In celebration of Truckee’s California Cultural District designation, the historic Sierra Nevada mountain town will host the inaugural ‘Fall into Art this Autumn. Spanning September and October, the two month-long celebration will include a wide range of artistic and cultural events including visual, performance, written, culinary and musical work, historical tours, talks and tributes, and recreational opportunities that honor the mountain lifestyle.

“In 2017, Truckee became the 14th city to earn the prestigious California Cultural District designation. Our town is distinctive for its small-town vibe and mountain scenery, and offers a dynamic creative culture that celebrates western history and an independent spirit,” said Colleen Dalton, director of Truckee tourism and economic programs. “The inaugural ‘Fall into Art’ event will feature signature events including Art & Soul, Trails and Vistas, and Arts for the Schools performances.”

Scheduled events include:

Trails & Vistas Art Hikes – Sept. 7 & 8

Guides lead three-hour long interactive hikes that wind through 12 site-specific art installations that include music, performance art, ephemeral sculpture and literary art pieces placed along an earthen trail.

Art & Soul – ArtWalk (Downtown Truckee) – Sept. 14

Stroll through historic downtown Truckee during the 5th annual Art & Soul ArtWalk from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s walk features 30+ stops celebrating local artists. Enjoy live art demonstrations and music while tasting and sipping small bites, craft beer and wines.

Donner Party Hike – Sept. 14 & 15

Trace the steps of emigrants while exploring scenic Donner Summit with local historians. Saturday hikes include seven options ranging from 3.5 to 6 miles with varying degree of difficulty. Sunday’s walking tour offers the opportunity to learn about the grueling mishaps of the Donner Party and the archaeological finds that remain. Pre-registration required.

Sierra Nevada Yarn Crawl – Sept. 19-22

Atelier is participating in the inaugural Sierra Nevada Yarn Crawl. Discover world-class scenery on an epic yarn odyssey from Reno to Lake Tahoe to Grass Valley and beyond.

Art Truckee Drum Circle and Open Mic Night – Sept. 20

Join in on a World Beat Community Drum Circle led by Michael DiMartino from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost to participate is $10. Open Mic night continues from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is open to all levels of singers, actors, poets, dancers and more.

Autumn Food & Wine Festival (Northstar) – Sept. 20-21

Photo courtesy of Northstar

The 34th annual Autumn Food & Wine Festival brings together renowned winemakers and some of the region’s finest chefs for an intimate 3-day weekend full of wine tastings, culinary seminars, vendors and mountaintop dining at Northstar California.

Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop – Oct. 5

Sip wine and sample local food at 30+ venues while shopping in historic downtown Truckee from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County. $45 in advance, $55 day of.

Historical Haunted Tour – Oct. 17 & 18

An unforgettable night of Truckee history and fun are offered on this rowdy tour that features engaging tales performed by talented characters at six historical sites in downtown Truckee. Tours leave every 15 minutes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and last approximately one hour and 45 minutes each. Tickets required ($55), with tours open to ages 21+ only.

Ron Artis and The Truth – Oct. 18

Hosted by the nonprofit Arts For The Schools, Ron Artis and The Truth will perform at Alibi Ale Works in Truckee on Friday, October 18 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. An acclaimed artist who has performed sold out shows across the United States, Ron’s music is influenced by deep Delta Blues and Gospel, plus Northern Soul and R&B. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and $5 for children under age 18.

Scenic Fall Foliage Hikes – Oct. 1-31

As the seasons change, enjoy the fall foliage when hiking on the extensive network of paved and dirt trails through Truckee.

Visitors can learn more about the Truckee Cultural District at www.truckeeculturaldistrict.com and find the complete list of “Fall Into Art” events online, including weekly live music, hands-on art classes and more.

For those interested in staying in Truckee this fall, book two nights at any Truckee lodging property or nightly rental between September 6 and December 12, 2019 and receive $100 cash. Learn more at www.truckee.com/100cash.

Content and photos submitted by Jessica Weaver, Visit Truckee