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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 Paiute Palace 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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Are you spending your Sunday relaxing, doing something you love, or sharing it with someone special? Wishing you a beautiful day!
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Are you spending your Sunday relaxing, doing something you love, or sharing it with someone special? Wishing you a beautiful day!
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So love bishop My late husband spent every holiday except Christmas there with our motorhome So many wonderful memories

Love the beautiful starry skies..

I'm spending my day wishing I was there. It's good to have goals! 🥰

My retirement goal!

Love it up there

Oh gosh I have so many wonderful memories of sitting by a lake or creek or river up in Bishop. ❤️

Yep. My bride of 42 years & I just returned from a week’s long visit to Bishop. We can’t wait to go back!

I lived there for 14 years. One of my boys was born there. Truly miss the Eastern Sierra. Bishop was special and still is.

Just got home from spending 4 absolutely grand days there!! Loved every minute looking forward to the next trip!

I want to go back and visit

Mt. Goode from Long Lake

Marlena Leister

when ever I drive thru Bishop I know I'm getting close to home and when I stop in Bishop it's usually to rest for a day and relax.

Paradise

Cesar Sanchez

No but some day maybe

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1 day ago

Checking the view from one of our favorite trees. Yup, another beautiful day in Bishop 😍.
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Checking the view from one of our favorite trees. Yup, another beautiful day in Bishop 😍.
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That tree in the fall is one of my favorite spots

Beautiful.oak tree!!!!!

It’s a great place to visit

It is beautiful 🤩

I forgot, when does it start cooling off up there? Is it September or October? I want to visit (when I can), but I'd prefer in one of the cooler, mild seasons (like Fall or Spring).

Was just there !!

California

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2 days ago

How many of you are familiar with these old buildings south of Olancha? Well, here's a little history about them:Motorists traveling on El Camino Sierra about 14 miles south of Olancha, have probably noticed the ruins of a few dilapidated rock buildings with accompanying other small structures and mobile homes on the west side of the highway. This would be Dunmovin. First known as Cowan's Station, it served as a way station for the Cerro Gordo feight wagons, a supply center for nearby mines, a work camp for LADWP construction workers and finally as a gas station, garage, motel and cafe for travelers on El Camino Sierra. When Charles and Hilda King purchased the property in 1936, Hilda was relieved to finally be "settled down" and renamed the property as Dunmovin...according to this little poem credited to Hilda. "We’ve moved from yon to hither Now we’re set and provin In all the world we are perhaps The only folks dunmovin" Like many such establishments, fuel efficient and more reliable cars spelled the end of Dunmovin. It closed for good in the early 1970s...and now stands as a sentimental reminder of times gone by along El Camino Sierra. Thank you for following us on Facebook if you enjoy our posts, and for sharing them with others you think may enjoy them. We sincerely appreciate it! ... See MoreSee Less

How many of you are familiar with these old buildings south of Olancha? Well, heres a little history about them:

 

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Me, driving to a Bishop, many times. Also Crystal Springs Water, too!,

Wow I never knew this existed. Going to have to check this out on my next visit. Thanks for the new adventure.

Great place to visit

At the top of the Dunmovin grade is the turnoff to Haiwee Power Plant. I worked there for a year from the summer of '78. The Espee spur line from Mojave to Lone Pine was still in operation with weekly (?) peddler freights headed to town. The China Lake Weapons Center conducted aerial operations all up and down the Paniment and Owens Valleys including strafing runs over the dam. Loved that year. I'll never forget it

Great info!

Love the history! We always chuckled at the name of Dunmovin but didn’t know the history.

Can't swear to it, but I think I remember passing those as a kid in the 50s, maybe 60s, and they were occupied?

My parents use to be friends with some people who lived there/owned it. Cant remember his name, but I believe he was a Lawyer...

HAHA--I TOLD you Tim Alls!!! ;0 LOL

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2 days ago

Nature is incredible... Photo of Norman Clyde Peak and Glacier (or what’s left of it) reflected in a small tarn at 11,600ft elevation in the South Fork of Big Pine Creek.
Thanks @deserth2o for the photo!!
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Nature is incredible... Photo of Norman Clyde Peak and Glacier (or what’s left of it) reflected in a small tarn at 11,600ft elevation in the South Fork of Big Pine Creek. 
Thanks @deserth2o for the photo!!
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Always beautiful scenery

Awesome 😎

,BEAUTIFUL AREA

We used to live there. We could look out our window and see it every day

Home Sweet Home

Beautiful

Been there when glacier filled this valley in late summer and fall. Sad to see them melt away

Great picture. Norman Clyde was one incredible men of history. Had an interesting life. Wonder if his story is being told in schools today? One case where truth is much better than fiction. <3

Ryan Johnson

Cesar Sanchez

Jana Weaver

Niki Hansen-Daniel

Next time? Jorge Vargas

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watermelon_snow

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4 days ago

This is the view from the top of Mt. Tom, in case you have ever wondered what it’s like up there. Many of us love this majestic mountain, but will never see the summit in person. @tarahhnasaurus is a single mom who is achieving her goals and inspiring us. Thank you for the photo!!!
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This is the view from the top of Mt. Tom, in case you have ever wondered what it’s like up there. Many of us love this majestic mountain, but will never see the summit in person. @tarahhnasaurus is a single mom who is achieving her goals and inspiring us. Thank you for the photo!!! 
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Full value, great day.

Congrats Lady!

Always wanted to climb Mt.Tom! Closest I came was living on Mt. Tom Rd!

Outstanding !!!!!!

Great view from up there.

Yes! Thanks for sharing.

Amazing!

Thanks for sharing!! Hiked up to Horton lakes about 40 years ago wanted to keep going, but my buddy’s didn’t

Beautiful but way to High for me😳☺ I don't do high things that well☺

Nice😎

Doug Foley and I climbed Tom back in the 80's. My Ma used to live in Rovana.

thanks for posting this beautiful picture...I don't think I have ever seen a picture from the top of Mt. Tom Kudos to you !

I have been there (as well as on top of Humphreys) and I can attest, the view is sublime! The rock skiing to get down is quite entertaining as well!

I want to go there

Mt Tom was the first summit I did as a teen. Until I climbed it I imagined that I'd look down onto Fresno. I was really surprised to see so many more mountains on the other side.

My oldest maternal cousin met his fate on the flanks of Mt. Tom.

Climbed to the top with Skye and Scotty on Dara’s 50th BD! It was awesome! What a view!

Rachael Nicole Banton this is the peak we see when we hike George like

Single mom, with many "friends " to take her places

Way to go lady!!! You ROCK!! 👍

Any rock climbing with that? Lol! I'd like to try it if it's non-technical. Some boulder scrambling is expected but I'd have to train to readjust to that altitude.

Wow

Matt Cunningham

Cody

💪💪 Appears taller than Ragged Mountain in Penobscot County, Maine.

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