From cross-country ski racing and Wacky Winter Bowling in downtown Tahoe City to Fourth of July fireworks and lakeside Oktoberfest, Tahoe City presents engaging family events throughout the year.
“Visitors from San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and New York especially love Tahoe City’s vibe,” shares Stacie Lyans, Tahoe City Downtown Association’s (TCDA) Executive Director. “One of the many reasons visitors frequent our lakefront community is convenient access to the best ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada. After a day skiing or riding at Granlibakken Tahoe, Northstar, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows or Homewood, families love to explore Tahoe City’s award winning restaurants, independent shops and outstanding views.”
Tahoe City is beginning to look like a winter wonderland and, according to the National Weather Service, more snow is on the way which bodes well for upcoming events.
Inspired by cross-country ski races in Europe, The Cobblestone Relays are scheduled to take place at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park located at 251 North Lake Boulevard on Thursday, Feb. 26.
“The Cobblestone Relays are one of the region’s best spectator events in addition to being incredibly fun for children and adult participants,” says Lyans. More information and registration will be available at alpenglowsports.com and wintersportspark.com. Also scheduled to take place at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park, is Wacky Winter Bowling, an innovative sledding competition that attracts children, teens and adults. Participants sled on saucers into blown-up “pins” on a snow covered bowling course on Sunday, March 1. Each team receives three chances to knock down as many pins as possible. Helmets are provided, and prizes will be awarded to first place in a variety of categories. Register in person at 10 a.m. For more information, go to VisitTahoeCity.com.
“Our events showcase Tahoe City’s natural treasures and the incredible experiences available in town,” explains architect Gary Davis, President of TCDA’s Board of Directors.
For the most up to date information about Tahoe City happenings and deals, follow Facebook.com/DowntownTahoeCity, go to VisitTahoeCity.com or call (530) 583-3348.
2015 Tahoe City Events
In addition to First Fridays which take place the first Friday of every month throughout downtown Tahoe City, TCDA announces the hottest “Only in Tahoe City” events scheduled for 2015.
TCDA Membership and Volunteer Appreciate Party at Blue Agave
The Cobblestone Relays, part of Alpenglow Mountain Festival
Wacky Winter Bowling, part of SnowFest!
Margarita de Mayo
Spring Gala aboard Tahoe Gal
Tahoe City Clean-up Day
Tahoe City Solstice Festival including new Silent Disco
Concerts at Commons Beach
Fireworks and Beach Party
Lake Tahoe Dance Festival
Labor Day Sidewalk Sales
Scarecrows on Parade
Tahoe City Oktoberfest
Halloween Masquerade Ball
First Fridays – Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4
PHOTO CREDIT: Niobe Burden
Between the people, the panels, the thought provoking and action inspiring workshops and Farm to Table dinners, Peak Innovation is the most interesting Sierra-focused event to come to Tahoe City since I've lived in the area (2004).
Whether you are a long time resident, business owner, manager or newcomer interested in bettering your community, you will find interesting dialogue, proven models and effective strategies at the three-day conference held at Granlibakken. In addition to an incredible schedule and speaker line up, there are a variety of pre-conference offerings including training sessions designed just for organization and community leaders and managers as well as an energy retro fit tour at Granlibakken, guided hike and launch of the first ever Sierra Climate Adaptation Mitigation Partnership.
What is it? Sierra Business Council's first conference in five years - a time to connect and plan for better Sierra Nevada communities for current and future generations.
When and where is it? Wednesday, Oct. 8- Friday, Oct. 10,Granlibakken in Tahoe City, CA
Who's coming? Community and business leaders from throughout the Sierra.
Who's presenting / speaking?
How much does it cost? $499 through Aug. 15 than registration jumps $100. Register here.
Discounted lodging offered through Granlibakken. You will receive a lodging discount code after registering for the conference.
Learn more and register at SierraBusiness.org.
Earth artist Andres Amador creates large scale art work in nature, and he's coming to the Sierra Nevada for this year’s Trails and Vistas Art Hikes at Spooner Lake on Sept. 6 and 7. In addition, art hikers will hear live musical performances, story telling and poetry and see innovative dances inspired by the natural world along the guided three mile long art hike in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.
Themed “Meadows to Mountains - A cultural journey,” the art hikes celebrate the environment through the arts. For example, Davis, CA based dancer Sonja Brodt, who founded Ecokinesis Dance Company, draws inspiration from her research career and American as well as Asian dance traditions. Guitarist Meri Superak, a multi-instrumentalist, will accompany Brodt with a piece inspired by Tahoe camping trip. There will be nearly a dozen original performances. The three hour long art hikes, which depart every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., are recommended for physically healthy people accustomed to hiking at altitude. In addition to the art hikes, there will be an outstanding evening concert featuring prominent and celebrated musicians from near and far on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 6.
Independent pieces combine with collaborative works for Trails and Vistas World Concert, a fundraiser in the Shakespeare Amphitheater at Sand Harbor State Park. Scarlet Rivera, well known for her contributions to Bob Dylan, Indigo Girls and Tracy Chapman, will share current work as well as collaborate with flutist Ann Licater, InnerRhythms Dance Theatre and San Jose State University Symphony Orchestra. There will be folk music by Kurt Beckering and chants by Emily Tessmer of Orenda Blu culminating with the hop to your feet beats of SambaDa’. The World Concert offers even more than music. Aerialists from Tahoe FLOW Arts Studio will climb, twirl and spin on stage and muralist Susie Alexander will paint multiple pieces during the concert.
IF YOU GO: Sept. 6 and 7, 2014
A complete list of performing artists is available at http://www.trailsandvistas.org.
Art hike tickets: $40 / adults, $15 / children
World Concert tickets: $23 and up
Use promo code concert14 for a $5 discount on your World Concert ticket!
As funny as it may sound, I'm kicking off summer with the launch of Tahoe Powder, The Tahoe Weekly's new winter magazine. An early evening of fun is on tap from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 at Hacienda del Lago to celebrate the launch of this new San Francisco Bay Area publication highlighting all things Tahoe.
Where else are summer celebrations in full swing this week? Throughout Tahoe City, of course!
Photo credit: Priya Hutner
1. The Challenge highlights six different areas of the incredibly scenic Tahoe Rim Trail so this summer you will be inspired to hike, bike or ride an area you may have never visited.
Maps plus driving directions to the trail heads are provided for each of the highlighted areas. And, you receive a full year membership to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and trekking T-shirt.
2. It’s fun!
3. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is dedicated to the ongoing maintenance of the trail so if you enjoy it on foot, bike, horseback, skis or snowshoes, this is a great and affordable opportunity to support the organization that is a year round steward of the trail.
Bonus: On-the-trail “Giveaway Days,” sponsored by Squeeze In, KOLO 8, CoffeeBar and other companies, offer cool specials exclusively for Trail Challenge members. After the first hike of the season everyone walked away with a great Platypus water container from Tahoe Mountain Sports and they’ll be hosting a trail shoe demo day on July 19.
We’re a sponsor of the 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge. You can join our group, Hiking with NicoleCheslock.com, start your own team or join on your own or with your family and friends.
Looking forward to seeing you on the trail!
Do you know anyone who has swum the length of Tahoe – without a wet suit?
Trekked thousands of miles a year, year after year - solo?
Earned the “triple crowner” title for completing the Appalachian, Continental Divide and Pacific Crest trails?
It’s time to hear from these inspiring adventurers!
Tahoe Trips and Trails presents “The Mind, Heart and Soles of Thru-Hikers,” an engaging evening at the Cedar House Sport Hotel with proceeds benefiting the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Highlights include hearing from Bill Parnell, Justin Lichter, Nancy Huber, Larry Hillberg, Henry Shire and Liz Thomas.
Buy tickets in advance and you just might walk away from the night with a gift certificate for dinner at Stella (everyone who purchases in advance will be entered into a drawing).
IF YOU GO
Tuesday, June 17
5:30 refreshments | 6 p.m. Welcome by Tahoe Trips and Trails' owner Patty Baird
followed by funny film about the PCT and panel discussion with inspiring hikers
Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee