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What to Do over Labor Day Weekend in Lake Tahoe

Submitted on: 8/15/23 | by Lindsey Carlson
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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!  Although Lake Tahoe won't be celebrating Labor Day as they usually do with fireworks, the activites and events planned, will still provide that needed end-of-summer fun we all expect! 

Labor Day FEStivities in Lake Tahoe

Head over to the Heavenly Village Carnival, Art & Music Festival  for the best Labor Day festivities happening in Lake Tahoe this year. Due to budget restraints many local businesses have banded together to provide fun and exciting things to do in South Tahoe in place of a firework show. See the list below for a menu of things to do this Labor Day Weekend.  (For a full list of beaches and parks in Lake Tahoe, use http://www.tahoesbest.com/places/parkbeach.htm)

  • Rose to Toads Showcase is a Tahoe tradition! The 7th annual Tahoe Area Mountain Bike event calls all athletes to participate in a 62 mile bike ride from Mount Rose to Mr. Toads Wild Ride course. Get your thrill of 8,000 ft of climbing and 10,000 ft of descents. 
  • Summer Luau at Beach Retreat connects Tahoe to the island of Hawaii. Starting Sept 1st at 6pm, get your fill of Lomi Lomi salmon, hawaiian sweet rolls and pineapple upside down cake! 
  • Labor Day Lasers at Lakeview is going to be a hit this year with a Laser and Wave Runner Glow Show! You can be sure that the whole family will enjoy seeing the laser show with the incredible DJ commemorating the end of a wonderul summer!
  • 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 Squaw Valley Sunrise package at Squaw Creek is the perfect place for the weekend. Guest are provided with sunrise perks like $50 breakfast credit at Cascades and deluxe room accomodations.

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