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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee events, shows and live performances.

Art, Wine & Music Festival at Squaw July 9-10

Squaw Valley’s village will burst with color, taste, and sound as fine artists, crafts makers, performers and musicians come to participate in this fun, two-day annual event on July 9 and 10, 2016. The Art, Wine & Music Festival features wine tasting from 2-5 pm both days, two performance stages, restaurants, shops, and walkways lined with fine art booths and exhibits.

All proceeds from the event benefit Achieve Tahoe, whose mission is to provide affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence.

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Wanderlust at Squaw July 14-17

Sahasrara Chakra Meditation WanderlustThis is an experience that will get into your mind, body and soul.  Regardless of what starts you on your path, Wanderlust is an experience that will leave you different than when you came — with new ideas, new friends, newly-discovered abilities, and greater peace.

Join a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for a transformational retreat at Squaw Valley, July 14-17, 2016. read more →

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

Sierra Bowl Tahoe CultureToast the fine art of living with local artists, live music and libations on the First Friday of each month at Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee, where art and culture intersect.  All art is Made by Hand.

Riverside Studios is an inspiring art gallery owned and operated by five artists with elemental dimension — Alanna Hughes clay/potter, Kahlil Johnson leather, Mary Buchan Guerra silver and stones, Sondrea Larson silver, gold and stones, and Pat Blide – man of iron.

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Friends of Hope Valley Work Day and Benefit June 11-12

Friends of Hope ValleyJoin the Friends of Hope Valley on its annual work party day on Saturday, June 11th  9:00AM at Pickett’s Junction.

This is a day for all ages and abilities to participate in. Workers will meet at Pickett’s junction (corner of Hwy 88 and Hwy 89) in beautiful Hope Valley to connect with the work party of choice. read more →

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Native Species Festival Taylor Creek June 12

Learn about native plants, birds and animals at the Native Species Festival presented by the USFS from 10am-4pm on June 12 at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

Visit educational booths set up by public agencies and nonprofits to learn more about Lake Tahoe’s native plants and animals, including black bears, bats, beaver, and Tahoe yellow cress.

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Classical Tahoe July 26-Aug 13

Classical Tahoe Tahoe CultureFor its 5th season, Classical Tahoe, formerly Lake Tahoe SummerFest, brings together 40 nationally recognized musicians to Lake Tahoe for a three-week festival beginning July 26 through Aug. 13. Under the direction of Conductor and Artistic Director Joel Revzen, the 11-concert series is designed to support Tahoes cultural growth while bringing together an all-star assembly of musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, LA Phil, Reno Phil and other exceptional orchestras throughout the world.  read more →

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Cultural Land Tours June 10 Waddle Ranch

Trails and Vistas Waddle RanchCultural Land Tours are a new collaboration with Trails & Vistas and the Land Trust for extraordinary adventures combining art, history, and the environment led by K.V. Van Lom with the Land Trust.

The Waddle Ranch Preserve guided tour on June 10th from 8:30 to 1 pm takes guests through magnificent forests to Lake Ella where guests can hike, enjoy birding and a peaceful setting as plein air painter, Jackson Lain, captures the scenery, and local Tahoe musician Angele Thibodeau performs.  read more →

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LTCC Taste of Gold fundraiser July 9

The Lake Tahoe Community College hosts an evening of food, wine and world class entertainment at their summer event, The Taste of Gold.

It will be held in the Demonstration Garden at the Ledbetter Terrace on Saturday, July 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the LTCC Foundation, which supports student scholarships and academic programs. read more →

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Kitchen Kids & Pope House Tours at Tallac Historic Site

Tahoe Culture children's garden partyWhile the Washoe were the first to enjoy the shores of the present day Tallac Historic Site, three of the original luxurious estates erected between 1890 and 1921 still remain today, and play host to special events and tours to learn about the “Era of Opulence” in South Lake Tahoe.

Kids can cook up a storm using old fashioned recipes during Kitchen Kids, while adults can join Anita Baldwin for some light refreshments and hear stories about the Tallac Casino and Resort, the first casino built in Lake Tahoe, and sip bubbly with Mrs. Pope on the porch. read more →

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Truckee Thursdays feature Local Culture

Truckee-Thursdays-Farmers-MarketTheir mantra is simple.  Think local. Be local. Buy local. Give local.

The feel-good summer mainstay, Downtown Truckee Thursdays will run June 9, 2016 through August 18, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Truckee Duckee Derbee benefits Humane Society June 12

Dogs, their owners, and some rubber ducks will raise money for the Tahoe Truckee Humane Society at the Annual Truckee Duckee Derbee Races and “Dogs in Duds” contest on Sunday afternoon, June 12, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the River Ranch Lodge.

Not sure how the two were combined, but heck – why not?

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Lake of the Sky Amphitheater Summer Shows

The Lake of the Sky Amphitheater summer evening programs at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center take place Friday nights in July and August.

You’ll learn about our history and nature including Mark Twain, Tahoe Bats, Beavers of Taylor Creek, Birds of Tahoe and other Wild Things.  Your $5 donation supports the Tahoe Heritage Foundation and the Taylor Creek’s Summer Speaker Series. read more →

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Docent-led Hikes at Carpenter Valley June 11-Aug 21

Carpenter ValleyThe Truckee Donner Land Trust invites you to see what all the excitement is about with our latest project. Join us for a docent-led tour of Carpenter Valley on June 11 or 26, July 23 or 31, or Aug 13 or 21.

Carpenter Valley is one of the least known and most spectacular places in the northern Sierra. It has been in private ownership since the late 19th century.

The Truckee Donne

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Stories of Research at Lake Tahoe with Dr. Charles Goldman June 21

Join renowned limnologist Dr. Charles Goldman for an entertaining public presentation about the stories and history of five decades of scientific research at Lake Tahoe and the challenges ahead.  Dr. Goldman’s presentation will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village, Nevada (on the campus of Sierra Nevada College) .

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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek through Hope Valley

john-fremont-carsonPeople continue to be amazed and inspired by the intrepid travelers of California’s 1848 Gold Rush and the courageous and adventurous migration that followed.

Dianne Jennings will lead participants across parts of the historic Mormon-Emigrant Trail and the early Pony Express Route in beautiful Hope Valley, on June 15-16, 2016. Using Frank Tortorich book, Gold Rush Trail and Hiking the Gold Rush Trail, Dianne will present a slide show and share readings from some of the settlers’ journals about their tales and hardships as they passed through Hope Valley and Carson Pass.

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Free Bluesdays on Tuesdays at Squaw June 14-Sept 6

Shane Dwight bluesfestivalguideYou’ll be singing the blues on Tuesdays when acts from all over the country appear on stage at The Village at Squaw and High Camp during the free weekly Bluesdays June 14 through September 6, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The popular and free outdoor concert series features acclaimed blues musicians, delicious grab-and-go bites, and a Blues Bar serving beer, wine and spirits.  read more →

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Free Lakeview Commons Summer Music June 23-Aug 25

live-at-lakeviewLast one tonight!  Grab your bike and buddies and head to Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach every Thursday evening June 23rd-August 25th from 4:30-8:30 pm  for free live music.

Entertainment will range from local to nationally recognized musicians featuring a different genre of music each week including Jazz, Rock & Roll, Reggae, Latin, Bluegrass, and more.

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TOCCATA Summer Music Fest June 12-Sept 18

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Tahoe Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus proudly announces its 11th SUMMER MusicFest June 12-Sept 18, 2016 with the kickoff series Go4Baroque, featuring Josue Casillas, principal flutist with the Puerto Rico Symphony. read more →

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Tahoe Star Tours with Astronomer Poet Tony Berendsen June 16-Sept 3

Tony Tahoe Star Tours

Lake Tahoe’s crystal clear dark nights are perfect for star gazing and there’s no better guide than poet-astronomer Tony Berendsen, owner to Tahoe Star Tours.

Fascinated with Astronomy since he was given a telescope at age eight, Tony uses a unique mix of art and science to help his guests understand the view into space.  He recites poems written for the purpose of describing the cosmos, he calls “Poastromy” during his Tahoe Star Tours.

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Thunderbird Paddling Festival June 11

Paddlers and Tahoe Keepers will gather at Sand Harbor State Park on the east shore for the annual Thunderbird Paddling Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

You choose from an 8 mile or 4 mile round trip paddle that starts at Sand Harbor State Park, heads south to Chimney Beach past historic Thunderbird Lodge, and back.  There’s also a 2-mile race for kids 12 years old and younger.

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Tahoe City Solstice Festival June 16-19

Summer begins in Tahoe City with the annual Tahoe City Solstice Festival set for June 16-19, 2016.

The festival includes several signature events that define our mountain culture. Each event touts Tahoe City’s distinct qualities and character: adventure sports, artisan food and wine, acclaimed musicians and artists, and celebrated local shops, restaurants, and galleries.

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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays starts June 17

Music-on-the-Beach Tahoe Culture

Enjoy free, live music performances featuring a variety of genres at Music on the Beach 2016 starting on Friday, June 17 at Kings Beach State Recreation Area through September 2, 2016.
It kicks off tonight with the Blues Monsters.
Concerts will take place Friday evenings 6:00-8:30pm.

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Lake Tahoe Bird Festival June 11

LTBF scope at observation platformFlock to Taylor Creek Visitor Center for the annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 10 am to 3:30 pm.

The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBM), invites everyone to this free event for fun and educational walks, workshops, educational activities and live bird demonstrations. read more →

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Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival June 22-Aug 31

Beppe small (photo Germano Pozzati)

The 37th season of the Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival, which runs from opening night June 22 through the finale on August 31, 2016 is ambitious and free rolling this year.

From high quality Americana & New Orleans roots music, to a Tony Award-winning wickedly pathological play to a jazz orchestra to immersive outdoor art camps for kids to an uplifting gospel sendoff, the creative arts offerings are plentiful and appealing to all ages. A very special event this year is the “Boathouse Theatre 20th Anniversary” fête.

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Ride the Wild Sierra June 25

South Lake Tahoe’s road bicycling club, Alta Alpina, has put together four different epic bike rides on 1 day so cyclists can challenge themselves at their own pace.

Build Your Own Challenge, Kid Carson Challenge, Wild Sierra Century and the 8 Pass Challenge “The World’s Toughest Double Century” all take place June 25, 2016.

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Heart Rhythms Conscious Dance with Ann Thennes

The Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, hosts her magical annual Conscious Dance at Marcia Sarosiks Dance Studio Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 7am.

The dance is free form expression and moving meditation to help you make a conscious connection with your mind, body, spirit and the heartbeat of mother earth. Dance at your own pace with the intention to ground, release and integrate energy rising from our source, Lake Tahoe.

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Lake of the Sky Amphitheater hosts Mark Twain July 1

Located at Taylor Creek on the west end of the historic Tallac site in South Lake Tahoe is the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater. Each summer this quaint outdoor theater hosts educational programs about Tahoe history and the people that shaped it, Tahoe flaura and fauna, and our environment to help give us a sense of place.

Mark your calendar to learn about Mark Twain and his eloquent impressions of Lake Tahoe on July 1, 2016 at 7PM.

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Alpenglow Mountain Festival June 18-26

Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Culture

Alpenglow Mountain Festival on June 18th-26th, 2016 is a celebration of human-powered events, clinics, presentations and more.

Geared for toward the beginner and intermediate mountain sports enthusiasts, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival will showcase some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer including trail running, hiking, yoga, standup paddleboarding, rock climbing and natural history events.

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North Lake Tahoe Digitization Day at Gatekeeper’s Museum June 26

Tahoe Culture Cascade Lake 1910Lake Tahoe history NEVER goes into hibernation.

Do you have any historical photographs or visual materials of the Tahoe area? If you do, or if you’d just like to learn more about the archival resources that document this community’s rich history, come visit the North Lake Tahoe Digitization Day on Sunday, June 26, 2016. 10am-4pm.

The free North Lake Tahoe Digitization Day offers digitization services of historic visual materials related to the North Lake Tahoe community, as well as programming regarding the preservation and use of historic photographs.

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Sugar Pine Plantings

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines at these upcoming community events

Sugar pines and other white pines are plagued by a non-native invasive pathogen. White pine blister rust kills about 90% of sugar pines it infects. Scientists and restoration managers have agreed that the only effective restoration strategy is to identify seed trees resistant to the rust and plant their progeny.

This is exactly what the Sugar Pine Foundation does. And, you can help too.

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South Lake Tahoe Library Events

Todd Borg at South Lake Tahoe LibraryCheck out the free literary and cultural events hosted by the Friends of the Library, that will take place at the South Lake Tahoe Library on Highway 50.

It’s not just a library, it’s becoming the place for kids of all ages to read, learn about the Lake Tahoe environment, make crafts, discuss books with friend, read with dogs, and attend work shops and readings presented by local community members who know reading binds our community, and the world.

Written by Dennis Haer.

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Celtic Music Sessions Wednesday Nights at MCPs

Sean CummingsLake Tahoe is well known for many things, but Celtic music?

Now you can jam with other Celtic musicians every Wednesday night at McP’s Taphouse Grill with Sean Cummings, “The Tahoe Bagpiper.”

Sean brings over 30 years performing experience and seven generations of clan tradition playing the music of the Scottish Highland Bagpipe.

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Lake Tahoe Dance Festival July 27-29

Lake Tahoe Dance Festival

The annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival takes place July 27-29, 2016 at Gatekeepers Museum.  The festival opens on Wednesday, July 27 with the Gala Opening Night Celebration, where audiences enjoy dinner catered by Crest Cafe, table seating, and a silent auction in collaboration with Trunk Show. Dancers return to the stage July 28 and 29 for the festival’s two Main Stage Performances, for which attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets or low back chairs. VIP tables for the Main Stage Performances are also available.

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Shakespeare Festival July 8-Aug 21

A long standing tradition for more than 40 years, this timeless festival presents Shakespeare under the stars on the lake shore.

The festival runs July 8 through August 21, 2016 at Sand Harbor State Park featuring The Comedy of Errors – a double dose of laughter, and Forever Plaid – a pitch-perfect, jukebox musical. read more →

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Taste & Listen Pop Up Dinner at Stella July 15

photostellachefdesserts1Enjoy an artistic interpretation of a multi-continent inspired cuisine choreographed to live music creating an unforgettable dining experience.

On Friday, July 15, 2016, starting at 6:00 – 9:00pm, local Trails & Vistas artist, Nancy Tieken Lopez, and the Stella Kitchen Team lead by Chef Ben Knox of The Cedar House Sport Hotel will create a Pop Up Dinner exhibition titled “Taste & Listen.” 

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Tahoe WordWave Oct 9-11

Garth Stein at Word Wave

WordWave, a three-day festival held on the grounds of Valhalla at the Tallac Historic Site returns to South Lake Tahoe Oct. 21 – 23. This literary mash-up will feature oral storytelling, theater performances and free readings, panels on craft, and a novel writing camp for kids. Highlights include a staged reading of the WordWave one-act playwriting contest winners, a Maker’s Station demo with bookbinding, letterpress printing, found poetry and art.
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Trails and Vistas World Concert Sept 10

Todo MundoExperience the musical sounds of worldly cultures during the Trails & Vistas World Concert for Peace featuring Todo Mundo, an award-winning band from San Diego, September 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m. This entertaining evening is the finale event for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Encore Showcase Series set to the picturesque views of Lake Tahoe.

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Trails & Vistas Art Hikes Sept 10 & 18

This year’s Trails & Vistas Art Hikes on September 10 and 18, 2016 will inspire attendees along a guided path past live music, art, storytelling, and dance performances.

Trails & Vistas plays host to a collective experience where art, nature and audience intersect. Guides will lead three-hour long hikes starting in 15-minute increments winding through 12 site-specific art installations. Participants will enjoy music, performance art, ephemeral sculpture and literary art pieces placed along an earthen trail.

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Medicinal Plants of the Sierra Nevada July 3 with Kim Chatfield

Ever think of the Sierra as a medicine cabinet? In fact, the surrounding Lake Tahoe mountains are chock-full of surprisingly healthful plants and flowers.

Join Medical Botanist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine Kimball Chatfield on an entertaining and informative treasure hunt for plants including wild arnica, St. John’s Wort, various types of mint, wild blueberries, currants, yarrow, roses, wild onions and more in Hope Valley on July 3, 2016 from 9:30 am to 1 pm.

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Landscape Photography with Terry Nathan July 16 at Hope Valley

Peeler-Lake-B-Terry-NathanFrom dramatic fall colors to rugged mountain cliffs, the Hope Valley region located about 17-miles south of Lake Tahoe, offers varied and stunning photographic opportunities.

Learn to capture Lake Tahoe”s grandeur at this one-day photography workshop with award-winning photographer and UC Davis professor Terry Nathan on July 16, 2016, from 9am – 1pm at Sorensen’s Resort.

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Wildflowers of the Sierra Walk July 22

Flower Power.

In case you haven’t noticed, Lake Tahoe’s wildflower season is on. Hillsides are blanketed in mule’s ears, balsamroot, scarlet gilia, paintbrush, wild onions, forget me nots, larkspur, mountain heather and lupine.  They’ll stop you in your tracks with their sheer beauty and fragrance.

Identify wildflowers or just bask in their glory, during a short hike at Hope Valley on July 22, 2016 from 9 am – 2 pm.

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Donner Lake Paddle Race May 21

Donner Lake RaceIf you’re looking for a different kind of intense workout, check this out.  The Annual Donner Lake Memorial Weekend Stand-up/Prone Paddleboard Race takes place Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 9am. It’s part of the Tahoe Cup Paddle Board Race Series.

Better check weather conditions first…you may be wearing your dry suit or ski gear.  Only in Tahoe.

Be sure and clean, drain and dry your paddleboard before you jump in the lake, and become a Tahoe Keeper today.

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Hoop Drum Workshop May 20-22

Mountain Gypsy Tahoe CultureThe Hoop Drum 3-day Workshop taking place May 20, 21, and 22, 2016, promises to be a wonderful event. Ann and her friend Davis Clay will be teaching this workshop working with the natural earth based traditions.
Soaking of hides with the sacred water from the Upper Truckee (the water that feeds our beautiful lake), creating our hoop drums out in the open air underneath the watchful gaze of Mt. Tallac.

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Books, Art and Community at Bona Fide

Book Art by Bona Fide BooksCreate art for books, cards or any medium at Bona Fide Books in Meyers. Books in this photo were made by Karen Cutter. Because Bona Fide loves all things books, they’ve started a Sunday afternoon club for lovers of book art.

Bona Fide events feature community, peculiarities and a wholesome good time.

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OMG Fun Run in Meyers May 22

Meyers CommunityRegister now for the inaugural OMG Fun Run to be held Sunday, May 22, 10am-12pm at the Old Meyers Grade in Meyers. Registration for adults and children under 12 is now open at meyerscommunityfoundation.com through midnight May 21. read more →

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Made in Tahoe Festival at Squaw May 28-29

Allana-Hughes-Pottery-Riverside-StudiosCelebrate Tahoe arts and mountain culture with local arts, local products,  food, and music at the Made in Tahoe Festival at Squaw.

The two-day festival takes place on Saturday-Sunday, May 28-29, 2016, and includes local artisans, businesses, organizations and a community stage with live performances by artists, storytellers, writers or presentations. read more →

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Tsurunokai Drummers at Incline Village Library May 25

You’ll have to try and sit still at the Incline Village Library on May 25, 2016 at this free drum show starting at 4pm.

Tsurunokai Drummers are local performers demonstrating the exciting art of traditional Japanese taiko drumming and sharing insight into Japanese culture.

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Tahoe Games Bike Night at LT Golf Course starts May 27

Tahoe Bike Night Tahoe CultureThis is so much fun for little kids, beach cruisers and racers.  Celebrate Tahoe bike culture at the 2nd Annual Tahoe Games Bike Night Series that kicks off at Lake Tahoe Golf Course on Friday, May 27th. This series of 5 races will be hosted on the last Friday night of every month through September.

These family-friendly x-country night bike races feature a custom illuminated course that runs through the Lake Tahoe Golf Course, over fairways, into the rough, through sand traps and over bridges with the occasional cart path. The course is approximately 3 miles per lap, with most classes riding 2 laps.  See you there! read more →

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Annual Squaw Valley Institute Farm to Table Dinner May 28

SVI Farm and Dinner Event

Enjoy an evening of culinary delights, delectable wines and live music as you dine alfresco at the 5th Annual Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday, May 28, 2016 in Squaw Valley.

Presented by the Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) and powered by MTN ROOTS food truck, this popular annual culinary event is taking place in partnership with Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows during the 4th Annual Made In Tahoe Festival.

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Tahoe Arts Project Fundraiser at Bert’s May 12

Tahoe Arts Project (TAP) is holding a spaghetti night fundraiser at Bert’s Café on May 12, 2016 from 5:30-7:30.

For only $10 guests will enjoy spaghetti, Caesar salad and garlic bread. Wine will be served by donation. Save room for dessert because there will also be a bake sale. read more →

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