Lee Vining Events

Lee Vining has some wonderful events allowing everyone to experience nature, history and some great outdoor activities!

Lee Vining has events year round that are appealing to all ages, below are a few of the highlighted events. For a list of all the Lee Vining events click here for the full event Calendar.

Lee Vining Annual Bird Chautauqua

Annual Bird Chautauqua – The Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua is not your ordinary bird festival.  Three days of birds, science, art music and field trips including walks and workshops involving trees and wildflowers, bugs and butterflies, writing and poetry, sketching and art, storytelling and photography, kayaking and canoeing, even crafts and kids events too.  Over 180 different bird species have been spotted during this event in past years and Mono Basin is a haven for bird watchers.  The festival ends with a picnic and free concert at Mono Lake County Park, featuring a bird calling contest, live music and a barbeque lunch fundraiser.  This event is a great opportunity to get out in nature and educate the whole family.


Labor Day Weekend Bike and Run

Labor Day Bike & Run – Over 20 years of The Fall Century 102 Mile Ride.  This ride was chosen as a “Top-Ten Century” bike ride by Bicycling Magazine (June 2012) for its “Jaw-Dropping Vistas. The Tioga Pass Run which is 3,200 feet of elevation gain over a 12.4-mile-long course along the shoulder of one of the most scenic highways in the country. Proceeds from the run benefit the Mono Lake Committee.

11th Annual Ghosts of The Sagebrush Tour

The 11th Annual Ghosts of Sagebrush Tour – Experience 19th Century in the Mono Basin with a dinner and “visit” from John Muir and enjoy a tour of historic sites with historians, several authors, and local old-timers speaking about the 19th Century history topics for this area including two actor portrayals of John Muir and the young Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens back then) who both visited Mono Lake in the 19th Century; Muir is our Friday evening dinner speaker and Twain will show up during our lunch stop at a historic homestead site during the Saturday tour.” David Carle, President, Mono Basin Historical Society.
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