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!

North Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Celebration

Spring has sprung, and it’s about that time to celebrate the beauty of this region on Earth Day, Saturday April 21st! The North Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Celebration is an all-volunteer educational event from the Tahoe Earth Day Foundation, where all ages can learn how to preserve the earth through various ways, such as recycling/composting, alternative energy, watershed and forest health, and sustainability.

The celebration on Saturday kicks off at 9am with a Collection Event: guests can recycle waste, tires and household batteries for free! Click here for a list of accepted items so you don’t haul your refrigerator to Squaw Valley, only to be turned away. Also taking place at the Village at Squaw is a performance by ASHA World Dancers, a Trashion Show and live music by Ten Mile Tide. Want details about the event schedule?  Find out more about all the entertainment and raffle here!

Help preserve the beauty of Lake Tahoe on Earth Day! Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

In addition to the Earth Day celebration is one of the largest film festivals of its kind, running from Thursday, April 19th to Friday, April 20th at the Olympic Village Lodge. Tickets for the screening are $10 and each screening will have a total run time of 90 minutes. Don’t miss these spectacular pieces of art with stunning footage of Earth’s natural beauty. Click here to learn more and purchase your ticket today!

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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”

Squaw Valley Women’s Film Festival: LUNAFEST 2011

If you’re looking for a fun girls’ night out and are a film buff, then head out to the LUNAFEST film festival at Squaw Valley this year. The festival is centered on short films by, for and about women. You’ll also enjoy sampling cuisine from top local chefs and wine from California wineries, as well as a silent and live auction. All proceeds benefit the local Girls on the Run -Sierras, a prevention program for young girls ages 8-13, promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

The Lowdown:

When: Thursday, December 8th 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Squaw Valley USA, The Olympic Village Inn

Tickets: $35 in advance for sale at Wild Cherries in Truckee, CA or online! Tickets are $39 at the door.

Lodging: Receive 30% off your room rate for 3 or more nights, and 15% off for 1-2 nights through December 15th at Squaw Valley Lodge. Book with us now!


The Alpen Wine Festival

Labor Day Weekend marks the end of summer, and with a chill in the air already, it’s time to think about pulling out your light knits and possibly your boots. Here’s your chance to enjoy back-to-back weekends of wine tastings.

Kick off an early fall at The Village at Squaw with over 40 vineyards, benefiting Can Do Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the 23rd Annual Alpen Wine Festival. Your $40 donation at the door includes a commemorative crystal wine glass and supports the leading organization in empowering the healthy lifestyles of people with MS and their life partners. Enjoy live music, and peruse the silent auction and raffle, where you could score Squaw Valley Lodging packages.

Now that you have whet your appetite for harvest season, head out to The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival next weekend and support our local chefs as they compete for top culinary prizes!


Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival

One of the greatest wine and food events of the year, The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival is back with another spectacular venue of high profile chefs and wineries the region has to offer.

The festival is a flurry of live music, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and Sunday’s Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting at Northstar Resort. The finest local restaurants work diligently to bring delectable creations, utilizing fresh seasonal ingredients from local farmers and proprietors.

If you think this festival is an adult-only affair, think again! There are several family oriented cooking workshops and seminars the little ones are sure to enjoy.

Book your seminars now before they sell out, and purchase tickets at Go Tahoe North. We promise you won’t regret it!


22nd Annual Lake in the Sky Air Show

The annual Lake Tahoe Air Show is dubbed the “biggest and best air show in the High Sierra.”  This festival has been a yearly event for nearly two decades and includes some of the nation’s best aerobatic performers like Bill Cornick and Jon Melby. Grab the whole family and come out to the South Lake Tahoe Airport for Warbird fly-by’s and a chance to see military aircraft in action! And if you’re a history buff, it’s a chance to see the legendary p-51 Mustang – the #1 fighter plane of WWII.

For further information, check out Lake in the Sky Airshow.


Lake Tahoe Festival of Arts

Howard Alan Events, Ltd is proud and excited to bring a first class art affair to the Lake Tahoe. The Lake Tahoe Festival of Arts will be located on Ski Run Blvd in South Lake Tahoe.

Over 150 artists from around the nation will be on display for this juried art affair! Patrons will be able to peruse mediums such as paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, pottery and much more. All artists will be on hand for visitors to learn their inspiration for their masterpieces and even purchase a customized piece to fit each unique individual.

The event is complimentary and open for viewing 10am to 5pm.


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