Labor Day weekend at Lake Tahoe features fun, food festival and fireworks

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.

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