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!

Fall Fundraising Feast for Project Mana

Feed the hungry by filling your belly!

Who doesn’t love pizza, pasta and salad? For a suggested donation of $10, join the team at Rubicon Pizza to benefit Project Mana, a vital program in the community that provides immediate hunger relief to locals.

All servers at Rubicon Pizza will donate their time and tips to Project Mana. Be sure to come hungry and ready to feast!

  • November 12, 2012 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Rubicon Pizza at Northstar Resort
  • $10 for all you can eat pasta, pizza and salad.
  • Bar drink specials!
  • Live music from local bands donating their time!
  • Benefits Project Mana hunger relief.

Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival: Paradise Under the Stars

November 3, 2012 | 7-10pm | $75/advance or $85/door

It shouldn’t take much convincing to get you to this delectable fall event of chocolate and wine! This fundraiser, hosted by Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA, is in its 24th year and a vital part of keeping the local community safe and fed. All proceeds benefit community programs such as violence prevention and education, and community food distribution.

Guests will enjoy a night ofParadise Under the Stars inspired by the prohibition days of circa-1920 Havana. In fact, all are encouraged to dress to the nines and relish the Cuban borders opening for one night only!

Be sure to purchase your ticket ($75/advance, $85/door) to experience the following:

  • Delectable chocolate creations by ten of Tahoe’s finest chefs
  • Wine tasting
  • Enticing appetizers by Hyatt chefs
  • Live & silent auction
  • Live Cuban-inspired music
  • Chance to win a wheelbarrow of wine

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Get Spooked at Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour

Photo Credit: Truckee Donner Historical Society

October 18 and 19, 2012 | 5:30 – 9PM | $30

It’s back, and ready to spook you to the gills!

This adults-only annual walking tour of Historic Truckee is a dynamic, exciting and dark way to walk the steps of haunted Truckee tales. The tour kicks off with a glass of wine, and winds through Downtown Truckee, stopping off at all the old haunts. Finish off your time travels at Moody’s Bistro for a raffle prize drawing.

This autumn event sells out every year, and according to NC Communications, 70% of the tickets are already gone! Be sure to purchase yours HERE.

Want to attend but you’ve got kids? Don’t worry. Here’s a solution!


Lake Tahoe Fall Event: Oktoberfest 2012

Did you know that Oktoberfest is the largest and most famous event in Germany? It’s a 16-day festival celebrating beer, and has been a staple in Bavarian culture since 1810.

Why not raise a stein in traditional fashion and celebrate at Squaw Valley’s Oktoberfest tomorrow from 2-6pm? Unlike the events held in Munich and Bavaria, you won’t eat brats and kraut under a colorful tent, but in the open air of Lake Tahoe. The air is crisp with fall, the leaves are turning color, your stein is full of brew, and you’ll be entertained by traditional Bavarian Music and Folk Dancers.

Don’t forget the Oktoberfest Games! There’s fun for the whole family.

  • Stein Holding competition
  • Keg-Rolling race
  • Bratwurst Toss
  • Yodeling Contest (new this year!)

All entertainment at the event is free. Your first glass of beer is $10, which also includes a 1/2-liter commemorative festival stein. Additional beers are available for $5 /each.

Proceeds benefit the Tahoe Truckee Lacrosse Foundation.

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40th Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance

This event is a key part of Lake Tahoe maritime preservation and education, and also your chance to view over 80 classic boats on display, in running for top prize. In addition to boat viewing, your 1-day or 2-day ticket access to the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance offers the opportunity for live music, food and beverage purchase, full-color souvenir and vendor booths worth browsing!

The Skinny:

August 10 and 11: 10am to 4:30pm

Awards ceremony at 6pm on Friday

Tickets $25/advance, $30/door, $35/two day advance, $40/two day door


Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival 2012

Photo Credit Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

July 13 to August 26, 2012 | 5:30pm-10pm

Sand Harbor State Park, Incline Village, NV

A highly coveted “must-do” summer event, don’t miss the 40th anniversary season featuring The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Pack a picnic and watch the sun set on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore while Shakespeare comes alive on stage.

Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona is one the whole family can enjoy, and full of comedic relief. Bosom buddies Valentine and Proteus are Verona’s closest comrades, but their friendship is put to the ultimate test when Proteus forsakes his beloved Julia and competes for the affections of Valentine’s newfound love, the strong-willed Silvia.

Tickets start at $15 (Youth) $25 (Adult) and vary in service and assigned seating.

What is your favorite play by William Shakespeare?

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Truckee Chili Cookoff 2012

The Best Pies team at the 3rd Annual Truckee Chili Cookoff

Sunday, June 24, 2012 | 11am-4pm

Truckee River Regional Park, Truckee, CA

A sponsored fundraiser for the Truckee-Tahoe community by the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club, the 4th Annual Truckee Chili Cookoff  is a spicy way to turn up the heat on the local community! Local contestants compete to claim the title of “Best Chili in Truckee.” Join celebrity MC KCRA’s, Teo Torres, for an afternoon of chili tasting, sip on cold beer, and cool down your palate with sweet ice-cream.

This event also features a battle of the bands between The Deck Heads, Jo Mama, and Dancing with Clowns!

Check out the 2012 chili contestants! Are your taste-buds ready for some hot eats?!

  • Old Farts making Chili and Their Trophy Brides
  • Truckee Police Department
  • Summit Bar & Restaurant
  • Poets on Payday
  • Hey Chef
  • Truckee Fire Department
  • Michael Stark
  • Slow Food Lake Tahoe
  • Jax Truckee Diner
  • Best Pies
  • Full Belly Deli
  • Dragonfly
  • Plumpjack’s Restaurant
  • Wild Cherries
  • Porter/Simon
  • US Forest Service
  • Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company

Tickets are $15/Adults, $3/Children under 12; and available online here! Tickets may also be purchased at the event day of.

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