We love Tahoe all year round, that’s why we live and work here, but take it from the locals, the best time to experience Tahoe is NOT during its peak season. Tahoe summers are great, but here are several reasons why fall in Tahoe is better:
- Lodging Sunday thru Thursday brings better deals and less crowded hotels, in addition to traveling during off-peak months, like September and October. Enjoy PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn’s Book Early Special through the end of October.
- The average temperature in September is mid to high 70s and October is high 60s. This makes for perfect weather to bike, hike, and any other form of physical activity. That’s why IRONMAN helf their event in Tahoe during the September 21st weekend (see below for details).
- The spectacle of the changing seasons with a combination of aspens and cottonwoods transitioning to bright yellow and oranges create a magnificent display autumn color starting in late September.
- Some of the greatest events take place in Tahoe, especially right in Squaw Valley. Check out the calendar of events below of some of our favorites. Check availability at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn for reservations.
Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings (Friday, September 6th)
A night of epic monstrous chicken wing proportions. Bands and restaurants will square off against each other in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences. Wing vs. Wing, Band vs. Band, it is a night you will not want to miss in The Village at Squaw Valley.
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival (September 6th – 8th)
Three full days of culinary bliss, featuring cooking demonstrations, competitions, tastings, and more.
Tahoe Fat Tire Festival (Saturday & Sunday, September 13th & 15th)
The Tahoe Fat Tire Festival features five different races, a mountain bike stage race, an amazing movie, live music from JellyBread and beer from New Belgium Brewery.
IRONMAN – (Sunday, September 22nd)
Lake Tahoe will be one of the newest North American events on the IRONMAN race circuit. The IRONMAN Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride and 26.2 mile marathon run.
PlumpJack Cafe OktoberFEAST Brewmaster Dinner featuring New Belgium Brewing Company (Thursday, September 26th) Make a Reservation
Oktoberfest – (Sunday, September 28th)
One of Squaw Valley’s most celebrated events where visitors enjoy traditional Bavarian music, folk dancers, beer garten, brats & kraut and games. It’s fun times, set in a most memorable ski town.
Shane McConkey Film Premiere at Squaw (October 5th)
Shane McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping, and through his talent and ability to use his trademark irreverent humor, he inspired countless lives. In a new film from Red Bull Media House in association with Matchstick Productions, “McConkey” celebrates the life of one of the world’s ultimate innovators. Purchase advanced tickets HERE.
Tahoe Restaurant Week (October 7th – 14th)
If you are a food enthusiast, Restaurant Week is one of the best times to come and experience Tahoe’s great restaurants. Enjoy prix-fixe menus at exceptional value that incorporate organic, seasonal and local ingredients – all served up at Lake Tahoe’s charming and historic eateries, resorts and bistros.
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn Pre-Season Closure (November 5th – December 5th)
The hotel and restaurant will close to prepare for winter. Our online presence at plumpjacksquawvalleyinn.com is open for business. Book your hotel room reservations and restaurant reservations online and contact our sales team to coordinate group reservations, weddings, corporate events and private dining.