Tahoe Music, Events & Festivals Guide, Winter 2022

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Holiday Happenings

Christmas Tree Lane
December | South Lake Tahoe venues
Local businesses and agencies participate in Tahoe Chamber’s Christmas Tree Lane to benefit nonprofit causes. Each business or agency will decorate a 6-foot, pre-lit, artificial Christmas tree. Judging is on Dec. 17. | tahoechamber.org

“How to Survive Your Family at Christmas”
Until Dec. 18 | Reno Little Theater
College student Loretta hasn’t been home in two years because she has nothing in common with her blue-collar parents. But her cultivated boyfriend wants to meet them. This crowd-pleasing comedy is about family, love and the one thing we need to survive the holidays, forgiveness. | renolittletheater.org

“Buttcracker Rockstar”
Until Dec. 22 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev.
In this ridiculous parody of “The Nutcracker,” Clara becomes a groupie to weird rockstars. Brükaisms abound in this 11th rendition of what began as a parody of “The Nutcracker” and has evolved into a regional cult classic. | bruka.org

The Polar Express Trains
Until Dec. 23 (select days) | Eastgate Depot | Carson City, Nev.
Experience the magic of the famed holiday story come to life. Riders can wear their pajamas and partake in caroling and a reading of the classic story on their way to the North Pole. | vtrailway.com

Candy Cane Express
Until Dec. 23 (select dates) | V&T Depot | Virginia City, Nev.
Begin the holiday season aboard vintage, heated coaches traveling along the historic Virginia & Truckee route to Gold Hill. Savor hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies during this magical trip. | virginiatruckee.com

Electric Holiday Train O’Lights
Until Dec. 23 (select dates) | V&T Depot | Virginia City, Nev.
After a stroll down the boardwalk shopping and enjoying some merry carols, head on down to the 1870 Virginia & Truckee depot to catch the spectacular steam train, decorated with thousands of lights. | virginiatruckee.com

Christmas Wonderland
Until Dec. 25 | Eldorado at The Row | Reno, Nev.
This dazzling Christmas spectacular is complete with glittering costumes, a stunning cast and the highest kicking chorus dancers this side of the North Pole. Santa and his merry helpers take you on a family-friendly Christmas journey with favorite Christmas songs. | caesars.com

XX-Mas Burlesque
Until Dec. 30 | Hard Rock Casino | Stateline, Nev.
Dreu Murin Productions heats up the holiday season with the Rock Hard Burlesque dancers. XX-Mas Burlesque is an erotic mixture of classic and modern holiday songs with a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll in between. For ages 21 and older. | hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com

Heavenly Holidays Family Festival
Until Dec. 31 | Heavenly Village | South Lake Tahoe
Holiday fun for children and adults alike. Daily tree lighting, ice sculptures, breakfast with Santa, meet your favorite Disney characters, a holiday Ferris wheel, music, performances and more. | theshopsatheavenly.com

Northern Lights Tahoe
Until Dec. 31 | Area venues
This annual, popular, month-long festival will highlight local communities. Celebrate the season with a holiday parties, sip & shops, music and more in Crystal Bay and Incline Village, Nev. | northernlightstahoe.com

Gingerbread Houses & Train Display
Until Dec. 31 | Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe | Incline Village, Nev.
Hyatt Regency offers life-sized gingerbread houses, an over-the-top holiday tradition, with a train display. | hyatt.com

Christmas on the Comstock
Until Dec. 31 | Area venues | Virginia City, Nev.
Festivities include the Believe Again Christmas Challenge shopping spree, two weekends of fireworks shows, the evening Train O’Lights, a Christmas play, Parade of Lights, a saloon crawl, holiday artisan craft fair and community celebrations. | visitvirginiacitynv.com

Magical Memories
Until Jan. 1, 2023 | Resort at Sq**w Creek | Olympic Valley
Experience the magic of the holiday season at this annual resort-wide celebration. Holiday festivities include Gingerbread Village and holiday music, movie nights, family events and more. | destinationhotels.com

Let It Glow, Reno
Until Jan. 8 | Reno, Nev., venues
Let it Glow, Reno is the beginning of what will be an annual community event. While strolling down lit-up streets and enjoying what the community has to offer vote for your favorite lights. | pineapplepedicabs.com

Holiday Bazaar
Dec. 14 | Tahoe Flow Arts Studio | Tahoe Vista
Tahoe Flow Arts Studio presents the seventh annual Holiday Bazaar, a high-caliber mixed-media performance of acrobatics, aerialists and dance followed by a bazaar from 5 to 10 p.m. | northtahoebusiness.org

Holiday Party with Santa
Dec. 14 | Incline Village Library
Stop by the library to see Santa before he heads off to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas morning delivery. Enjoy a hot cocoa bar, crafts and activities. Free. | ivcba.org

“The Nutcracker”
Dec. 14-15 | Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nev.
Dec. 22-23 | Bally’s Lake Tahoe | Stateline, Nev.
Reno Dance Theater will be performing the holiday classic. With a cast of the finest talents and a lavish blend of costumes, scenery and outstanding choreography, this extraordinary production creates a magical winter wonderland that mesmerizes children of all ages.| grandsierraresort.com, ballyslaketahoe.com

Holiday Block Party
Dec. 15 | Truckee Tahoe Airport Nonprofit Row | Truckee
Tahoe Food Hub, Truckee Roundhouse and Sierra Community House are hosting the second annual Holiday Block Party from 4 to 8 p.m. Enjoy music, food and drink while shopping for local organic produce, specialty foods, and local crafts. | tahoefoodhub.org

Festive Fridays
Dec. 16 | Downtown Truckee
Historical tours, holiday sip & shop and free downtown parking from 4 to 6 p.m. | historictruckee.com

That Holiday Feeling
Dec. 16 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus presents That Holiday Feeling Enjoy with classics such as “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Silent Night” and “White Christmas,” as well as family-friendly spice such as “The Christmas Can-Can” and “Sparklejollytwinklejingley.” Available on livestream, as well. | nevadagmc.org

Christmas Trombone Ensemble
Dec. 16 | Airport Gardens | Reno, Nev.
Reno Wind Symphony offers a free concert at the Reno/Tahoe Airport from noon to 1 p.m. | renowindsymphony.com

Santa Trains
Dec. 16-17 | Western Pacific Railroad Museum | Portola
Enjoy a magical trip aboard the Santa Train covered in lights and decorations. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, cider and coffee. | wplives.org

Fa La La Fridays
Dec. 16, 23 | Downtown Carson City, Nev.
Join events and shop for special offers from participating downtown businesses. | downtowncarson.org

Noel Nights
Dec. 16, 17, 23 | Northstar Village | Truckee
From 6 to 8 p.m. gather at the ice rink for live music, photos with Santa, last-minute letters to Santa, face painting and balloon animals. | northstarcalifornia.com

Handel’s “Messiah”
Dec. 16, 18 | Area venues
Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will conclude its 17th season with a production of Handel’s “Messiah,” along with seasonal carols that the audience sing along with. | toccatatahoe.org

“Tahoe Nutcracker”
Dec. 16-18 | North Tahoe High School | Tahoe City
Lake Tahoe Dance Collective offers this holiday classic set in the ballroom of Tahoe Tavern in 1919 with professional guest artists, community members and local dancers. Tahoe Weekly is a sponsor. | laketahoedancecollective.org

Holiday Concert
Dec. 17 | CVIC Hall | Minden, Nev.
Carson Valley Pops Orchestra will delight young and old with a lineup of musical selections. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Free. | cvpops.org

Holiday Fun
Dec. 17 | Boatworks Mall | Tahoe City
Enjoy crafts, food, beverage and shopping discounts from local vendors. Live music from noon to 7 p.m. including carolers. | visittahoecity.org

Christmas in Hawaii
Dec. 17 | Crystal Bay Casino
Jake Shimabukuro is an American ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work. He presents Christmas in Hawaii with Justin Kawika Young. | crystalbaycasino.com

Santa Meet ‘n’ Greet
Dec. 17, 18 & 23 | Scheels | Sparks, Nev.
Children can talk to Santa and his elves. Parents are free to take pictures. | scheels.com

Santa Train
Dec. 17, 18 | Wabuska Depot | Carson City, Nev.
Nevada State Railroad Museum offers the Santa Train. Ride in rail cars pulled behind the historic V& T Railroad No. 25 steam locomotive. Santa hands out candy canes to all the riders and listens to children’s Christmas wishes. | carsonrailroadmuseum.org

Unsilent Night
Dec. 18 | Brewery Arts Center | Carson City, Nev.
Brewery Arts Center and Michael Tedesco host a citywide, unique take on the caroling holiday tradition, a 45-minute walk through city streets with participants playing music on portable speakers/boomboxes. | breweryarts.org

Holiday Jazz Jubilee
Dec. 18 | The Theatre | Reno, Nev.
Swing into the holiday season as the 17-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra presents a selection of seasonal music with a big band sound. The Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra will open the show. | renojazzorchestra.org

Holiday Spectacular
Dec. 18 | Milton Gottardi Museum | Loyalton
This end-of-the-year holiday spectacular at 2:30 p.m. will feature Musica Sierra String Academy and Drum Corps. | musicasierra.org

Peanutcracker: The Story in a Nutshell
Dec. 18 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
This shorter, 45-minute narrated version of “The Nutcracker” is designed for families with young children to introduce them to the wonderful world of ballet and the traditional holiday ballet. | pioneercenter.com

A Christmas Rock Story
Dec. 18-Dec. 31 | Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nev.
Featuring amazing singers centered around the story of an elf that receives a magic guitar for Christmas. Enjoy mashups of holiday and rock classics set to unique cirque acrobatics. | grandsierraresort.com

An (adj.) Ad-Lib Christmas
Dec. 22 | Brewery Arts Center | Carson City, Nev.
Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble continues its Winter Concert Series that is sometimes silly, sometimes sentimental, sometimes serious and sometimes spooky. | Tintabulations on Facebook

Great Basin Carolers
Dec. 23-26 | Village at Palisades Tahoe | Olympic Valle
Enjoy the sounds of the season with live caroling from the Great Basin Carolers from 4 to 7 p.m. | palisadestahoe.com

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade
Dec. 24 | Granlibakken Tahoe | Tahoe City
Ski down the Granlibakken hill with torches, meet Santa at the bottom, followed by hot drinks, gifts and snacks. | granlibakken.com

Santa & Penguin Peak
Dec. 24 & 25 | Diamond Peak | Incline Village, Nev.
Santa and Penguin Pete will be handing out stickers and treats and visiting the kids and kids-at-heart. Get your photo taken with Santa and Penguin Pete. Look for them on the slopes and in the Base Area. | diamondpeak.com

Ski With Santa
Dec. 25 | Tahoe Donner Downhill | Truckee
After the presents are open, take a few runs with Santa himself, with a half-day of skiing and riding.| tahoedonner.com


Live Music
Daily | Heavenly Village | South Lake Taho
Enjoy live music every day from noon to 9 p.m. at Basecamp Pizza and Gunbarrel Tavern at the Shops at Heavenly Village. | theshopsatheavenly.com

Wylder Concert Series
Until Feb. 26 | Sorenson’s Café | Hope Valley
Wylder Hope Valley offers concerts Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. in Sorenson’s Café. | wylderhotels.com

Haus of Hunks Male Revue
Until March 23 | Hard Rock Lake Tahoe | Stateline, Nev.
On Thursdays, six gentlemen present a production of dancing, strip tease and aerialists, making it a night to remember. | hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com

Drag Brunch
Until March 25 | Hard Rock Lake Tahoe | Stateline, Nev.
On Saturdays, enjoy a brunch with comedy, dance, laughter and a production that highlights and celebrates all things drag. | hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com

Music at Northstar
Through April | Village at Northstar | Truckee
On Fridays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m., enjoy free music at the ice rink. | northstarcalifornia.com

Music at Mt. Rose
Through April | Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe hosts live music every Friday and Saturday throughout the ski season. | skirose.com

Thunder From Down Under
Dec. 16-17 | Nugget Resort Casino | Sparks, Nev.
Australia’s hottest export show off chiseled bodies, seductive dance routines, cheeky humor and boy-next-door charm. | nuggetcasinoresort.com

Nevada Chamber Music Festival
Dec. 28-Jan. 1 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
This annual festival features unique concerts showcasing world-class musicians and the best in classical music, culminating with a New Year’s Day celebration. | renochamberorchestra.org

BRRR-Roque Masters
Jan. 7, 10, 14, 15 | Area venues
TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will begin the 2023 season with Baroque chamber music masterpieces from Handel, Bach and Vivaldi, featuring soloists from within the orchestra. | toccatatahoe.org

Apex Concert: Mostly Mozart
Jan. 25 | Hall Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
The program celebrates Mozart’s 266th birthday and provides the gravitational center of balanced classicism for the 12th season of Apex Concerts. | unr.edu

Classix Series: Grieg’s Piano Concerto
Jan. 28 & 29 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
Grieg’s masterpiece is one of the most popular and most recognizable piano concertos ever written. Hear it performed by the acclaimed pianist Andrew Von Oeyen. Livestream options available. | renophil.com

Feb. 9 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
This Grammy-nominated, all-women supergroup is known for its smooth, jazzy vocals, imbued with gentleness and heartfelt expression. | unr.edu

Primal Voices
Feb. 18 & 19 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Mountains, the sea and the creation of the world speak to the essential voices of our planet in works by Milhaud, Piazzolla, Debussy and newcomer Juhi Bansal. | renochamberorchestra.org

Apex Concert: Flautissimo
Feb. 22 | Hall Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Flautissimo will feature a captivating look into music for flute, led by the great Demarre McGill, joined by violinist Francisco Fullana, as well as Apex co-directors Dmitri Atapine and Hyeyeon Park. | unr.edu

Classix Series: Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet
Feb. 25 & 26 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
One of the greatest ballet scores in history and one of the Russian giant’s most beloved works, Romeo and Juliet is brimming with lyrical melodies and captivating drama. Livestream options available. | renophil.com

March 9 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
This expert vocal percussionist creates one-of-a-kind tunes, lyrics and music, by using any number of tools in her arsenal: singing, beatboxing, rapping, looping, piano and guitar playing — often at the same time. | unr.edu

Glenn Miller Orchestra
March 25 | Carson City Community Center
The famous Glenn Miller Orchestra was first formed in 1956 and has been touring worldwide ever since. | breweryarts.org

Classix Series: Clyne’s Cello Concert
March 25 & 26 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
Transforming five lines of Rumi poetry into a musical language given voice by the cello, Anna Clyne’s cello concerto will captivate listeners with an evocative modern piece. Livestream options available. | renophil.com

Apex Concert: Delight & Drama
March 29 | Hall Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents an alluring program that blends charm with passion. Pianists Wu Han and Wu Qian and violinist Bella Hristova will guide us through delightful and dramatic music. | unr.edu

March 31-April 2 | Palisades Tahoe | Olympic Valley
WinterWonderGrass brings the best of bluegrass, acoustic roots and Americana music, along with California craft beers, wines, spirits and local food in a winter wonderland. | winterwondergrass.com

The Great Outdoors

Backcountry Safety Awareness Week
Until Dec. 17 | Area venues
Be prepared for back-country travel this winter with informative talks and events including the Winter Predictions talk on Dec. 14 (see below); Changing Snowpack, Hazards and Backcountry Safety lecture with Central Sierra Snowlab on Dec. 14; Sharing the Backcountry panel and live music at RMU Truckee on Dec. 15; Tahoe Backcountry Women Slideshow at Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City on Dec. 15; Professional Athlete panel with Alpenglow Expeditions at Palisades Tahoe on Dec. 16; and Lake Tahoe Snowmobilers Meetup and Beacon Park at Hope Valley Sno-Park on Dec. 17. | takecaretahoe.org/backcountry

Winter Predictions talk
Dec. 14 | virtual
Chris Smallcomb from the Reno office of the NOAA National Weather Service will look into the latest projections for this coming winter and talk about the predictability of weather hazards including post-fire flooding, along with how the changing climate is impacting day-to-day weather forecasting. | tahoe.ucdavis.edu

Backcountry Film Festival
Dec. 14 | Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema | Tahoe City
The 18th Annual Backcountry Film Festival features a collage of 12 short documentaries and ski movies about the pursuit of objectives and ideals in the mountains, artistic vision, friendship, and how the snowsports community is adapting to a changing environment. Benefits Tahoe XC and SWEP. | tahoearthauscinema.com

Snowshoe Tours
Dec. 14-28 (select dates) | Resort at Sq**w Creek | Olympic Valley
Enjoy a guided snowshoe tour of Olympic Valley against the beautiful backdrop of Tahoe’s alpenglow. Offered are sunset tours, valley tours, and private tours. | destinationhotels.com

Winter Science Speaker Series
Dec. 14, 15, Feb. 9 | Tahoe Environmental Research Center | UNR at Lake Tahoe
The series allows community members to hear about the newest research from science experts in various fields, such as the changing snowpack, forest health and water quality. | tahoe.ucdavis.edu

Return to Winter Film Fest
Dec. 15 | Olympic Village Event Center | Olympic Valley
Red Bull presents a showcase of some of the best film content produced over the last two seasons along with a hosted Q&A with Michelle Parker, Nick Russell and Daron Rahlves, and a raffle benefiting the High Fives Foundation. | eventbrite.com

AIARE Avalanche Training
Dec. 16-April 2 (select dates) | North American Ski Training Center | Truckee
The curriculum is an intensive seminar designed to give an understanding of avalanche formation, observation skills, the ability to use an avalanche transceiver and probe and how to dig a snow study pit. | avtraining.org

50th Anniversary Kickoff & Documentary Premier
Dec. 17 | Kirkwood Ski Resort
Enjoy the premier of “50 Years Deep: The Story of Kirkwood,” rock out to live music, enter to win some gear and bring Kirkwood stories to share. | kirkwood.com

Christmas Bird Count
Dec. 15 | South Lake Tahoe
Join Tahoe Institute for Natural Science for its annual Christmas Bird Count, regarded as the largest and oldest citizen science projects in the world dating back to 1900. TINS has coordinated the South Lake Tahoe count since 2004. | tinsweb.org

Base-to-Base Gondola Grand Opening
Dec. 17 | Palisades Tahoe | Olympic Valley
Palisades Tahoe celebrates the opening with ribbon cutting, live music, fireworks, complimentary tours of the Alpine and Palisades with North Face Mountain guides from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. | palisadestahoe.com

Snowshoe Star Tours
Dec. 23, Jan. 19, Feb. 19, March 11 | area venues
Tahoe Adventure Company and Tony Berendsen present telescopic tours of the night sky. It starts with guided sunset snowshoeing, followed by a brilliant tour of the night sky. For ages 8 and older. | tahoeadventurecompany.com

Guided Snowshoe Tour
Dec. 31 | Tahoe Donner Cross Country | Truckee
Enjoy an evening under the stars this New Year’s Eve with a guided snowshoe tour of the cross-country trails from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | tahoedonner.com

Motorized Avalanche Classes
Jan. 5-Feb. 17 (select dates) | area venues
Sierra Avalanche Center is offering Level 1, Rescue and Level 2 avalanche classes for motorized users. It is recommended that classes be taken in that order. | sierraavalanchecenter.org

Alpenglow Winter Speaker Series
Jan. 5, 19, Feb. 9, March 2 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
Alpenglow Winter Speaker Series will showcase locals and athletes who share stories of their incredible adventures in the mountains. In-person and virtual options available. Tahoe Weekly is a sponsor. | alpenglowsports.com

Backcountry Demo Days
Jan. 7-8 | Palisades Tahoe | Alpine Meadows
Alpenglow Sports offers this annual backcountry demo event to perpetuate the enthusiasm for all aspects of in-area and back-country skiing. Join guides, forecasters, AIARE instructors and gear experts, including demos, avalanche education, guided tours and a raffle. | palisadestahoe.com

Full Moon Snowshoe Tours
Jan. 6-April 5 (select dates) | Area venues
Tahoe Adventure Company offers full moon snowshoe treks monthly during the winter. Enjoy instruction, natural history and hot drinks and snacks. No experience is needed. | RSVP tahoeadventurecompany.com

The Sheep Show
Jan. 11-14 | Reno Sparks Convention Center
The Wild Sheep Foundation’s premier outdoor and mountain-hunting expo includes an exhibit hall filled with more than 400 North American guides and outfitters and top-of-the-line retailers of gear, art, taxidermy and outdoor items. | wildsheepfoundation.org

Nature Photography Snowshoe Trek
Jan. 11 | Page Meadows | Tahoe City
Explore the winterized beauty through camera lens on this educational snowshoe trek. Bring a camera and Sharell Katibah and Lizzie Flower to learn how to capture the resting evergreen landscape blanketed under the Sierra snow. | tahoerimtrail.org

Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count
Jan. 13 | Area venues
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science will be coordinating the annual mid-winter Bald Eagle count and volunteers are invited to participate. There are 26 stations located around the Tahoe Basin. | tinsweb.org

Snowshoe Hike to Snowflake Lodge
Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10 | Diamond Peak | Incline Village, Nev.
Ages 10 and older can participate in this 3-mile round trip hike that includes guides, after-hour access to Diamond Peak and Snowflake Lodge and more. | diamondpeak.com

Play Forever Fridays
Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 17 | Boreal Mountain | Soda Springs
Ski or ride for a $25 lift ticket at Boreal Mountain; the price includes a $5 donation to local nonprofits. | rideboreal.com

PBR Velocity Tour
Jan. 20-21 | Reno Events Center | Reno, Nev.
Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour features some of the best athletes of the sport going head-to-head with the fiercest bulls in the country. | pbr.com

Poker Run
Jan. 21 | Sugar Bowl | Norden
This annual family-friendly scavenger hunt has participants riding or skiing to poker chip stations on the mountain to earn cards in your poker hand. Proceeds benefit local schools. | sugarbowl.com

World Championship Longboard Races
Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March18 | Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl
Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl is the host for the races that recreate the first downhill ski races in the Americas. The events are historical re-enactments of 1860’s era ski racing in the Lost Sierras. | plumasskiclub.org

Eagles & Agriculture
Jan. 26-29 | CVIC Hall | Minden, Nev.
Each year, the calving season draws raptors, including bald eagles, to Carson Valley. The event includes an opening dinner, tours of the ranches, a photography workshop and a best photo contest. | carsonvalleynv.org

Exploration Echo Snowshoe Trek
Jan. 28 | Echo Lake
This trek is a leisurely snowshoe from Echo Lake Sno-Park to Lower Echo Lake. Along the way, Sugar Pine Foundation experts reveal the world of trees and the effects of the Caldor Fire. | tahoerimtrail.org

Ski Safety Day
Jan. 28 | Area resorts
Ski California member resorts will participate in Ski California Safety Day with many offering guest-centric activities and events designed to educate skiers and riders about safety on the slopes. | skicalifornia.org

Nordic Tour Among the Trees
Feb. 2 | Tahoe Meadows | Incline Village, Nev.
Spend the morning on cross-country skis amid pine forests on Tahoe’s North Shore. Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences will talk about Tahoe’s forest ecology while identifying trees and animals. | tahoerimtrail.org

Snow Camping 101
Feb. 4 & 5 | Stateline, Nev.
Join Tahoe Rim Trail Association for tips and tricks to enjoy a night in the snowy back country. New and seasoned back-country enthusiasts are welcome. | tahoerimtrail.org

Tree Trivia Snowshoe Trek
Feb. 11 | Kingsbury North Trailhead | Zephyr Cove, Nev.
Snowshoe along Tahoe Rim Trail to Castle Rock and loop back to Kingsbury North Trailhead. Sugar Pine Foundation experts will discuss the fate of Lake Tahoe’s favorite woody perennial, the Sugar Pine. | tahoerimtrail.org

McKinney Cup
Feb. 11 | Mt. Rose
The McKinney Cup, a USSF Far West Masters event, pits some the fastest skiers in the sport against each other in Giant Slalom, sponsored by Tamara McKinney in memory of members of her family, Steve, McLane and Frances McKinney. | skirose.com

Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour
Feb. 24-26 | Palisades Tahoe | Olympic Valley
Palisades Tahoe will host men’s slalom and giant slalom events on Dog Leg and Red Dog Face. | palisadestahoe.com

Banked Slalom
Feb. 25 | Sugar Bowl | Norden
The snake-run-style course is specifically built for the event and features flowy banked turns and creative features that will be sure to leave a smile on your face. Stick around for awards and festivities on the Judah Deck. | sugarbowl.com

Wilderness First Aid
Feb. 25 & 26 | Stateline, Nev.
Tahoe Rim Trail Association hosts this two-day course taught by NOLS Wilderness Medicine. It provides a foundation in important first-aid concepts critical to responding effectively to emergencies in a remote back-country environments. | tahoerimtrail.org

USBC Open Championships
March 4 | National Bowling Stadium | Reno, Nev.
U.S. Bowling Congress Open Championships will head to Reno for its 119th edition. Competitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the history of the famed NBS, combined with a fresh new look and concourse layout. | bowl.com

Retro Ski Day
March 5 | Diamond Peak | Incline Village, Nev.
Break out the retro gear to celebrate spring skiing in style. Whether its old wooden skis and woolen outerwear, 1970’s stretch pants or neon onesies from the 1980s, they will bring back fond memories. | diamondpeak.com

The Great Ski Race
March 5 | Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area | Tahoe City
The Great Ski Race is the main fundraising event for Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team, a nonprofit all-volunteer organization. Team members, along with community supporters, organize The Great Ski Race, which continues to be one of the largest Nordic ski races west of the Mississippi. | thegreatskirace.com

Legacy of James Church
March 8 | UNR at Lake Tahoe | Incline Village, Nev.
Tara Radniecki talks about “Preserving Data: The legacy of Mt. Rose snow science research of James Church.” | unr.edu/lake-tahoe

Gold Rush Festival
March 18-19 | Royal Gorge Cross Country | Soda Springs
This cross-country festival at Royal’s Gorge’s Summit Station classic and freestyle races in a number of distances. There are also kids’ races and obstacle races. | royalgorge.com

Pain McShlonkey Classic
March 25 | Palisades Tahoe | Olympic Valley
Dress up in outrageous ski duds and come out for a day full of belly laughs, camaraderie and philanthropy in celebration of legendary skier Shane McConkey. Festivities include the Extreme Small Mountain Invitational and a downhill race, where pros and amateurs battle it out on snowblades for the Golden Saucer trophy. | shanemcconkey.org

Luggi Foeger Uphill/Downhill Festival
March 25 & 26 | Diamond Peak | Incline Village, Nev.Competitors race to the top of the mountain using whatever human-powered method they prefer – skins, snowshoes, running
shoes, etc. – then ski, snowboard, snowshoe or run back down to the finish line. | diamondpeak.com

The Sugar Bowl Uphiller
April 1 | Sugar Bowl | Norden
Participants choose the amount of vertical climbing. Each lap an uphiller completes earns him/her additional raffle tickets and a better chance at earning prizes during the awards ceremony. Costumes required. | sugarbowl.com

Dummy Downhill
April 1 | Diamond Peak | Incline Village, Nev.
Join the fun at the annual Dummy Downhill. Participants build a dummy on skis (or a snowboard) that gets launched off a jump on Show-Off while spectators cheer them on from the Base Lodge Deck. | diamondpeak.com

Festivals & Performing Arts


Until April 29 (select dates) | The Theatre | Reno, Nev.

Magique is loaded with special effects, dazzling costumes, a catchy soundtrack, multimedia backdrops, synchronized lighting and grand illusions. | wethetheatre.com

Wreaths Across America

Dec. 17 | Garden Cemetery | Gardnerville, Nev.

Honor veterans by laying remembrance wreaths on the graves of the country’s fallen heroes and by the act of saying the name of each veteran aloud. | visitcarsonvalley.org


Dec. 18 | Reno Little Theater

“Twisted” is a series of 10-minute plays that deal with the tendency in humanity to put the self first, yet still maintain the facade of being magnanimous in nature. | renolittletheater.org

Film Stream Film Festival

Dec. 29 & 30 | Heavenly Village | South Lake Tahoe

Film Stream Awards is a festival dedicated to adventure and documentary features and short films, series and episodic content. There will be filmmaker conversations, panel discussions and live music events online. | Film Stream Festival on Facebook

Reno Latin Dance Fest

Jan. 5-8 | Silver Legacy Resort | Reno, Nev.

This Latin dance festival hosts workshops taught by professional instructors, night parties with hours of social dancing, Latin DJs and an evening showcase where couples and teams from all over the nation perform. | renolatindancefest.com

Tahoe Adventure Film Festival

Jan. 7 | Bally’s Lake Tahoe | Stateline, Nev.

Lake Tahoe is home to year-round opportunities for adventure so it is only fitting that it would play host to the celebration of adventure of all kinds. Show at 7:30 p.m., after party at 10 p.m. | laketahoefilmfestival.com

Shen Yuan

Jan. 10-11 | Pioneer Center | Reno. Nev.

Shen Yun is an artistic revival and celebration of China’s rich cultural heritage. Each performance consists of about 20 pieces, quickly moving from one legend, region or dynasty to the next. | pioneercenter.com

“The Wizard of Oz”

Jan. 13-22 | Community Art Center | Truckee

This teen musical features students in grades 7 to 12. This year they will be performing the full-length version of this timeless classic somewhere over the rainbow. | truckeecommunitytheater.com

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Jan. 16-20 | Nevada City & Grass Valley

The 21st annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will take place as a hybrid event, both in-person and virtual offerings of filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers. | wildandscenicfilmfestival.org

“Dear Evan Hansen”

Jan. 17-22 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. | pioneercenter.com

“The Lifespan of a Fact”

Jan. 20-Feb. 11 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev.

This acclaimed Broadway play is based on the true story of John d’Agata’s essay, “What Happens There,” that ignited a seven-year debate on the blurred lines of what passes for truth in literary nonfiction. | bruka.org

“Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery”

Jan. 20-Feb. 12 | Reno Little Theater

The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Sherlock Holmes and Watson must brave the moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. | renolittletheater.org

“Spring Awakening”

Jan. 27-Feb. 5 | Brewery Arts Center | Carson City, Nev.

This Tony award-winning, coming-of-age, rock musical, set in late 19th-Century Germany, tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of adolescent sexuality. | wildhorsetheater.com

Bluey’s Big Play

Feb. 1-2 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.

When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday afternoon time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans. They pull out all of the games and cleverness at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag. | pioneercenter.com


Feb. 3 | Diamond Peak Ski Resort | Incline Village, Nev.

The annual UllrFest is a benefit weekend to raise funds for the Diamond Peak Ski Team. It kicks off with a torchlight parade, bonfire, party and live music. There are also a gala and auction at The Chateau. Dress in Ullr attire; the event is named for the Scandinavian god of winter and snow. | diamondpeak.com

Ain’t Too Proud

Feb. 14-19 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.

This new smash-hit Broadway musical follows The Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. | pioneercenter.com

10-Minute Play Festival

March TBA | Community Art Center | Truckee

Truckee Community Theater helps novice and aspiring playwrights create 10-minute plays, directed by different directors. | truckeecommunitytheater.com


March 2-12 | Area venues

Every spring since 1982, North Lake Tahoe has come alive with 10 fun-filled days and nights of events and activities. | tahoesnowfest.org

“When Churchyards Yawn”

March 10-25 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev.

This “Divine Comedy,” is a fast-paced, witty and masterfully rendered story of all Hamlet’s dead characters in Purgatory. | bruka.org

“Come From Away”

March 28-April 2 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. | pioneercenter.com

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Ring in 2023

Dec. 29-Jan. 1, 2023 | Nugget Casino Resort | Sparks, Nev.

Enjoy contests, special dining menus, shows, including The Australian Bee Gees Show on Dec. 30 and 31, live DJ with free party favors. | nuggetcasinoresort.com

Fireworks & Torchlight Parade

Ring in the new year with Kirkwood’s on-mountain celebration starting at 5 p.m. | kirkwood.com

New Year’s at Mt. Rose

Dec. 31 | Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Celebrate New Year’s skiing at Mt. Rose followed by an après kick-off launch of 2023 with fireworks at 5:45 p.m. | skirose.com

New Year’s Eve Glow Stick Parade & Fireworks

Dec. 31 | Tahoe Donner Downhill | Truckee

Enjoy the Glow Stick Parade followed by the annual fireworks show starting at 6:15 p.m. Warm up next to the outdoor firepits and enjoy hot toddies, hot cocoa and more. | tahoedonner.com

New Year’s Soiree

Dec. 31 | Sorenson’s Café | Hope Valley

Sorenson’s Café at Wylder Hotel will host New Year’s Eve starting at 9:30 p.m. |

NYE Celebration

Dec. 31 | Crystal Bay Casino | Crystal Bay, Nev.

Spend NYE with The Motet and special guests The Main Squeeze. The night includes a meet and greet, plus access to soundchecks with The Main Squeeze. | devildogshows.com

Skate for Scotty New Year’s Eve Fundraiser

Dec. 31 | Olympic Valley Events Center | Olympic Valley

The Scotty Lapp Foundation team offers a night energized with music, lasers, lights and a balloon drop. Dress up and boogie down. Proceeds go toward Scotty Lapp Memorial Skatepark. | palisadestahoe.com

NYE Fireworks and Torchlight Parade

Dec. 31 | Kirkwood Mountain | Kirkwood

Ring in the new year with Kirkwood’s on-mountain celebration with the best ridgeline as a backdrop. Starts at 5 p.m. | kirkwood.com

NYE at The Row Reno

Dec. 31 | The Row | Reno, Nev.

Get an all-access pass to nightclubs at Silver Legacy, Circus Circus and Eldorado resort casinos. | caesars.com

NYE Ultra Lounge Party 2023

Dec. 31 | The Loft | South Lake Tahoe

Ring in 2023 with live entertainment, delectable cuisine, mesmerizing magic and dancing. Guests can watch 2022 vanish and 2023 appear with several New Year’s Eve celebration packages to choose from. | thelofttahoe.com

Culinary Delights


TBA | Northstar California | Truckee

Ski up and enjoy a glass of bubbly on dates TBA at 2 p.m. Tōst glasses are first-come, first-served. | northstarcalifornia.com

Tahoe Club Crawl

Saturdays | Hard Rock Lake Tahoe | Stateline, Nev.

A certified insider’s nightlife tour of Stateline and South Lake Tahoe within walking distance of the downtown casino area. Shots, appetizers and VIP admittance into clubs. | tahoeclubcrawl.com

Carson City Wine Walk

1st Saturday | Downtown Carson City, Nev.

Enjoy the Wine Walk from 1 to 5 p.m. while strolling through downtown sipping and tasting the afternoon away. | downtowncarson.org

Wine Walk

3rd Saturday | Riverwalk District | Reno, Nev.

The Wine Walk along the Truckee River is from 2 to 5 p.m. on every third Saturday of the month. | renoriver.org

Snowshoe Tour + Chalet Dinner

Until March 11 (select dates) | The Chalet | Alpine Meadows

After the mountain closes and the winter moon rises, experience a snowshoe tour to the mid-mountain Chalet for an intimate seated dinner featuring Bavarian-inspired, multi-course cuisine. Must be age 21 and older. | palisadestahoe.com

Spirit of the Holidays Tastings

Dec. 15, 22, 29 | Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley

Enjoy a complimentary adult beverage at Sweet Potatoes Deli from 5 to 6 p.m. and celebrate the holiday season. | destinationhotels.com

Alton Brown: Beyond the Eats

Dec. 16 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.

Television personality, author, Food Network and Netflix star Alton Brown says fans can expect “more cooking, more comedy, more music and more potentially dangerous science stuff with a sprinkle of seasonal spices.” | pioneercenter.com

Holiday Mixology

Dec. 20, 27 | Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley

Learn how to make three delicious craft cocktails with Six Peaks Grille master mixologist. Participants will use fresh, seasonal ingredients provided. | RSVP (530) 581-6610

Vodka & Latkes

Dec. 21 | Temple Bat Yam Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe

This annual holiday FUNdraiser celebrates the holidays with latkes, Tahoe Blue Vodka, non-alcoholic beverages, desserts and more. There will be games, a raffle and silent auction. | tbytahoe.org

Brew HaHa

Jan. 28 | The Nugget Casino Resort | Sparks, Nev.

This fundraiser for Sierra Arts Foundation offers an evening of music by New Wave Crave, a surprise comedy guest, a silent auction, food and, of course, all the beers. | sierraarts.org

Last Tracks Wine & Beer

Feb. 1-March 22 (select dates) | Diamond Peak | Incline Village, Nev.

Intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders can take the last chairlift up to the mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge and enjoy wine or beer tastings and appetizers before skiing down a freshly groomed run at sunset. | RSVP diamondpeak.com

Leprechaun Crawl

March 11 | Downtown Reno, Nev.

With more than 70 bars, restaurants and nightclubs within walking distance, downtown Reno has established itself as the undisputed bar crawl capital. | crawlreno.com

“Taste Of” Series

March 16, 23 | Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley

Specialty distillers offer new tastings of their signature products at Ski Bar from 3 to 5 p.m. | destinationhotels.com

Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry

March 18 | C Street | Virginia City, Nev.

Dress in an outlandish St. Patty’s Day garb, walk in the parade, join the costume contest and get in on the Ballbreaker Saloon Crawl. This full-on Irish testy festy is the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day. | visitvirginiacitynv.com

Ability Bash

April 8 | Olympic Village Lodge

Get your tickets to the 27th Annual Achieve Tahoe Gala feature amazing food and wine selections to benefit Achieve Tahoe. | achievetahoe.org