The days may be getting shorter, but the spirit of summer extends through Labor Day weekend and beyond in Lake Tahoe.

Ridge Tahoe guests can catch a number of art and entertainment shows, enjoy a home style community fair, a sternwheeler race, indulge in delicious food and wine samples at a farm-to-fork festival, and then for dessert catch an eye-candy fireworks display over the lake.

The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra. Photo: Tiara Wasner.

The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra.
Photo: Tiara Wasner.

Ready for winter? Even though we’re still in summer it is never to early to think about hitting the slopes when the snow flies. During Labor Day weekend, skiers and riders will have the chance to save big bucks on gear and equipment for next season, as Heavenly Mountain Resort hosts the 28th Annual Heavenly Sports Tent Sale at the California Main Lodge. The annual tent sale offers savings up to 70 percent to skiers and riders on overstock ski and snowboard gear, apparel and accessories. Those who purchase an Epic, Tahoe Value or Tahoe Local season pass at the tent sale will receive a $25 voucher to be used with any purchase of $250 or more. The voucher is only valid the day the pass is purchased and may not be combined with any other offer. The tent sale is Saturday, August 30, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, August 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The second annual Kiwanis Community Fair will feature three days of family-style Labor Day weekend action, Friday, Aug. 29 to Monday Sept. 1, at Lake Tahoe Community College with carnival rides games, pine cone racing; cooking, preserves, flower and art competitions.

Check out the Tahoe Geotourism Expo Aug. 30-31. The Expo celebrates the Eight Worlds of Tahoe: sky, water, land, wildlife, plants, culture, community and heritage. Geotour activities include paddleboard yoga, kayak tours, wildlife viewing, Washoe cultural ceremonies, water science demos, and heritage hikes.

The 22nd Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race churns through the lake’s clear blue waters as the South Shores’ two paddlewheelers, California’s Tahoe Queen and Nevada’s M.S. Dixie II, are pitted against each other, Aug. 30. The race begins at 11:00 AM. Tahoe Queen departs at Ski Run and the M.S. Dixie II at Zephyr Cove.

Old school cars, hotrods and vintage trucks and motorcycles will be on display at the Heavenly Valley Days of Labor Day Car Show, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. Festivities include food, a sidewalk sale, trophies and a poker run.

South Lake Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork festival, Sample the Sierra, is Sunday, Aug. 31 at Bijou Community Park. In its fifth year, Sample the Sierra brings together local chefs, farmers and winemakers in an irresistible tasting trifecta. To complement the infusion of flavors, a marketplace will feature local artists showcasing everything from handmade soaps to jewelry, apparel to fine art. Plus live music. Ridge Tahoe executive chef, Stephen Moise, will be participating in this year’s Sierra Chefs Challenge. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m.

As dusk arrives Sunday, Aug. 31 at 8:30 p.m., the sky will explode with colors during the Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza. The pyrotechnic show features a simultaneous musical broadcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. Prime view seating is available on Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, M.S. Dixie II, and Tahoe Queen.

What are your Labor Day Lake Tahoe plans?

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.