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What to Do over Labor Day Weekend in Lake Tahoe

Submitted on 8/15/17 | by Lindsey Carlson

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. The school year is back in swing around the country, and long, hot summer days are ending. A long end-of-summer holiday at Lake Tahoe is an excellent way to bid goodbye to the season. In addition to all the other summer outdoor adventures around, visitors will find music venues, community fairs, festivals and much more. At Lake Tahoe, summer goes out with a bang, literally with an awesome fireworks display over the Lake. It's the grand finale to a weekend filled with the best summer has to offer.

Labor Day Fireworks in Lake Tahoe

After dusk on the Sunday night before Labor Day, the Labor Day Fireworks Extravaganza lights up the sky with fiery patterns and designs. A simultaneous music process accompanies the show and is broadcast on local stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. The show begins at 8:30 pm. The show can be seen all over town, but for a prime view consider one of the following places to see the show from. (For a full list of beaches and parks in Lake Tahoe, use http://www.tahoesbest.com/places/parkbeach.htm)

  • Nevada Beach is the perfect family setting for the show with its charcoal barbecues and picnic tables. It is one of the best land views.
  • Find front row seating at Timber Cove Marina. These do fill up quickly.
  • Bijou Community Park is another ideal place for families. A skate park, dog park and golf course entertains the whole family during the day.
  • The Tallac Historic Site with nearby Baldwin Beach has a good east view. For a bird's eye, the more adventurous types can go to the top of Mount Tallac. Be sure to take a headlamp for the dark trek back down.
  • Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach at the corner of Lakeview Avenue and Highway 50 is a popular place to watch.
  • For the most unique view of all, check with Reno-Tahoe Helicopters.

Other Labor Day Weekend Activities

Samle the Sierra: The 5th annual Sample the Sierra festival is going on over Labor Day weekend - from 12pm-5pm August 21st at Bijou Community Park. The event is a quinntessential Lake Tahoe Labor Day event, and brings local chefs and restauratns together with nearby growers and producers to create local Lake Tahoe treasures, such as jams, soap, olive oils, and incredibly beautiul crafts. The event features the Sierra Chefs Challenge, in which three regional chefs will be cooking with local ingredients to create delectible meals! Use samplethesierra.com to find all the incredible events going on for Sample the Sierra!

Hang Gliding:
For the thrill of a lifetime, fly a powered hang glider trike over the rugged Sierra mountains. Stunning views of the land and the lake are incredibly exhilarating. Sport Aviation Center LLC has powered hang gliding discovery flights for both the first time pilot and the experienced hang glider. Depending on the weather, they offer flights every single day. They have two trikes and two qualified FAA instructors. The trikes have two seats, one for the student and one for the instructor for an interactive flight lesson. It is suggested that flights are booked early, especially for the popular FLY TOGETHER option which allows couples, two friends or family members to go up together in in separate aircraft each with their own instructor.

Boat Rental:
Renting a boat allows visitors to Lake Tahoe to glide almost effortlessly across the lake. It is a wonderful way to take in the beauty of the lake and the surrounding mountains. SWA Watersports, located across from the West Shore Cafe at the Homewood Ski Area parking lot rents well maintained and dependable vessels with all of the required and approved safety equipment. Boats range from 20-23 feet and have capacities of up to 10 people. They are rented out fully fueled. For those who don't have boating skills, their VIP service provides a knowledgeable captain/tour guide. This eliminates having to operate the boat and navigate with maps. All captains are licensed by the Coast Guard and are first aid and CPR-trained. SWA also rents pontoon boats and jet skis. Additionally, they offer water sports lessons, private charters and fishing tours.

Golfing at Squaw:
Great golfing combines with luxury lodging at Squaw Creek. It is an 18-hole championship golf course sitting peacefully at the base of Squaw Valley USA. While golfing, enjoy a majestic mountain view of six Sierra peaks. Creek Cards and season passes are available.

Best Lake Tahoe Lodging

Attractions and events make the Forest Suites Resorts at South Lake Tahoe an unbeatable place to stay for the long Labor Day weekend or anytime.Their unique Special Family Fun package combines a two-bedroom suite for four nights with planned activities that include mini-golf in Heavenly Village, a night of pizza and sodas delivered to the room, a new board game, pool noodles and pony rides.

For couples, the Romantic Getaway package at Aston Lakeland Village is the perfect place for the weekend. Guest are provided with romantic perks like sparkling wine and Spafinder Wellness gift cards.

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