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Calendar of Summer Events | 2017

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Local Farmers Markets

Here’s where the fresh local goods can be found every week, all summer long. Support your local farmers!

TRUCKEE: Truckee Community Farmers Market: Sundays, June 4 to Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 10247 Donner Pass Road (Tri Counties Bank Plaza),

TRUCKEE:Truckee Certified Farmers Market: Tuesdays, May 16 to Oct. 17, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Truckee Regional Park, facebook/

STATELINE:Lake Tahoe Markets: Wednesdays, May 24 to Sept. 13, 4 to 7 p.m., Kahle Community Park,

INCLINE VILLAGE: Lake Tahoe Markets: Thursdays, May 25 to Aug. 31, 4 to 7 p.m., Lake Tahoe School,

TAHOE CITY: Thursdays, May 18 to Oct. 12,, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Commons Beach,

SIERRAVILLE: Fridays, June 2 to Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sierra Valley Farms, Beckworth, Calif.,

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Food, Blues, & Views Summer Concert Series THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER
At Sierra Valley Farms they believe “Organic food feeds the body, and blues feeds the soul,” so come on out and celebrate food, legendary blues music, and spectacular views on the farm. Info: $60/concert; 6 to 8 p.m.; Sierra Valley Farms, Beckworth, Calif.;

Pacific Fine Arts Festival THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER
An outdoor gallery for browsing and buying unique and original art pieces. Info: free; Homewood: July 1 to 4, July 22 to 24, July 21 to 23, Aug. 11 to 13, Sept. 2 to 4; Tahoe City: July 18 to 20, Aug. 25 to 27;

For all your active summer events, look no further! Happenings throughout the season include the Truckee Running Festival, Sand Harbor Open Water Swim, and Squaw Valley Half Marathon. Info:

Tahoe Star Tours JUNE 15 to SEPT. 2
Encouraging curiosity and conversation around what may exist both within and beyond our galaxy, Tahoe Star Tours return this summer, offering a compelling evening of stargazing and learning about the night sky. Led by Tony Berendsen, an award-winning amateur astronomer, each Tahoe Star Tour is designed to inspire awe and offer an educational evening under the stars. Info: $40/adults, $20/children; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 8:15 to 10:30 p.m.; Northstar California,

Bluesdays at Squaw Valley TUESDAYS, JUNE 13 to SEPT. 5
A Tuesday night special music series ramps up again this summer with concerts from acclaimed blues musicians. To accompany the tunes there will be great grab-and-go food offerings from restaurants around the Village. Info: free, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Village at Squaw Valley,

Yoga Squaw'd WEDNESDAYS, JULY 6 to AUG. 31
Breathe and stretch with us this summer during our free outdoor yoga series with live music! Info:free,5 p.m., The Village at Squaw Valley,

Music in the Park WEDNESDAYS, JUNE 22 to AUG. 31
Give your ears a hump day treat and come to the amphitheater. Pack a picnic and bring the whole family to enjoy different genres of music each week. Info: free, 6:30 p.m., Truckee Regional Park,

Truckee Thursdays THURSDAYS, JUNE 9 to AUG. 8
And we are back! Thursday is the evening to head to downtown Truckee. Enjoy local food vendors, merchant and community booths, as well as musical performances, kids activities, and a beer garden. Info: 5 to 8:30 p.m., downtown Truckee,

Outdoor Movies at the Village at Squaw Valley THURSDAYS, JULY 6 to AUG. 31
Screening movies such as Secret Life of Pets, Space Jam, and Rogue One every week on the big screen under the stars. Blankets and warm clothes are recommended! Info: free, 8:30 p.m., Village at Squaw Valley,

Music on the Beach FRIDAYS, JUNE 30 to SEPT. 1
Start your summer weekends off right by listening and grooving along to free music performances. This summer’s lineup features bands Calling Ophelia, Sneaky Creatures, Mojo Green, and more. Info: free, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Kings Beach State Recreation Area,

Enjoy shopping and have fun in Tahoe City with super specials, Sip ’n Shop, and music. Info: free, 12 to 5 p.m., downtown Tahoe City,

The original wine walk! Stroll along the Truckee River and through neighboring streets in downtown Reno. Stop by participating stores and receive a glass of wine and wristband. Info: $20/wine tasting fee, 2 to 5 p.m., downtown Reno,

Concerts at Commons Beach SUNDAYS, JUNE 18 to SEPT. 3
A staple of summertime fun on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore and a favorite of both locals and visitors, the popular music series is returning to Sunday afternoons this summer. Featuring a mix of touring regional and national artists as well as local bands. Info: free, 4 to 7 p.m., Tahoe City,


6th Annual Inspired Adventure Spring Festival SATURDAY, MAY 20
An all-ages annual event that celebrates art, nature, and music while helping to raise funds for at-risk-youth scholarships and public art. The festival will feature many free activities such as an urban art wall, a maypole, a drum circle, an artisan market, a silent auction, and fire dancing. Music performances by Joy and Madness, Joaquin and Abby, and many more! Info: free, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Community Art Center, Truckee,

Made in Tahoe Festival MAY 27 and 28
Made in Tahoe celebrates all things local, with a wide array of offerings that are made in or inspired by the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee. Local artisans, culinarians, organizations, and entertainers will be present. Discover and experience our community’s talented creators. Info: free, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Village at Squaw Valley,

Strawberry Spring Music Festival MAY 25 to 29
This classic camping festival boasts headliners such as Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson, Marcia Ball, and the list doesn’t end there! Info: $305 to $325/gate price 4-day pass including camping, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley,

California Roots Music and Arts Festival MAY 26 to 28
Fun-filled weekend with roots reggae music, live painting, yoga, and a bike valet. Soja, Iration, Rebelution, Nas, and many others are headlining this year’s event. Info: $200, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, Calif.,

44th Annual Sacramento Music Festival MAY 26 to 29
A one-of-a-kind outdoor music experience hosted in the festive streets of Old Sacramento. The festival features more than 250 musical performances from both national and local talent. Info: $330/4-day pass (buy 3, get 1 free), other ticket options available; Old Sacramento;

Black Rock Rendezvous MAY 26 to MAY 29
Join the Friends of Black Rock High Rock, Nevada Outdoor School, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the Bureau of Land Management, and other partner groups in the Black Rock Desert for a weekend of camping, volunteer restoration projects, rocket launches, a Dutch oven cook-off, and Sunday night playa slam! This is a Leave No Trace camping event. Info: free, Black Rock Desert, to register contact,


No Barriers Summit JUNE 1 to 4
The Summit is an immersive event that brings together people of all abilities who are transcending barriers to unleash their full potential. One of the many remarkable speakers on the line-up is Erik Weihenmayer, a celebrated athlete who is the only blind person in history to climb Mount Everest. Info: $350/person, prices go up after May 25, Resort at Squaw Creek,

Magic In the Mountains SATURDAY, JUNE 3
A night filled with magic performed by world renown magicians Tom Allan and Magic Mary, a gourmet feast from farm and stream, a silent auction, and a private cocktail hour inside the museum is sure to amaze. All procceds benefit the Donner Project. Info:$150/person, $275/couple; 6 p.m., Donner State Park Visitor Center,

Truckee Brew Fest SATURDAY, JUNE 10
This fun event is an annual fundraiser to support programs, sponsorships, grants, and scholarships for the youth of Truckee. Featuring tons of great breweries and their finest beers on draft, and also live music from Drop Theory. Info: $30/advance, $35/door, free/designated driver; 1 to 5 p.m.; Truckee Regional Park;

Truckee Roundhouse Maker Show SUNDAY, JUNE 11
The Truckee Roundhouse Maker Show is a showcase of Truckee tinkerers and artists. Locals will show off a variety of mediums and projects: electronics, wood, metal, ceramics, textiles, sculptures, vehicles. This family-friendly event will be complemented with local beverages, food, and music. Info: free, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tahoe Truckee Lumber, Truckee,

Tahoe City Solstice Festival JUNE 15 to 18
In the heart of Tahoe City, celebrate the beginning of summer and all of Tahoe City’s distinctive charms. Enjoy the local farmer’s market, classic car stroll, wine walk, solstice paddle, and a concert at Commons Beach. Info:

Reno Rodeo JUNE 15 to 24
Get your boots on, partner, because this 10-day event is the wildest in the West! Events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronco riding, team roping, tie-down roping, mutton bustin’, and barrel racing. Info: tickets start at $13, Reno Rodeo Association, Reno,

The Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues JUNE 16 to 17
Fire up the grills, tap the kegs, and crank up the tunes for Reno’s best summer kick-off party. The concerts are free to the public and part of the annual festival that is equal parts barbecue, block party, and microbrew tasting event. Info: free, Eldorado Hotel and Casino, Reno,

Davis Music Festival JUNE 16 to 18
Enjoy music spanning six stages with 45 bands in downtown Davis all weekend long. Not-to-miss event for any music lover. Info: $24 to $45/general admission, Friday at 5 p.m. to Sunday at 9 p.m., downtown Davis, Calif.,

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival JUNE 16 to 18
SNWMF is an annual family reunion for many and is known as one of the most positive festivals with an incredibly irie vibe. This year, Epiphany Artists presents another intriguing lineup of the best in roots reggae and world music on two stages and in a late night dance hall. Info: tickets start at $90, Friday at 5 p.m. to Sunday at 10 p.m., Mendocino Fairgrounds, Boonville,

Adventure Sports Week JUNE 16 to 25
Escape the daily grind in one of the world’s top outdoor playgrounds. Challenge yourself during the day in one of many competitive events including trail running, mountain biking, a triathlon, stand-up paddleboarding, and swimming. Info: registration varies,

Peaks and Paws JUNE 17 and 18
Dogs and their owners can enjoy live music, delicious food, and wine and beer tasting (people only!). The festival includes a dog-friendly guided hike up the mountain, an array of specialty product pet vendors, and a dock jumping competition with Splash Dogs. Info: $5/donation to enter, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Village at Squaw Valley,

Alpenglow Mountain Festival JUNE 17 to 25
The nine-day mountain-lifestyle festival is a celebration of human-powered events, clinics, presentations and more. Geared toward the beginner and intermediate mountain sports enthusiasts, the Festival will showcase activities Lake Tahoe has to offer including trail running, hiking, backpacking, lakeshore yoga, stand-up paddleboarding, rock climbing and natural history events. Info: full schedule at

Tahoe City Wine Walk SATURDAY, JUNE 17
Sip, shop, and explore Tahoe City along its scenic lakeside walkways while tasting wines from acclaimed Tahoe restaurants and caterers. Info: $50/adult, $20/designated driver (food only), 12 to 4 p.m., Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City,

19th Annual Fur Ball SATURDAY, JUNE 17
Join in for a fabulous evening of live entertainment, dinner, dancing, champagne, and live and silent auctions, as we take time to honor the bond we share with our furry companions. This event helps fund Pet Network Humane Society’s rescue efforts. Info: $250/ticket, $2,750/table of 12, 5 p.m., Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Incline Village,

Kids Adventure Games JUNE 23 to 25
Teams of two kids, ages 6 to 14, will navigate an adventure course that features biking, trekking, rope swings, mud pits, cargo nets, a giant Slip ’N Slide, and other exciting obstacles. Info: $150/team of two, Squaw Valley Resort,

Music in the Mountains Summerfest JUNE 25, 27, 30; JULY 1, 2, 3
In its 35th year, this classical music fest is one of the largest on the West Coast. Enjoy classical favorites like Beethoven’s poetic Pastoral Symphony and Gershwin’s An American in Paris as well as beloved popular concerts by Judy Collins and Don Mclean. Info: tickets start at $50, 8:15 p.m., Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley,  

High Sierra Music Festival JUNE 29 to JULY 2
A camping event with a wide range of music genres spanning from rock to bluegrass. Trey Anastasio Band, Ween, Andrew Bird, and many more are featured at this year’s event. Info: 4-day pass starting at $245.75, Quincy,


6th Annual Susie Scoops Ice Cream Eating Contest MONDAY, JULY 1
This contest is all about speed  — and no hands allowed! Prizes include gift certificates to Susie Scoops and Village Toys, a Susie Scoops T-shirt, and a trophy. There are four different age brackets to compete in. Info: free, 2 to 4 p.m., Susie Scoops Ice Cream & Yogurt, Incline Village,

Summer Concerts on the Green JULY 1 & 2
An all-ages event that takes place under the stars at Tahoe Donner, and sells out each year. Rock out with Joel the Band, a premier Billy Joel Tribute band, on the first night, followed by The Rising, a brotherhood of friends modeled after the likes of Bruce Springsteen. The second night brings a Steely Dan tribute band to the stage called Aja Vu, followed by Wonder Bread 5, a party cover dance band. Info: $15/kids, $35/adults; doors open at 5 p.m., Tahoe Donner Driving Range,

Red, White, and Tahoe Blue JULY 1 to 4
Incline Village and Crystal Bay celebrate Independence Day with parades, tributes to veterans, fireworks, concerts, chalk drawings, rubber ducky races, food, and more. Info: times and locations vary,

Fillmore Jazz Festival JULY 1 & 2
Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing more than 100,000 visitors. From sunup to sundown, participants can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages. Info: free, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fillmore Street, San Francisco,

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival JULY 8 to AUG. 27
Admire the sunset from the East Shore of Lake Tahoe while Shakespeare’s works come alive on the stage. This year features Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Hound Of The Baskervilles. Info: tickets start at $27, Sand Harbor State Park, Incline Village,

Truckee Tahoe Airshow & Family Festival SATURDAY, JULY 8
One of the region’s most family-friendly events featuring a breathtaking air show with world renowned performers, a STEM Expo, family festival, and much more! All proceeds go directly to Truckee/North Lake Tahoe youth organizations. Info: free, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Truckee Airport,

White Nights Gala SUNDAY, JULY 9
A one-of-a-kind fundraiser held at a breathtaking lakefront estate in Incline Village. The title of the event, White Nights, is a nod to the popular international diner en blanc pop-up events, but Classical Tahoe’s White Nights gala is no secret and will provide its white-attired guests with a gourmet feast, silent and live auctions, as well as a special performance. Info: $250/person, $2,500/table of 10; 5 p.m.; Kern Schumacher Estate, Incline Village;

Art, Wine & Music Festival JULY 8 & 9
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 event featuring wine tasting, two performance stages, and walkways lined with fine art booths and exhibits. All proceeds benefit Achieve Tahoe. Info: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Village at Squaw Valley,

California WorldFest JULY 13 to 16
Featuring eight stages of music from around the world, camping with family and friends, workshops, international food, fine crafts, and a renowned children’s program. This fest boasts a stellar lineup with headliners Michael Franti & Spearhead, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, and many more. Info: $190/4-day pass including camping, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley,

Tahoe Trail 100 JULY 15 & 16
Choose your bike adventure from a 50k, 100k, tandem 100k, or 2-person 100k relay on this course abounding with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. Info: $85 to $195.00, Northstar California,

Moody’s Jazz Camp JULY 17 to 21
Now in its 12th year, this camp provides an incredible experience for kids ages 10 to 17. The camp will feature lessons, performances, and demonstrations from renowned artists. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for any young musician in the Tahoe Area. Info:

Wanderlust Squaw Valley JULY 20 to 23
A four-day event that celebrates yoga, meditation, music, nature, and camaraderie all in the pristine setting of Squaw Valley. Along with some of the best yoga teachers in the world, musical acts Lettuce and Little Dragon will perform. Info: ticket prices vary, The Village at Squaw Valley,

Sierra Storytelling Festival JULY 21 to 23
The festival brings a lineup of talented, nationally recognized storytellers to the Nevada Columbia Schoolhouse stages. People have told stories since the beginning of time, and these narrators keep the tradition alive. If you enjoy listening to a good story, this is the event for you. Info: $8.50 to $82.50/day tickets, Nevada Columbia Schoolhouse, Nevada City,

5th Annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival JULY 26 to 28
The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival celebrates its fifth year with performances by artists from around the world in a wide range of classical, contemporary, and modern works. This year’s festival adds a Truckee amphitheater performance. Info: $25/general admission, $50/opening night gala; Gate Keeper’s Museum, Tahoe City; Friday performance at the Truckee amphitheater;

Midtown Art Walk JULY 27
The annual Art Walk showcases the unexpected culture of Reno’s MidTown District. Pairing artists with local merchants, this event stirs up senses with a variety of art, food, and live performances. Walk through one of the unique shops and take wonder in the work of local photographers. Info: free, from 445 South Virginia Street to 1311 S. Virginia Street,

Guitarfish Music Festival JULY 27 to 30
An intimate family, community, art, and music festival held high in the stunning Sierra at Cisco Grove Campground. In celebration of the “blue” part of our planet, we gather offering community, music, and art. Info: $170/4-day pass including camping, Cisco Grove,

Summer Social and Rodeo JULY 28 & 29
A rootin’ tootin’ evening of family fun on Friday followed by an evening with Emeril Lagasse and private performance on Saturday. This Nevada rodeo tradition dates back more than six decades, and has become a signature weekend event of Keep Memory Alive. One hundred percent of the funds raised support the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Info: $400/adult rodeo ticket, $75/child rodeo ticket, $3,000/person evening with Emeril; rodeo starts at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, evening with Emeril starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday; Shakespeare Ranch at Lake Tahoe; Glenbrook, Nev.;

Classical Tahoe JULY 26 to AUGUST 12
Bringing national and international orchestral musicians, acclaimed guest soloists, and a world premiere event to Lake Tahoe for a three-week concert series. Under the direction of Conductor and Artistic Director Joel Revzen, the 10-concert festival supports Tahoe’s cultural growth while bringing together a remarkable assembly of musicians. Info: $25 to $100/single concert tickets, season subscriptions available, 7 p.m., Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village,

Roots In the Blues JULY 29 & AUG. 1
Reno Jazz Orchestra presents incredible nights of music featuring Pat Esters and Trey Stone accompanied by the orchestra. Your ears will be thanking you. Info: $27 to $89; 7:30 p.m.; July performance at last Artown Saturday concert, August performance at Sand Harbor State Park;


32nd Annual Reggae on the River AUG. 3 to 6
Bless up, Reggae fans! Long revered as one of the world’s iconic Reggae music festivals, the event will continue this incredible legacy with a diverse collection of the best in Reggae and world music from around the globe, including Slightly Stoopid, Assassin (aka Agent Sasco), Sly & Robbie with Marcia Griffiths, and more. Info: $200/3-day general admission, French’s Camp, near Piercy, Calif.,

Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza AUG. 3 to 6
Showcasing the best craft breweries and top blues performers, including headliners Valerie June, Mavis Staples, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Info: single day passes and multi day passes available, Sam’s Wood Site, Mammoth Lakes,  
LAKA LELUP Art Installation AUG. 4 to 13 & 18 to 27
The LAKA LELUP program is a unique first-of-its-kind public art experience utilizing interactive technologies and custom designed audio and visual display. The scientific data-driven storyline helps inform and activate audiences onsite and online with an aesthetic educational approach to learning about the impacts as well as the solutions the Lake Tahoe Basin is faced with when it comes to climate change. Info: free; Aug. 4 to 13 at Commons Beach, Tahoe City; Aug. 18 to 27 at Ski Run Marina, South Lake Tahoe;

Hot August Nights AUG. 8 to 13
Every August, the streets of Reno vibrate with sounds of muffled engine rebuilds and rays of sunlight glinting off polished chrome. Come enjoy cars and music to celebrate rock ’n’ roll and the ’50s. Entertainment and event schedule to be announced. Info: Reno,

Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance AUG. 11 & 12
This premier event showcasing wooden boats includes boat exhibits, dinners, an awards ceremony, and more. Info: $25/advance, $30/door, $35/two-day advance, $40/two-day door, free/children under 12; Obexer’s Boat Company; Homewood;

Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest AUG. 12 & 13
Breweries from throughout the Western states showcase their best brews while fantastic bands bring the funk, making this fun-filled event a popular one. Bring your canine companions to party down with you. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Info: $5/entry donation, 2 to 8 p.m., The Village at Squaw Valley,

23rd Annual ARTour AUG. 12 & 13
North Tahoe Arts’ iconic ARTour is returning as a juried event to downtown Tahoe City. Artists will be selling their work, demonstrating their artistic processes and offering their pieces for sale. In addition, work from some of the artists will be exhibited in NTA’s Corison Loft. Info: For more information and to register to participate in the tour visit

Lake Tahoe Music Festival AUG. 15 to 20
Featuring a 20 member Academy Orchestra for a series of 5 concerts featuring beautiful music in magical outdoor settings all around North Lake and Truckee. Bring your picnic, low-back lawn chair, and wine for a wonderful evening. A fan-favorite event and not to miss! Info: $25 to $35/person depending on location, concerts at Sugar Pine Point State Park, Tahoe Maritime Museum, West Shore Cafe, Donner Lake, Gatekeepers Museum, Gray's Crossing, more info at

Truckee Pro Rodeo AUG. 26 & 27
Come get down and dirty with the cowboys for the 43rd year. Info: prices to be announced, McIver Arena, Truckee,

Burning Man AUG. 27 to SEPT. 4
In Black Rock City you will find a pop-up town in the desert, a culture of possibility, and a network of dreamers and doers. Immerse yourself in art, music, and community. This year’s art theme is Radical Ritual. Sold out event. Info: Black Rock City,


An Evening with Denise Donatelli SEPT. 1 & 2
An incredible night of jazz featuring Denise Donatelli and the Reno Jazz Orchestra.  Donatelli has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Info: $27 to $89, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 1 at Cargo Music Hall, Reno, Sept. 2 at Sand Harbor State Park;

27th Annual Foam Fest SATURDAY, SEPT. 2
With unlimited tastings from more than 40 breweries, everybody will get their fill. All proceeds from the event benefit Achieve Tahoe, a leader in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities. Not-to-miss! Info: $30/advance, $35/door, free/children 12 and under, $10/suggested donation for concert only; 2 to 6 p.m; The Village at Squaw Valley;

Alpen Wine Festival SUNDAY, SEPT. 3
Listen to live music and sample wine. Event includes a silent auction and raffle to benefit Can Do MS, a foundation providing wellness and education for people with multiple sclerosis. Info: $40/advance, $50/day of, includes a commemorative wine glass, wine tasting, and entry into the silent auction room; 2 to 5 p.m.; The Village at Squaw Valley;

Nevada City Film Festival SEPT. 8 to 15
Every year since the new millennium arrived, visitors have enjoyed world-class independent films from across the globe in a truly festive environment. Join in this year for a particularly stunning lineup of movies, workshops and, of course, parties! Savor the beautiful Sierra Foothills and meet the filmmakers. Info: Historic Downtown Nevada City,

58th Annual International Camel & Ostrich Races SEPT. 8 to 10
You won’t want to miss this race with unlikely characters — camels, ostriches, and emus are all competitors. Info: tickets start at $12/person; $8/children and seniors; 12 to 3 p.m., Virginia City,

The Great Reno Balloon Race SEPT. 8 to 10
The largest free hot air ballooning event in the nation. Arrive at dawn to see more than 100 balloons take flight in the newly expanded dawn patrol. Info: free, 5 to 10 a.m., Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno,

Trails and Vistas Art Hike SATURDAY, SEPT. 9
Experience live performances and art installations along an easy, guided three-hour hike that blends art and nature in Galena Creek Canyon. Info: $35/person, $12/children 12 and under; 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m; Galena Visitor Center,

Trails & Vistas World Concert SATURDAY, SEPT. 9
Take a journey around the world with Trails & Vistas World Concert, featuring the extraordinary Tim Eriksen, “widely regarded as the best ballad singer of his generation” (BBC Radio). The World Concert for Peace will be the finale of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Encore Showcase Series, highlighting a sonic journey of multi-cultural music and dance from around the globe. Info: $24 to $69, 6:30 p.m., Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Amphitheater,

Piranga by The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science FRIDAY, SEPT. 15
An end-of-the-summer party and team-building experience for all. Join TINS for a Company Picnic corporate challenge, where multiple teams of 8 to 10 players will go head-to-head in a lighthearted battle of brain and brawn. Games will include pixie bike racing, a human-sized game of Hungry, Hungry Hippos, and more. Afterwards, continue the fun at Guitar Strings and Chicken Wings, where TINS will compete for the Best Wings title. Info:

Guitar Strings and Chicken Wings FRIDAY, SEPT. 15
A battle of epic proportions! Six restaurants and five bands will go head-to-head to benefit the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS). Each restaurant will be cooking their own signature recipes for spicy, flavor-packed chicken wings, and joining forces with the region’s best bands to crank the contest to the max. Chicken and music lovers are not going to want to miss a single stop on this around-the-valley face-off. Info: $5/entry, $5/4 wings, 5 to 9:30 p.m., The Village at Squaw Valley,

Sample the Sierra SATURDAY, SEPT. 16
Sample the Sierra brings together local chefs and restaurants with neighboring growers and producers to create scrumptious samples for you to taste. Pair them with the appropriate craft beer or wine, shop for locally made crafts at the festival marketplace, dance to live entertainment, and catch the signature food challenge event, Sierra Chefs Challenge. Info: $30/early bird, $40/after July 1; 12 to 5 p.m; Bijou Park, South Lake Tahoe;

Lost Sierra Hoedown SEPT. 21 to 24
It’s not a festival … it’s a hoedown. Celebrate simple living, outdoor recreation, and stellar music. Line up of artists includes Willie Watson, The Brothers Comatose, Dead Winter Carpenters, Willy Tea Taylor, and many more. Info: $160/4-day pass includes camping, parking, and a commemorative pint cup; Plumas Eureka State Park, Johnsville;

Oktoberfest SEPT. 23
This annual event will transform the Village at Squaw Valley into a miniature Bavaria complete with authentic German beer and food, Bavarian music, the ever-popular Oktoberfest Games and plenty of family fun. All proceeds benefit High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation. Info: free entrance, 2 to 6 p.m., The Village at Squaw Valley, Celtic Festival & Marketplace SEPT. 29 to OCT. 1
Celebrate Celtic heritage with live music, dancing, and family fun. Info $85/early-bird for Saturday and Sunday with camping, $70/early bird for Saturday and Sunday without camping, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley,

Tahoe City Oktoberfest SEPT. 30
Featuring craft beers from some of the region’s best microbreweries, live music and great food, traditional Bavarian-themed games and local artisan vendor booths, this festive fall celebration is fun for all ages, and one not to miss! Info: free, $10/beer stein; 12 to 6 p.m., Gatekeeper’s Museum,


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival OCT. 6 to 8
This free fest is a must see! Killer music from around the country comes to Golden Gate Park for the weekend. Featuring more than 100 musical artists on seven stages. Info: free, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco,

Truckee Wine, Walk and Shop SATURDAY, OCT. 7
This annual favorite brings nearly 1,000 locals and tourists to historic downtown Truckee to sip wine, taste scrumptious food samples, and enjoy shopping. Info: $40/advance, $45/day of, 12 to 4 p.m., downtown Truckee,

The Great Trail Race SUNDAY, OCT. 8
A competition that embodies the spirit and purpose of The Great Ski Race, on foot or by bike. Race from Tahoe City to Truckee in this fun, spirited event while fundraising for Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. Info: $70- $90/registration, 7 a.m. packet pick-up/registration, Tahoe City,

Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour OCT. 19 & 20
Boo! These tales of what haunts Truckee are sure to spook. A fun and rowdy historic walking tour, it features engaging tales performed by talented characters at seven interesting historic sites. This event sells out every year. Info: tickets on sale July 4, Truckee Hotel, Truckee,

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May 10, 2018