Lake Tahoe Festivals

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!

30th Annual Tahoe Chocolate and Wine Festival

Like peanut butter and jelly, chocolate and wine go together so perfectly. It’s probably one of the reasons why Tahoe’s Annual Chocolate and Wine Festival is so popular, and has held strong for 30 years!

This fan favorite returns on Friday, November 2 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Lakeside Ballroom from 6PM to 10PM. This year’s theme ‘Denims and Diamonds’ features an evening of chocolate by local Lake Tahoe culinary artists, bespoke wine tasting from notable California wines, hearty appetizers, a silent and live auction, and the chance to vote for your favorite chocolate and wine.

The Tahoe Chocolate and Wine Festival benefits the Tahoe SAFE Alliance, a local nonprofit that provides free programs and services to survivors of violence and abuse, and also educates area youth and community members on violence prevention and healthy relationships.

Table and ticket sales are live now ($1250/table or $125/ticket) and you can also purchase tickets at the door for $150/each. Be sure to reserve your spot as this event can sell out!


Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley: Drink In The Autumn Season!

Oktoberfest beer steins and Bavarian dancers at Squaw Valley

Grab your stein of beer and enjoy Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley!

This time of year at Lake Tahoe seems to sneak up on us. We’re in the thick of summer and all its glorious events, and in one fell swoop summer suddenly collapses in fall. With the crisp, cooling temperatures and leaves rapidly changing colors, it’s time to ring in the season with Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley on September 27, 2014! Taking down a large stein of beer will get you ready for those long winter nights of cozying up by the fire after an epic powder day on the slopes. Sure winter is on the horizon, but let’s be sure to enjoy fall first!

What to expect at Squaw’s Oktoberfest? All the standard greats: Traditional Bavarian music and folk dances, Benefit Beer Garten, Brats & Kraut, and games from 2-6pm. Your $10 admission includes a specialty glass and first beer (choose wisely). After that it’s only $5 for additional beers in your stein!

Don’t worry, wine is also available if you’re not a beer lover. (We’ll forgive you for that one at Oktoberfest.)

Click here for more info, and be sure to check our site for the Manager’s Special rates during Oktoberfest. No drinking and driving, folks!


Fall Into Autumn Around Lake Tahoe

Autumn Leaves in Truckee

The Truckee River aspens on fire on a cozy, fall day.

Tahoe locals like to talk about the three seasons you’ll find here: winter, summer, and construction. Although it may seem like Mother Nature skips over fall and spring, we’d like to reveal one of Lake Tahoe’s best kept secrets: autumn.

The aspen trees are ablaze in yellow–endless meadows and vistas of orange. The days are still long enough to hit the trails after work. Highway 89 isn’t a parking lot. Local restaurants and grocery stores are not zoos. There is a slight chill in the air, the Tahoe sky is on fire with cotton candy sunsets, and the hopeful anticipation of an epic winter is palpable. The animals are preparing to hunker down while you sip spiced lattes or mulled wine by the fire.

Here are some fun family activities and events to check out in Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, and Truckee!

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine, September 5-7

Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series, September 7

“Trattoria” Opening Event for Tahoe Art Haus + Cinema, September 5-6

Ironman Lake Tahoe, September 21

Cadillac Ball, September 27

Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley, September 27

Donner Party Hike, October 4-6

Tahoe City Oktoberfest, October 4

Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop, October 4

Foothill Farmer’s’ Market: Truckee Location, Tuesdays through October 14

Truckee Haunted Historic Tour, October 16

Truckee River Day, October 19

Gatekeeper’s Museum Spooky Ghost Walk, October 31

Remember, this is a great time of year to take advantage of low rates at Squaw Valley Lodge! Let our Reservation Agents help you book your fall respite today.


Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Last Chance For Summer Family Fun!

canvas art for Adam (7)

View of Sand Harbor looking toward South Lake Tahoe. Image via Alena Grace Photography.

The dog days of summer are winding down with kids back in school (or on their way this week), which means it’s the perfect time to soak up every last drop of fun! There are still many family friendly activities and things to do in Lake Tahoe or Squaw Valley before the school bells ring. Do you love theater? Do you love being outdoors? How about a beautiful sunset at Lake Tahoe with a delicious picnic and glass of wine? How about all three!

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor is one of the region’s most sought after summer events for the whole family, held at “the most scenic venue in the world.” That’s a bold statement, but not a stretch, as you gaze across the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe during the show – it’s an enchanting cultural experience that shouldn’t be missed!

The 2014 season featuring Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “As You Like It,” closes tomorrow, Sunday, August 24. Ticket are still on sale here! For a guide to the festival, with everything from seating to parking to food, click here.

Since the plays generally end around 10:00pm, you’ll need a place to rest for the evening. Our Squaw Valley Lodge Reservation Agents are ready to assist you with the best rates possible! Contact us today.


Homewood Days: Free Summer Festival

Homewood Days_poster_v3Summer’s not over yet at Lake Tahoe, and Homewood Days is a great time to celebrate with the whole family, August 16-17. This summer festival on the West Shore is chock-full of activities for all ages, and best of all: they’re FREE! Aside from free live music at sunset with headliners New Monsoon and Lonesome Locomotive, the following events will take place on Saturday, August 17:

  • Free morning yoga class
  • Cornhole tournament
  • Professional face and body art for all ages
  • Kids’ bounce house
  • Group paddleboard demo
  • … and so much more!

Visit www.skihomewood.com for event details and times!


Truckee-Tahoe Air Fair and Family Festival

Bring your little ones for some creative face-painting time!

July 7 | 7am to 4pm 

Truckee-Tahoe Air Fair and Family Festival is a FREE inaugural event, complete with live music, kid-friendly activities, a food court and beer garden, aircraft fly-bys, static aircraft displays with pilot docents, free FAA Chapter 1073 Young Eagle flights for kids ages 8 to 17. You can even ride your bike and park at the free Truckee Trails Foundation Bike Valet, from 7am to 4pm.

Opening Ceremony kicks off at 11am. Kids fly for free 8am to 12pm.

Presented by the Truckee Tahoe Airport District.


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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