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!

Tea Time at High Altitude: Tea, Scones and “All in this Tea”

If the cold Truckee-Tahoe evenings are getting to you, then join others for an early evening of tea at Cedar House Sport Hotel on Thursday, February 9th from 6pm-8pm [Tweet This!].  Tahoe Teas will host a dynamic evening of their proprietary certified organic teas and herbal blends. Learn about Tahoe Teas’ origins and the Slovenian cultural influence on its founder, Alenka Vrecek. Relish in freshly baked scones from Stella and dive into the first official Truckee-Tahoe showing of “All in this Tea,” a film by Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht.

“All in this Tea” follows American tea importer David Lee Hoffman to remote regions of China in search of the finest handmade teas. Not since Robert Fortune clandestinely made his way through China in 1843 (to steal plants and seeds for the British Empire!) has a westerner attempted to gain access to the world where farmers have been making tea for generations. Hoffman introduces the west to one of China’s finest cultural gems—the artistry and exquisite taste of fine, handmade tea.

The film is 70 minutes, and Gina Leibrecht will be on site to introduce the film and answer any questions by viewers.

Purchase your tickets ($18) here!


Multi-Media Jazz Concert: “Jazz Reach”

Marcus Strickland

Due to the lack of arts and music programming in schools today, there are organizations throughout the United States that have devoted themselves to the education of young audiences in this medium.  One of these non-profit organizations, JazzReach,  ”has developed a unique and diverse repertoire of substantive, high quality live educational programs for young audiences that are especially tailored to elucidate the art form and complement a broad range of students’ everyday classroom curriculum.”  Their multi-media programs are highly interactive, entertaining, yet informative.

On February 3rd, both young and old will have the opportunity to enjoy a remarkable evening of jazz, sponsored by the Cal Neva Resort.  This immersive, globally themed main-stage program features performances of all new commissions by prominent, internationally recognized jazz composers hailing from countries as diverse as, West Africa (Lionel Loueke), Israel (Omer Avital), Cuba (Yosvany Terry), Puerto Rico (Miguel Zenon), India (Rudresh Mahanthappa) and the United States (Marcus Strickland).

35 local jazz musicians from Incline Village, North Lake Tahoe and Truckee have trained with these renowned musicians and will perform in the opening piece of the show.  The history of jazz will certainly come alive in the local Lake Tahoe community!

For further information and to purchase tickets, please visit Arts For the Schools!

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North Lake Tahoe SnowFest!

It’s a Lake Tahoe tradition locals and tourists alike have enjoyed for thirty years.  North Lake Tahoe SnowFest! is a winter carnival featuring everything from town parades to ice carving competitions, torchlight parades to the infamous Polar Bear Swim.  This ten day celebration is jam packed with family-oriented activities, races, parties, concerts and on-snow events at  resorts like Squaw Valley USA, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak, and Northstar-at-Tahoe.

SnowFest! Fundraiser Party

Thursday, January 19th 5pm-8pm

Blue Agave Restaurant, Tahoe City

As a prelude to the annual celebration, be sure to come out and support the Snowfest! Fundraiser Party in January!  This event gets everyone charged for SnowFest!, while donating proceeds to this non-profit organization.  Proceeds taken at the door ensure your entry to the event, taco bar and complimentary margarita!  A raffle and live music are offered as well.  Attendees are encouraged to wear their traditional SnowFest beads and feather boas to kick-off the event season in SnowFest spirit!

Here’s a rundown of the list of events.  Be sure to check back as they are updated closer to festival opening!

Friday, March 2

SnowFest! Opening Ceremonies with On-Mountain Fireworks presented by Coors Light

  1. 6:00pm SnowFest! Queen Coronation
  2. 9:00pm 3rd Annual “Hot Dog 80′s Retro Party”

Saturday, March 3

  1. 22nd Annual Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim
  2. 7:00am North Tahoe Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast
  3. 9:00am Rahlves’ Banzai Tour-”KT-22 Banzai”
  4. 9:00pm 4th Annual “Snowdown” with the Space Cowboys

Sunday, March 4

  1. 9:00am 36th Annual “Great Ski Race”
  2. 9:00am Rahlves’ Banzai Tour – “KT-22 Banzai”
  3. 12:00pm 4th Annual “Snowdown” with the Space Cowboys
  4. 4:00pm Sunnyside “Luau”

 Tuesday, March 6

  1. 4:00pm Cornice Cantina’s “Sundeck Ski Race”

Wednesday, March 7

  1. Bunco Babes “Bunco Bash”
  2. 1:00pm Truckee River Winery’s “Ice Carving Extravaganza”

Thursday, March 8

  1. 4:00pm Cornice Cantina’s “Bloody Mary Masters Competition”

 Saturday, March 10

  1. 8:30am North Tahoe Public Utility District Pancake Breakfast
  2. 9:00am Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Final & Super Final- “Silver Belt Banzai”
  3. 9:00am Dress up your Dog Contest
  4. 11:30am SnowFest! Kings Beach Parade
  5. 12:30pm Calente! After Parade Party & SnowFest! Queen Raffle
  6. 1:30pm Kings Beach Friends of the Library Snow”what” Building Contest
  7.  5:00pm ARC & NLT Family Resource Center “2012 Snow Fiesta”

Sunday, March 11

SnowFest! Ends

  1.  9:00am Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Final & Super Final – “Silver Belt Banzai”
  2.  12:00pm River Ranch Annual Snow Sculpture Contest
  3.  1:00pm Tahoe Donner “Ididarun”

North Tahoe Arts: The Weekly 30 Year Anniversary Exhibit

If you’re a vintage buff, then be sure to check out the exhibit of Lake Tahoe’s local magazine, The Weekly, at North Tahoe Arts Center in Tahoe City from January 5th to February 27th!

The Weekly celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012, and pays homage to its history by displaying one cover picked from every year of publication from its inception in 1982.  An Opening Reception for the exhibit is January 13th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Arts Center, is free to the public and locals and tourists alike are  invited to attend.

The 30 years of covers on exhibit feature winter and summer recreation, local faces, local events and a fantastic look at Tahoe and Truckee for the past 30 years. The highlight of the exhibit is the first edition, which published on February 18, 1982, as “North Tahoe Week.” The first edition was 12 pages and featured a photograph by Vance Fox of a skier cliff jumping near the horse trails in Squaw Valley.

The Weekly is celebrating its 30th year with a redesign of the magazine, debuting on January 12th, along with a special 30th anniversary edition on February 9th.  They will host a 30th anniversary party on February 11th, for all attend.  At this time the location is TBD.

For further information please e-mail editor@tahoethisweek.com.


The Valhalla Holiday Gala Dinner

THe Valhalla Holiday Gala Dinner

Enjoy the festive atmosphere of Historic Valhalla Grand Hall with an elegant evening of champagne, hors d’ouevres, fine wines and catered dinner at the annual Valhalla Holiday Gala Diner.  Each ticket includes a personalized Tahoe Silverwood handcrafted Bear Ornament, and you’ll also enjoy a silent auction before the end of the evening.

Event Low Down

When: Saturday, December 3rd from 5:30PM to 10:30PM

Where: The Historic Valhalla Grand Hall in South Lake Tahoe

Cost: $85/person, click here!

Evening attire is recommended. Valet parking available on-site.

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Holiday Events at Squaw Valley: Magical Memories

Photo courtesy of Alena Grace Photography

Snow, steaming hot cocoa and sleigh rides. There is so much happening this year at the 7th Annual Magical Memories, we don’t know where to begin!

Resort at Squaw Creek has crafted a bevy of holiday activities for all ages, which runs from November 25, 2011 to January 8, 2012. We’ll just whet your appetite for winter wonderland galore with these options: holiday caroling, cookie decorating, wine and cheese tastings, s’mores roast and hot cocoa by the bonfire, breakfast with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus in the lobby, snowman making competition, sleigh rides and more!  To see a detailed list of events by date and more information, click here!

If you are music buff, then be sure to set aside these dates and get your ticket while you can! Handel’s “Messiah” in the Grand Sierra Ballroom is a local’s favorite, and not one to miss.

Musical Event Details:

11/30, 12/7, 12/14 at 5 PM: Live Local School Performances. Complimentary!

12/10 and 12/11: The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus of Sierra College presents “Sing Christmas”;  for tickets click here.

12/16: The Orchestra and Community Chorus of the Tahoe Area (TOCCATA) presents a special version of Handel’s “Messiah” in the Grand Sierra Ballroom. Buy your  tickets here!


32nd Annual Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots Squaw Valley

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.  W.T. Ellis

Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate and the United States Marine Corps Reserve  are proud to sponsor the 32nd Annual Toys for Tots Party on Wednesday, December 7th from 6-9 p.m in Incline Village.

This year’s event kicks off at The Chateau Incline Village and features music by DJ Alex “Boogie” Smith, dancing, cocktails, delectable appetizers, prizes and an appearance by Santa Claus himself!

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. It is a crucial fundraiser during the holiday season, and the community support allows children in need to have a joyous experience at Christmas.

Event Details

Where: The Chateau, 955 Fairway Blvd., Incline Village, NV

When: December 7th, 6-9PM

Admission: 1 New, Unwrapped Present

Questions/Concerns: Contact Cheryl at 775.833.6444


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