Tahoe Festivals

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!

2018 North Lake Tahoe SnowFest: Fun For the Family!

One of the Tahoe’s most beloved events for locals and visitors alike returns on March 1st and runs through March 11th, celebrating the beauty of the Sierras blanketed in white – a winter carnival jam packed full of activities for the whole family! Don’t miss Tahoe’s very own Mardi Gras style winter carnival.

With the recent snow and big snowstorms headed our way (we could see up to 5-8 feet of snow in a week!) we’re excited to kick off the festivities with the Polar Bear Swim and Queen Coronation hosted by Garwoods Restaurant. Over the years we’ve tallied up our favorite events during the week and here are some that top the list:

Polar Bear Swim

Tahoe City and Kings Beach Parade

Tahoe Donner’s Annual I-Did-A-Run

Bridgetender’s Annual Ribfest

Pete n’ Peter’s Bar Olympics

For a full list of the events, and details about how to get involved (and check out past photo galleries) click here.

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The 35th Annual North Lake Tahoe Snowfest

One of the things that makes Tahoe so different is the Annual Snowfest – a unique festival that hosts decidedly wintery like events at the beginning of every Spring. Tahoe comes alive to celebrate and pray for more snow with an array of crazy games!


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Tahoe Festivals – North Lake Tahoe SnowFest – Snow Sculpting & Winter Fun

Are you ready for North Lake Tahoe SnowFest? This fantastic winter extravaganza features snow sculpting competitions, human bowling, polar bear swims and so much more! Find the fun all over town, from March 4 through 13.


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Lake Tahoe Festivals – Winterpalooza

Are you ready for the first-ever Winterpalooza? Dive into a full day of tube racing, snowman building, relay races and snowstriding at Tahoe Donner Snowplay. Play in the snow and enjoy a festive day of winter sports and fun.


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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.


Center Yourself at the Wanderlust Festival in Serene Squaw Valley

You’ll thank yourself for the rest of your life after attending this soulful festival, dedicated to guiding attendees in search of their center – or just looking for a fun weekend of yoga, hiking, live music and dance in the cool mountain air.


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An Art, Wine & Music Festival in Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Global music graces two stages, sweetening the alpine air as you taste award-winning wines from top California wineries at this two-day summer celebration of art, wine, and music. FREE and family-friendly, it’s the can’t-miss event of the season!


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