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

Dave Nettle kicks off Alpenglow Winter Films Nov 16

Dave NettleClimbing isn’t just an activity for Dave. It defines who he is.

On November 16, at 7pm local hero Dave Nettle will kick off the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge with his show “Double Trouble: A World Traveler’s Quest for the Vertical World.”

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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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Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop Oct 7

Mark your calendars for the annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop set for Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from noon to 4 p.m.

Wine lovers, food connoisseurs and dedicated shoppers will once again indulge in delicious food samples paired with some of the finest vintages, as they shop and stroll in the historic western ski town of Truckee, Calif.

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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 planting 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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Annual Oktoberfest at Squaw Sept 23

Tahoe Culture Oktoberfest at SquawSquaw Valley is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration complete with a Bratwurst Toss, authentic German beer and plenty of entertainment.

The annual Squaw Valley Oktoberfest will take place September 23, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Winter is Coming Oct 26 TERC Presentation

Tahoe Culture TERC eventAs we finish the hottest summer on record, winter is coming. After our relentless 2016-17 winter with flooding, blizzards, historic snowpack, and crazy winds – AND the BEST SKI SEASON since 2o11!  – people are understandably interested in what next winter will bring.
Join Chris Smallcomb, Warning Coordination Meteorologist and Tim Bardsley, Senior Hydrologist from the National Weather Service in Reno, for an in-depth look at potential impacts and predictability on Oct 26th from 5:30 to 7pm at the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village.
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Passport to Dining in Kings Beach Nov 9

It’s an annual North Lake Tahoe tradition, and a great party!

Get a taste of our local cuisine and regional wine during the annual Passport to Dining in Kings Beach held at the Tahoe Biltmore on November 9, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm.

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Tahoe Vista Paddlefest Sept 8-10

It’s the finale. The big daddy of the entire stand up and paddle season at Lake Tahoe.  So you’ve been standing up and paddling all summer longer, just to get ready for this epic.

It’s the 22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic SUP race across Lake Tahoe from Eldorado Beach to Tahoe Vista on September 8-10, 2017,

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TINS Piranga at Squaw Sept 15

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) has teamed up with all of the Squaw Village restaurants to put on this fun, innovative event, pairing a battle of the bands with a chicken wing cook-off to help raise money for TINS.

New this year TINS has added multiple activities and events highlighting team building, locally prepared food, craft beers, and live music taking place September 15, 2017.

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Concours d’Elegance August 11-12

Lake Tahoe Concours d'EleganceExotic wooden boats mark our nautical history in style especially during this favorite event where you can drool over 70 of the finest and rarest wooden boats in the world.

Obexer’s Boat Company, home of the first wooden boat dealership on Lake Tahoe, will be the site of the annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, August 11 and 12, 2017.

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Lake Tahoe Music Festival Aug 15-20

Founded in 1982 by Edgar Braun, conductor of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival is dedicated to growing the musicians of tomorrow, and is integral to the arts and culture of the community. Set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range “Sunset Serenades” is an intimate setting with five varied and unique classical music concerts.  The festival takes place throughout North Lake Tahoe August 15 through 20, 2017.

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Alpen Wine Festival for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Sept 3 at Squaw

“Focus on what you CAN DO” – Jimmie Heuga.

Wine aficionados will sip fine vintages to help raise money for Can Do MS, formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, on Sunday, September 3, from 2-5 p.m. at The Village at Squaw Valley.

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Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest at Squaw August 12-13

Royal Jelly Photo by Tom Dellinger Photography — with Felix MacneeIt’s going to be the funkiest place around.

Two days of explosive musical talent takes over The Village at Squaw Valley on August 12 and 13, 2017  during the Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest. Festival goers can listen to continuous live jazz and funk music on two stages while sampling more than 30 brews. read more →

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Wanderlust at Squaw July 20-23

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 20-23, 2017. read more →

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Dinner in the Barn 2017

The annual “Dinner in the Barn” series hosted by Sierra Valley Farms takes place September 9, 2017 for $130 per plate.

Guest chefs will prepare a feast using produce so fresh it grew in the field hours before they serve the four-course meal in a 1936-era barn during.  Party of two?

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Free Sunday Concerts on Commons Beach

SamBaDa-at-Commons-Beach-Concerts1For the past 12 years, the summer long Concerts at Commons Beach has become a favorite Sunday tradition.

These fun, community gatherings feature both local acts and touring artists.  Everyone is welcome and picnics are encouraged. Low-back chairs only, please.  Sorry, no pets allowed.

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Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival July 8

A parade of planes, stilt walkers, face painting, arts and crafts, games, music, and lots of cool aviators will be at the free Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival on July 8, 2017 starting at 9 a.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The event will feature static aircraft displays with pilot docents; aircraft flybys; free (EAA) Young Eagle flights for children ages 8 to 17 (with parental permission) the day after, kids activities, airport souvenirs, and lots more family fun. read more →

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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays

Music-on-the-Beach Tahoe Culture

If you want real local culture, head to Kings Beach.

Enjoy free, live music performances featuring a variety of genres at Music on the Beach 2017 on Fridays at Kings Beach State Recreation Area June 30 – September 1, 2017 from 6:00-8:30pm.
See you there.

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Free Admission to Gatekeeper’s Museum and Watson Cabin July 1

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

For one day only, Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm visitors will be treated to free admission to the Gatekeeper’s Museum and Watson Cabin in Tahoe City for their Heritage Trail Day so you learn more about our community’s rich history.

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Tahoe City Solstice Festival June 15-17

Summer begins in Tahoe City with the annual Tahoe City Solstice Festival set for June 15-17, 2017.

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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Western States Endurance Run June 24-25

One of the oldest ultra trail running events in the world, and certainly one of the most challenging. The annual Western States Endurance Run starts at Squaw Valley and ends in Auburn 100.2 miles later. The famous trail travels through remote and rugged territory accessible only to hikers, horses and helicopters.

Taking over 24 hours, the race begins at 5am Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Squaw Valley with hundreds of the most fit runners across the nation participating.

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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 8 through August 17, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Alpenglow Mountain Festival June 17-25

Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Culture

Alpenglow Mountain Festival on June 17-25, 2017 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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Peaks and Paws Festival at Squaw June 17-18

Sender Bell of Sierra Ski and Cycle WorksThe dog days of summer will be on full display during the annual Peaks and Paws Festival at Squaw on Saturday, June 17-18, 2017 from 11 am to 5pm to raise money for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

Dogs and their people can enjoy two stages of live music, a pet themed vendor village, dog-friendly hikes, complimentary dog treats and activities specially designed for furry friends.

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Free Bluesdays on Tuesdays at Squaw

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 13 through September 5, 2017 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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Alpenglow Mountain Festival February 18-26

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Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival held February 18-26, 2017 in North Lake Tahoe is a celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, critically-acclaimed film and more. Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, the festival will showcase some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer – Nordic skiing, backcountry skiing and splitboarding, snowshoeing and natural history events.

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Full Moon Snowshoe Hike at Sugar Pine Point SP March 11

Step back in time along the west shore of Lake Tahoe for a great cause.

On Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 6:30pm the Sugar Pine Point State Park Rangers are leading full moon snowshoe tours through the historic Hellman-Ehrman estate sharing local history tidbits and the wonders of the natural environment. All proceeds benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation.

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Will Gadd Dec 1 at Squaw Winter Film Series

Location: Hunlen Falls - BC, Canada Athlete: Will Gadd Description: Will Gadd and EJ Plimley climb first ascent of Hunlen Falls in BC, Canada. Hunlen Falls is potentially one of the world's tallest vertical frozen waterfalls.

Alpenglow Sports 11th annual Winter Film Series continues on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 7pm with prominent Canadian ice climber and paragliding pilot Will Gadd at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge. Gadd’s show “30 Trips of a Lifetime in 60 High-Speed Minutes: Winning the X Games, Ice Climbing Niagara Falls, and Paragliding Over the Grand Canyon” is not to be missed. read more →

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Annual Squaw Valley Prom to Benefit Local Non-Profits Dec 31

Thirteen years ago, the Squaw Valley community banded together to throw a prom – not a high school prom, a ski town prom in which all proceeds went to charity.

On December 31, 2016, the Squaw Valley Prom will be hosted by the High Fives Foundation with all ticket proceeds benefiting their amazing non-profit organization.

 

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Tahoe City Oktoberfest 2016

Scarecrows on Parade Tahoe CityHead to North Lake Tahoe this October for Downtown Tahoe City’s Annual Oktoberfest. In addition to boasting award winning dining, independent shops, a new cinema and affordable lodging, the Tahoe City Downtown Association presents Oktoberfest from noon to 6 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2016.

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Lake Tahoe Dance Collective Presents Claudia Schreier & Company Oct. 14-15

claudia-schreier-at-tahoe-cultureThis October, Lake Tahoe Dance Collective presents Claudia Schreier & Company, bringing Schreier’s talents and a team of professional dancers to the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Claudia Schreier & Company will perform Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Tahoe Art Haus in Tahoe City.
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Mountain of Storms, A Patagonia Film at Tahoe Art Haus Oct 19

mntstorms-tahoe-cultureGrab your favorite adventure partner and join Alpenglow Sports for Mountain of Storms, presented by Patagonia, at the Tahoe Art Haus on October 19th. The excitement starts at 7 pm.

Mountain of Storms documents the storied 1968 road trip adventure of 5 friends:  Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Dick Dorworth, Chris Jones and Lito Tejada-Flores. Piled into an old sketchy van, the group embarked on a 5,000-mile journey from California to Patagonia to attempt a new route on Cerro Torre’s infamous Fitz Roy.  Along the way the friends found surf, skiing and climbing as they headed southward towards the then still-mythical land of Patagonia.

Dick Dorworth will be here in Tahoe City on October 19th. Will you?

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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 18

This year’s Trails & Vistas Art Hikes on September 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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Art & Soul Downtown Truckee ArtWalk Sept 17

Truckee will be brimming with art and activity during the 2nd Annual Art & Soul Downtown Truckee ArtWalk on Saturday, September 17th from 1pm to 6pm.

Stroll through the heart of Downtown Truckee enjoying visual art, live music, artist demonstrations, craft beer and wine tastings, small bites & more.  This year’s walk features 30 stops celebrating local artists!

A portion of event proceeds goes to Arts for the Schools.

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Bike to Support Music: Tahoe Sierra Century September 17

Bike to Support MusicIt’s a classic fall event and blends two of our favorites for a great local cause.

Bikes and Music.

The Tahoe Sierra Century on Saturday, September 17, is a fundraiser for cyclists to support the music programs at North Tahoe Middle and High Schools.

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High Fives Bocce Tournament Sept 18 at Truckee River Winery

High Fives Foundation Bocce TournamentThe High Fives Non-Profit Foundation will host its annual Bocce Tournament at the Truckee River Winery on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

The cost to participate is $125 per two-person team. Space is limited to the first forty teams to register. Teams will compete for amazing prizes as well as bragging rights. read more →

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Tahoe Star Tours with Astronomer Poet Tony Berendsen

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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Historic Bus Tour with Mark McLaughlin,”Storm King” Aug 5

He is a walking encyclopedia of Tahoe-Truckee history and a captivating storyteller.

Local historian and author, Mark McLaughlin, will host a bus load of history lovers on a tour of Donner Pass to Rainbow Bridge and the transcontinental railroad tunnels on Friday, August 5, 2016 starting at 9am.

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Ta-hoe Nalu Paddle Festival Aug 12-14

2014 5mie-0146 Tahoe Nalu photosThe biggest paddle board festival on Lake Tahoe just got bigger.

The Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand-up Paddle Board Festival features two-days of races for paddle boarders of all ages and skill levels. Lakeside entertainment including food, luaus, live music and prizes will top off the races held at Kings Beach August 12 through 14h.

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Shakespeare Festival

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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Fallen Leaf Lake History Hike August 15

Anita Baldwin Chimney Tahoe CultureFollow local historians on a history hike at Fallen Leaf Lake.  You’ll learn about the history of the lake, and some of the unique personalities who spent time living here, and visit the ruins of the Anita Baldwin Estate.  Bring a bag lunch, water, camera, sunscreen and good hiking shoes.

Meet at the Gatekeeper’s Museum on August 15, 2016 at 9 am when you’ll car pool to South Lake Tahoe. read more →

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Venerable Losang Samten at Lake Tahoe Aug 18-24

Venerable Losang Samten, Tibetan scholar, spiritual teacher, and artist will share teachings of loving-kindness, joy, compassion, and the path to enlightenment throughout Tahoe August 18-24, 2016.

Classes often include a talk, guided meditation, and discussion.

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Docent-led Hikes at Carpenter Valley

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 August 13 and 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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The Ghost of Mark Twain in IV Aug 26

He set the high water mark for fascinating tales about mountain culture.  Mark Twain liked to say, “Good friends, good books. This is the ideal life.”

The Ghost of Mark Twain at Tahoe played by McAvoy Lane is a cultural romp through the stories and lore of Mark Twain and his time in the Lake Tahoe on August 26 at Starbucks in Incline Village, presented by the Incline Village Crystal Bay Historical Society.  Yes, Starbucks – I can hear Twain now.

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Tahoe Star Tours Tribute to Carl Sagan Sept 1-3

A sizzling alpenglow sunset sets the stage followed by a pitch black sky that illuminates the stars and planets.  It’s the perfect venue for a tribute to Carl Sagan.

Join star guide and poet Tony Berendsen of Tahoe Star Tours, as he honors Dr. Sagan during a fascinating night of science, poetry, and star gazing at Northstar on September 1, 2 and 3, 2016. read more →

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Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues Gary Noy July 21

SierraStories405“Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues” is a fantastical journey about unusual and lesser-known stories of Sierra Nevada history.  Written by Sierra Nevada College historian and Sierra Nevada native Gary Noy, some stories are adventurous, some are horrifying, some are inventive, but all are fascinating windows into our history in the breathtaking Range of Light.

Meet Gary at the Gatekeepers Museum July 21 at 4pm for a free talk.

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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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Living History Day at Ehrman Mansion July 30

This only happens once a year. Ehrman Mansion will be open to the public for free on Saturday, July 30, from 11AM to 3PM, during Living History Day.

Here’s your chance to step back in time and relive life at the lake as it was in the 1930s, at one of the most scenic spots along the west shore of Lake Tahoe, and one of our most famous houses.

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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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