Truckee Thursday!   Leave a comment

by Tim Hauserman

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Every Thursday evening from 5 pm to 8 pm between now and August 20th the heart of downtown Truckee is closed to cars. Instead you will find food trucks, a beer garden with a live band, a farmers market, an arts faire with dozens of booths full of interesting hand made and local items, and a whole lot of happy people.

At Truckee Thursday you can eat tacos and sliders and tater tots covered with lamb, then follow it up with a chocolate dipped ice cream bar. Getting thirsty? They got homemade lemonade and beer. You can check out clothing, and earrings, and photographs. You can buy a book, a shirt, a painting and anything else that mike strike your fancy as something you need to adorn your house, body or mind. You can dance to the music, and sometimes dance to the sounds of the trains roaring just a few feet behind the band. But mostly, you can spend a warm summer night slowly strolling through the crowd, and experiencing Truckee’s awesome meet and greet with an eclectic mix of locals, second-home owners and visitors.

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Every age demographic finds Truckee Thursday as a meeting spot. The littlest ones are bouncing in the bouncy houses. The tweens and teens are standing around trying to look cool and aloof while watching a couples yoga performance or a magic trick. Some of the folks from 21 and up are in the beer garden rocking out, while everyone else is eating, chatting with friends, and enjoying the fine splendor of the night.

Parking at Truckee Thursday is at a premium. There is a large dirt parking lot across the railroad tracks from the event, as well as several parking areas to the east of the closed off road section. Donner Pass Road is closed between Spring Street and Bridge Street, and anytime after five it’s best not to attempt to drive too close to the festivities. Not surprisingly, the earlier you get there, the easier it will be to find parking. Information is available at truckeethursdays.com, but you don’t need any information. Just come on downtown and enjoy.

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