Truckee 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!

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.


The Wild Wild West is Back!

Saddle up for some riding at Squaw Valley!

“Sit tall in the saddle
hold your head up high
keep your eyes fixed
where the trail meets the sky…” 
 
July 21 and 22 | 12pm-4pm

Giddy up, it’s time to bring the wild, wild West back into the Sierra!  Throw on your best pair of cowboy boot, and saddle up for a rustlin’ afternoon at High Camp!  This event is a mountain top Western-style celebration for the whole family!

You’ll enjoy events ranging from pony rides to a petting zoo and even live music by Forget the Roses.

Free entrance to Wild Wild West Weekend with the cost of an Arial Tram Ticket. 12pm to 4pm, High Camp, Squaw Valley.


Lake Tahoe’s All-Women Sports Camp

August 10 to 12 | All Day

If you’re a lady with an athletic passion, then don’t miss this all-women sports camp at Northstar Resort! Choose from over 22 clinics in road cycling, x-country mountain biking, triathlons, running, downhill mountain biking, stand up paddling and rock climbing! This camp not only offers top-notch clinics but ladies will enjoy yoga, group runs, group rides, and much more fun! Led by top female endurance athletes and coaches who train the pros. Tickets start $199/One Day, $380/Two Days, or $555/Three Days.

For more information, click here!

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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.


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?


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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