What's Happening This August in Truckee & Lake Tahoe


Things to do and places to go to make the most out of August in Truckee and Lake Tahoe.

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RUN → the exciting point to point 15k, 30k, and 50k trails through Truckee and Donner Summit at the Sierra Crest Ultra Run Saturday, August 5th. This unique race, hosted by Auburn Ski Club, offers spectacular views of the Sierra Crest and the Northern Sierras most spectacular terrain including Euer Valley, Frog Lake Cliffs, Donner Lake, Summit Lake, Castle Peak and the many other mountain peaks along the Sierra Crest. Fully stocked aid stations with the world’s best volunteers along all courses will be in place to keep runners well fueled. 

ENJOY THE SHOW → at the 2017 Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance from August 11th - 13th. Celebrating its 45th anniversary, Lake Tahoe Concours is considered the premier judged wooden boat show in the nation. This year’s event will be staged at the historic Obexer’s Boat Company on Lake Tahoe's West Shore.
Open to the public, more than 60 of the best antique, vintage and classic boats in North America compete in specialized classes for top honors and bragging rights. The meticulously restored boats include historic lakers and launches, some dating back to 1915; pre and post-WWII racers and runabouts; utility boats and flashy Rivas.

SHOP → at Sidewalk Saturday, August 12th in downtown Tahoe City from 12 - 5 PM. Sip n’ Shop, music, and more! Business owners create their own highlights — restaurants may offer a special entrée, drink, or dessert and participating businesses highlight special products.

GET FUNKY → at the Brews, Jazz, and Funk Festival at Squaw Valley August 12th - 13th. Festival-goers can sip on a wide array of tasty beers from 35 different breweries, as well as enjoy an incredible line-up of music both days. All proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

LISTEN → to the annual Lake Tahoe Music Festival, starting August 15th. The festival's 20-piece Academy Orchestra presents a 5-day concert series at intimate outdoor settings on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe city and Truckee. Bring your picnic, low-back lawn chair and favorite beverage for wonderful evenings of music. With Lake Tahoe in the backdrop we are looking forward to having fun with friends and listen to great music. Show locations and times here: http://www.tahoemusic.org/concerts.htm

TIMETRAVEL → at the Wine and Wisdom Fundraiser presented by the Sierra State Parks Foundation on August 17th. In 1935, movie superstars Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy came up to Lake Tahoe to film one of their greatest hits: Rose Marie. Now, imagine you have been invited to the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion at Sugar Pine Point State Park for wine one evening in the 1930s – only to find that Jeannette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, and other stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age will be there too! Spend the evening on the porch of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion overlooking Lake Tahoe while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres. Cherie Oliver of Yesteryear Sierra will present a lineup of dresses and evening gowns that prove the 1930’s reputation for glamour! Tickets can be purchased here: https://sierrastateparks.ticketleap.com/wnw30s/

LEARN → about the area with a guided hike through Lacey Valley on August 19th. Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust on a leisurely 2-4 mile round trip walk while taking in the flora and fauna of the area. Be prepared for a likely wet crossing of the slow and meandering Lacey Creek, but also to be rewarded with wildflower displays and likely visits from some of the resident raptors in the valley. Registration is required, but free at www.eventbrite.com/e/lacey-valley-hike-tickets-34258431892

SAIL → at the Arts For The Schools’ second annual fundraiser Wooden Boat Challenge on August 20th at Donner Lake.  This event combines the festival culture of our lively region with a unique competition that promotes community involvement. Enjoy food, drinks, live entertainment, local artisans and vendors, kids’ activities and a competition that requires teams to build and race their own wooden boat built by hand (no power tools allowed!).

DEMO → paddleboards with Tahoe Sports Hub on Donner Lake every Saturday from 5:30 - 8:30 PM until August 26th.

GET OUTTA THIS WORLD → with star gazing at Northstar every Thursday and Saturday. Enjoy the Northstar Dark Skies Cosmarium with star guide and poet Tony Berendsen for an intimate look at the Sierra stars. Bring childlike curiosity and wonderment to view the cosmos through high-powered Celestron telescopes. Enjoy comfortable seating, blankets, fire pits, hot chocolate, s’mores and more as the conversation covers the possibilities of extraterrestrial life and the solar eclipse, which will occur on August 21.