Sure the kids are back in school and the calendar reads September, but there’s good news. Summer isn’t over. Celebrate Labor Day weekend the Lake Tahoe way with festivals, music, delicious homegrown food, local wines and fireworks.

Get ready for a weekend packed with activities that will test abilities, challenge the senses and celebrate summer’s last big holiday.

Try the Great Sternwheeler Race this Labor Day weekend.

Try the Great Sternwheeler Race this Labor Day weekend.

Rock and roll will get the holiday weekend party started with Skid Row, Friday, Sept. 4, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, and Sammy Hagar, Saturday, Sept. 5, at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys.

The Shops at Heavenly Village will be the place to find classic cars, trucks and motorcycles beginning Friday, Sept. 4 through the holiday weekend. Events also include poker runs, demonstrations, sidewalk sales from merchants, food and live music.

Feel like getting a running start to the weekend? Heavenly Resort Mountain Run is a 5.8 mile trek that begins at California Base Lodge, climbs to the top of Lake Tahoe’s largest ski resort, and finishes at the Tamarack Lodge at 9,150-feet on Sunday, Sept 6.  Runners can take the scenic ride down the Heavenly Gondola back to the base or descend on their own.

Meanwhile, skiers and riders will have the chance to save big on gear and equipment for next season Sept. 5-7, as Heavenly Mountain Resort hosts the 29th Annual Heavenly Sports Tent Sale at the California Main Lodge.

The Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race, a lake tradition for 23 years, is set for Saturday, Sept. 5. The “battle of the paddle” pits Nevada’s M.S. Dixie II against California’s Tahoe Queen in a four-mile contest to determine overall bragging rights and the chance to win the coveted Tahoe Cup. Guests are welcome to join on board and cheer on either boat at 11 a.m. Both rides include brunch and a champagne toast.

The 6th annual Sample the Sierra will kick off Labor Day weekend with a four-course gourmet Pop-Up Dinner prepared by the talented newcomers Whitney and Josh Deri of Blend Catering. Located in Reno, Nev., Blend Catering specializes in gourmet food created with sustainable and fresh ingredients. They will create a special menu of garden-fresh ingredients from regional farms with each course paired with a local wine or spirit. Tickets are $75 and available online.

Lake Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork festival culinary adventure is infused with live music, entertainment and vendors, Sunday, Sept. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Cuisine selections range from regional restaurants, mom & pop establishments, food producers, wineries, distilleries and breweries. The Sierra Chef Challenge features local chefs battling one another in a rapid-fire cook-off. This year’s participating chefs are returning champion Chef Peter Brinckerhoff of Riva Grill on the Lake, Chef Salvador Delgado of Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Glenn Simpson of Blue Angel Café and Justin Kaplan of Cold Water Brewery and Grill. Tickets for full tastings are $40 and available online.

The Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority presents the annual Labor Day Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza, Sunday Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m. As colors fill the sky and illuminate the lake the show is simultaneously broadcasted to music on local radio: 93.9 FM-KRLT, 1490 AM KOWL.

How will you celebrate Labor Day in Tahoe South?

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.