Events | September

Courtesy Autumn Food & Wine

School may have started, but there’s still a long season of fun times ahead in the Tahoe Sierra. Oktoberfest celebrations are happening around the lake, Trails & Vistas brings art to mountain trails, and wine and beer festivals are on tap from Sample the Sierra on the South Shore to Foam Fest in Olympic Valley.


SEPT. 1 | FRIDAY
Exclusive peak
Truckee
Truckee Donner Land Trust offers guided hike to Lower Carpenter Valley that offers amazing scenery, lush meadows and 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 5-mile hikes at 9 a.m. | Register tdlandtrust.org

Whose night out? Tahoe Donner
From 5 to 9 p.m., children ages 4 to 9 are treated to a night out of games, dinner, arts and crafts, movie and bedtime story at Northwoods Clubhouse. Parents may enjoy a night out while the trained staff is on hand. Space is limited. Pre-registration and payment is required at least one day in advance. | RSVP (530) 587-9437

SEPT. 1-3 | FRIDAY-SUNDAY
Open-air art show
Zephyr Cove, Nev.
Arts & Crafts show at Round Hill Square is an open-air village of artisans under the Tahoe sky. Peruse pottery, jewelry, sculpture, prints, paintings, photography, wearable art and woodwork and hand-crafted items from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | artisttoyoufestivals.com

SEPT. 2 | SATURDAY
Get hooked
State of California
The annual Free Fishing Day is the one day anglers, adults and children, may fish in any public fishing water in the state without a fishing license or trout stamp. All limits and other regulations apply. | takemefishing.org

Drink that foam
Olympic Valley
Foam Fest on Sept. 2 is in the Village at Squaw Valley. Enjoy unlimited beer tastings from more than 40 breweries along with live music and fun activities all to benefit Achieve Tahoe. | squawalpine.com

Choo-choo
Truckee
Truckee Donner Railroad Society offers kiddie train rides at Regional Park’s Train Track Circles Playground. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Donations accepted. | truckeedonnerrailroadsociety.com

SEPT. 3 | SUNDAY
Alpine wine festival
Olympic Valley
The 28th annual Alpen Wine Fest at Squaw Valley includes wine tasting from more than 40 vineyards, live music, a silent auction and raffle. | squawalpine.com

Puttering around
Incline Village, Nev.
Glow Golf Extravaganza at the Incline Village Championship Course offers glow golf putt-putt, a glow-in-the-dark chipping contest, shootout on the driving range and more for the entire family. There will be drinks and appetizers available for purchase, music and fun activities. | golfincline.com

SEPT. 4 | FRIDAY
Huskies like hops
Truckee
On the first Friday of every month, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom hosts a Hops for Huskies event from 3 to 8 p.m. Tahoe Husky Rescue gets $1 for every beer purchased. | tahoehuskyrescue.org

Summer winemaker dinner Northstar
Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe presents Summer winemaker dinner series at Manzanita at 6:30 p.m. Guests can experience a four-course culinary and wine-pairing adventure in the mountains featuring regional and Northern California wineries and fresh local ingredients prepared by our chefs. | RSVP ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe

SEPT. 5 | TUESDAY
Morning breakfast meeting
Tahoe City
Join the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association for First Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club from 7 to 8:30 a.m. $15. | gotahoenorth.com

SEPT. 5-10 | TUESDAY-SUNDAY
Plein Air Open
Tahoe City
Artists of all levels from all over the country will gather in North Lake Tahoe for the week to paint the breathtaking scenery of North Lake Tahoe en plein air or in the open air. You may spot artists painting along the lake’s shore, in scenic valleys or in blooming meadows. | northtahoearts.com

SEPT. 6 | WEDNESDAY
Moon over Tahoe
Tahoe Vista
Tahoe Adventure Company offers a Full Corn Moon kayak tour from 6 to 9 p.m. Trips include all kayaking equipment, guides, instruction, natural history and astronomy discussions and hot drinks and snacks. Easy to moderate; 1 to 3 miles. $65. | tahoeadventurecompany.com

SEPT. 6-7 | WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY
Gold Rush days
Hope Valley
A Historic Emigrant Trail Trek starts from Sorenson’s Resort at 8:30 a.m. The hardest part of the 1849 Gold Rush was over nearby Carson Pass, most notably the treacherous Devil’s Ladder. This walking, hiking and driving tour follows the same paths. Enjoy the tales of this remarkable journey, excerpted from authentic diaries. Enjoy an evening slide show the night before the hike. Includes snack, beverage and lunch. | (800) 423-9949

SEPT. 7 | THURSDAY
¡Ole tequila! Kings Beach
Caliente offers tequila tastings on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Admission is complimentary if you purchase one full-priced cocktail from the bar before the tasting. 21+. Complimentary appetizers included. | calientetahoe.com

It’s only a harvest moon
Incline Village, Nev.
Summer Moonlight Hikes with Wine and Cheese Socials for 55+ are moderate, 1-mile, paved-road hikes to the Crystal Bay lookout offered in collaboration with the National Forest Service. Participants should wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight. Transportation, wine, cheese and snacks are provided. Harvest Moon hike departs from Incline Recreation Center at 5 p.m. | yourtahoeplace.com

Entrepreneurs welcome South Lake Tahoe
“Are you growing your dream business?” The mentor-based Entrepreneurs Program meets the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Aspen Room at Lake Tahoe Community College. Free to all. | Register tahoechamber.com

SEPT. 8-10 | FRIDAY-SUNDAY
An annual autumn favorite
Northstar
Top chefs from around the region gather at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar. This classic Tahoe event includes three days of culinary competition, demonstrations, tastings, art exhibitions and more. Partake in a weekend of wine and beer tasting while checking out Saturday’s Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook Off or take part in the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting Sunday afternoon. | northstarcalifornia.com

SEPT. 9 | SATURDAY
Art hikes every 15 minutes
Galena, Nev.
Trails & Vistas Art Hike is music, art, dance, poetry on a 2½-mile trail in Washoe County’s Galena Creek Regional Park in the Mount Rose Wilderness. Guided hikes start at 9 a.m. and leave every 15 minutes until 12:15 p.m. | trailsandvistas.org

Ride ‘em lil one
Tahoe Donner
Pancakes and Ponies starts at Alder Creek Adventure Center from 9 to 11 a.m. For ages 2 to 6. Enjoy a hearty breakfast of pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice, followed by a 15-minute pony ride. $35 with pony ride, $15 breakfast only. | RSVP (530) 587-9470

Tea and scones
South Lake Tahoe
Discover the lifestyles of both classes of the Pope Estate: the staff and the family. Bake scones from scratch in the early 20th-century kitchen as a staff member. Transition to the wealthy class and sip tea from the porch of the house. 1 p.m. Ages 12 and older. $15. | Tickets (530) 541-5227

Kid Chefs finals
Truckee
Northstar California and Project MANA present the second annual Mountain Kids Cook-Off final competition. Two teams of kid chefs, age 8 to 12, will be given a platter of secret ingredients with which to impress the judges. | projectmana.org

Farm to belly dinners Beckwourth
Sierra Valley Farms and chef Mike Trombetta of Farm to Belly Catering present Dinner in the Barn, a dinner series that celebrates food, farm and community. The four-course, farm-fresh dinners include wine, beverage and live music. $130 per person. | RSVP sierravalleyfarms.com

Summer winemaker dinner Northstar
Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe presents Summer winemaker dinner series at Manzanita at 6:30 p.m. Guests can experience a four-course culinary and wine-pairing adventure in the mountains featuring regional and Northern California wineries and fresh local ingredients prepared by our chefs. | RSVP ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe

SEPT. 10 | SUNDAY
Exclusive peak
Truckee
Truckee Donner Land Trust offers guided hike to Lower Carpenter Valley that offers amazing scenery, lush meadows and 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 5-mile hikes at 9 a.m. | Register tdlandtrust.org

Fundraising winemaker dinner East Shore
Thunderbird Lodge Winemaker Dinner Series features Calafuria Reno chef-owner Tim Magee as he celebrates Tuscany with Jarvis Estate wines. $250 per person. | RSVP thunderbirdtahoe.org

SEPT. 11 | MONDAY
Meeting of the minds 
Tahoe Donner
Tahoe Silicon Mountain presents Mountain Minds Mondays, a speaker series that starts at 6 p.m. at Pizza on the Hill every week. A $5 fee includes pizza and salad. Networking before and after the presentation. Live streamed bit.ly/youtubetsm. | tahoesiliconmountain.com

SEPT. 12 | TUESDAY
Rise and shine Truckee
Good Morning Truckee is held from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Airport on the second Tuesday of every month. Open to everyone. $12, $10 chamber members; includes breakfast. | (530) 587-8808

Flies with those eggs? Truckee
Truckee EAA Chapter 1073 holds its pancake breakfast on the second Saturday of each month at the Truckee Tahoe Airport and offers free Young Eagles airplane rides for ages 8 through 17 on those mornings. Breakfast and flights start at 8 a.m. weather permitting. | yecoord1073@outlook.com

Got blood? Zephyr Cove, Nev.
A community blood drive is at the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District Station 23 from noon to 5:30 p.m. | (775) 588-3591

SEPT. 15 | FRIDAY
Piranga fundraiser
Olympic Valley
Piranga is a fundraiser benefiting the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, and is guaranteed to be a fun day all participants. TINS annual fundraising event comprising multiple activities and events highlighting team building, locally prepared food, craft beers and live music. | tins.org

SEPT. 16 | SATURDAY
Exclusive peak
Truckee
Truckee Donner Land Trust offers guided hike to Lower Carpenter Valley that offers amazing scenery, lush meadows and 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 5-mile hikes at 9 a.m. | Register tdlandtrust.org

Ride ‘em lil one
Tahoe Donner
Pancakes and Ponies starts at Alder Creek Adventure Center from 9 to 11 a.m. For ages 2 to 6. Enjoy a hearty breakfast of pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice, followed by a 15-minute pony ride. $35 with pony ride, $15 breakfast only. | RSVP (530) 587-9470

Keeping waterways clean
Tahoe venues
The Great Sierra River Cleanup is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of waterways throughout the Sierra Nevada Region. This cleanup is an annual event coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day. | gsrcleanup@sierranevada.ca.gov

Clear for 20 years Nevada City
The 20th annual Yuba River Cleanup Day is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are nearly 90 miles of rivers, creeks and shoreline to cover. Help us haul out the garbage, divert recyclables from the landfill and keep the Yuba clean, safe and healthy. | yubariver.org

Dig that community vibe Truckee
Truckee Demonstration Garden is hosting a dig-in for community volunteers to help with getting the garden — anything that needs to be done. No experience necessary. Anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. | truckeegarden@gmail.com

Choo-choo
Truckee
Truckee Donner Railroad Society offers kiddie train rides at Regional Park’s Train Track Circles Playground. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Donations accepted. | truckeedonnerrailroadsociety.com

Tea and scones
South Lake Tahoe
Discover the lifestyles of both classes of the Pope Estate: the staff and the family. Bake scones from scratch in the early 20th-century kitchen as a staff member. Transition to the wealthy class and sip tea from the porch of the house. 1 p.m. Ages 12 and older. $15. | Tickets (530) 541-5227

Delicious scenery
South Lake Tahoe
Sample the Sierra, the eighth annual farm-to-fork festival, celebrates the pairings of Sierra Nevada wine makers, brewers and restaurants, with regionally grown fresh produce, plus entertainment and acoustic music. Regional products: honey, jams, olive oil, soaps, pottery, painting, photography and handmade crafts at Bijou Community Park. | samplethesierra.com

Soulful stroll
Truckee
The third annual Art & Soul Truckee ArtWalk is from 1 to 6 p.m. in historic downtown. Early bird Tickets $25 until July 1. | historic truckee.com

Whose night out?
Tahoe Donner
From 5 to 9 p.m., children ages 4 to 9 are treated to a night out of games, dinner, arts and crafts, movie and bedtime story at Northwoods Clubhouse. Parents may enjoy a night out while the trained staff is on hand. Space is limited. Pre-registration and payment is required at least one day in advance. | RSVP (530) 587-9437

SEPT. 17 | SUNDAY
Poetry and prose
Truckee
Literary Arts & Wine is a monthly reading series held every third Sunday at Art Truckee at 5 p.m. All are welcome. | literaryartsandwine.com

Wine with a view Beckwourth
Sierra Valley Farms presents Wine with a View at the Barn, an evening hosted by Cuccia’s Restaurant. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., enjoy tasting wine and delicious appetizers with spectacular views among the vegetable fields. $40 per person. | Tickets sierravalleyfarms.com

SEPT. 21 | THURSDAY
TERC Talks
Incline Village, Nev.
Professor of entomology Dr. Lynn Kimsey will discuss “Stinging Things in the Sierra.” No-host bar at 5:30; presentation at 6 p.m. | RSVP terc.ucdavis.edu

SEPT. 23 | SATURDAY
Community clean up
Soda Springs
Donner Summit Area Association will hold a community clean up. Opportunity to come together with friends and neighbors and spruce up the neighborhood. | donnersummitareaassociation.org

Break out the accordions Olympic Valley
This annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 23 will transform the Village at Squaw into a miniature Bavaria complete with authentic German beer and food, music, the ever-popular Oktoberfest Games and plenty of family fun. | squawalpine.com

Choo-choo Truckee
Truckee Donner Railroad Society offers kiddie train rides at Regional Park’s Train Track Circles Playground. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Donations accepted. | truckeedonnerrailroadsociety.com

SEPT. 24 | SUNDAY
Exclusive peak
Truckee
Truckee Donner Land Trust offers guided hike to Lower Carpenter Valley that offers amazing scenery, lush meadows and 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 5-mile hikes at 9 a.m. | Register tdlandtrust.org

SEPT. 27 | WEDNESDAY
Membership 101
Truckee
Truckee Chamber of Commerce Membership 101 is from 8 to 9 a.m. at the California Welcome Center last Wednesday of the month. For new, current or potential members to learn about the benefits of belonging. Coffee and pastries. | info@truckee.com

Table that fundraiser
Monet’s Table, North Tahoe Arts’ art sale and elegant picnic fundraising event, returns this year at the lakefront home of Jane and Ron Jenny. Details TBA. | northtahoearts.com

SEPT. 30 | SATURDAY
Oom-pa-pa
Tahoe City
Tahoe City Oktoberfest, 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, is fun for all ages. On the lakefront grounds of Layton Park/Gatekeeper’s Museum from noon to 6 p.m. | visittahoecity.com

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