fantasy faire features live music, food, drink, a variety of other entertainers such as Carpathian storytellers and even a Burning of the Harvestman on Saturday night. The All Hallows Faire has a strong focus on creativity in regards to costumes. They encourage the public to design original costumes and not wear store-bought items.

From spooky to fantasy filled, don’t miss out on these unrivaled October events in California all across the month in the High Sierra. We guarantee you’ll forget about your worries in the world and leave in a good mood.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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