When the sun goes down Tahoe’s fall entertainment scene fires up

There may be less hours of daylight as we transition into fall, but that only means more room for night-time entertainment around Tahoe South.

Before you begin to make the rounds, you’ll want to stop in for a beverage at the Bear Trap Bar inside The Ridge Tahoe. The lounge is set in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Daily drink specials are a great way to relax after a day in nature’s playground. Make your plans and take in dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant before heading out.

The Ridge Tahoe shuttle will take you into the heart of Tahoe South or you can grab a ride on BlueGo. Ask your concierge about the shuttle pick up and drop off times and go here for the BlueGo bus schedule to assure quick, easy transportation.

Put on your thinking hats and get those creative juices flowing as you determine your Halloween costume for the annual Freaker's Ball at MontBleu. Photo: Brian Walker.
Put on your thinking hats and get those creative juices flowing as you determine your Halloween costume for the annual Freaker’s Ball at MontBleu.
Photo: Brian Walker.

Here’s a list of entertainment events we recommend through fall.

The Improv at Harveys presents the best names in comedy every week in the Cabaret Theater at Harveys Lake Tahoe. Shows are 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Friday and Sunday, 8:30 and 10:30 pm on Saturdays. Hosted by emcee Howie Nave, The Improv is the spot at Lake Tahoe for world-class standup comedy.

Following the release of their latest album, Overboard, the Verve Pipe arrives at the South Shore Room of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Saturday, Sept. 6. The alternative rock group’s hits include the number-one single “Freshmen.”

The San Francisco Comedy Competition, now in its 39th year, returns to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Saturday, Sept. 13, with an outstanding group of future standup comedy stars. Tahoe’s elimination competition will feature 16 contestants from throughout the country and Canada who have made it through a demanding application process. They will have 5-7 minute to woo the audience and judges.

If magic is more up your alley and you’ve got the family in tow, check out Masters of Illusions, Sept, 13 at Harrah’s. You’ll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers; everything you could possibly imagine and a performance you never dreamed possible.

Join Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, Dave Mason for an evening of music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career and the works that launched his successful solo career. He will perform Oct. 4 in the South Shore Room of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

Iconic ’70s and ’80s heavyweight and power ballad rockers Styx, known for their hard driving anthems like “Come Sail Away,” “Fooling Yourself,” “Renegade,” and “Best of Times” will appear in concert Saturday, Oct. 18 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

Lake Tahoe’s largest, oldest and bawdiest Halloween party, the 36th Annual Freaker’s Ball brings the wild into a four-ring costume circus Saturday, Oct. 25 at MontBleu with $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Spanning more than three decades, the costume soiree at Lake Tahoe has become legendary thanks to imaginative costumed partygoers who take mind-bending gaudiness to the limit.

Alt Rock pioneers The Psychedelic Furs will bring their angst, lyrics and guitar-driven sound to Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Oct. 25. The band scored major hits in the 1980s with “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” “The Ghost In You,” and “Heartbreak Beat.”

Electronic Dance Music icon Bassnectar will bring his driving signature dubstep sound, hypnotic light show and all the bass Nov. 6 to MontBleu for a one-night-only show as part of the coast to coast Noise Vs. Beauty 2014 Tour.

What shows will you check out during your visit to The Ridge Tahoe?

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