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!

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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Lake Tahoe Living History Day

Pine Lodge, the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. Built in 1903.

Step back in time to the 1930′s, and taste the once bustling life at Ehrman Mansion, with this FREE  event at the Lake Tahoe Living History Day!

Experience the lavish lifestyle of the late Florence and Sydney Ehrman with many entertaining activities at Sugar Pine Point State Park – live bands, historical talks (one by a living descendant of Ehrman, Frances Dinkelspiel), in-residence guided tours, and even a vintage car display! There will be an abundance of children’s activities, where they can pick up a mallet and play croquet, or try their hands at pick-up-sticks or jacks.  It’s all about having fun 1930s style.

Pack your bathing suits and towels for the whole family, and enjoy a picnic on the sprawling lakefront lawn. See just why this spot was a private summer retreat for 60 years in the Hellman-Ehrman family.

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7th Annual Truckee Optimist Brew Fest

You won't be short of ale options at this local brew fest!

In a beautiful Lake Tahoe park setting, kick off the summer with refreshing libations from over 20 breweries and cider distributors at the 7th Annual Truckee Optimist Brew Fest on June 9th from 1-5pm! Enjoy live music by “Drop Theory” while diving into brats and sausages fresh off  the barbecue. Place your bid for the silent auction and be sure to purchase a souvenir t-shirt on your way out!

The cost of your ticket, $25 pre-sale or $30 at the door, also includes a commemorative beer tasting glass. Must be 21 or older to attend. Click here for ticket locations, and to find out more!

If you’re wondering if your favorite microbrewery will be on site pouring a frothy one just for you, check out the list of past participating breweries:

Fifty Fifty Brewery, Great Basin Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Big Sky Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Anchor Brewing, Full Sail Brewing, Hoppy Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing, Wyder’s Cider, Rubicon Brewing, Lake Tahoe Brewing, Sam Adams, Fox Barrel Cider, Buckbean Brewing, Mendocino Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing, Mad River Brewing, New Belgium, and more.

What’s your ale of choice?


Pain McShlonkey Classic Returns to Squaw!

Shane McConkey's quirky alter ego, Pain McShlonkey.

As an on and off mountain event, the Pain McShlonkey Classic is a wacky part of Tahoe culture in which all proceeds from the weekend benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation, along with environmental education programs. The event was dubbed after one of Shane’s funny alter egos, Pain McShlonkey. Hosted on March 23-24th at Squaw Valley, the McShlonkey offers the world’s top winter atheletes a chance to compete for the podium on none other than snowblades! Saturday’s on-mountain antics promise true slope-side entertainment for all ages.

“One thing about Shane is that what you saw is what he was: a man full of stoke, passion, ingenuity, humor and a zest for making your moments on this earth count,” says longtime friend Scott Gaffney. “Shane loved to laugh, play, compete against and make fun of friends and make fun of himself. The Pain McShlonkey Classic is a perfect amalgam of all of these elements that were so important to a guy who inspired us to no end.”

The Red Bull Air Force will kick off the festivities on the afternoon of Friday, March 23 as athletes like Charles Bryan, JT Holmes and Tim Dutton skydive into The Village at Squaw Valley.  Now that’s just the beginning. From there, the party rages on at Rocker@Squaw with a DJ, food and drink specials and poster signings with pro competitors.

The real throw down begins Saturday, March 24 at 9 a.m. as the athletes line up atop the legendary KT-22 chairlift for an all-out snowblade banzai. The pros will take on 30 of McConkey’s biggest fans in an anything-goes battle to the finish on Squaw’s GS Bowl. It’s a sight to see, especially the costume choices you’ll see whiz by.

To top off the weekend, don’t miss the 80’s after party at Squaw’s Olympic Village Lodge. Guests must be 21 or older to attend with valid ID required. To find out more, purchase tickets to the after party on March 24th ($25/each), or make a donation to the Shane McConkey Foundation, click here!

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