10 Ways to Experience Lake Tahoe in October

By: Sam Pinsky

Time flies when you’re having fun, we guess. Here on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe the seasons are changing in spectacular fashion and the signs of autumn all around. Nights are cooler, the days are shorter, and our sunsets are still unforgettable. Check out our top picks for activities and things to do in Lake Tahoe in October!

With 9 months down, check out how October in Lake Tahoe keeps the good times rolling into the rest of the year. There is never a bad season to visit!

Peep the Fall Colors of Lake Tahoe in October

Kids playing outside Autumn leaves Lake Tahoe
Fall Colors Around Lake Tahoe. Photo by Rachid Dahnoun

Fall is, of course, the best time to experience the colorful foliage as aspen leaves take on fiery hues. Not just the trees, but various flowers and other plants will turn from their summer shades and take on vibrant new colors before making their final descent to the ground. We’re just starting to see changes now with much more to come in the next couple of weeks. 

Hiking around is a preferable way to do some leaf-peeping, and there is no lack of easily accessible trails that offer stunning autumn views. The Lam Watah Nature Trail features a large meadow with beautiful flowers and is good for all skill levels. There are plenty of trails open though, so don’t stop at just one! 

Visit our Lake Tahoe Fall Colors blog for some more inspiration

Jam Out at a Concert

Sunday, October 8, 2023, 7:30 pm. GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Billy Strings will continue his extensive headline tour through this fall, including a newly confirmed show at the brand new Tahoe Blue Event Center.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 8:00 pm, Get The Led Out – A Celebration of “The Mighty Zep” in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2023, celebrating the very best of Fleetwood Mac. The group will perform at the Tahoe Blue Event Center on Saturday, October 7.

For more October events & entertainment click here.

Halloween Celebration at the Heavenly Village

Heavenly Village Trick or Treat Lake Tahoe

Trick or Treat! Come celebrate Halloween at the Heavenly Village on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, 3:00-7:00 pm. Bring the family out for loads of candy from Village businesses and local organizations. $1,000 costume contest (to be paid out in cash and prizes). Witches walk. Bounce houses, slides and more! Live Music and Zombie DJs.

Dip Your Toes Into Lake Tahoe

It’s no secret that Lake Tahoe stays cool pretty much all year. While October in Lake Tahoe isn’t exactly prime swimming season, there is still plenty of daylight for a trip to one of Tahoe’s many pristine beaches for those looking to test the waters or catch an early Tahoe sunset. 

With summer crowds gone, many beaches only have a few beachgoers. Please help keep these areas clean by packing out what you pack in and maybe picking up abandoned litter if you happen to see it.

WWE SuperShow

WWE makes its first-ever stop in Lake Tahoe! Sunday, October 1st at 7:00 pm, don’t miss the SuperShow in Lake Tahoe.

Take A Cruise on the M.S. Dixie II

M.S. Dixie II on Lake Tahoe

The M.S. Dixie II is a great way to get off the land and experience Big Blue up close. There’s no better way to see all the big attractions like Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, and Vikingsholm Castle than from the water.

The 500-passenger, award-winning paddlewheeler is the largest cruising vessel in South Lake Tahoe and a local favorite. All M.S. Dixie II cruises depart directly from Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina. She is available for daytime cruises, dinner cruises, and private charters.

Interested in other cruises or maybe renting a boat of your own? South Lake Tahoe has no lack of reliable vessels to get you on the water. 

Test Your Luck at the Tables

You don’t have to be a high-roller to roll the dice up here. Lake Tahoe is home to world-class casinos that are refreshingly free of Vegas-style glitz. There’s nothing like pulling up to a table and putting down a drink or two after spending the day exploring the great outdoors.

Melting into relaxation is easy at each of the four casino day spas. All feature massage, facials and all the other services one would expect. There are also gyms for those who want a little exercise and pools to keep children entertained.

Experience Tahoe’s Trails on Horseback

Horseback Riding Zephyr Cove Stables

There’s nothing like the crunching of leaves under horse hooves, especially with the sights and smells of autumn all around. Lake Tahoe stables saddle patrons up on a horse and provide the unique experience of sitting six feet off the ground on a sturdy steed that gently ambles along select pathways and allows you to focus your attention on the changing seasons. Click here to learn more about stables in Lake Tahoe.

What Are You Waiting For?
You made it to the end of the list. Now, it is time to make a plan! With so many things to do and endless sights to take in, we barely scratched the surface of what South Lake Tahoe has to offer in October. Check out our Fall in Lake Tahoe page, Things To Do page, and Events page for more great ideas.

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