There is no bad season in Tahoe. No, really! Winter brings epic snowfall and some of the best powder conditions in the country. In spring, you can ski, bike and paddle board all in one day. Summer brings consistent sunny weather and plenty of beach time.
Then there’s fall. Tahoe during fall is magical. It includes your season staples like turning leaves and cooler temps, but it also provides some much-needed respite from a busy summer season. With many people returning to school, autumn is an ideal time to visit the Ridge Tahoe and the Tahoe region. Discover more of the reasons why Tahoe should be on your must-visit list this fall.
The Kokanee salmon come to town for the Fall Fish Festival, Oct. 7-8 at Taylor Creek.
Tahoe is home to a variety of wildlife including coyotes and Ospreys. Salmon spawn annually in Taylor Creek during the Fall Fish Festival, Oct. 7-8. This is a great time to visit the Taylor Creek Visitors Center as you will not only see the hooked faces of brilliant red Kokanee salmon, but you may even spy a mama bear and her cubs trying to snag dinner. But, be careful – we recommend that you never approach a bear in the wild!
Hawley Grade begins showing the signs of the season.
It wouldn’t be fall without a helping of colorful foliage and fortunately, there is no shortage of that in the Tahoe area! A popular destination for golds, greens and all colors in between is Hope Valley. Located about 45 minutes from the Ridge Tahoe, you’ll find a rushing river and picture perfect cabins framed by colorful Quaking Aspens.
Autumn is a wonderful time for mountain biking on the Flume Trail. Credit: Ben Fish
Just because the temps aren’t high doesn’t mean it’s time to pack it in for the season! Fall offers more moderate weather for your favorite activities, including hiking, mountain biking and cruising on the lake. The only thing we would advise against is swimming – unless you find yourself on a particularly warm day at the beach and the urge is too strong to resist!
Take a break from leaf peeping for a few fall favorite events. Credit: Tahoe South
Of course, there are also plenty of events to attend during the early fall season:
Tahoe Games Bike Nights, Sept. 29
SciFi-Fantasy Con, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1
Dave Mason, Oct. 1
Los Lobos, Oct. 6
Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, Oct. 7-8
Eric Burdon and the Animals, Oct. 7
Lake Tahoe Marathon, Oct. 13
Los Lonely Boys, Oct. 14
The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Oct. 14
Grand Funk Railroad, Oct. 21
Chris Botti, Oct. 28
Whichever reason you are drawn to Tahoe in autumn set up base camp at the Ridge Tahoe.
One of our favorite parts of vacation is the food and wine (we know we’re not alone). When you come to a place like Tahoe, you can rest assured that you will experience some of the tastiest and most unique dishes and drinks in the region.
It’s time to eat and drink your way through Tahoe! Photo credit: Sample the Sierra
The Ridge Tahoe is a one-stop shop for all your vacation needs and includes two restaurants on-site for when tummies start rumbling. Chef Stephen Moise takes extreme care in creating dishes that you can only find at the Ridge Resort. Experience the Hungry Bear for elegant dining (ideal for when parents need a romantic night out) and grub out at Ridge Club Bistro for quick and convenient breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Check out the Ridge Guide for current menus and hours.
Dig in! The Bistro at the Ridge Tahoe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Of course, if you are a true foodie or wine lover, you’ll want to explore beyond the Ridge Tahoe for your next fix. Fortunately, Tahoe has an abundance of delicious offerings for both!
For those searching for a unique wine tasting experience, try the Tahoe Tastings tour. This one-of-a-kind tour occurs on the Golden Rose, a beautiful wooden boat that will transport you to the age of the Rat Pack. While on board, guests travel around the lake and sip on some of Northern California’s best wines. Book your reservation today, as this is a fan favorite of all Tahoe visitors!
Taste all the things! Sample the Sierra returns to Tahoe on Sept. 16. Credit: Sample the Sierra / Matt Morning
The best place to get the best of both local food and wine is Sample the Sierra . This is the region’s only farm-to-fork fair celebrating homegrown food, wines, spirits and brews, and the opportunity for businesses to participate in the growing foodie culture in South Lake Tahoe. At this year’s event, there will be approximately 20 booths each featuring a different winery, distillery or brewery, paired with a restaurant and farm. You’ll walk away from this one stuffed! The festival takes places only a short drive away from the Ridge on Sept. 16.
For those looking for traditional wine tasting, Bella Fiore Wines is a hidden treasure located in the center of Carson City. Enjoy an elaborate list of wines, a full bar and gourmet appetizers in an atmosphere that is reminiscent of Italy. You’ll be saying salute in no time!
Cheers to a brew tour of the South Shore! Photo credit: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority / Lauren Lindley
The South Shore Brew Tour is a must for brew-heads vacationing in Tahoe South. This tour takes you to three popular breweries: Cold Water Brewery and Grill, Sidellis Brewery and Restaurant and South Lake Brewery Co. This five-hour event gets you behind the scenes of the brewery process and the methods required to make the perfect ale, complete with three sample flights of beer and complimentary appetizers.
Summer may be ending, but there’s no reason to be sad! End your summer on a high note during this upcoming Labor Day weekend and beyond with live music, food and wine, and plenty of activities to make you summer but a distant dream.
Enjoy the last days of summer at the beach or a number of fun events. Photo credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
New this year, the Heavenly Village Carnival, Art & Music Festival will bring family-friendly entertainment to the Heavenly Village, only a 10-minute drive from the Ridge Tahoe. Starting on Friday, Sept. 1, the festival will include carnival themed rides, foods, and games, as well as live music from Hit Parade and Holidae House among others. The carnival will also feature a car show and specialty acts from stilt walkers, plein air artists, and jugglers.
Send off summer with a carnival at Heavenly Village.
Also on Sept. 1, Beach Retreat & Lodge will host their Summer Luau on the Lake. Eat and drink Island favorites while watching traditional Hawaiian performances and music.
Harvey’s Outdoor Arena will celebrate their last outdoor arena concert of the summer with country music sensation Eric Church. The two-day performance will take place on Sep. 2-3, giving everyone a chance to sing and dance along this Labor Day Weekend to hits like “Record Year,” “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Drink in My Hand.” Church has been featured on the “Billboard Hot 100” 10 times in the last eight years. Joining Eric Church will be country singer Margo Price.
Fresh squeezed local foods and flavors at Sample the Sierra, Sept. 16. Photo credit: Matt Morning / Tahoe Chamber
The diverse and growing Lake Tahoe culinary scene will be celebrated during September with the 8th annual Sample the Sierra, Sept. 16, featuring locally sourced food, wine, beer, and spirits exploring the regional palate. This major event is the basin’s largest farm-to-fork food and wine festival featuring 20 of South Shore’s restaurants and local chefs with neighboring growers and producers to create delicious samples appropriately paired with a wine, spirit or brew. There will also be fun local goods and crafts in the marketplace for people to pick up some souvenirs!
Locals and visitors alike will rejoice at the return of Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, Oct. 7-8. The festival features traditional German foods and desserts complemented by authentic German beers and wines. Attractions include craft booths, pumpkin patch, climbing wall and live music.
See salmon spawn at the Fall Fish Fest, Oct. 7-8. Photo credit: Brad Scott / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Right next door to Oktoberfest is the Fall Fish Fest, which celebrates the annual migration of Kokanee salmon at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Oct. 7-8. Children and families will learn about the Lake Tahoe ecosystem while participating in activities such as treasure hunts, crafts and visits from Smokey Bear and Lulu the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.
Valhalla Art, Music & Theater Festival is wrapping up their summer events with an array of musical performances. The Songwriter Celebration series will feature songwriters with unique musical sounds on Sep. 6 and SambaDa will be performing their Brazilian masterpieces on Sep. 20.
The Lake Tahoe Marathon offers amazing views around the Lake, Oct. 13-15. Photo credit: Dan Thrift / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
The 22nd annual 3-day Lake Tahoe Marathon, Oct. 13-15, includes multiple options: 5k, 10k, half marathon, 18-miler, 144-miler, or a four-day 288-mile run. The kids will have the option to kayak or swim in the beautiful lake!
It’s been a wonderful summer at Lake Tahoe and we look forward to sharing the end of it with you at the Ridge Tahoe!
Many are beginning to wind down and out of summer mode to get ready for the upcoming school year, but that’s not the case with Tahoe South! With a full menu of events and recreation, we’re not saying goodbye to the warm summer months just yet. Fortunately, these events are close to the Ridge Tahoe and most are just an easy ride away on our complimentary shuttle. Let the fun begin!
Starting this weekend, singer/songwriter Jack Johnson will perform for the first time since 2014 at Harvey’s Outdoor Arena. He is famous for his soothing, island jams like “Banana Pancakes” and “Upside Down.”
Live at Lakeview brings the beats with the summer heat every Thursday. Credit: Lauren Lindley/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Continuing with the summer jams, this week also presents two of the South Shore’s favorite summer concert series at Lakeview Commons and Heavenly Village. On Thursday, July 27, Live at Lakeview hosts their free concert on the beach, where locals and visitors gather to listen to an array of music while watching the sun set on picturesque Lake Tahoe.
The Heavenly Village Concert Series begins at 5 p.m. July 28-29. This concert is conveniently located in the middle of the Heavenly Village. This family-friendly event is free.
Get your fitness in and get a taste of some of Lake Tahoe’s best breweries at Kirkwood Bikes & Brews. This event at Kirkwood Resort offers mountain bike riding for people of all ages, as well music and brew tasting. There will be a shuttle available with pickups and drop offs at MontBleu Resort. The event supports the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association.
Cheers! Drink Tahoe Brew is clearly the memo here at Basecamp Pizza Co. Credit: Lauren Lindley/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
On Aug. 7, a full moon kayak tour is offered to individuals of all ages to kayak along the shores of Sugar Pine Point State Park. The tour will take place between the highest elevation operational lighthouse in the U.S. to the park’s southern boundary overlooking Meeks Bay. State Park staff will provide insight into the region’s cultural and natural history under the light of a full moon.
Throughout the month of August, there are several events taking place during the Valhalla Art, Music & Theater Festival, including performances by Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore (Aug. 2), Heartbreak On The Dance Floor (Aug. 9), Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankenfurter (Aug. 23), and Laura Love (Aug. 30).
With all these events and activities, it’s hard to be bored in Tahoe. There are more events to come in the next few weeks. Don’t miss out by booking your room at the Ridge Tahoe now.
With Summer in full effect, there’s more daylight hours, more time to play – and in a location like ours there are many opportunities to get out there and accomplish all things on that summer to-do list! With Tahoe straddling two states, Nevada and California, we will push our focus to the beautiful and cultured state of Nevada. Check out this list of Summer Must-Dos all in great vicinity to your stay at the Ridge Tahoe!
Our first item on the list is the Seven Magic Mountains, an art installation in middle of the Nevada desert. The large thirty to thirty-five foot boulders are painted with beautiful, bright colors, attracting the eyes of thousands every year. This spot is perfect to add a pop of color to your Instagram, while also getting a glimpse of one of the most unique art projects in the country.
If you’re looking to surround yourself in pine trees while taking a step back in time, make sure you head over to Sand Harbor where you can watch The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. This festival brings one-of-a-kind entertainment with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop. Enjoy some of Shakespeare’s greatest work and a beautiful sunset on the lake.
Nevada is home of a variety of ghost towns, giving character and mystery to the desert landscape. These historic landmarks were former mining boomtowns from the late 1800s to early 1900s. During the longer summer days, make sure to come check out these abandoned towns that offer a unique history and tour the structures that remain. The ghost town of Berlin gives visitors a tour through abandoned mines, as well as fossils of dinosaurs that once roamed the area.
If you’re looking to hang out in an old-style saloon and walk down creaky, wooden sidewalks, make sure to check out Virginia City. One of the more popular mining towns back-in-the-the-day, Virginia City has a great history offering small-town shenanigans for individuals of all ages.
With all these ghost towns and long, lonely roads, it’s apparent that Nevada has some of the clearest skies. Grab a blanket, some friends, and good times and find a cozy spot in the Lake Tahoe area to enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the stars. There is also the option to attend the astronomy festival hosted by the Great Basin National Park. The festival includes amateur and expert astronomers to show crowds distance planets and galaxies with their own eyes.
Special thanks to Travel Nevada for providing an easy reference guide to all things Nevada. Make sure to visit their website here for more information on traveling excursions, and more fun ideas to add on your summer list of to dos.
Lake Tahoe is approaching its most talked about event of the year, the American Century Championship. Held every year at Edgewood Golf Course, the best sports players and entertainment stars bring their A-game to compete for a grand prize of $125,000. The action-packed week begins July 11 through July 16 with several activities and events for attendees of all ages.
Edgewood Tahoe is home to the American Century Championship, which returns to the lake July 11-16. Credit: Brian Williams/Media West Group
The tournament has raised approximately $4.6 million since its inception in 1990 and all funds support a range of non-profits. For this year’s ACC, the funds will support Stowers Institute for Medical Research. The institute is home to 550 dedicated researchers working to treat, diagnose and prevent diseases.
This year, the ACC is hosting some of the greatest celebrities in the entertainment and sports industries. Former NFL Player Tony Romo will be joined by Pro-Bowl Defensive End Jared Allen, as well as Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. NBA MVP and 2017 NBA Finals Championship winner Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors will also make an appearance. Two-time MLB All-Star and two-time ACC champion Mark Mulder will return to compete for a third championship among five MLB Hall of Famers. Other major celebrities consist of ten-time Grammy winner Justin Timberlake, actor/comedian Larry the Cable Guy, actor Ray Romano and newcomer, social media activist and professional golfer Paige Spiranac. To check out more celebrities who will be participating in the 27th Annual American Century Championship, click here.
Mark Mulder will return to grab a third championship this year. Credit: Jeff Bayer
The tournament hosts a variety of events, but one of the most popular highlights of the week is the Celebrity Spray-Off Challenge, sponsored by Korbel Champagne. During this challenge, celebrities compete to see who can get the furthest distance by popping off the cork to a champagne bottle. The challenge is scheduled for Thursday, July 13 at 3:30 p.m.
Another crowd favorite is the Hole-in-One/Closest to the Pin Challenge that occurs on Edgewood Golf Course’s famous Hole No. 17. Spectators gather to watch celebrities make their best attempt at a hole-in-one, while the lake sits as the backdrop creating the most beautiful and entertaining scenes. Plan for this event on Friday, July 14 at 3:45 p.m.
Justin Timberlake, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Steph Curry will entertain the masses yet again. Credit: Jeff Bayer
For a more intimate glimpse of the stars, head to Edgewood before official tournament rounds begin and watch celebrities get their heads into the game with practice rounds on July 11 and 12. For more information about the tournament and its philanthropic cause, visit americancenturychampionship.com.