Best Things to Do in Tahoe and Truckee This October

Fall in Tahoe brings cooler weather, virtually no crowds — and a plethora of events for the locals that visitors will love just as much. From getting stoked for ski season with a winter film premiere to a hyper-local craft festival to a multicultural celebration featuring the first Olympic black female skier to a wine walk to Halloween celebrations, October is a great time to visit the Tahoe/Truckee area. Have fun and enjoy all there is to offer this month!

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North Lake Tahoe

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Magic Hour

October 1

Get stoked for winter with the latest action-packed ski and snowboard film, “Magic Hour,” by Teton Gravity Research, premiering on the big-screen at the KT Base Bar at Palisades Tahoe. There will be prize giveaways from TGR, YETI, Ikon Pass, Sierra Nevada, Atomic, Volkl, Mammut, Tincup Whiskey and more.

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A Liar’s Cruise

October 1

Experience the fall season from the water with a cruise along the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Enjoy historic stories paired with delectable appetizers and bottomless bubbly on the iconic paddle wheeler, the Tahoe Gal. There will also be a live auction benefiting the Sierra State Parks Foundation. 

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Made in Tahoe Festival

October 8-9

Celebrating all things local, this free festival in the center of The Village at Palisades Tahoe features a wide array of offerings that are made in or inspired by the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee areas. Find crafts by resident artisans, food offerings by regional chefs, beer from local breweries and live entertainment by local performers.

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South Lake Tahoe

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Multicultural Celebration

October 1

Discover and celebrate different cultures through art, music, food, and entertainment.
Don’t miss Mexican paper flower making, a Guatemalan worry doll experience, Filipino parol lantern making, origami paper folding, potato print design, macramé fiber art, and more.

There will also be an appearance by Oympian and South Lake Tahoe native, Seba Johnson, the first black woman to ski in the Olympics.

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Tallac After Dark

Wednesdays-Fridays, October 5-21

In the spirit of Halloween, discover why and how so many Americans try to speak to the dead. From seances to ouija, this interpretative tour through the American Spiritualism Movement takes you back in time to experience the movement firsthand. You’ll also hear tales from modern-day, ghostly encounters that regularly occur at the Pope Estate. 

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Nevada Day Parade

October 29

Head down to Carson City for one of the biggest events of the year, commemorating Nevada’s entry into the union. This year is the state’s 158th birthday and also marks 84 years since the Nevada Day Celebration moved to the Capitol, featuring a large parade in downtown Carson City. This year’s theme is ”Carnivál On The Comstock.” At the colorful event, don’t miss the hot air balloons that fill the sky early that morning, beard contests, rock drilling and more.

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Halloween Celebration

October 31

Celebrate Halloween at Heavenly Village with an event for the whole family. The afternoon and evening feature candy, candy and more candy, along with a $1,000 costume contest, live music, a witches walk, bounce houses, slides and more.

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Truckee Wine Walk and Shop

October 1

Sip a variety of wines, sample local foods and shop your way through historic downtown Truckee during this iconic fall event. Attendees receive a commemorative wine glass to sample wine at more than 25 venues plus five food tickets to taste bites at various restaurants. The event celebrates a local non-profit; this year it’s the Truckee Donner Horsemen Association, which aims to sponsor, cultivate and foster an interest in horses and horsemanship throughout the Truckee, Donner and Sierra regions.

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Fall Festival

October 8

Now in its 11th year, Fall Festival in Tahoe Donner is Truckee’s premier family-friendly harvest celebration, featuring seasonal-themed events and activities. Favorites include a bounce house, face painting, a candy apple station, climbing wall, slide and even a doggie dip at Northwoods Pool. Plus, don’t miss great food and drinks.

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Halloween Parade

October 28

An annual event that takes place the Friday before Halloween each year, costumed-attendees can parade through downtown Truckee while bystanders revel and cheer. The parade ends at  the Community Arts Center for trick-or-treating through the festively decorated Community Arts Center. 

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Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now in Tahoe? Our comprehensive list of venues across the city below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

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Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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