In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, we are sharing 100 of our favorite activities in and around Yosemite.




The Chowchilla Stampede

Step into the wild west at the Chowchilla Western Stampede. Cowboys and cowgirls kick off three days of country western fun with a cattle drive through the heart of Chowchilla. This historical event is one of very few of its kind still occurring in the United States. Learn More

Coarsegold Rodeo

Wine Trail Weekend 

Sip wine in one of the oldest wine growing regions in America along the Madera Wine Trail. Learn More

Bass Lake - Fishing & Bald Eagle

Cast your poles during an early spring fishing expedition on Bass Lake. Named by Sunset Magazine as one of the "West's Best Lakes," you will enjoy crystal clear waters, fresh air and great fishing. 
Locals Tip: Keep an eye on the sky and if you're lucky, you will spot the resident bald eagle soaring overhead searching for a fish of his own. Learn More

Take a Hike

Embark on a hiking adventure in the High Sierra. Here Father son and uncle make their way to Iron Lakes for a bit of weekend fishing and relaxation.  Learn More

Rent a Pontoon Boat & BBQ

Grab a few family and friends and spend the day floating on the lake in your very own pontoon boat complete with BBQ. Rentals are available at the lake from Miller's Landing & Bass Lake Water Sports and Marina. Learn more about Bass Lake. 

Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon

Join in on one of the most beautiful triathlons around. Triathletes will be treated to a swim in clear mountain waters, followed by a challenging and beautiful ride around the lake and through the Sierra National Forest to finish with a run along the glistening shores of Bass Lake. Learn More

Yosemite - Valley Loop/ Walk 
or Bike

Early spring is the ideal time to witness the awe-inspiring waterfalls of Yosemite at their peak. Take a stroll or hop on a bike and explore the Valley Loop Trail as you enjoy breathtaking views of iconic granite monoliths and waterfalls. Learn More

Rafting on the Merced River

Float along the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Bring your own or rent a raft in Yosemite. Learn More

Mirror Lake Hike

Earth Day - Celebrations & Junior Ranger Program

Arts/Entertainment - Photography, Dogwoods and Waterfalls

Come mid-May grab your cameras and head to the southern entrance of Yosemite along Highway 41. You'll be surrounded by bright hues of green and dazzling white tree top dogwood flowers as you make your way into the park. Be sure to stop and enjoy the wildflowers filing the meadows. 
Locals Tip: Plan an extra day for a less traveled trail to Chilnualna Falls in Wawona. 

Madera/Chowchilla Fair

Golden Chain Theatre

Enjoy an evening of live entertainment at the Golden Chain Theatre. Learn More

Woodcarvers Rendezvous

Woodcarvers travel from far and wide to attend this unique event located near Yosemite's southern entrance in Oakhurst, CA. For one week all levels of carvers will enjoy caving sessions, demonstrations and seminars. Learn More

Outdoor Adventure -High Country Guided Tours

Get off the beaten path and enjoy a high-country guided tour. Rumble along scenic roads on a high Sierra Jeep Tour, grab your packs for a backcountry adventure with the Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides, take a special group tour with YExplore, or enjoy a guided outdoor expedition with Lasting Adventures. Learn More

Lewis Creek Hike

Motorcycle Ride - Road 600 to Raymond Museum

Fishing at Hensley Lake & Eastman Lake

History/Museums -Coarsegold Historic Village

Take a trip back to gold rush times and learn to pan for gold at the Coarsegold Historic Village during the Peddler's Fair. Explore acres of antiques and collectibles as you enjoy tasty food and live entertainment. Learn More

Annual Raymond Parade

Stage Route Tour,Coarsegold Museum

Mono Museum & Walk the Trail



Quench Your Thirst

Quench  your summer thirst with a refreshing beer tasting at South Gate Brewing Company, Oakhurst's microbrewery en route to Yosemite. Bring the kids for a hand-crafted root beer while you enjoy a frothy pint of local bear, a farm-fresh meal and live music. Learn More

Farmers Markets - Bass Lake, Oakhurst & Madera

Madera Wine Trail

Ice Cream & Sweets - Reimers, Valley Pistachio, Hilmar Cheese, Ashjian's Preserves

Bass Lake - Family & Friend Time on the Lake

Bring the whole family or grab your friends and enjoy a lakeside cabin rental. Spend your days relaxing in the warm sun with a cool beverage on your private deck in between splashing around in the emerald waters of Bass Lake. Learn More, select Vacation Rentals & Bass Lake Region.

Water Sports Adventure

Burgers and Shakes at Miller's or Forks

Camping Under the Stars

Yosemite - Full Moon on Sentinel Dome

Make your way up to Sentinel Dome to enjoy Yosemite under the light of a full moon, Begin the journey along a gentle mountain path as the sun begins to set and the sky transforms to a golden hue. Plan the trip yourself or let someone else do the navigating by joining a guided tour
Local's Tip: Come early and take a left at the Sentinel Dome trailhead and hike to Taft Point for a spectacular photo opportunity.

Centennial Anniversary

Hike Sentinel Dome, Taft Point or Chilnualna Falls

Swim Beaches - Sentinel Beach, Mirror Lake

Arts/Entertainment - Moonlight Special at the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad + Melodrama

Hop on board a historic steam train for a moon light ride through the pines of the high sierra to Lewis Creek. Join around a campfire and sing along with an acoustic string ensemble to classic folk and oldies music. If you are a live theatre lover, schedule your trip to the railroad ahead to enjoy a live moonlight Melodrama on specific dates. Learn More

Art Galleries Tour

Movies in the Park, Madera Concerts in the Park, Chowchilla

Sounds of Solstice Music Festival

Outdoor Adventure - Sierra Vista Scenic Byway

The Sierra Vista Scenic winds through nearly 100 miles of magnificent forest wilderness, lush meadows, soaring granite domes, glacial valleys, and the exact geographic center of California in North Fork. Must-see stops include: Globe Rock, Jones Store, Fresno Dome, Shut Eye Peak and the Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias. Learn More

Sierra Hiking/Camping in the Ansel Adams Wilderness

Horseback Rides - Yosemite Pack Station in Fish Camp

Zip Yosemite

History & Museums - Logger Jamboree, North Fork

Come July, delve into another world at the Logger's Jamboree in North Fork, the exact geographic center of California. Celebrate the rich heritage this area has to offer and watch in amazement as loggers compete in the traditional axe throwing, hot saws, log rolling and many more events while enjoying live music and delicious foods. 

Joaquin Murrieta Ride

Pow Wow


Ag/Wine - Holiday Spirit Wine Trail

Taste your way through one of America's oldest wine growing regions during the November Holiday Spirit Weekend along the Madera Wine Trail. Savor a wide variety of award winning local wines and delicious foods while you enjoy live music throughout the weekend. Learn More

Pumpkin Patch - Home Grown Cellars

Pomegranate Festival & Celebrate the Arts

Madera District Fair

Bass Lake - Sunset Picnic

Grab your picnic basket and throw blanket and head to the beaches of Bass Lake. Enjoy peaceful nature scenes as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon and casts brilliant hues in a spectacular display across the water.
Local's Tip: Stay a little longer for the stars to appear and be amazed by the view without any lights around. Learn More

Paddle Boarding on Bass Lake

My Tri for Kids, Smokey Bear Run & Home Tour

Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade of Lights at The Pines Resort

Yosemite - Wawona Loop (Dog Friendly)

Invite your four legged buddy for a trot around the wawona Meadow Loop. This dog-friendly trail is about 3.5 miles long and a wonderful location to view the changing hues of fall colors. 

Picnic in Ahwahnee Meadow

Stargazing in Cooks Meadow

High Country Adventure - Tuolumne Meadows

Arts/Entertainment - Sierra Art Trails

Embark on an artistic journey through the Sierra Nevada along the Sierra Art Trails. For three days each fall, artists open their studios, homes and galleries for visitors to enjoy. You will encounter a fantastic display of art of all mediums including painting, photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, wood carving, ceramics, glass and more. 

Festivals, Oakhurst Fall Fest & Tarantula Festival

Dinner Train at the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

Fall Color Photo Shoot
Local's Tip: Hire a local to take you on a photo tour. Photo Safari Yosemite

Outdoor Adventure - Rock Climbing Lessons
September is a wonderful time to enjoy a rock-climbing lesson with the Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides. Learn from the pros to scale granite domes and be rewarded at the top with views of remote high sierra landscapes witnessed by few others. Learn More

Madera Raceway & Pumpkin SMASH

Majestic Mountain Loop

Mountain Biking Adventure 007

History/Museums - Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County

Visit one of the largest middle Pleistocene fossil excavation sites in North America at the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County. Get face-to-face with ancient, wild creatures of earth's past including soaring bones of a giant Columbian Mammoth. 
Local's Tip: Plan ahead and visit during the Dragonfly Festival in April or on National Fossil Day, October 12th, 2016. Learn More

Pioneer History Museum

Mountain Heritage Days

Chukchansi Pow Wow


Ag/Wine - Madera County Tractor Parade of Lights & Wine Stroll
Celebrate Madera's rich agricultural heritage at the one of a kind Tractor Parade of Lights! Come December, harvesters, fire trucks and farm equipment covered in holiday lights dazzle the crowd as they roll down main street. Wine aficionados are invited to stroll through the heart of downtown with a commemorative glass for a special seasonal wine tasting. 

Madera Wine Trail Event - Wine and Chocolate Learn More

Farm to Fork Meal at Erna's Elderberry House or South Gate Brewing Co.

Bass Lake - Stargazing, Milky Way

Stargaze at the Milky Way in the high sierra along the shores of Bass Lake. Enjoy the soft sounds of nature while taking in the brilliant glow and twinkle of the stars overhead. Be sure to bring a warm snuggle blanket, some hot cocoa and great company to share this activity. Learn More

Spa Suite with Fireplace at The Pines Resort + Spa Treatment

Snow Play Beasore

Rental Cabin for Family Holiday

Yosemite - Skiing Badger Pass, Cross Country Full Moon Sledding and Tubing

Be blown away by spectacular views of Yosemite covered in a blanket of twinkling white while you enjoy an array of winter sports at Badger Pass. From snowboarding to cross-country skiing under the full moon, sledding, tubing and more, you will have the time of your life. Learn More

Hot Cocoa at the Ahwahnee After a Day in the Snow

Horsetail Falls Phenomenon in February 

Vintner's Holidays, Chef's Holidays & Bracebridge at the Ahwahnee

Arts/Entertainment - Christmas Performance at Golden Chain Theatre

Love live theatre. Attend a special holiday performance at the Golden Chain Theatre. You'll enjoy a magical evening featuring gorgeous vocal arrangements during a holiday musical variety show, "Believe in Christmas."  Learn More

Gallery Row

Gingerbread and Ornament Contest at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Spat Treatments & Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, Erna's Elderberry House or The Pines Resort

Outdoor Adventure - Ice Skating and Snow Shoeing
Lace up those ice skates and hit the rink at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, or strap on some snowshoes at The Redwoods In Yosemite and embark on an outdoor winter adventure.
Ice skating is available at: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite as well as Curry Village.
Rent snow shoes at the following locations: The Redwoods in YosemiteYosemite Bug Mountain Resort & Badger Pass

Snowmobiling Sierra National Forest, Beasore

Snow Play and Sledding

History/Museums - Christmas at Fresno Flats

Celebrate Christmas by traveling back to the 19th Century at Fresno Flats Historical Village and Park. Meet Father Christmas and explore life as it would have looked during a 19th Century holiday celebration. Learn More

Children's Museum of the Sierra
Grab the kids and head over to the Children's Museum of the Sierra for and interactive and fun learning experience. Learn More

Holidays at the Courthouse Museum of Madera County