Best things to do Labor Day Weekend in Lake Tahoe and Truckee
Labor Day Weekend is the the grand finale of summer in Lake Tahoe. If you aren’t going to Burning Man coming to Tahoe for the weekend is a great alternative. There are tons of fun things to do, it’s less crowded and the weather is usually perfect, especially compared to Memorial Day weekend when it usually snows. I did the research for you to find out what’s going on around North Lake Tahoe and Truckee over Labor Day Weekend.
This is a great weekend to pick up a pair of skis for winter, a new jacket or score discounted summer merchandise like swimsuits and running shoes. The best sale will be the Tahoe Mountain Sports Sample Sale featuring brands like Icebreaker, Black Diamond, and more! Come check it out before hitting the trails.
Take a Hike
Check out this blog post on Fall Hikes for some ideas or stop by our store in Truckee and we can give you some ideas. All of these hikes feature scenic vistas, leaves and flowers, water and can be extended if you want to go for more miles. We’ve included directions on how to get to each hike, parking information, detailed trail descriptions. and amazing pictures to get you inspired. With slightly cooler temperatures over Labor Day weekend you’ll be able to enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe with your friends or family while getting some quality time outdoors. Stop by Tahoe Mountain Sports in Truckee for more trail information and for the best hiking shoes, water bottles, day packs, sunscreen, maps and sun hats before heading out!
Experience this spectacular newly opened Carpenter Valley. September 1 at 9 am, Truckee Donner Land Trust invites you on a guided hike to experience beautiful Lower Carpenter Valley. Minutes from Truckee but hidden from view, Carpenter Valley offers amazing scenery, lush meadows carpeted by wildflowers, and chances to glimpse wildlife in its natural environs.
The Land Trust is in the process of acquiring the property so it will not be open to the public in 2017, with the exception of these exclusive hikes led by docents who are available to guide the route and answer questions about the land and its inhabitants. Registration is required (free) at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tdlt-carpenter-valley-docent-led-hikes-tickets-33064131708
Free Concerts on the Beach
Friday, September 1st
This is the final weekend to enjoy free concerts on the shores of Lake Tahoe for the season. Kick off your weekend Friday night, September 1st, at Music on the Beach in Kings Beach featuring The Wrinkle from 6:30-8:00 pm. The Wrinkle is a local bluegrass band. Dance in the sand while watching the sunset over Lake Tahoe and sipping tasty brews from Alibi Ale Works! There are also food trucks set up so you can grab something to eat.
Sunday, September 3rd
Sunday afternoon, September 3, from 3-7 pm check out Joy and Madness in Tahoe City at the Concerts on Commons Beach. This eight piece soul and funk band out of Sacramento could be described as Jamiroqui meets J. Geils and is guaranteed to be a good time. You can bring picnics, blankets, and low-back chairs for a perfect lakeside evening. Local food and drink vendors sell beer, wine, soft drinks, ice-cream, sushi, barbecue, salads, and more. Come early and enjoy a relaxing day at the beach!
Come see the 5th Annual Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday, September 3, at 8:30 pm in Carnelian Bay brought to you by Gar Woods Grill & Pier and The Monte Foundation. This is a free fireworks show and is sure to impress! Donations will be accepted and will go towards local high school sports programs. T-Shirts & glow sticks will also be sold on the beach.
Enjoy Amazing Food, Wine and Beer
Saturday, September 2nd
The 28th annual Foam Fest kicks off on Saturday, September 2, from 2-6 pm at Squaw Valley USA on the KT Sundeck. Featuring over 20 different craft brews for you to taste along with live music including headliner Ozomatli. Tickets required with all proceeds benefitting Achieve Tahoe.
Sunday, September 3rd
Come experience amazing food and beer at the Brewmaster Dinner at Northstar California. Executive Chef Steve Anderson partners with local breweries to artfully pair five courses of seasonally inspired dishes with craft beers. At each event, guests are led through a different flavor journey guided by the brewmaster in an al fresco setting overlooking the sunset. Tickets can be purchased in advance or the day of. Guests must be 21 or older for this event and purchase tickets in advance.
The 29th Annual Alpen Wine Fest includes wine tasting, live music, a huge silent auction and raffle. Entry into the event is a donation to Can Do MS, a foundation providing wellness and education for people with Multiple Sclerosis. With a donation for your wine tasting ticket, attendees receive a crystal souvenir wine glass and tastings from over 40 vineyards. The event is open to the public.