If you’re anything like us, you’re probably already feeling nostalgic for the summer. Luckily, we have just the thing to chase those blues away: a month chock full of the most incredible activities Tahoe has to offer!
Here are just a few events around the basin, which range from cult classics to downright whacky. These occasions are sure to earn a spot on your calendar this month!
The 29th Annual Foam Fest at Squaw Valley on September 1st
Alright, so everyone knows Squaw Valley is known for their…. festivals! Apart from its legendary slopes, Squaw Valley has become known for hosting some of the liveliest gatherings around the lake. In fact, Squaw has managed to make our list twice! The Foam Fest features over 40 craft beer vendors to sample, as well as live music and great food. The best part? All proceeds from the event will go to Achieve Tahoe, an adaptive skiing, and snowboarding program for children and adults with disabilities.
Beer tasting for a cause? Count us in! Tickets can be purchased at: squawalpine.com/events-things-do/foam-fest
The Great Reno Balloon Race on September 7, 8, 9th
Bring the whole family out for the Great Reno Balloon races! This event has become a fixture in local calendars, with some devout spectators even camping out the night before the event! The general recommendation is to arrive as early in the morning as possible to see the inflation of the balloons and the launch.
Gates open as early as 3:30 am, and we can say from experience the early call time is well worth it! General admission to the event is free, but attendees who don’t mind dropping some cash can opt for a Cloud 9 VIP membership, which includes access to a heated tent, catered breakfast, hosted champagne bar, and more!
Pro tip: September mornings can get pretty chilly in these parts, and most spectators like to bring layers, blankets, and sleeping bags to lay out on the grassy knoll. A thermos full of your favorite hot beverage is always a good idea, and you’ll likely make a new friend or two if you’re willing to share with your neighbors!
For more information visit the official site of the Great Reno Balloon Races: renoballoon.com/
The 59th Annual International Camel and Ostrich Races on September 7th in Virginia City
The camel and ostrich races take place in the preserved “old west” mining town of Virginia City, making this a sight you are unlikely to witness anywhere else!
More recently, Zebras have even been added to the menagerie. Grab a cold one at one of the authentic 1800s saloons as the animals and their handlers parade along the main avenue. Locals claim half the fun is in watching unsuspecting tourists scratching their heads at the spectacle! The parade is free to enjoy, but for the real action, tickets can be purchased online. Prices range from $15 for general admission to $55 VIP tickets which include shaded seats (yes, please!) and a catered barbeque lunch.
16th Annual Tour De Tahoe Bike Race on September 9th
Whether you’re participating in this 72-mile ride or simply cheering on these intrepid cyclists, you are bound to have a good time! As the name implies, the race takes riders and an epic journey around the lake, complete with grueling climbs and stunning vistas. Stations are placed along the route where riders and their entourage can refresh and recharge. Spectators are also welcome to hang out at the finish/start line in South Lake Tahoe, where food, music, and entertainment are abundant.
Be aware, if you’re not one to participate or spectate in the Tour De Tahoe, it’s probably best to stay put in one place and avoid the roads all together until the race is over!
For more information click the link: www.bikethewest.com/tour-de-tahoe/
Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley on September 22nd
You only need to say the words “Oktoberfest” and the crowds come running! Squaw Valley, in our (slightly biased) opinions, does it best! Squaw’s village transforms into a self-proclaimed “miniature Bavaria” with all the fixings including traditional Bavarian garb, keg rolls, Brat tosses, Bavarian music, food, and (of course) beer!
This family-friendly event is a local classic and a fantastic way to ring in the Autumn.
Admission is a steal at only $20 and includes a commemorative mug and two beer tickets. All other activities, including games, are FREE. Visit squawalpine.com/events-things-do/oktoberfest for information including call times for competitions!
See you at the stein lift!
Five Events in Reno & Tahoe to Add to Your Calendar This September
By Sybile Moser