Tahoe Cultural Events

Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

Halloween Around Lake Tahoe

jack o lantern halloween in tahoe

Halloween in mountain communities is a bit different as families don’t have the ease of metropolitan neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, though that doesn’t stop locals here! If you’re looking to dress up and branch out for a night ‘on the town’ check out a few events happening around Tahoe on All Hallow’s Eve, Saturday October 31:

  • Creepers Ball at Crystal Ball Club

An area favorite! Tainted Love and After Party with Dubcoling and Onene

ss. Get dressed in your best costume and dance your heart out to some awesome cover songs.

9PM | $25/ticket, or $45 for Booth Seat | http://www.crystalbaycasino.com/

  • Heavy Halloween The Psychedelic Laboratory featuring RudeBoyNoize (Trevor Kelly + Shlump) // Rapplesauce // All Good Funk Alliance at the Tahoe Biltmore

Rock out to an evening of two stages of bass and funk. Don’t forget to wear your costume too!

9PM | $15 early bird ticket, $20 advance, or $30 at the door | http://heavyhalloween.bpt.me/

Don’t forget to book your night with us while our fall rates are so great. Our Front Desk staff is happy to assist you with taxi service to ensure you remain safe while out for the night! Need directions to Stateline, NV (it’s about a 20 minute drive away)? Our staff is here to help!

Not sure if you want to stray far from Squaw Valley? How about a nice bottle of red at Uncorked (just steps from us) and a dip in the spa before bed? Sounds like a perfect way to ring in November … one more step closer to winter.

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Fall Fun For All Ages: Tahoe City Oktoberfest

Enjoy a frothy beer with your $10 stein purchase!

Enjoy a frothy beer with your $10 stein purchase!

Let’s talk about autumn. The leaves are changing colors. Whistler Blackcomb and Mammoth Mountain have already seen snow and it’s still technically summer! El Nino is on its way for (hopefully) the biggest winter the West Coast has seen in four years.

Before the snow descends, and the bears hibernate for months, don’t forget to enjoy fall in all of its glorious red-orange-yellow beauty! Add in a classic button-down plaid, your favorite pair of boots, maybe a pumpkin spiced coffee or ale, and you’re set. And naturally, what goes perfectly with fall? Oktoberfest in Tahoe City!

This year the Tahoe City Downtown Association returns with a bigger and better Oktoberfest event on October 3, 2015, from 12PM to 6PM at Layton Park Gatekeeper Museum. Entrance is FREE, and your purchase of a $10 beer stein includes your first beer! Live music by The Space Heaters & TBA will keep you rocking all afternoon long, and of course there will be food on-site for purchase.

There’s also fun for all ages with pumpkin painting, face painting, a traditional Bavarian costume contest, and more!

For more information: www.visittahoecity.org

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Hot Air Balloon Race: Fun Family Reno-Tahoe Event!


There is a great sense of childlike magic for adults and children alike when it comes to hot-air balloons. You could be three, thirteen, or thirty years old, and watching them fire up and take flight is still exhilarating and beautiful. Watching hundreds of balloons fly through the sky, aglow with bright colors on a crisp late summer morning is something every kid (at heart) should experience.

Every September the Reno-Tahoe area is treated to the largest FREE hot-air balloon event in the world at the Great Reno Balloon Race. This year’s event is held September 11-13, 2015 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, Nevada.

The festival is packed full of outdoor events that start as early as 5:15am on September 11. We’re talking a famous Glow Show (this is a MUST-SEE!), Pajama Party, Balloon Mass Ascension, and much more. Since the balloons take flight at dawn we do suggest hitting the hay early, and ensuring you have some way of accessing hot coffee or a hot beverage in the morning as you take the short drive from Squaw Valley into Reno. Watching the sun barely rising over the Sierra Nevada Mountains is a sight to see, and another treat before watching all the hot-air balloons ascend! Pack snacks for kiddos, dress warmly in layers, and don’t forget to bring your camera!

Balloons In Sky

September is a great time to visit the Tahoe area, and you don’t want to miss out on our low-season rates! Check them out online, or contact one of our Reservation Agents for lodging deals or assistance with choosing the right accommodations. We can probably even help with ideas on where to get hot coffee at 5am. We like early mornings around Squaw Valley. It’s a beautiful time to be awake and enjoy the great outdoors!

Visit www.squawvalleylodge.com for lodging deals and the latest happening the North Lake Tahoe area.


Off the Mat, Into the World: Yoga Workshops Near Squaw Valley Lodge

Take advantage of this inspired, breathtaking setting by signing up for yoga workshops with Off the Mat, Into the World. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of yoga and achieve personal empowerment while you support community activism and outreach.


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World’s Oldest 100-Mile Race: Western States 100

Western States startline (1)

Every year in late June Squaw Valley is flooded with some of the premier endurance athletes from around the world. They flock to the area for one of the largest ultra-marathon races, that actually starts in our backyard (just steps from the Squaw Valley Lodge). The runners travel 100 miles on foot from Squaw Valley, California to Auburn, California in the snow and sunshine–depending on what Mother Nature gives them that year.

This year’s competitors did not face snow, rather, intense heat for June 27, 2015. There were 371 starts and 254 finishers; Rob Krar defended the men’s title with a finish of 14:48:59 and the women’s first place went to Magdalena Boulet at 19:05. What phenomenal times for a race where temperatures reach the low 90’s.

Though we do lodge a lot of athletes for the race, it’s a great time to visit and watch the action live! Especially if you are an early bird and want to rise before dawn with a hot cup of coffee to send off our runners!

Click here for rates and reservations: http://www.squawvalleylodge.com/

Western states Ian Ballentine Team 20 hours until start

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Red, White and Tahoe Blue Celebration in Incline Village, Nevada

Fireworks over Lake Tahoe for July 4th

PC: Robert McGilvray of McGilvray Images

There’s so much happening around Lake Tahoe for the 4th of July, that it’s hard to choose where to take the family for holiday fun!

In addition to the holiday celebrations taking place at Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, and Truckee, you don’t want to miss the Red, White and Tahoe Blue taking place in Incline Village, NV! Incline Village is only a short 20 to 25 minute drive from Squaw Valley, with a view you can’t beat along Highway 20 (Lake Tahoe stretches out for miles to your right).

The RWTB celebration hosts the biggest July 4th holiday festivities in the area. AOL Travel names it the #6 Best Fireworks Show in the nation! With over 450 volunteers and 400+ donors and sponsors, it’s the place to be this week (especially this Saturday).

So what can the family do, or enjoy, at Red, White and Tahoe Blue? Here’s a quick list of all the activities lined up!

There’s still time to get your tickets to any or all of the events! Visit: http://www.redwhitetahoeblue.org/ for more information!


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Fun Hot Air Balloon Event! The Great Reno Balloon Race 2015

Great Reno Balloon Race

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. If you want to visit one of the most spectacular events in the West, heck–the United States–then don’t miss The Great Reno Balloon Races held this September 11-13, 2015.

Set your coffee machine on a timer the night before, and rise early (we’re talking well before 5am) and head into West Reno, Nevada for dawn patrol. Hot air balloons lift into the dark skies as dawn approaches and they GLOW. It’s a sight to see for the family family! Children squeal. Parents watch with sleepy eyes, sipping on hot cocoa and strong coffee. Stay past dawn as hundreds of balloons coast through Reno’s skies. Balloons in the shape of panda bears, beer cans, rainbows, Darth Vadar, just about everything you can think of!

Did we mention this magnificent event is free? Be sure to check out our fantastic lodging savings in September! The crowds have lessened, and it’s a fun time of year to explore the area with hiking, biking, and of course, The Great Reno Balloon Race! Squaw Valley Lodge is also a quick drive into Reno.

For more info on the balloon race, click HERE.

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