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September 2014 Happenings

September Events

September Events

September is upon us, which means back-to-school, fall colors, cooling temps and the anticipation of winter. Yet plenty more fun in the sun remains to be had before the Autumnal Equinox. From Labor Day celebrations to the Grand Fondo and Kamikazee Bike Games, Mammoth is the place to be to experience your best September yet! 

Ambush at the Lake | September 1 – November 15
$6k in Convict Lake Resort prizes plus $2k cash bonus on Derby Weekend.  Register on-line, all entries include a commemorative pin. Competition times are sunrise to sunset, daily.  All fish caught 14 inches or longer are eligible to be registered.  More Info

Mammoth Rock ‘n’ Rye | September 12-13
Rock n Roll music on Friday & Saturday in The Village Plaza with a rye whiskey and beer tasting on Saturday evening. Visit for more info.
Mammoth Lakes Foundation Golf Classic | September 13
Take your game farther.  How far does your drive go at 8,000 feet?  Find out at the Annual Mammoth Lakes Foundation Golf Classic at Sierra Star Golf Course. We’ll even guarantee the ultimate win – education! By joining us on the greens, you’re helping the Mammoth Lakes Foundation with something we’ve been working on for over 20 years – supporting higher education and cultural enrichment in the Eastern Sierra. More Info

Kamikaze Bike Games | September 18-21
Back for its second year, The Kamikaze Bike Games promises to produce excitement for all things biking. Featuring  XC, Two Stage Cyclocross, Pro GRT DH, Legend races, Kamikaze, Dual Slalom, Freeride and even races for the kiddos wrapped up in a fun, festival style celebration. More Info

Fly Fishing Faire |September 19-21
The Fly Fishing Faire at Cerro Coso Community College features clinics, workshops, films, casting, fly-tying, vendor displays and every aspect of the sport. Adult admission is $10 with children and teens age 16 and under free, open at 8am daily.

Lakanuki Golf Scramble | September 27
Fall fun on the course!  One of the most entertaining golf tournaments of the season – a 4 person, best ball scramble.  Pick your team of four, craft up your best costume and we’ll see ya on the greens.  Entry is $65/player; fee includes golf round, food and drink, plus great prizes.  Sign up at Lakanuki or Sierra Star.

Fall Colors Sightseeing

Fall Colors Sightseeing

Enjoy the fiery colors that fall has to offer.  Aspens and Cottonwoods in the Eastern Sierra begin their annual change in late September, with the best viewing into early October.  

Fall Colors Lodging Package

The Lakes Basin & Tamarack Lodge
Experience the majesty of fall in the Lakes Basin without leaving town!  The Lakes Basin is located just up Lake Mary road.  Book a Fall Colors package at Tamarack today and cuddle up in a cozy cabin or take advantage of a wide range of complimentary activities while you enjoy the changing colors of one of the most beautiful times of year at Mammoth's original historic lakeside retreat.

June Lake
Drive the scenic June Lake Loop taking in the breathtaking scenery and pointing out the brilliant patches of fall colors dotting the hillsides.  Stop in to local-favorite The Tiger Bar for lunch or make a pit stop at Cathy’s Candies for a delicious treat.

Rock Creek
Just south of Mammoth Lakes, near Tom’s Place, Rock Creek offers a stunning drive through the mountains.  Stop a Pie in the Sky café to fulfill your taste buds – get there early, slices sell out fast!  Admire the colors around Rock Creek Lake or adventure on one of the many hikes starting from the area.

Convict Lake
Located at base of towering Mount Morrison, just a few miles south of Mammoth.  Convict Lake offers an easy trail walk to a beautiful aspen grove on the far side of the lake, the perfect setting for viewing fall colors.

Autumn Activities

Autumn Activities

Mammoth offers a host of engaging outdoor activities during the Fall. From hiking any of the trails throughout the Eastern Sierra to visiting the geologic wonders of Devil's Postpile to spending a day paddling in the Lakes Basin, you're sure to find fun for one or the entire family. 

Red’s Meadow & Devils Postpile
A sight to behold!  Both are situated just over the shoulder of Mammoth Mountain in the San Joaquin River Valley. Entrance fees apply $10/vehicle.

Spend the afternoon exploring the Eastern Sierras stunning views on numerous trails ranging from an easy walk to a strenuous hike.  Make sure to dress appropriately in layers, as the weather in Mammoth can change many times throughout a day.

Bodie Ghost Town
Booming in the late 1800’s, Bodie is a former gold mining town located just 45 minutes from Mammoth, between Lee Vining and Bridgeport.  In its hay day, Bodie was home to some 10,000 gold seekers; today a small part of the town still exists, preserved in a state of arrested decay.  Visit website

Lake Activities
Mammoth boasts abundance of lakes great for fishing or exploring in a canoe, kayak or paddle board. Many locations in town rent equipment for your perfect lake adventure.  Take the complimentary town trolley to explore numerous alpine lakes - the views are endless.  Stop in at historic Tamarack Lodge for lunch at the Lakefront Restaurant or try your hand at fishing in Twin Lakes.

What's Coming Up: October

What's Coming Up: October

June Lake Autumn Beer Fest | October 11

The 2nd Annual June Lake Autumn Beer Fest boasts a great lineup of craft brewers.  Located along the shores of Gull Lake, this family friendly event has food, games, live music, vendors and some of the most awesome beer all surrounded by beautiful mountains and fall colors.  Not to mention the competitive stein holding contest. Get your tickets now while they are still just $25 for all you can drink. Beer there or beer square. Buy Tickets 

Mammoth Hospital presents Dancing with the Docs | October 11
Last year’s sold-out event was touted as the best event in Mammoth! Watch this dancing competition between physicians as they raise money for Mammoth Hospital.  Each participating doctor is partnered with a local celebrity. This gala event is hosted by the hospital’s foundation, the Healthcare Trust of Mammoth Lakes. Tune in to Sierra Wave TV and  to watch mini TV episodes prior to the event and pick your favorite pair.   For sponsorship opportunities or more information, contact hospital Fund Development Coordinator, Bubby Greene, at 760-924-4128, or Community Relations Director, Lori Ciccarelli at 760-924-4015.


The Haunted Rink Skate Party will take place on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 5-8pm at the Mammoth RecZone.  Festivities will include a carnival games: Tin-can Alley, Hit the Witch, Evil Clown Throw, Rat Head Lollipop Pull, and the famous Fairy and Dragon Realm. There will also be cakewalks and food vendors throughout the night. Fun prizes for everyone!

Admission is $5/child and includes skate rentals while they last. Skateboards and scooters are also welcome.

For more information please call the Recreation Department office at (760) 934-8989 x222.

Halloween Haunted House & Carnival | October 25
The Town of Mammoth Lakes Recreation Department hosts the annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted House in The Village from 6-9pm. Admission is free!