Truckee 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!

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.


Historic Downtown Truckee First Fridays

Of all Truckee events, First Fridays offer the best opportunity for visitors to experience all that Historic Downtown Truckee has to offer.  The local stores and restaurants extend their hours on every First Friday leading to a jovial and festive atmosphere.  The local businesses also offer special promotions, sales, activities, and demonstrations every First Friday.  All visitors have to do is look for the tell tale First Friday flags flying from local businesses to see who is taking part in the festivities.

Final Fridays are merely a sampling of the finer things to do in Truckee.  Participating shops and restaurants take it as an opportunity to showcase some of their latest and greatest dishes. In order to keep the Truckee events fresh and entertaining, every month has their own theme.  Theme inspirations range from historic to artistic to seasonal, ensuring that there’s always something new to do.

In 2012, Truckee First Friday Events have included:

•           July – Historic and Patriotic Truckee

•           August – Locally Inspired – Art, activities and demos with a Truckee flare

•           September – Colors of Truckee

•           October – Taste of Truckee

•           November – Hot Toddies and Sweet Treats

•           December – Holiday Fridays – Holiday festivities and specials every Friday in December


Andy Frasco at Moody’s Bistro

Come November 14th, Andy Frasco will bring his enigmatic style of party blues to crowds of admirers at Moody’s Bistro, a lounge located in the Truckee Hotel, a historical building constructed in 1873. The twenty-three-year-old Frasco musician hails from the San Fernando Valley, a Southern California melting pot of sorts—much like his sphere of musical influence. Drawing from the sounds of Damien Rice, Same Cooke, and Tom Waits, there is plenty of rhyme but little of reason to his sound. But there is no denying its enduring rifts and melodic mood swings.Frasco has affectionately been referred to as the “Second Coming” of blues music for a generation seemingly unaware of the genre’s influence. The young musical vagabond has traveled many miles in his short years, trekking over 120,000 miles and performing at over 700 shows—some spent standing in dirt fields amidst strangers; others seated, projecting sounds to thousands of fans.

Frasco has long been in tune with the music business. At 16, he managed and promoted local bands, only to later book bands at famous venues at the Drive Thru and The Key Club in Hollywood. Andy’s voice wavers between soft and raspy, commanding attention from every crowd as it harmonizes with his fingers, which dance across the keys of Yamaha electric pianos, and Nord organs. Swing by Moody’s and witness a dynamic musician in his element, playing a venue that reflects his inventive, imaginative style.


Get Spooked at Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour

Photo Credit: Truckee Donner Historical Society

October 18 and 19, 2012 | 5:30 – 9PM | $30

It’s back, and ready to spook you to the gills!

This adults-only annual walking tour of Historic Truckee is a dynamic, exciting and dark way to walk the steps of haunted Truckee tales. The tour kicks off with a glass of wine, and winds through Downtown Truckee, stopping off at all the old haunts. Finish off your time travels at Moody’s Bistro for a raffle prize drawing.

This autumn event sells out every year, and according to NC Communications, 70% of the tickets are already gone! Be sure to purchase yours HERE.

Want to attend but you’ve got kids? Don’t worry. Here’s a solution!


Master Cooking Class

Manzanita | The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | 5PM

Traci des Jardins, chef of Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, is dedicated to sourcing organic, sustainable and locally grown meat and produce to create a signature French inspired California cuisine. Start with the Cheese & Charcuterier, try the classic Tuna Nicoise, or how about the Risotta with fresh summer truffle and wild mushrooms?

Is your mouth watering yet?

Then here’s your chance to try your hand at Manzanita’s finest cuisine! Definitely the premier of all cooking experiences, increase your culinary knowledge as you work alongside the chef de cuisine, Jacob Ramos, in their open kitchen, and learn how to be a savvy chef in your own home. The cost includes a three-course dinner for $70.

Class Dates:

September 8, 2012
October 20, 2012
November 17, 2012
December 14, 2012

Click here to learn more and reserve your (limited) spot!

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NorCal (Tahoe) Tough Mudder!

2011 NorCal participants charge uphill at Squaw Valley.

September 22-23 | Start Time Varies

A 10-12 mile obstacle course through mud, chilly water and fire? Sure. Sounds easy enough! Well, don’t get ahead of yourself since this event is not for the faint of heart.  Designed by British Special Forces, Tough Mudder, will test your strength, stamina and mental pluck. However, it is designed as a team event, so you won’t go at it alone! With half a million participants thus far, and approximately $3 million raised to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is a life-changing challenge you should consider!

Held at Squaw Valley in 2011, Tough Mudder returns to the Lake Tahoe region this year at Northstar California Resort. This offers participants to tackle new terrain.  Registration is currently open, and the fee includes an event T-shirt, one beer and live music during the post-event party.

Registration is now open for the Tough Mudder event at Northstar. The entry fee includes an event T-shirt, one beer and live music during the post-event party. The post-party events are definitely worth the course pain!

For more information about the Tough Mudder event at Northstar and to register, click here!

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