Monday, May 11, 2009

Top Fifteen - Tahoe events to put on your calendar this summer

There is a wide array of things to do in Tahoe in the summer. This post will address some events that you shouldn't miss if you are here...some of them you need to buy tickets in advance so make sure you stay on top of it.

1. The Concours d' Elegance Wooden Boat Show

June 19th -21st The premier wooden boat show in North America will now be the opening boating event of the summer, and the true kick-off to the wooden boating season on Lake Tahoe. This is one of the most popular summer events at the Lake. Tickets are on sale now.

2. 4th Of July Fireworks
North Shore Fire Works Schedule:
Kings Beach - TBA
Squaw Valley - TBA
Tahoe City - 9PM
Truckee (Donner Lake) - 9PM
Incline Village - TBA
West Shore Lake Tahoe - TBA

3. Edgewood Celebrity Golf Tournament
July 14-19 South Lake Tahoe

This event is a blast. You can take your boat right up to the course and watch the action from the beach.

4. Lake Tahoe Music Festival
Ongoing throughout the summer
Enjoy a variety of musical talent in some gorgeous venues all around the N. Tahoe area. Tickets are already onsale.

5. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Ongoing throughout the summer
The venue is absolutely breathtaking and the performances such as "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Measure for Measure" will be featured this summer. Don't miss out on this. Tickets already on sale.

6. Tour de Nez
June 17-21 Try to watch part of the race or take part in some of the activities and parties surrounding these bike race events. Fun for all.

7. Northstar Beerfest
July 11 What could be better on a warm Tahoe summer day than Beer and Bluegrass??

8. Donner Lake Triathlon
July 19 Part of the Big Blue Adventure Series, this event is popular for locals and out of towners alike. If you are not up for the full race, try the sprint triathlon. Get ready for some great scenery and a fun day.

9. Art, Wine, and Music Festival at Squaw
July 19-20 Not ready for the triathlon? This is a good alternative. Art, wine and a gorgeous setting. Lodging packages are available.

10. Huey Lewis and the News
July 25 Part of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, this concert should be a hit. The venue at Old Greenwood is fabulous for adults and kids alike. Plus, hasn't it been too long since you have heard "Power of Love"?

11. Community Sale at Northstar
August 8 Come eat and shop for a good cause. The Community Sale benefits the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. Live music, BBQ, kid art, and a raffle will be just part of the fun. Check out the website for more details and info if you would like to donate items to the Sale.

12. Brews, Jazz and Funk at Squaw
August 17-18 This is a a really fun event that benefits the Humane Society for Truckee-Tahoe. The music is groovy and the beer is great!

13. XTerra Triathlon
August 29 For all of you endorphin junkies...this is your ticket to one of the prettiest courses you have ever raced on...start training now!!

14. Alpen Wine Fest
August 31 This event sponsors the Huega Center for MS, and is in its 20th year! Over 30 Northern California vineyards will be represented. Come enjoy the good life.

15. Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Fest at Northstar
September 5-7 Come enjoy four full days of food, wine and festivals, grape stomp, wine walks, seminars, cooking demonstrations, grand tasting, culinary competitions, mountain chef cook off and more!

These are some of my favorite events of the summer. Keep your eye on local calendars for weekly specials, free concerts, and happenings. I recommend

Golf Course Update-
This is exciting stuff... some of the first courses are opening this Saturday, Old Greenwood and Gray's Crossing. Thanks to some rain and sun, the fairways are lush and the greens look great.

Weather Vane Brad says-
The weather in Tahoe doesn't change much from here until September/October. It just gets a little warmer and more fabulous.

But, don't despair. Brad is good for other things. Like strange and fun facts...
I asked him the other day, "What is the difference between a raven and a crow?" Apparently ravens are much larger than crows and have black eyes. Ravens also have a much more complicated vocabulary. Crows just "caw". And, if you see a black bird in the Tahoe area, it is most likely a raven. Not many crows here. Who knew??

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