According to the calendar, summer is coming to a close but South Lake Tahoe is refusing to acknowledge it! Tahoe South will host a magnitude of events extending the season from Labor Day into October with entertainment, culinary festivals, music, outdoor recreation, competitions and a lakefront laser show. (www.tahoesouth.com)
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Heavenly Village Carnival, Art & Music Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, includes caricature artists, jugglers and a Classic Car Show & Shine. With live music all weekend, Heavenly Village will have two stages for 14 regional/local artists performing bluegrass, funk, country and rock ’n roll. The car show will exhibit classics, early stock cars, exotics, sports cars and hot rods. (theshopsatheavenly.com)
Labor Day Lasers at Lakeview returns to Lakeview Commons, Sunday, Sept. 2, from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. With a dozen local vendors, patrons can purchase handcrafted goods and clothing, nosh at food trucks and imbibe from the beer and wine garden. Once the sun sets at 8:30 p.m. lasers will flash through the sky reflecting on the towering pines and the lake while a live DJ synchronizes the show to music. (tahoesouth.com/labor-day)
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys will still be rockin’ when the badass Scorpions roll into town Friday, Aug. 31. Playing their hits “Rock You Like A Hurricane” and “No-one Like You,” the awesome German band will be accompanied by heavy metal special guest Queensryche with their songs such as “I Don’t Believe in Love” and my favorite, “Jet City Woman.” (tahoesouth.com/events)
Volume Rock’ n Roll Burlesque Show features dancers, aerialists, and specialty acts set to classic rock hits, Aug. 30-31 at 8:30 p.m. inside Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. (tahoesouth.com/events)
The free weekly Live at Lakeview series continues at Lakeview Commons, Thursday, Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m. Other complementary performances throughout the holiday weekend are available at McP’s Taphouse, Camp Richardson’s Beacon Bar & Grill, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa’s Stage at HQ Center Bar, Cabo Wabo inside Harveys Casino, Whiskey Dick’s Saloon and Classic Cue.
Heavenly Sports Labor Day Tent Sale returns Sept. 1-3, offering skiers and riders the opportunity to save on ski and snowboard gear at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Main Lodge.
Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association’s 8th annual Rose to Toads challenges athletes to ride over 62 miles from Mount Rose to the famous Mr. Toads Wild Ride course in Meyers, Sunday, Sept. 2. The route includes more than 8,000 feet of climbing and 10,000 feet of descents. (www.tamba.org)
Sample the Sierra’s 9th annual farm-to-fork event is Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe. With booths filled by local restaurants, wineries, distilleries and breweries, patrons get to pair expertly crafted dishes with beverages only found in the Sierra Nevada. Also, throughout the festival homemade goods, sauces, spices, crafts, jewelry and apparel are available for purchase. (www.samplethesierra.com)
The Summer Luau at Beach Retreat & Lodge brings Hawaii to Tahoe with a luau buffet, live music, and entertainment, Saturday, Sept. 15 from 6-9 p.m. (tahoesouth.com/events/)
The 24th annual Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson brings ethnic food and desserts complemented by authentic German beer and wines, Oct. 6-7. Weekend activities include live music, a climbing wall, pumpkin patch, bounce house and a bungee platform. Guests can win gifts by competing in various contests: beer stein holding, yodeling and the costume competition. Entry and parking are free. (tahoesouth.com/top-events)
With the Kokanee salmon swimming upstream, locals and visitors celebrate the migration at the annual Fall Fish Fest, Oct. 6-7 at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. This two-day event will feature educational programs, a salmon feed, stream side programs, 5k, 10k and half-marathon. Free admission and parking at the Visitor Center and Historical Camp Richardson Resort. (tahoesouth.com/top-events)
The South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival returns for its ninth year at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Oct. 26-28. The weekend entails whiskey tasting, Grand Market Expo, Peek a Boo Masquerade Ball, dancing, entertainment and champagne brunch. (tahoesouth.com/events/)
The 15th annual Tour de Tahoe has cyclists riding 72 miles around “Big Blue” with after-party entertainment and food at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sunday, Sept. 9. (tahoesouth.com/events)
Running fanatics converge during the 23rd annual Lake Tahoe Marathon, Oct. 12-14. The event includes a 5k, 10k, half marathon, 16.6 miler, marathon, ultras and the famous triple marathon and triple half marathon trifecta – three half marathons in three days. This event is open to all ages including the Optimist Kids Super Hero Pumpkin Run. (tahoesouth.com/events)
Regional partner Reno Tahoe will host Interbike Marketweek, the largest annual gathering of the bicycle industry in North America, Sept. 15-20. Tahoe South will partner with Carson Valley to promote the adventurous bike trails throughout the region. (https://www.interbike.com/)
The final summer concert at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys is Dave Matthews Band on Friday, Sept. 7. Harrah’s showroom fall entertainment includes Australia’s Thunder From Down Under, Sept. 21-22; Little River Band, Sept. 30; Styx, Oct. 5; Eric Burdon and the Animals, Oct. 13; Night Ranger, Oct. 27; Chris Botti, Oct. 28 and Andy Grammer, Nov. 3. (tahoesouth.com/events)
South Lake Tahoe’s 3rd annual TEDx includes 10 speakers addressing topics about entrepreneurship, advancement of women in the corporate industry, physics, personal development and more with an overlapping theme of “Building Bridges.” The event is at the Theatre at MontBleu, Saturday, Sept. 8. (tahoesouth.com/events)
Showroom performances at MontBleu continue throughout the fall with Chris Titus, Sept. 13; Canelo Alveraz vs. Gennady Golovkin, Sept. 15; Howie Mandel, Sept. 15; Boz Scaggs, Sept. 21; Graham Nash, Sept.29; Skynnyn Lynnyrd: A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sept. 30; Super Diamond – Neil Diamond Tribute, Oct. 6; Elvin Bishop, Roy Rogers & Marcia Ball, Oct. 13, and David Spade, Oct. 20. (www.montbleuresort.com).
Harrah’s Lake Tahoe hosts complimentary weekly Tuesday Night Blues throughout September and October with different artists.
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Do you think you’ll go to Tahoe for the festivities this year?
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