We are in the middle of winter, and it truly couldn’t be more glorious around Lake Tahoe. The beauty is stunning. There hasn’t been this much water in the basin in a long time. And the snow amounts are hitting record levels. It is safe to say, we are having the times of our lives here in Lake Tahoe.
To complement the beautiful winter we are having, there are excellent events and planned activities to get involved with if you are so inclined. Here are five that I am particularly excited about.
11th Annual Winter Film Series
The Winter Film Series is a favorite outing for locals and visitors alike. If you haven’t taken part in these great opportunities to meet, hear stories and ask questions with some of the most esteemed adventure athletes in the world, then do it now. This is your last chance to partake in this free event that lets you rub shoulders with the elite of the mountains. The last showing is highlighting the impressive skills of Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards and their story of mastering Everest without the assistance of oxygen. In addition to hearing Ballinger and Richards’ harrowing tale, there will also be raffle prizes that raise money for local nonprofits. The last of the film series is at the Olympic Village Lodge on Thursday, February 23, with the doors opening at 7 p.m.
The Grateful Ball
The Crystal Bay Club is hosting a must-attend event for all Dead Heads, The Grateful Ball. This groovy affair features the excellent Traveling McCourys and Jeff Austin Band. After the walk down memory lane of Grateful Dead tunes, there will be an after party that keeps the dancing going well into the morning hours. The concert is at the Crystal Bay Casino in the Crown Room on Friday, February 24. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show. This is a show for adults 21 years and older.
For all of those who appreciate the fun colors, uninhibited atmosphere and excuse for a good time that Mardi Gras creates, you must join in on Northstar California Resort’s Mardi Gras Celebration. This full weekend party comes complete with scavenger hunts, live music (that will include the incredible Saint Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band), face painting and mask decorating. The celebration is Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Unbuckle Apres Party With Heavenly Angels
If you haven’t yet participated in the Unbuckle Après Party with the Heavenly Angels, then this is something you must put on your hit list. Happening at an elevation of 9,150 feet at the Tamarack Lodge, Heavenly is hosting an impressive après party that tops all other après parties. Happening Fridays and Saturdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., there are featured DJs spinning top tunes, half-priced cocktails and dining specials. The big bonus is the sexy Heavenly Angels dancers that spice up the vibe considerably.
Glowstick Parade & Carnival At Tahoe Donner Downhill
The Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area is putting on an stupendous event for the entire family, the Glowstick Parade & Carnival. This is a children’s-size torchlight parade for kids 10 years old and younger and who can ski unassisted down a beginner run. Be sure to come early as there will be free live music and snacks served at the bar area prior to the parade. Sign up for the parade, then the carnival action begins at 4:30 p.m. The torchlight parade is set for 6:30 p.m. The Carnival is on Saturday, February 25.
Sunday Night Music Session With Patrick Walsh!
The Hard Rock Cafe is giving an opportunity for sultry fun with their Sunday Night Music Session with Patrick Walsh. An all-ages event, Walsh offers incredible jazzy and engaging tunes that put a great spin to the end of the weekend. The intimate concert is on Sunday, February 26, beginning at 9 p.m.