Lake Tahoe Events

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!

IRONMAN Lake Tahoe 2013

IRONMAN slots generally sell out, as Lake Tahoe 2013 did in 19 hours.

General entries are sold out! But are you really that surprised?

Ten days ago the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association announced it will host the first full-distance IRONMAN® event in California since 2001, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Registration opened Monday, June 18 at noon PST and filled in just 19 hours!

We can understand the demand for the first full-distance IRONMAN event in California in over 10 years.

IRONMAN Lake Tahoe will start with a two-loop, 2.4-mile swim in the pristine waters of Kings Beach, California. Athletes will enjoy a lakeside transition before starting a two-loop 112-mile bike course that is challenging and comparable in difficulty to the bike routes at IRONMAN Lake Placid, IRONMAN Canada and IRONMAN Wisconsin. Cyclists will travel along the lake into Tahoe City before following the Truckee River past Squaw Valley and into Historic Downtown Truckee.

From there, the course turns south back toward Lake Tahoe, has a short loop in Martis Camp, continues past Northstar California and climbs to Brockway Summit. After a decent back down to Kings Beach, athletes will complete a second loop, and then a final, flat 17 miles to finish the bike course at Squaw Valley. Definitely a gorgeous loop, but not for the faint of heart!

With a transition to the running portion at The Village at Squaw Valley, runners will proceed along the Truckee River bike path into Tahoe City, and continue south along the shores of Lake Tahoe to a turnaround in Homewood, California. The flat course traverses one of the most scenic lake vistas in the world before finishing back at the heart of the Village at Squaw Valley.

IRONMAN Lake Tahoe will bring approximately 2, 500 athletes to the region, and is also a multi-year contract for the Tahoe region.

Are you an IRONMAN? If so, does Lake Tahoe sound like an appealing course?

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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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Ribs, Rods, & Rock n’ Roll: Truckee Rib Fest

Spend Father's Day chowing down on finger lickin' good eats!

We can think of a fun way to celebrate Dad on his special day, and benefit a tremendously powerful cause: Truckee Rib Fest!

The Truckee Father’s Day RibFest & BBQ is a FREE event open to the public, and a fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Truckee Tahoe.  Many local businesses are supporting the fundraiser for Relay For Life of Truckee Tahoe by providing tasty for guests to enjoy: Auburn Barbecue Company, PJ’s Bar & Grill, Resort at Squaw Creek Six Peaks Grille, Smokey’s Kitchen, Taco Station and Truckee Pizza.

In addition to licking your chops, the event also includes classic cars on site to lust after, live music from local Rock-n-Roll bands, a thirst quenching beer garden, children’s activities and craft vendors!

The Lowdown:

When: Father’s Day, June 17, 2012 | 12pm-4pm

Where: Tri Counties Bank Plaza, 12047 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, Ca

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Opening Day at the Lake

Most schools are not out for the year yet, but Memorial Day generally signals the dog days of summer are finally here! The Lake Tahoe West Shore Association hosts Opening Day at the Lake, with a bevy of activities running from Friday, May 25th to Monday, May 28th.

West Shore restaurants unveil their patios and decks for a summer of sunshine dining: Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge opens May 25th at 11:30am with live music and tasty food; West Shore Cafe and Swiss Lakewood follow suit with their Summer Openings on May 26th.

There’s something for everyone! On Friday at 11am check out Captain Kirby’s boat sale of 2012 Chris Crafts with refreshments and giveaways, and jet over to Chamber’s Landing for Chamber’s Punch Specials from 4pm-8pm. Start off Saturday with a tour of State Park mansions: Sugar Pine Point State Park – Ehrman Mansion, and Emerald Bay State Park – Vikingsholm.  Kick back on Sunday and relax. Monday’s festivities close with vintage and mordern seaplanes on display at Obexer’s Marina. Breakfast is available 8am-10am, followed by a BBQ at Obexer’s from 11am-3pm for the afternoon crowd.

Click on the event calendar for details! The weather forecast calls for some unsettled weather on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday and Monday will offer up more Tahoe sunshine and warmer temps. Pack a warm coat and your sunscreen!


Lake Tahoe Living History Day

Pine Lodge, the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. Built in 1903.

Step back in time to the 1930′s, and taste the once bustling life at Ehrman Mansion, with this FREE  event at the Lake Tahoe Living History Day!

Experience the lavish lifestyle of the late Florence and Sydney Ehrman with many entertaining activities at Sugar Pine Point State Park – live bands, historical talks (one by a living descendant of Ehrman, Frances Dinkelspiel), in-residence guided tours, and even a vintage car display! There will be an abundance of children’s activities, where they can pick up a mallet and play croquet, or try their hands at pick-up-sticks or jacks.  It’s all about having fun 1930s style.

Pack your bathing suits and towels for the whole family, and enjoy a picnic on the sprawling lakefront lawn. See just why this spot was a private summer retreat for 60 years in the Hellman-Ehrman family.

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7th Annual Truckee Optimist Brew Fest

You won't be short of ale options at this local brew fest!

In a beautiful Lake Tahoe park setting, kick off the summer with refreshing libations from over 20 breweries and cider distributors at the 7th Annual Truckee Optimist Brew Fest on June 9th from 1-5pm! Enjoy live music by “Drop Theory” while diving into brats and sausages fresh off  the barbecue. Place your bid for the silent auction and be sure to purchase a souvenir t-shirt on your way out!

The cost of your ticket, $25 pre-sale or $30 at the door, also includes a commemorative beer tasting glass. Must be 21 or older to attend. Click here for ticket locations, and to find out more!

If you’re wondering if your favorite microbrewery will be on site pouring a frothy one just for you, check out the list of past participating breweries:

Fifty Fifty Brewery, Great Basin Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Big Sky Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Anchor Brewing, Full Sail Brewing, Hoppy Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing, Wyder’s Cider, Rubicon Brewing, Lake Tahoe Brewing, Sam Adams, Fox Barrel Cider, Buckbean Brewing, Mendocino Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing, Mad River Brewing, New Belgium, and more.

What’s your ale of choice?


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