Even though Mammoth Lakes has less than 8,000 residents, our year-round tourist visitation means we have amazing events in every season for locals and visitors alike. Most weekends of the year have something fun going on, but I have a few personal favorites I recommend to anyone I talk to. Get these events on your calendar for the year to come!
If you haven’t been in Mammoth Lakes for the annual Pond Skim at Canyon Lodge before, plan to be here next year! This event is held on Canyon Lodge’s closing day (usually mid-April) and features 50 brave skiers and snowboarders trying to make it across a hundred-foot pond at the base of the ski run. Everyone who competes wears a costume, which makes the event even more fun. I’ve seen Santa, a T-Rex, Wonder Woman and everything in between. (Pond skim photo from Mammoth Mountain)
The Pamper Pedal is one of Mammoth Lakes’ most unique and fun events all year. Held in early June, this all-female bike ride goes from Mammoth Lakes to Bishop. This is a bike ride rather than a race, making it perfect for all ages and ability levels. The ride is put on by Eastside Velo, the local cycling club, and the men of the club serve as “man slaves” throughout the route helping with flat tires, mechanical issues and cold towel delivery at aid stations. The best part? The club picks a theme each year and everyone dresses up! Depending on the year, you may see tutus, flower crowns, or superhero costumes.
4th of July
Independence Day is such a fun time to be in Mammoth Lakes. Depending on the year, you might even be able to ski on the 4th of July! My other favorite holiday activities are the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, the Footloose Freedom Mile fun run, the parade, and the Pops in the Park concert. I’ve been in the parade many times with Javier on the Guide Dogs for the Blind – Bishop/Mammoth Lakes Puppy Raisers float. The whole town buzzes with fun summer energy on the 4th. It reminds me of my childhood old fashioned parades… true Americana!
I love going to the Mammoth VillageFest every July because it combines the best of both worlds… amazing food and amazing live music! Like most of the summer festivals in The Village at Mammoth, this festival is free to attend. At “the world’s highest rib cook-off,” local restaurants enter contests for the best ribs, chicken, chili and burger. You can sample ribs for $2-$3 per order. Keep an eye out around town for the trophies restaurants win at VillageFest.
Held every August, Mammoth Rocks is my favorite throwback weekend in Mammoth. This festival is free to attend and features classic rock tribute bands covering hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Local restaurants are the food vendors for this festival’s “Taste of the Sierra.” If you’re a classic rock fan, you can’t miss this festival!
Gran Fondo Fall Century
The Mammoth Gran Fondo is a bike race through the beautiful Mammoth Lakes area in early September. Three distances (102 miles, 70 miles and 42 miles) offer options for beginner, intermediate and advanced road bikers. 75 miles of the full route is closed to through traffic, so you can really soak in the mountain scenery. Even if you aren’t interested in signing up for the race, it’s fun to be in Mammoth Lakes during this otherwise quiet fall weekend. I recommend finding a good spot to cheer the riders on — they all start from The Village at Mammoth, so that’s a fun place!
Night of Lights
Photo from Mammoth Mountain
Every December Mammoth Mountain celebrates the beginning of the holiday season with an amazing light show. Night of Lights is usually held the second weekend in December. This free, family-friendly celebration features live music, a torchlight parade with many local kids, and a fun fireworks show. It’s held outdoors, so be sure to wear warm clothes and shoes, or spring for a paid ticket for the rooftop or indoor viewing area. It’s easiest to walk or take a bus to the Village and hop on the gondola up to Canyon Lodge.
Regardless of when you come to town, check Visit Mammoth’s events calendar to see what’s going on when you’re here.
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Labor Day is upon us, some kids have gone back to school, others are preparing to.
With one last burst of Summer fun, here are some of the events going on in and around Mammoth Lakes this weekend:
Mammoth Rock n Rye
As part of Outside on the Eastside – a colorful fall celebration of arts, culture and recreation – Mammoth Rock n Rye is three days of free live music, two tastings, 30 distilleries, 15 craft breweries and endless fun. Rock out to some of the nation’s finest Americana music for free in the beautiful Eastern Sierra.
Buy Your Tasting Ticket!
One Day – $50
Two Day – $85
VIP Reserve – $120
Just want to listen to music and hang out in the Village at Mammoth? That’s FREE!
Exit Laughing at Edison Theatre
As part of Outside on the Eastside — a colorful fall celebration of arts, culture and recreation — Exit Laughing is a theatre production written by Paul Elliot and directed by Juliana Olinka. The Golden Girls meets Magic Mike in this heartfelt, laugh-out-loud comedy about life and death. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $18 for seniors and students, and $10 for children and starts at 7 pm.
Cam Zink Ride MTB Ride Session at MMSA
With an impressive list of wins and accomplishments in the mountain biking world, Cam Zink is no stranger to the dirt. Spend a weekend hitting the trails of Mammoth Mountain’s famed bike park with personalized coaching from Cam himself. Improve your skills with one of the most down to earth, knowledgeable riders and spend some time on the USA Cycling Nationals Dual Slalom Course.
Bike Park ticket or pass and own equipment is required. Rental equipment is available from the Adventure Center at Main Lodge. Must be an experienced intermediate to advanced downhill mountain bike rider to participate. Space is limited to 20 riders – sign up early.
CALL 800.MAMMOTH TO SIGN UP
Minaret Vista Instameet
Join the Visit Mammoth team, locals, visitors and everything in between to shoot photos with people that share the same passion. Making friends and being creative is what it’s all about. We’ll be shooting photos of the sunset over the Minarets and then diving into night sky photography. The fun starts at 5:30 pm and continues until 9:30 pm. It’s a new moon, so the stargazing and photo opportunities will be exceptional. This Instameet is free and open to everyone! Bring warm layers.
The Village at Mammoth Summer Movie Series
This is your last chance! Take your favorite blanket and grab a chair in The Village this Thursday for a fun movie under the Sierra sky. The movie will be viewed on a large outdoor screen in the plaza, showtime just after sunset.
This Week’s Movie: Star Wars The Force Awakens
Mammoth Market Sidewalk Sale
Check out sidewalk sales from many businesses in Mammoth Lakes during three weekends of the year – Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. These are the only weekends of the year to catch sales like these, so keep an eye out for them and steal some sweet deals on your Mammoth Lakes vacation!
Labor Day Festival of the Arts
As part of Outside on the Eastside, Mono Arts Council presents the Annual Labor Day Festival of the Arts held in the unique forest setting of Sam’s Wood Site. Set high among the pines, this world class festival provides fairgoers a beautiful viewing and buying experience.
Join a local naturalist for a free, fun, family-friendly evening program on topics ranging from Eastern Sierra wildlife to the night sky. Program begins at 7 pm and all are welcome to this free 1-hour event!
Park in the lower parking lot at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center (a California Welcome Center) at 2510 Main Street. Follow the wide dirt trail to the New Shady Rest Campground Amphitheater.
Woolly’s Summer Saturdays
Join Woolly for his last Summer Saturday with a bike ride down the Discovery Trail followed by family fun at the Adventure Center. After the bike ride, Woolly will hang out for face painting and a frozen summer treat. Woolly’s Summer Saturdays is for kids of all ages.
12:45 pm – Meet Woolly at the bottom of Discovery Chair 11 for the ride. A ticket is required to participate in the ride. Each child receives a bike race plate for the ride and medal afterwards.
1 pm – Ride with Woolly
1 pm – Face painting, balloons and frozen treats at the Adventure Center
2 pm – Farewell to Woolly
Live Music at the Adventure Center
Go chill on the grass of the Adventure Center at Main Lodge for some mountain views and afternoon tunes from Ryan Hiller on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Let the kids loose on the climbing wall, zipline and Eurobungy or grab a bite at the outdoor deck at the Yodler restaurant and bar.
Mono Lake Canoe Tours
The Mono Lake Committee leads guided canoe tours on Mono Lake on Saturdays and Sundays from late June through Labor Day weekend. Meet at Navy Beach Road Lee Vining, CA 93541. Tours begin at 8, 9, and 11 am and last about one hour. The $25 tour is an amazing way to get up close and personal with the iconic Tufa Towers.
Ambush at the Lake: Fall Fishing Derby
As part of Outside on the Eastside, the Ambush at the Lake fishing derby costs $15 to enter and includes a commemorative pin and a chance to win. Competition runs sunrise to sunset, and all fish caught 14 inches or longer are eligible to be registered. Each person with a registered fish will be entered into the prize drawing for the derby. Prize winners will be posted within 30 days of the last day of the derby.
Have I said lately how much I LOVE living in Mammoth Lakes! There are so many fun things to do — actually so many it is often difficult to decide which one to chose!
One of my favorite activities is the annual Night of Lights put on by Mammoth Lakes. My friend took this video and it is a great short clip of of Night of Lights 2015. Night of Lights 2015
If you have never been before, imagine lots of snow, music, fireworks, skiers with light/fire, fat tire bikes with lights and so much more! Thank you Mammoth Mountain!
Put this on this even on your 2016 calendar….see you there!
More snow is coming! A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect Thursday morning thru Friday morning, with hopefully 1-2 feet of fresh powder on the hill. Mammoth Mountain has great conditions, for all you skiers and shredders, with 14 lifts currently running and about 80 trails of terrain available, including three Terrain Parks, with tons of fun features! Tamarack X-Country Ski Center is open, with 12-14km of groomed trails. June Mountain opens this Saturday, 12/12!
Projected Opening Day for June Mountain
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Island Extravaganza
The Village at Mammoth Holiday Festivities
Night of Lights
- December 12, 2015
- Times: 6pm-11pm
- Admission: $70
- Location: Canyon Lodge
- Venue: Canyon Lodge
- Canyon Blvd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
A Mardi Gras party like no other to benefit Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Tickets are $70.00 including dinner and a raffle ticket. Dinner, dancing, raffle, silent auction.
- December 12, 2015
- Location: June Mountain Ski Area
- 1 Boulder Drive, June Lake, CA 93529
Opening day ceremony, afternoon toast and bonfire at the Chalet.
- December 13, 2015
- Location: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
- Venue: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
- 10001 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Series events open to all ski/snowboarders of all levels and ages.
- December 18, 2015 to December 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
- Recurring daily
- Location: Village at Mammoth
- Venue: Village at Mammoth Neighborhood Company
- 6201 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
December 18, 19, & 20 3:30pm – 5:30pm – Pictures and Christmas wishes with Santa and Woolly in Santa’s World, music by DJ Mash Up in the plaza, piano Christmas karaoke in the yard, and live ent…
- December 19, 2015
- Times: 4:30pm – 8:00pm
- Admission: Free
- Location: Canyon Lodge
- Venue: Canyon Lodge
- Canyon Blvd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a one-of-a-kind evening at Canyon Lodge. A fun-filled night for all ages with live music, a firework show, torchlight parade and more. Event Schedule …
Sources: mammothweb.com and visitmammoth.com/events
Did I mention August is a crazy-busy month of activities all around town? Mammoth Lakes has got to have the most activities of any resort town I know, especially as late in the month as they are. Some kids have returned to school, some start in a few more weeks, but there’s still plenty of playtime and activities to keep young and old alike busy for the remainder of the month
EVENTS THIS WEEK
Shakespeare in the Woods
Sierra Classic Theater’s Shakespeare in the Woods is back with The Two Gentlemen of Verona, set in the Roaring 20’s: A hilarious tale of love and friendship featuring Hollywood, gangsters and jazz. August 6th through 16th. 6pm at Sam’s Woodsite. Bring a dinner picnic, and enjoy theater under the stars. $10 suggested donation. Learn More
Sierra Summer Festival
Since 1978, the Sierra Summer Festival has presented classical symphonic concerts and programs of the highest artistic excellence to audiences in Mammoth Lakes and Eastern Sierra. This year, the Eastern Sierra Symphony will be led by guest conductor Edwin Outwater. Learn More
Mammoth Wine Weekend
A weekend of wining and dining with exclusive Winemaker Dinners at two of Mammoth’s premiere restaurants, a Wine Walk in The Village featuring 20+ wineries pouring over 45 vintages and a Sunday Champagne Brunch at Campo Mammoth. Learn More
- August 21-22: Kids Adventure Games
- August 21-22: Mammoth Rocks – A Taste of the Sierra
- August 22: Crowley Still Lake Classic
- August 28-29: Mammoth Reggae Festival
- August 29: EZAKIMAK 11,053′ Bike/ Run Challenge
- August 29: 11,053′ Full Moon Party
July was definitely an interesting month weather wise! Snow in June, who would have thought we’d see that?!
We have a lot going on the end of July. See below for events going on the next few days and into August, for Adults and Kids alike.
Starting Thursday July 30, come on out for the 20th Annual Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza. It occurs daily through August 2nd. Location is Sam’s Woodsite, on Minaret Road between Main Street and Meridian Blvd.
Outdoors among the pines and showcasing the best craft breweries in the country and top blues performers. This is Mammoth’s biggest event-4 days of fun in the sun. The best party of the summer!
Mammoth’s Bluesapalooza has a well-deserved reputation for booking a unique variety of blues artists from all over the country. It’s a mix of styles and genres.
Check out the different ticket options and purchase at the link above.
2015 Performers: http://www.mammothbluesbrewsfest.com/bands.
Here’s just a few of the performers scheduled to play:
• Trombone Shorty & Orleans
• Robert Cray
• Johnny Lang
• Robben Ford – Into the Sun Tour
• Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
• Ruthie Foster
• The Slider Brothers
• John Németh
• Carolyn Wonderland
On Friday July 31, we have the Blue Moon Summit Party from 6pm-9:45pm. Location is the Summit of Mammoth Mountain, 10001 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes.
A unique summer experience at the summit of Mammoth Mountain. Ride the Panorama Gondola to the top of the Sierra at dusk to watch the sun set and the full moon rise, then party under the Blue Moon and celebrate summer. The top of the mountain will be buzzing with indoor/outdoor fun including, a lighted glow walk to the Lakes Basin Overlook, music, and food and drink stations, a guided naturalist tour with the Eleven53 docent. Visit their website for more information.
Mammoth Lakes Fine Arts Festival also starts Friday July 31, running through August 2.
Join us for the 43rd Annual Mammoth Lakes Fine Arts and Crafts Festival from 10am to 5pm daily. Located on the grounds of Kittredge Sports, at the corner of Highway 203/Main Street and Forest Trail in Mammoth Lakes.
Friends of Bodie Day, August 8, 2015 from 9am to 9pm, with daytime and evening activities. Find out more about the food, Living History, and tours that will be conducted. Bodie Days
Kids Adventure Games is coming August 21st and 22nd at the Main Lodge/Adventure Center.
Open to kids ages 6 through 14, to experience the thrill of adventure racing, teamwork skills, and confidence building. Find out more here.