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!

A Fun Date Night: 26th Annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival

Sparkling Champagne

Though summer is the season for wine tasting, there’s nothing like the warmth that comes from an autumn wine and chocolate tasting. The leaves have changed colors, the crispness of fall hangs in the air – it’s a season that beckons comfort foods. What’s more delicious and comforting than luxurious wine and chocolate?

For over 25 years the Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival has been one of the area’s high end culinary events to feature local wineries, chocolatiers and boutique food. For the cost of admission ($125 person) on November 8, from 5:30pm to 10pm at the Hyatt in Incline Village, guests will enjoy a wine walk–sampling wines hand selected from acclaimed California wine regions, such as Napa, Amador, and Paso Robles. Guests are then seated for a guided chocolate tasting from several of Lake Tahoe’s finest culinary chocolate artists.

Not only are guests drinking and eating to their delight, the event benefits an instrumental nonprofit in the Lake Tahoe area, Tahoe SAFE Alliance.  Tahoe SAFE Alliance is the only agency in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee that provides free programs and services to survivors of violence and abuse, and educates our youth and community members on violence prevention and healthy relationships.

In addition to the event leaving your belly full, there are raffle prizes, and a door entry prize (yes, it pays to just go!) where you could win 4 nights at Playa Viva Resort – a $2,000 value!

We can’t think of a better reason to taste wine and eat chocolate while at Lake Tahoe.


Tahoe City Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch on October 18th

pumpkins at harvest time with fall leaves at lake tahoe

Pick your pumpkins to carve this fall at the Tahoe City Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch on October 18.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, fall is a great time for a Lake Tahoe getaway. Escape the city, leave your worries behind, even bring the kids along if you’re looking for a family vacation before winter hits. Enjoy the quiet mountains, beautiful harvest sunrises, the aspen trees ablaze in yellow and orange, and a hot cup of coffee on your private balcony overlooking Squaw Valley.

Since you’ll also be on the hunt for exciting, family events or activities while in the Lake Tahoe area, head to the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch at the Rideout Community Center in Tahoe City on October 18, 2014, 10AM-2PM. There is plenty of entertainment for children with face painting, a bounce house, pony rides, and carnival rides! Hungry? Be sure to purchase your activity bracelet, and you can grub on delicious BBQ!

To save, purchase your activity bracelet in advance ($12) or $15 if purchased the day of.  Contact 530.583.3440 to purchase your bracelet, or let our Reservations Agent know you would like more information when booking.

Be sure to check out our low season lodging deals, SAVE 40% on a two night stay!


Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley: Drink In The Autumn Season!

Oktoberfest beer steins and Bavarian dancers at Squaw Valley

Grab your stein of beer and enjoy Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley!

This time of year at Lake Tahoe seems to sneak up on us. We’re in the thick of summer and all its glorious events, and in one fell swoop summer suddenly collapses in fall. With the crisp, cooling temperatures and leaves rapidly changing colors, it’s time to ring in the season with Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley on September 27, 2014! Taking down a large stein of beer will get you ready for those long winter nights of cozying up by the fire after an epic powder day on the slopes. Sure winter is on the horizon, but let’s be sure to enjoy fall first!

What to expect at Squaw’s Oktoberfest? All the standard greats: Traditional Bavarian music and folk dances, Benefit Beer Garten, Brats & Kraut, and games from 2-6pm. Your $10 admission includes a specialty glass and first beer (choose wisely). After that it’s only $5 for additional beers in your stein!

Don’t worry, wine is also available if you’re not a beer lover. (We’ll forgive you for that one at Oktoberfest.)

Click here for more info, and be sure to check our site for the Manager’s Special rates during Oktoberfest. No drinking and driving, folks!


Fall Into Autumn Around Lake Tahoe

Autumn Leaves in Truckee

The Truckee River aspens on fire on a cozy, fall day.

Tahoe locals like to talk about the three seasons you’ll find here: winter, summer, and construction. Although it may seem like Mother Nature skips over fall and spring, we’d like to reveal one of Lake Tahoe’s best kept secrets: autumn.

The aspen trees are ablaze in yellow–endless meadows and vistas of orange. The days are still long enough to hit the trails after work. Highway 89 isn’t a parking lot. Local restaurants and grocery stores are not zoos. There is a slight chill in the air, the Tahoe sky is on fire with cotton candy sunsets, and the hopeful anticipation of an epic winter is palpable. The animals are preparing to hunker down while you sip spiced lattes or mulled wine by the fire.

Here are some fun family activities and events to check out in Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, and Truckee!

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine, September 5-7

Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series, September 7

“Trattoria” Opening Event for Tahoe Art Haus + Cinema, September 5-6

Ironman Lake Tahoe, September 21

Cadillac Ball, September 27

Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley, September 27

Donner Party Hike, October 4-6

Tahoe City Oktoberfest, October 4

Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop, October 4

Foothill Farmer’s’ Market: Truckee Location, Tuesdays through October 14

Truckee Haunted Historic Tour, October 16

Truckee River Day, October 19

Gatekeeper’s Museum Spooky Ghost Walk, October 31

Remember, this is a great time of year to take advantage of low rates at Squaw Valley Lodge! Let our Reservation Agents help you book your fall respite today.


Downtown Truckee Holiday Festival

Tree Lighting in Rockefeller Center, New York City

Okay, so the tree lighting in downtown Truckee may not look exactly like Rockefeller Center, but it will still be a great way to usher in the holiday season with loved ones! Bundle up the little ones, head to the Truckee Holiday Festival, and get ready for tree decorating by local children, caroling, hot beverages and refreshments, lighting of the tree, and of course — Santa Claus!

Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, November 30, 2012
  • Time: 4:30PM
  • Need additional information? Contact:  info@historictruckee.com

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Andy Frasco at Moody’s Bistro

Come November 14th, Andy Frasco will bring his enigmatic style of party blues to crowds of admirers at Moody’s Bistro, a lounge located in the Truckee Hotel, a historical building constructed in 1873. The twenty-three-year-old Frasco musician hails from the San Fernando Valley, a Southern California melting pot of sorts—much like his sphere of musical influence. Drawing from the sounds of Damien Rice, Same Cooke, and Tom Waits, there is plenty of rhyme but little of reason to his sound. But there is no denying its enduring rifts and melodic mood swings.Frasco has affectionately been referred to as the “Second Coming” of blues music for a generation seemingly unaware of the genre’s influence. The young musical vagabond has traveled many miles in his short years, trekking over 120,000 miles and performing at over 700 shows—some spent standing in dirt fields amidst strangers; others seated, projecting sounds to thousands of fans.

Frasco has long been in tune with the music business. At 16, he managed and promoted local bands, only to later book bands at famous venues at the Drive Thru and The Key Club in Hollywood. Andy’s voice wavers between soft and raspy, commanding attention from every crowd as it harmonizes with his fingers, which dance across the keys of Yamaha electric pianos, and Nord organs. Swing by Moody’s and witness a dynamic musician in his element, playing a venue that reflects his inventive, imaginative style.


It’s Time for an Autumn Getaway!

It’s a lovely time of year to pack your bags for a quick and quiet getaway at Lake Tahoe! With our fall promotion you can save up to 30%Rates start at $118 per night through November 21, 2012!

The crowds have ceased, so you won’t fight traffic. Autumn mornings are crisp, yet sunny. The leaves are changing color. You can unwind in our spa and gaze up at the waning harvest moon over Squaw Valley. There’s so much happening around the lake you’ll definitely stay entertained, and there’s even fun for the whole family!

Here’s a way to spend your mini-vacation:

Sip and stroll at the Truckee Wine Walk and Shop on October 6th

Book a reservation at your favorite restaurant for Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week | October 7-14

Enjoy the sights and smell of fall at Resort at Squaw Creek’s Harvest Festival | October 5-14

What’s your favorite way to ring in fall? Does it involve pumpkin spice or comfort foods?


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