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Fall in the Eastern Sierra begins with an almost imperceptible change and the air feels refreshingly smooth and silky on the skin. A magical light has a clarity and crispness that brings colors into brighter focus. Lethargy is replaced by energy and, although the days begin to shorten, the available active hours increase as temperatures decline.

This is the time for fabulous fall fun in Bishop and beyond.

An Old Fashioned Country Fair “Celebrating 130 Years of Fun”

Tri County Fair: Aug 30 – Sept 2

Situated in the heart of Bishop, where the region’s natural beauty blends with the town’s graceful setting, are the Tri County Fairgrounds. Bordered by wide-open lands to one side and homes and businesses to the other this corner of town is picturesque of the real American west.

Within walking distance from the majority of the 21 wonderful lodging facilities and many great eateries, the Tri County Fairgrounds is home to one of the town’s biggest events every Labor Day weekend.

Mutton Bustin’

The Tri County Fair is a fun family affair with a whole host of fabulous events, exhibits and activities. There’s a good ol’ fashioned carnival with rollicking rides. The Russell Brothers Family Circus has been entertaining families here for years. The Pollywood Bird Show, Nature Joe’s Reptiles, and Turkey Stampede are a little animal fun. The big animal fun is when the cowboys and cowgirls ride in the Rodeo. The evening starts with youngsters competing in everything from a boot race to mutton bustin’, then the big boys ride rough stock in the broncs and bulls events.

The fastest, fiercest, and just plain funniest event is the Destruction Derby. It’s a crazy crush of cars in a challenge of bravery and bull-headedness by drivers in specially prepared vehicles. Over 30 cars enter the arena and only one drives out as the big winner. Most of the others have to be dragged out! It’s … well, just come see for yourself.

Destruction Derby

Entertainment in the form of comedy hypnosis, music, and puppetry is somewhat safer and just as fun. The exhibition halls showcase a wide range of talent by local artists, crafters, bakers, chefs, photographers, quilters and many more. The agricultural section shows off award winning specimens of homegrown vegetables and locally raised livestock.

The rustic nature of the town and genteel pace of life is balanced by a love of the outdoors and a passion for adventure by residents of this valley. It’s all quite evident during this fun-filled weekend that brings friends and family from three counties together for a good old-fashioned country fair.

Art in the Park: Aug 31 – Sept 3

Art in the Park

Another fabulous Labor Day weekend event is the arts and crafts show in the Bishop City Park. Exquisite art, photography, jewelry, weavings, woodcarving & turning, ceramics, clothing, food, and many more wonderful creations are presented for sale in the booths laid out under the large shady trees of the city park. This is the perfect place and time to get an early start on your holiday gift shopping.

Art in the Park is open from Friday through Sunday from 9am to 6pm and on Monday, Labor Day, from 9am – 2pm. The Inyo Council for the Arts organizes the event and the helpful folks there can be reached on (760) 873-5950 for more information. Admission to this event is free and there’s plenty of parking, which is also free! How fabulous is that?

Free Fishing

California Free Fishing Day: Sept 1

Fishing is always fabulous on the eastside. If you frequent the streams and creeks of the Eastern Sierra during fishing season you may know that fishing on the Lower Owens River is legal all year long. Miles of canals, large reservoirs and protected ponds, some offering handicapped-accessible fishing piers, in the Owens Valley hold a promise of exciting warm water fishing even in the winter months.

You could be fishing here for FREE this fall!

Fall, however, is probably the most magnificent season for fishing and on September 1st fishing is free for everyone … everywhere! So bring family and friends and find a favorite spot and fish, fish, fish.

Just do remember that all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures do remain in effect. You just don’t need to buy a license for this day of fall fishing.

 

A Music Festival

Millpond Music Festival: Sept 21-23

Millpond Music Festival

Annual events bring people from all walks of life to Bishop to celebrate music and culture. The Millpond Music Festival in September is a lively weekend filled with music and unabashed dancing. With the towering peaks of the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop by day and an impressive canopy of stars and the shining Milky Way by night this festival is all about the mingling of music and Mother Nature.

Now in its 27th year the Millpond Music Festival is a local favorite, enjoyed by young and old alike. Visitors also make a point of being in Bishop every September to enjoy this eclectic mix of first-rate musical performances. This year the festival takes place from September 21st – 23rd, a time when fall colors are typically at their best. Festival attendees spread picnics on the luscious green lawn of the Millpond Recreation Area and out-of-towners camp in the adjacent campground. Large tents arranged under the spreading Cottonwood trees offer workshops and intimate musical presentations. Ticket prices range from $30 for one day to $110 for the full three-day pass. Get your tickets here.

A First Nation’s Celebration

California Native American Day Celebration & Pow Wow: Sept 28 – 30

Every 4th weekend in September the Bishop Paiute Tribe holds an annual Pow Wow and parade during the California Native American Day Celebration. It is a colorful and joyous event to honor and observe deep-rooted cultures and traditions.

The weekend is filled with music, traditional dancing, arts and crafts, food and a fabulous parade. The event is held on the beautiful Wanaaha Casino Pow Wow grounds and is open and free to the general public.

A Collectors Dream – Cars, Art & Treasures

Owens Valley Cruisers Fall Colors Car Show: Oct 5 – 7

Fall Colors Car Show

“Gentlemen and ladies, start your engines.”

Soon it will be time to convene in Bishop for the Owens Valley Cruisers Fall Colors Car Show. The first weekend in October is full of color when lovingly restored vehicles from 1974 and before are shone and shown at the Tri County Fairgrounds. Classic cars, street rods, customs, trucks, and special interest vehicles are the center of attention in this annual event hosted by the Owens Valley Cruisers.

Altrusa’s Fine Art Show & Sale: Oct 6

Altrusa of the Eastern Sierra presents a fabulous fine art show and sale at the Tri County Fairgrounds in conjunction with the classic car show. Art and craft from local makers is presented for sale and a percentage of the proceeds fund the community services and programs of Altrusa.

Choo Choo Swap Meet: Oct 6

“It’s like 100 yard sales in one location.”

Sponsored by the Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site this swap meet is a locals’ favorite. Find trinkets and tools, books and bicycles, clothing and carpets, luggage and lace. It’s a genuine treasure trove. Hardly anyone leaves empty handed.

This trio of events could be just the place to find a fabulous gift for a friend or loved one.

A Festival of Films & Filming

Lone Pine Film Festival: Oct 4 – 8

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada just west of Lone Pine, The Alabama Hills is often referred to as “Hollywood’s largest natural back lot.” This monumental landscape provides a myriad of settings for movie backgrounds and evocative scenes that appear in over 400 western feature films. It was the essence of the Wild West that originally drew producers here, with the beautiful rock formations of the hills bordered by a vast open plain rising majestically to the snow capped mountains beyond. It has been a prime movie filming location since the early 1900s and the tally of films, documentaries and commercials continues to rack up.

Alabama Hills

Every year the Lone Pine Film Festival celebrates the movies and their producers, directors, actors, and crews who made the films that will entertain for generations to come. The festival presents screenings, panel discussions, lectures, professional displays, and guided and car-caravan tours of the area. It’s an extra special time to explore the museum’s extensive collection of real movie costumes, movie cars, props, posters, and other memorabilia. Other fabulous fun consists of a rodeo, karaoke, campfire evening and parade.

This event is a marvelous, in-depth look at an industry that has shaped this state. This is how the west was won!

Sweet Art

Chocolate Art Walk: Oct 20

Take a leisurely stroll along Bishop’s Main Street from 3-8 PM. The soft twilight of a late fall evening will sooth your soul as you sample the sweets on offer at local businesses during the annual Chocolate Art Walk. Music will fill the air, art and craft will deck the walls and shelves of galleries and shops, and store staff and owners will offer the gift of chocolate.

It’s romantic, rustic and reminiscent of an age of gentility.

Sweet Art

Visit Bishop in Fall

Stop in or call the Bishop Visitor Center at 690 N. Main St., or (760) 873-8405. Our fabulous staff can tell you much more about all these events. Ask for all the details on what, where, when an how to get the best deal and have the most fun during fall in the Eastern Sierra.

The visitor center hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm and Saturday from 10am – 4pm.

Be Fabulous this Fall!

Bishop Tree in Fall

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2 days ago

This is Bishop from the Tungsten Hills looking east. Our little town is almost like an island. We have to travel hours to do most major shopping, or for any major medical issues. For most of us, it is absolutely worth it because we love the Eastern Sierra and although our town is small, our “backyard” is big and full of majestic natural beauty. We know many of you who live far away love this place as well. ❤️

So as you are making holiday plans this year, please remember to protect the people and places you love to play in. We appreciate it!!

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This is Bishop from the Tungsten Hills looking east. Our little town is almost like an island. We have to travel hours to do most major shopping, or for any major medical issues. For most of us, it is absolutely worth it because we love the Eastern Sierra and although our town is small, our “backyard” is big and full of majestic natural beauty. We know many of you who live far away love this place as well. ❤️

So as you are making holiday plans this year, please remember to protect the people and places you love to play in. We appreciate it!! 

Photo by Betsy Forsyth Johnson
#keepbishopsafe

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We were campground hosts at Mammoth & went to Bishop for nice dinners on our days off, get haircuts, do laundry & see dentist. Enjoyed Bishop Mule Days too.. Besutiful area to spend the summer... Had to edit & add Schat's Bakery 💞💞

My first trip to Bishop was 57 years ago and have been back more years than not. I plan to keep coming back until my legs can’t walk the trails anymore. It’s truly a special place.

Wish I could be there. Great place to do star watching. Seem to be extra stars in the sky over there. Wishing you all the best for the holidays. Wish that bakery could deliver. So yummy. Stay well. <3

Loved growing up in Bishop, many fond memories there! I bet the town has changed since 75, but never the scenery!

One of my favorite places to camp don't how many times I've been there but I've been a bunch of times love it over 30times

I love it too! Grew up in Big Pine, worked in Bishop and Big Pine! 😊

best town I ever lived in

A place and time far far away! A place named Bishop, where I was born.

Take care! Hope to see you again next year!

Lived in early 50’s I lived in a mine camp Sheelite till the mud slide, moved to Rovanna To a mine housing . Parents bought a house in Tungsten City, up behind Rocking K Ranch, attended school in Round Valley Lots of memory In the area

Maybe you need to stop Blaming people that travel to the Eastern Sierra for your local problems. Its not really that small of a town and With the tax you get from tourism build a real medical facility and hospital!

My Dad grew up in Bishop, he actually worked at the Tungsten mines for awhile before heading to El Paso to go to college. Then the war started and he joined the Army Air Corps . I spent many a summers staying with my grandma Duffy, playing with my cousins in that magical place. Still my favorite place on earth.

Best place to grow up ‼️

Bishop is always one of our stopping points if we're visiting Yosemite and Death Valley. Bishop Creek Canyon, Rock Creek Canyon, Schats Bakery, Jacks, Spellbinder Books, Whiskey Creek- all previous haunts. Once normal travel arrangements return, we'll be back to visit one of our favourite places in the USA.

I know this viewpoint........magic.

I really miss Bishop and the Owens valley.....

Lived at Hilltop Estates/ Swall Meadows for quite a few years in the late 70’s to the early 80’s. Only place in California that keeps me coming back every couple years.

We would love to move there! Love the area.

Thank you for the words and picture you are blessed to live there xo

Our favorite place to go. Always come to the car show.

Home🇺🇸

To bad its in commiefornia. Love bishop

I remember Lone Pine too. Loved it

Small Town, Big Back Yard. 🥰

One of my favorite places on earth

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5 days ago

Flashback to Main Street, 1886. Who would like to escape to this scene?

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Flashback to Main Street, 1886. Who would like to escape to this scene?

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I will take 1986. Had a cool uncle living there. Free lodging, and his Land Cruiser was available for deep snow drives.

Heck no...especially after I saw the video on "the old western hygiene". Talk about funk and stink! Whew, even the women stunk! Man-o-man....plus add on disease, diet and doctoring! Nope...lol 😆

I wonder if they still had to pose to get the exposure by 1886. Probably not.

Hmmm...1886 in Owens Valley? Was there a Sheriff? Or just a bunch of gun toting fools on horseback.

might be a sale but I will think it is a Halter class in the middle of the street and that will make me happy

Love that picture

I would love it. 🙏❤️🙏

I see Rusty’s!! Lol

It would be hard an cold but very free it would be something to go back in time

Every horse looks so healthy (extra shiny coat).... all that great pasture of the area > Owens Valley!

No thank you. I love Bishop, but I can't imagine living there without AC or a swamp cooler. lol

Even tho these days were hard ,they were free to enjoy great days.

Life was harder back then but better in My opinion.

Looks like a stock sale. If it were today, I would call it a horse show.

A busy place!

Early "Mule Days"?

I would buy that Appaloosa .

I would escape in a second :)

great pic

Right on

Can we visit but not stay?

Me

Great picture

Me toooooooo

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7 days ago

Ahhhh, we sure love sunsets in the Eastern Sierra!! 😍

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Ahhhh, we sure love sunsets in the Eastern Sierra!! 😍

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An amazing picture of a beautiful sky. Thanks for sharing 🙂🙂❤❤

The dinosaurs are still around when you see the sky like that

Hermoso,Bishop calf.

Awesome

Felicidades yerandi que tela pases muy vien

The ponds. Nice

I'm ready to FISH

Wow

Fantastic!

That's the sky color of snow on the way!! Lovely😍😘🐈😷

That is amazing beautiful blue sky I like winn you took that picture of the amazing beautiful blue sky

Amazing picture to put up on a wall

Gorgeous photo!

Wonderful!

So beautiful!

Beautiful

Beautiful

Beautiful!!

Beautiful

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1 week ago

Just an FYI. Seems fire season is still not over.
MONO COUNTY —U.S. Highway 395 in Mono County Due remains closed from Emigrant Street in Bridgeport to the Nevada State Line due to a wildfire in Walker Canyon. The fire has reached 20,800 plus acres and claimed 80 structures. It is unclear how long this section of the highway will be closed.

Drivers heading northbound on U.S. Hwy 395 should detour to either U.S. Hwy 6 just north of Bishop to NV360 to US 95 or State Route 182 in Bridgeport to Nevada 338. Southbound traffic from Nevada should detour to U.S. Hwy 95 to NV360 to U.S. Hwy 6 or Nevada 208 to Nevada 338 to State Route 182.
roads.dot.ca.gov/

This photo is from 9/11/2020 near Bishop... if you weren't here, the smoke was HORRIBLE!
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Just an FYI. Seems fire season is still not over. 
MONO COUNTY —U.S. Highway 395 in Mono County Due remains closed from Emigrant Street in Bridgeport to the Nevada State Line due to a wildfire in Walker Canyon. The fire has reached 20,800 plus acres and claimed 80 structures. It is unclear how long this section of the highway will be closed.

Drivers heading northbound on U.S. Hwy 395 should detour to either U.S. Hwy 6 just north of Bishop to NV360 to US 95 or State Route 182 in Bridgeport to Nevada 338. Southbound traffic from Nevada should detour to U.S. Hwy 95 to NV360 to U.S. Hwy 6 or Nevada 208 to Nevada 338 to State Route 182.
https://roads.dot.ca.gov/

This photo is from 9/11/2020 near Bishop... if you werent here, the smoke was HORRIBLE!

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Hoping for an end to this nightmare. Time for some real rain and snow. Be safe. <3

Blah blah anything from keeping people away ! Come on people clear road a little hazy try and drive back east ! Quit whining!

We used to always camp with my parents at Bridgeport or Topaz lake years ago.

Tanner Ernst

Oh no!

These fires are never ending! Be safe.

Y'all stay safe!

Wow!

🙏🏻

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1 week ago

How many of you love to take pictures when you visit Bishop and the surrounding areas? With large amounts of open space, stunning scenery and ample wildlife, it might be the perfect place to work on your composition and skills.

Make sure to ready this blog article about photography here in the Eastern Sierra:
www.bishopvisitor.com/4-fabulous-photography-features/

With COVID-19 on the rise, we ask you to please protect the places and communities where we play. Stay SAFE outside.
#loveBishop #keepbishopsafe

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How many of you love to take pictures when you visit Bishop and the surrounding areas? With large amounts of open space, stunning scenery and ample wildlife, it might be the perfect place to work on your composition and skills.

Make sure to ready this blog article about photography here in the Eastern Sierra: 
https://www.bishopvisitor.com/4-fabulous-photography-features/

With COVID-19 on the rise, we ask you to please protect the places and communities where we play. Stay SAFE outside. 
#loveBishop #keepbishopsafe 

Photo by @leviaguilera_photography

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Your Bishop is on my list of places I want to visit when all of this is over.

Love the contrast....... nice photo of wild nature!

Mule (deer) Capital of the World!😄

Where is this?great picture

Nice!

Awesome

Beautiful deer

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