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 St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

An American St. Patrick's Day tradition: Chicago River dyed green.

May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
May your heart be as light as a song,
May each day bring you bright, happy hours,
That stay with you all the year long.

In Ireland most natives pin on a sprig of green, attend morning mass, and drink a pint in the afternoon or feast with family at dinner in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Until the 1970s, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was a minor religious holiday. But in the United States, rivers are dyed green, there are large parades to celebrate the Irish, and millions don green for the day.

For Lake Tahoe locals and vacationers, we may have more than a sprig of green – more so a white and powdery day on the slopes! But why not capture the essence of the above Irish blessing, and grab some friends, enjoy the coming of spring, drink a pint, listen to some live tunes, dance a jig and find out how the Irish keep life so light and lively!

There are all kinds of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations happening around Lake Tahoe on Saturday, March 17th.  The question is how do you want to celebrate? We’ve included a few choices!  Just remember to wear green, stay safe and tip your hat to St. Patrick!

Squaw Valley

Celebrate the holiday at Squaw Valley with all of your favorite Irish traditions! Ski the green slopes, hang out at the KT Base Bar for our pig roast and listen to L.A.vation, The World’s Greatest Tribute to U2 while you enjoy festive beer from Guiness, Harp and Smithwick’s. From 3pm-5pm in the Village Events Plaza, The Blarney Band will perform traditional Irish music. Catch Lenny the Leprechaun on the slopes for a special treat from his pot of gold!

Be sure to check out Auld Dubliner at Squaw if you want a taste of traditional Dublin on this Irish holiday!

Alpine Meadows

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Alpine! Come dressed in your best St. Patrick’s Day costume for a chance to win a CamelBak full of swag! All costumes will be judged at the St. Patrick’s Day Après Ski Party taking place on the Sun Deck from 1pm to 4pm. Enjoy Irish food and drink specials and live music by the the Nibblers!

Tahoe City

The fun starts at Jake’s on the Lake with traditional Irish food all day (also serving lunch/café/dinner), Happy Hour Specials 4:30pm-6:30pm, Live Music: Mark Wilson at 6pm. The party continues at Hacienda del Lago (upstairs) with live funk “Terraplane” from 9:30pm-2am, and L.A. DJ Dre Tuna at Lakeside (next door) from 10pm-2am. Bounce around from bar to bar; Bushmills Girls, music and drink specials all night at all three venues!

What’s your favorite way to spend St. Patrick’s Day?

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Lake Tahoe Cultural Events: Tahoe Youth Ballet

Who ever said urban and rural life couldn’t intersect seamlessly? You can enjoy Lake Tahoe’s breathtaking great outdoors, tucker yourself out on the slopes all day, and still get your fill of a city-center cultural favorite: ballet.

There is a company of young dance students in the Lake Tahoe area who are devoted to bringing new life to the cultural fabric of the region. Tahoe Youth Ballet presents “Dancing Women, Then and Now” on March 9th and 10th at 7pm at Cal Neva Resort.  “Dancing Women, Then and Now” features Act II of Giselle and the premiere of Into the Trees. The gala opening night tickets ($55) include admission with preferred seating, a semi-formal post-show party and two raffle tickets.

General admission tickets are also available at both performances: Adults, $20; Students/Seniors $10.  For more information about Tahoe Youth Ballet, performance dates, and a sneak peek of Into the Trees, click here.

What do you think of seeing a professional level ballet performance in Tahoe?


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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