Tahoe Things to Do

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!

Live at Lakeview: Free Summer Concert Series at El Dorado/Lakeview Commons Beach

June 20 – August 29, 2013

Enjoy live music at beautiful El Dorado Beach/ Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe every Thursday night throughout the summer. Kicking off on June 20th, the Live at Lakeview: Free Summer Concert Series will feature amazing concerts by local and nationally recognized bands and musicians. Every week, you can hear bands playing a diversity of musical genres, from Rock & Roll to Reggae, Latin to Jazz, Country to Bluegrass, while enjoying stunning views of Lake Tahoe.

Over the summer, 10 bands will play on a stage right on the sands of El Dorado Beach with the azure waters of Lake Tahoe as the ultimate backdrop to this wonderful music series. Hear exciting bands such as Fruition, Keyser Soze, Huckle, Polyrhythmics, and the New World Jazz Project as the sun sets over the lake. The Live at Lakeview: Free Summer Concert Series also features a beer garden, local food and drink vendors, local artists and free bike valet.

You grab a free seat on the tiered-terraced area or up at the top where there are picnic tables where you can enjoy drinks, dinner and an intimate setting. Music starts every Thursday evening at 4:30 and goes until 9:30 pm. Experience wonderful summer of wonderful live music, great food, art and fun in the spectacular setting of South Lake Tahoe – all just minutes from the Squaw Valley Lodge.

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Summer at Lake Tahoe: Artist Feature

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

There are some years when we see snow in June, but with temperatures rising into the upper 70′s and low 80′s this week, summer has truly arrived at Lake Tahoe. Squaw Valley summer operations open June 14th, and we thought what better way to gear up for the summer season than a little Lake Tahoe eye candy? Since photographs speak a thousand words, we’ll just let the beauty of this region and season speak for itself. 

Alena Grace Photography has kindly shared some of her favorite summer shots, but if you’re itching for more, connect on Facebook, or check out her website! We sat down with landscape photographer, Alena Saporsky, for a local’s take on summer at Lake Tahoe:

1. What is your favorite thing about shooting in the summertime?

I love shooting ALL seasons at Tahoe. Summer provides more daylight for all shooting days, and warmth so you can be out in the early morning or late evening. The beaches’ 99% pure water is magical in summer. I soon plan to purchase an underwater camera and shoot at lake level/underwater images while I am actually in the lake!

2. What locations in the Tahoe region tend to photograph the best, or do your clients like the best?

I have found it funny over the years my favorite images and clients’ favorite images vary greatly. I am not sure why this is–simply preference? My best sellers have been reflection images (where the mountains/trees/etc. reflect in the lake on a glassy lake day), photos of piers, and wildflowers have been great sellers as both prints and greeting cards. Most of my revenue from summertime in Tahoe has been weddings. I photographed a small beach wedding on the South Shore in 2010 and the images turned out lovely–Nevada Beach at sunset did not disappoint!

3. Any tips for visitors who want to capture the beauty of Tahoe, or local spots people must see?

If you are visiting the Tahoe basin this summer and are not familiar with the area, I recommend taking a photo tour with a company such as Tahoe Photographic Tours (tahoephotographictours.com). The locations I recommend would be the top of the fire road above Crystal Bay, Nevada, Sand Harbor or Hidden Beach on the East Shore, Eagle Falls and Emerald Bay, and Shirley Canyon at Olympic Valley. If you’re willing to hike, take the trail at the top of Mount Rose Highway and go half way to the summit. There you will find a gorgeous valley with mountain lupine and a gorgeous waterfall. And if you’re willing to take a drive, Hope Valley, south of South Lake Tahoe, is the rugged side of  the Tahoe basin. Complete with sweeping meadows, the Carson River, and granite peaks; this area does not disappoint!

And as we promised: phenomenal Lake Tahoe region eye candy courtesy of Alena Grace Photography.

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Summer’s just about here: come and get it! If you haven’t booked your lodging yet, we can help, and save you 30% off your stay! 

Chasing Ice Film Screening at Squaw Valley



After enjoying a day of sunshine at Squaw Valley, come spend an evening “Chasing Ice” in support of the Squaw Valley Institute. Learn more about the reality of climate change and gain insight on what’s happening with unusual climate shifts (hey–whatever happened to long, powder packed winters?!) from a panel of experts.

Get your tickets today at Alpenglow for only $5, or $10 at the door! Click here for further details.

McConkey Movie: Premier at Tribeca Film Festival

The documentary trailer for McConkey opens with early video of Shane McConkey, “there he is: the man, the myth, not a legend yet–he’s too young.” Today, Shane McConkey has certainly obtained legendary status at Squaw Valley and within the international ski community as a whole. McConkey, a film by MSP Films and Red Bull Media House that examines Shane’s legacy as a pro-athlete, does not officially release until October 2013. However, it recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Read more about McConkey in the words of Ingrid Backstrom: http://bit.ly/15CGhLl

Stay tuned for more details on the kick-off film tour at Squaw Valley this fall.

Vagina Monologues

Coming soon to the North Tahoe Events Center is the hugely popular play, The Vagina Monologues. Now an annual tradition in the Tahoe area, the Tahoe Safe Alliance brings this fan-favorite show about all things female back on stage from April 26-27, 2013 as benefit performances supporting the V-Day 2013 Campaign.

The popular play, written by American playwright and performer Eve Ensler, delves into both the serious and funny aspects of the female experience. Originally a series of monologues performed by Ensler herself, this internationally renowned and award-winning play now features three or more actresses performing the show. Each year, a new monologue about a current event is added, which makes it as fresh as it is relevant. At the showings on the 26th and 27th, local community members will do the readings, so come out and have some fun while supporting a great cause!

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Mountain of Strings

Get ready for a hopping night of bluegrass tunes and Lake Tahoe fun live from the Squaw Valley Ski Resort. Mountain of Strings on Sunday, April 28, 2013 brings the best string bands and players from across the US onto one stage to lay down great bluegrass sounds from 4-9pm. The superb lineup includes the Yonder Mountain String Band serving up progressive bluegrass, classic bluegrass from The Del McCoury Band led by one of the most respected bluegrass musicians and singers in the country, and a not-to-be-missed set from banjo and slide guitar genius Tony Furtado.

If you love bluegrass, this is the place to be. If you don’t, then this is the live music event that will make you a fan. Tickets are only $40 in advance and $45 at the door. For extra perks, the $65 VIP ticket will get you into the private area with free appetizers, you’ll receive a limited edition Mountain of Strings poster, and also have access to the after-party.

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North Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival

Lake Tahoe SpringAre you in love with the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe?

Can’t imagine living without powder runs in the winter, hiking the peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and lapping up the sunshine by the lake in summer? Then come celebrate Mother Nature at the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival at Squaw Valley on April 20, 2013.

The Dets:

April 20, 2013 11am-5pm

It’s a Zero Waste Event!

Children’s Zone & Entertainment: Kiddos can get their face painted, and learn how to recycle.

Experience Great Live Music: Sneaky Creatures and The Sierra Drifters.

Envirolution Trashion Show: Can you guess what will be modeled on the day of?

FREE Community Recycling Event: 10am-2pm; Drop off old electronics, or shred paper. No hazardous waste.

For more information about the event and recycling details, visit tahoetruckeeearthday.org.


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