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

Ridge Tahoe guests can catch a number of music venues, enjoy a home style community fair, a sternwheeler race, check out hot rods at a classic car show, enjoy delicious food and wine samples at a farm-to-fork festival and then for dessert, an eye-candy of fireworks display over the lake.

The fireworks in Tahoe South are a must see Labor Day weekend activity.  Photo: Steve Dunleavy

The fireworks in Tahoe South are a must see Labor Day weekend activity.
Photo: Steve Dunleavy

Three days of family-style Labor Day weekend action, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, will be featured at the Heavenly Mountain Base Lodge during the South Lake Tahoe Community Fair. The event will feature a carnival with rides featuring a 40-foot Ferris Wheel, games, pine cone racing; cooking, preserves, flower and art competitions.

Old school cars, hotrods, vintage trucks and motorcycles will be on display at the Heavenly Valley Days of Labor Day Car Show, Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. Festivities include food, a sidewalk sale, trophies and a poker run.

The 21st 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. 31 at 10 a.m. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. after which the boats depart from their respective marinas to do battle. The M.S. Dixie II leads the “battle of the paddle,” series 12-8, which is a four-mile race along the shoreline. Whistles toot while spectators on the beach and boats cheer the victor across the finish line and into a year’s worth of bragging rights. This distinctly Tahoe experience invites passengers to celebrate on either boat while enjoying brunch and drink specials.

Are you a runner looking for a challenge? Check out the Sept. 1 Heavenly Mountain Run. This course takes runners from the California Base Lodge at 6,565-feet up to Tamarack Lodge at 9,150. Finishers will be greeted by cheering fans and a post-race spread of food, drinks, and activities for all ages. Runners can enjoy a scenic ride down the Heavenly Gondola back to the base or descend on their own.

Tempt the senses Sept. 1 at the 4th Annual Sample the Sierra, South Lake Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork festival, Labor Day Weekend. 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.

As dusk arrives Sunday, Sept. 1 (around 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 plans for Labor Day weekend?

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.