North Lake Tahoe, California 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!

Squaw 2 Alpine 10K Challenge – A Trail Run Near Squaw Valley Lodge

Lace up your sneakers and walk or run a 10K from Squaw Valley Ski Resort to Alpine Meadow Ski Resort. With the terrains of road and a trail run, challenge yourself by climbing the base of the Knob Hill on the majestic Snow King Mountain.


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The 26th Annual Foam Fest at Squaw Valley: 2015 Labor Day Weekend Event


Whether or not kiddos are back in school, Labor Day signifies the end of summer, so why not go out with a bang at Squaw Valley this year? A beloved event by our local community, The 26th Annual Foam Fest is back  at the Village at Squaw on Saturday, September 5 from 2-6PM with more live music and micro brews to keep things happily foamy. The Foam Fest benefits Disabled Sports USA, a nonprofit chapter in the Truckee area, committed to innovative multi-sport activities for disabled athletes.

For the cost of your advanced entry ticket + beer tasting ($30) guests will enjoy unlimited tastings from 40+ breweries in the area, live entertainment by Dead Winter Carpenters and Zebuel’s Smoked out Soul. This event is actually family-friendly. Children 12 years old and under have FREE admission.

If you don’t purchase your ticket in advance (HERE), you can always get your day of entry at the door ($35). If you don’t plan on tasting the beer and only want to check out the festival music, you can purchase entry for $10.

Don’t forget to book your lodging for Labor Day weekend while you can! Check out our Manager’s Special and up-to-date discounted lodging rates:

If you need assistance with accommodations or other family-friendly activities in the area (hiking, biking, swimming, boating, paddleboarding, etc.) don’t hesitate to contact one of our Reservation Agents or Front Desk staff. We are happy to direct you to our local favorites!

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Summer Baking & Desserts Course at PlumpJack Cafe in Squaw Valley

Summer Tart

With summer fruits in season, it’s usually one of the best times of year to whip up delicious desserts for the whole family. You’ve hand-picked strawberries from the farm, snagged some juicy peaches at farmers’ market, or maybe even harvested pie cherries from trees in your own backyard. Though you probably have favorite dessert recipes you’ll always put to use, it’s fun to learn from a professional!

On Wednesday, August 19th from 6PM-9PM join the General Manager of PlumpJack Cafe, Steve Lamb, for a course on crafting simple yet elegant desserts. There’s actually a science behind cakes, short dough, and pectin, and you get to learn all three! Reserve your spot online and for $95.00/person you’ll make pie dough, jam, shortcakes and bake Fresh Fruit Galette, Gateau, Jam and Shortcakes.

Ready to impress your family and friends at your next dinner party? Sign up now – it may be the best three hours spent with the fine dining geniuses at PlumpJack Cafe!

Did you know that PlumpJack Cafe is right across the street from us in the Village at Squaw? Well, it’s more like a small stone’s throw. Contact one of our Reservation Agents to book your room, or check out accommodations online, and you’ll have only a short stroll over to class. And after all that baking, a relaxing spa under the stars is just the thing you’ll need to unwind.

Sounds like a midsummer’s night dream …

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Lake Tahoe Local Music – 2015 Brews, Jazz, & Funk Fest

Raise a glass, and listen to live music from local Tahoe bands and award-winning musicians at the Brews, Jazz, & Funk Fest. The lively celebrations start Saturday, August 8, 2015 and continue through the weekend.


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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 for lodging deals and the latest happening the North Lake Tahoe area.


Off the Mat, Into the World: Yoga Workshops Near Squaw Valley Lodge

Take advantage of this inspired, breathtaking setting by signing up for yoga workshops with Off the Mat, Into the World. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of yoga and achieve personal empowerment while you support community activism and outreach.


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Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series Near Squaw Valley Lodge

When the sun sets on Wednesday and Thursday nights, come out and catch a feature film during the Outdoor Summer Movies Series. The free events are the perfect way to spend a warm evening enjoying family-friendly fun near our Lake Tahoe hotel.


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