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!

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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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!


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