Nature’s art show is in full display as the Kokanee salmon swim up Taylor Creek for their annual dance of life. The deep red of these non-native fish against the backdrop of the golden aspen along the creek is as stunning as the strength and determination of the running salmon.
The Kokanee were introduced to Lake Tahoe in 1944.
The annual Kokanee Salmon Festival takes place October 3 and 4, 2015 from 10am to 4pm. read more →
Guess the correct weight of the Giant Pumpkin and you can take it home.
It’s all part of Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, October 3 and 4, 2015.
The Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, will hold her annual Conscious Dance series September 21 through December 11, 2015 at Marcia Sarosiks Dance Studio at 7 am.
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.
People 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 October 4 and 5, 2015. 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.
Sierra weather is fickle. It can be feast or famine. According to Lisa Berry, wildflower aficionado and Lake Tahoe Community College adjunct instructor, in wildflower terms it can result in a distinct advantage. Berry has been leading wildflower hikes and studying the area’s wildflowers for almost a decade. This year’s dry winter season resulted in something she said she has never seen before.
Berry will be talking about her findings and presenting a slideshow of her discoveries on Tuesday, October 6 at 7 p.m. in LTCC’s Aspen Room. The talk is free and open to the public. read more →
Did you know… historically, the majestic Sugar Pines accounted for 25% of Tahoe’s mixed-conifer forests. Today, this glorious tree makes up less than 5% of our forest composition due to a non-native invasive fungus. But they’re coming back, thanks to the Sugar Pine Foundation and you who have been at it for 10 years now.
Did you also know that the Sugar Pines are the world’s largest species of pine? Looks like it from the size of John on the Nemesis.
Help the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines October 17 through 25, 2015.
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.
Writers, readers and performers from all around the country will appear at South Lake Tahoe Oct. 9-11, 2015 for WordWave, a three-day festival held on the grounds of Valhalla at the Tallac Historic Site.
This literary mash-up will feature oral storytelling, theater performances and free readings, panels on craft, yoga, and a novel writing camp for kids. Highlights include a one-act playwriting contest, a Maker’s Station demo with bookbinding, letterpress, drum making, and found poetry and art. Ticketed events include a steampunk ball, workshops, and even a hike.
Dust off your bowler hat, lace up your high-heeled boots and join us for the first ever Tall Timber Ball on October 9, 2015.
Style it steampunk and join us under the timber beams of the Grand Hall while our fab DJ spins from the massive stone fireplace. Cool prizes will go to the most interesting looks of the night. read more →
Witness the incredible stretch of glorious aspen groves turning their brilliant gold throughout Hope Valley, and learn the science behind this natural phenomenon on October 9, 2015, starting at 9 a.m.
Winners of the inaugural WordWave One-Act Play Contest held this spring include new and seasoned playwrights whose work will be performed for the first time in staged readings at the historic Boathouse Theatre on Fri. Oct. 10, 7:30 pm, for just $10. Two winners took the prize: “Compromising Positions,” by Michelle Benson, and “Woman Running Late in a Dress,” by Dallas Woodburn, with an honorable mention going to “Man’s Best Friend” by Rod McFadden. read more →
Sand painting is an ancient Tibetan art form and is a representation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Chenrezig. The sand mandala is carefully constructed from dyed sand particles to represent the particular esoteric and textual traditions of Buddhism.
Venerable Geshe Tsultrim will create a Chenrezig Sand Mandala at Blue Angel Cafe and hold daily workshops, October 12-18, 2015. The viewing of the Sand Mandala will be accompanied by Buddhist teachings about Compassion every day.
The SUMMIT movie chronicles the 2008 expedition to K-2 that turned from triumph into tragedy. There is limited seating, so please RSVP to 541-1027. Light refreshments will be served at this free movie event that includes a free raffle afterwards.
Lake of the Sky Outfitters is located at 1023 Emerald Bay Rd, next to McDonalds, in South Lake Tahoe.
Put on your dancing shoes and boogie, swing or trot with the 17-piece Tahoe Dance Band on the last Friday of every month at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center.
The Tahoe Dance Band plays the standards and classics for both your dancing and listening pleasure including fox trots, waltzes, tangos, swing and polkas. Click here to listen to them now! read more →
While 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 →
Who says nothing comes for free anymore? The Heavenly Village is kicking off the summer with free concerts in front of Basecamp Pizza on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 9pm. All ages are welcome, and all concerts are free to the public.
The Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.
Those searching for an inclusive and unique experience this Labor Day weekend should look no further than Sample the Sierra, South Lake Tahoe’s farm to fork festival that showcases local restaurants, farmers, artists, wineries, breweries and more.
The festival will take place at Bijou Community Park on Sunday September 6th focusing on the rich heritage and bounty of the region while highlighting the talent that resides in the Sierra Nevada.
Every year Stewardship Day combines field education in forest ecology, defensible space, soil conservation, wildlife biology and natural history with hands-on forest restoration projects.
Join hundreds of Tahoe Basin community members to help improve forest health at the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s annual Tahoe Forest Stewardship on the Upper Truckee River, South Lake Tahoe at the corner of Lodi and Barbara in Sierra Tract.
Hidden from view across from Sugar Pine Point State Park, Ehrman Mansion is an isolated architectural treasure. Located among the majestic sugar pines on the West Shore, Ehrman Mansion or Pine Lodge is a fascinating example of the opulent tradition in Tahoe summer homes with meticulous landscaping still intact today.
Historic House Tours take place May 23, 2015 through September 30, 2015 daily between 10:30am and 3:30pm. read more →
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 in South Shore to Kings Beach in North Shore on September 13, 2015 starting at 8am sharp.
On September 15 at 6pm, the Friends of the Library in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Historical Society will host author Mary Jo Sonntag. Her award-winning book, Write, If You Live to Get There, tells the true story of her ancestor’s westward migration from Vermont to Tahoe through a series of family letters spanning more than 120 years. Interesting, informative and open to all. Her new presentation answers questions about the early pioneers to our area: What was pioneer life really like? What diseases did pioneers experience? Book sale and signing to follow.
Join the Slow Rollers for the City Parade on September 19, 2015 to celebrate the 50th year of South Lake Tahoe.
Parade starts at 10 am at the Y and goes to the Bijou Park for the bike park grand opening. Spruce up your bike, put on your costume and ride with Slow Rollers.
Don’t miss our farewell to summer with the free live Reggae music performance by King Sugar + Riotmaker on September 20, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm presented by On Course Events and Lake Tahoe Golf Course. Music, food, local vendors, surrounded by mountain beauty – see you there!
The Lake Tahoe Historical Society presents “Chautauqua at Lake Tahoe,” a fundraiser on September 20, 2015 starting at 5pm at the Valhalla Boathouse Theater.
You will be entertained by the likes of Warren Upson (intrepid Pony Express rider), Hank Monk (Knight of the Lash), Anita Baldwin (tempestuous daughter of mining tycoon Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin), Ephraim “Yank” Clement (Champeen Liar of the Sierry), and our special guest star Mark Twain, portrayed by well-known Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne.
Sit in a fire truck, escape from the Smoke House, wear fire fighting equipment, squirt fire hoses, watch the fire fighters compete, learn about fire resistant construction, and enjoy a Kiwanis BBQ at FireFest on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10am to 3pm.
You’ll also get to meet Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog at this favorite annual South Lake Tahoe event.
This is so much fun for little kids, beach cruisers and racers. Celebrate Tahoe bike culture at the Tahoe Games Bike Night on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
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 →
Animals hold many keys to life if we just listen. Don’t miss this retreat to help you get in tune with your animal totem.
Ann Thennes will hold a Rawhide Rattle Workshop on September 26 and 27, 2015 in South Lake Tahoe.
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Families, art and music lovers, and history buffs can expect a spectacular season of entertainment on the shore of Lake Tahoe at this year’s Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival, June 17 – August 26, 2015.
Free music on the lawn, boot stomping roots music in a 1920’s boathouse, classic theatre productions, outdoor art camps for kids, cultural dance performances and fine art shows are some of the many highlights that await 2015 festival goers.
Last one tonight! Grab your bike and buddies and head to Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach 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.
Check 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.
The Lake of the Sky Amphitheater summer evening programs at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center take place Friday nights at starting at 7 PM.
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 →
Did you know the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history, and his correct name is Smokey Bear?
Meet Smokey, sing the “Smokey the Bear” song and take a tour along Taylor Creek on the Rainbow Walk – one of his favorite places to hang out – every Saturday during the summer at 10 a.m. read more →
This is the last one! Bring your picnic basket, lawn chairs, sunscreen and relax near the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, under the large ponderosa pines that are famous at the Tallac Historic Site.
Sundays at noon, the sprawling lawn outside Valhalla’s Grand Hall will transform into a free concert haven for all. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs and the whole family to enjoy live music Sunday, August 2, 2015, from 12 – 2 pm. read more →
Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band will perform at Valhalla Tahoe Boathouse Theatre on August 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
The band has been likened to the classic British bands’ Pentangle and Fairport Convention blending classic folk music with rough-edged stories of tragedy and fate, all with orchestral arrangements sounding like chamber music gone folk! What? You be the judge.
The Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival will take place on August 8 and 9, 2015 in the Divided Sky parking lot. The festival includes the infamous “Triple Crown Ride” covering 30+ miles and a 5,200 elevation gain. Lots of music, food, drinks and events for all ages.
Sierra Ski and Cycle Works is sponsoring a History of Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking exhibit on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Here’s your chance to the see the first Lake Tahoe mountain bike, Clunker, and meet a slew of early mountain bike pioneers including Gary Bell and Don Koski from Cove Bike Shop in Tiburon.
Return to the Roaring 20’s – Tahoe style at the Great Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe on August 8 and 9, 2015.
While costumes are not mandatory, you may look out of place without one. Throughout the weekend a variety of activities take place on the Pope and Baldwin Estates—vintage car shows, wandering musicians and jugglers, a raffle, special sales of period appropriate items and sale of the annual Gatsby poster.
The Lake Tahoe Dance Connection (LTDC) brings in professional dancers and choreographers from Broadway, Los Angeles, and the Joffrey Ballet to South Lake Tahoe for a weekend of dance, professional instruction, and fun. The second annual Lake Tahoe Dance Connection at the Lake Tahoe Community College is a truly unique opportunity for dancers in and around the Tahoe Basin. The dates are August 12 – 16.
Classes can be purchased through LTCC’s CONNECT Community Education website. Register for all 5 days, single days, or single classes. read more →
“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 SLT Library on August 12 at 6pm for a free talk.
Join the South Lake Tahoe Historical Society on August 12 at the City Chambers at the Airport as we continue to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the City of South Lake Tahoe with Gene Abshier. Gene will share the history of late 1950s proposed highway improvements that included plans to build a bridge across Emerald Bay. read more →
Tahoe Tibetan Cultural Exchange together with Sierra Friends of Tibet and Tahoe Rising are pleased to welcome the first visit of 10 Tibetan Buddhist monks from Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala for two Healing Events August 18 and 19 at Camp Richardson Resort.
The healings are open to everyone, all ages, by donation only. It is not necessary to practice Buddhism to receive the blessing. It is believed by Buddhists that being blessed the healing has the potential to transmit a high degree of protection, healing, and energy to those attending the blessing with an open heart and clear mind. read more →
Get inspired to transform your home’s landscape into a refreshing mountain oasis! The Tahoe RCD will be hosting the 8th Annual Conservation Landscape Tour on August 19th, 4:30pm – 7:30pm, with this year’s theme revolving around sustainable landscaping in Lake Tahoe.
Citywater will perform at Valhalla Tahoe Boathouse Theatre on August 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
Hailed by Edward Ortiz as “a top-flight interpreter of contemporary classical music,” Citywater is Sacramento’s own modern chamber ensemble. Comprising flutist Cathie Apple, clarinetist Milun Doskovic, percussionist Ben Prima, pianist Jennifer Reason, violinist Dagenais Smiley, and cellist Timothy Stanley; Citywater strives to charm and challenge its audiences with the newest music written. read more →
“Conversations with History” on August 27, 2015 from 5pm to 7pm features a behind-the-scenes tour of the incomparable Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay, and an intimate conversation with long-time park advocate and historian Helen Smith who spent 14 summers at Vikingsholm as the guest of Lorna Knight, the owner.
All proceeds will support the Sierra State Parks Foundation earmarked to provide critically needed funds for the maintenance and repair of the Vikingsholm.
Niall McGuinness, Trey Stone and John Shipley will perform live at the Music on the Beach fundraiser for the Tahoe Arts Project on Thursday, August 27, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge in South Lake Tahoe.
Suggested donation is just $10 per person to see these three local legends while you support art programs for local school children.
See you there.
Tahoe stewardship efforts are legendary. From protecting native fishes like the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout to our beloved open lands and cultural heritage, and fighting aquatic invasive species as Tahoe Keepers, we know it takes a community of locals and visitors to contribute.
Here’s your chance. Join California State Park Rangers and West Shore Sports at Ed Z’berg- Sugar Pine Point State Park for a full moon kayak tour while learning about Tahoe’s unique history on August 28, 2015 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Make your reservations quick. It’s only $40 and all proceeds will benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation so we can make much needed improvements to our Tahoe-based CA State Parks.
From ancient times through modern day, it’s one woman’s journey on the drum.
Learn how to play in a drum circle with Liz Broscoe at the Lake Tahoe Community College.
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 Friday, July 17, 9:30 am – 2 pm.
Indulge in a classic Tahoe tradition July 24 and 25 at the Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe during the antique wooden boat show. Along with the mixture of masterfully restored boats, you’ll also find live music, a beer tasting village and lots of food and family-friendly events.
This year’s theme, “50s & Fins”, will honor those boats built between 1950 and 1959.keep looking »