Lake Tahoe Activities

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!

40th Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance

This event is a key part of Lake Tahoe maritime preservation and education, and also your chance to view over 80 classic boats on display, in running for top prize. In addition to boat viewing, your 1-day or 2-day ticket access to the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance offers the opportunity for live music, food and beverage purchase, full-color souvenir and vendor booths worth browsing!

The Skinny:

August 10 and 11: 10am to 4:30pm

Awards ceremony at 6pm on Friday

Tickets $25/advance, $30/door, $35/two day advance, $40/two day door


Tahoe-Truckee July 4th Festivities!

We bet you already have plans for the July 4th holiday. You’ve created the menu and prepped the grill. You’ll host your annual Independence Day soirée. Perhaps travel to the lake house or rough it in the great outdoors with other campers. Spend the afternoon on water; kayaking, boating or paddleboarding. You’ll top off the holiday with tradition: fireworks. If that’s not the case, and you’re in the Lake Tahoe-Truckee area, here’s what you can find for the whole family!

Beth Weber Arts & Crafts Festival

July 1 to 4

Enjoy the fair along the cobblestone Kings Beach Plaza – just 50 yards from the water – which has been running for more than 30 years. All work and masterpieces created by participating artisans. Shop nearby shops and choose from an array of local restaurants. 10am to 5pm, 530.546.2768 for details or questions. 

Full Moon Rising Party

July 3

Watch the full moon rise over Lake Tahoe at this stunning lakefront location! Drink in the romance while being serenaded by a solo violinist. 5pm to 11pm, reserve your table or choose a bar seating, West Shore Café & Inn. 

Peter Joseph Burtt Live Concert

July 3

Enjoy the spectacular view on the lawn at West Shore Café & Inn with this live performance. A lifelong drummer, Peter Joseph Burtt, attributes his musical influence to time spent in Africa. Much of his music is played on traditional instruments: the lute like Kora, the Mbira, or thumb piano. 2pm to 5pm, free, West Shore Café & Inn. 

Fireworks Show & Deck Party

July 3

Watch the fireworks over Lake Tahoe from the sandy beaches of Kings Beach, CA. Make it an evening by purchasing tickets to North Tahoe Business Association’s Deck Party, and enjoy premium seating, food vendors, live music and a no host bar. 6:30pm, Kings Beach, CA, 530.546.9000 to purchase tickets.

Run to the Beach

July 4

Run to the Beach 5k and 10k starts at the North Tahoe Regional Park.  From the park you have the option of participating in the 5K or 10K trail run, both of which finish on the “big” beach in Kings Beach, CA. 8am, registration cost varies $30-$55, Tahoe Vista, CA.

Firecracker Mile Run

July 4

Start off the 4th of July with a bang and race the one mile fun run from Tahoe Forest Hospital to Historic Downtown Truckee, through the crowds waiting for the parade to star. Registration opens at 9am, run starts at 10am, $20/adults, $15/children, benefits Auburn Ski Club Nordic Programs, Truckee, CA.

Tahoe City Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4

Celebrate Independence Day at Commons Beach for a spectacular fireworks show! 9:30pm, Tahoe City, CA.

Truckee Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4

Enjoy Independence Day fireworks over Donner Lake from West End Beach. The West End Beach event is just for Truckee Residents and Homeowners, but the public can view the fireworks from anywhere around the lake. Dusk, $6.00/advance entry fee, 530.582.7720, Donner Lake.

Truckee Fourth of July Parade

July 4

Independence Day festive parade traveling 1.5 miles on Donner Pass Road from Truckee High School Track parking lot into Historic Downtown Truckee, 10am to 12pm, $50 parade entry fee, Truckee Chamber of Commerce, Truckee, CA, 530.587.2757.

What’s on the agenda for your July 4th holiday?


Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival 2012

Photo Credit Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

July 13 to August 26, 2012 | 5:30pm-10pm

Sand Harbor State Park, Incline Village, NV

A highly coveted “must-do” summer event, don’t miss the 40th anniversary season featuring The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Pack a picnic and watch the sun set on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore while Shakespeare comes alive on stage.

Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona is one the whole family can enjoy, and full of comedic relief. Bosom buddies Valentine and Proteus are Verona’s closest comrades, but their friendship is put to the ultimate test when Proteus forsakes his beloved Julia and competes for the affections of Valentine’s newfound love, the strong-willed Silvia.

Tickets start at $15 (Youth) $25 (Adult) and vary in service and assigned seating.

What is your favorite play by William Shakespeare?

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Art, Wine & Music Festival at Squaw Valley

Sip, stroll and scope your way through the Village at Squaw.

The Art, Wine & Music Festival is a perfect combination of three of your five senses: the burst of colorful art, the taste of delightful red and white wines, and the sound of premier performers and musicians. The two day event features two performance stages, restaurants and shops, and walkways lined with fine art booths and exhibits.

Hunt for new art. Taste refreshing vino. Soak in live tunes at the Village Plaza — who’s in?

When: July 14 and 15 11am to 5pm; Wine tasting 2pm to 5pm,

Where: The Village at Squaw, Olympic Valley, CA

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Truckee Chili Cookoff 2012

The Best Pies team at the 3rd Annual Truckee Chili Cookoff

Sunday, June 24, 2012 | 11am-4pm

Truckee River Regional Park, Truckee, CA

A sponsored fundraiser for the Truckee-Tahoe community by the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club, the 4th Annual Truckee Chili Cookoff  is a spicy way to turn up the heat on the local community! Local contestants compete to claim the title of “Best Chili in Truckee.” Join celebrity MC KCRA’s, Teo Torres, for an afternoon of chili tasting, sip on cold beer, and cool down your palate with sweet ice-cream.

This event also features a battle of the bands between The Deck Heads, Jo Mama, and Dancing with Clowns!

Check out the 2012 chili contestants! Are your taste-buds ready for some hot eats?!

  • Old Farts making Chili and Their Trophy Brides
  • Truckee Police Department
  • Summit Bar & Restaurant
  • Poets on Payday
  • Hey Chef
  • Truckee Fire Department
  • Michael Stark
  • Slow Food Lake Tahoe
  • Jax Truckee Diner
  • Best Pies
  • Full Belly Deli
  • Dragonfly
  • Plumpjack’s Restaurant
  • Wild Cherries
  • Porter/Simon
  • US Forest Service
  • Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company

Tickets are $15/Adults, $3/Children under 12; and available online here! Tickets may also be purchased at the event day of.

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Live Show: Donavon Frankenreiter and After Party w/ Dad’s LPs


Friday, June 8, 2012 | 9pm

Crystal Bay Club Crown Room, Crystal Bay, NV

The mellow dreaminess and island-breeze acoustic tunes of Donavon Frankenreiter might remind you of Jack Johnson. That’s okay because they’re life-long friends, musicians and surfers. In 2002 Frankenreiter signed with Jack Johnson’s label, Brushfire Records. He released his first album in 2004 in Australia, where he gained notoriety from his support gigs with Jack Johnson and his own surfing career with Billabong.

Yesterday Frankenreiter released his fifth full-length album worldwide: Start Livin’.  In Frankenreiter’s words, “Start Livin’ is basically a love album. Most of the songs are about my wife and our two boys, and the life that we’ve built together in Hawaii.” Frankenreiter co-produced the record with Matt Grundy and Adam Ableman.

Each ticket holder will receive a copy of Start Livin’ upon entry to the venue.

If you’re looking for a little “surf rock” live music in Tahoe, then purchase your tickets now. For advance purchase tickets ($21) click here. Or purchase at the door for $24.

What’s your favorite Donavon Frankenreiter song?


Girls on the Run 5K/10K

It’s that time of year again!  Girls on the Run Sierras (GOTR) has finished another active spring season, encouraging young girls to move forward by teaming them up with local volunteers: walking, jogging and running their way toward healthy self-esteem! To celebrate the end of season, GOTR hosts a 5K/10K race for the participants, and any other runners looking for a fun 5K/10K in Truckee!

So grab your running shoes, and get ready for a super fun run on Sunday, June 10th in support of an organization changing the lives of girls in our local community!

The Lowdown:

What: GOTR Fun Run 5K/10K

Where: Truckee River View Sports Park, 12200 Joerger Drive, Truckee, CA 

When: Sunday, June 10th. Registration begins at 8:30am. Race starts at 10:00am. 

Cost: $15-40, depending on age and race length. Click here for details! 

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