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!

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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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.


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.


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