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Fall Events at Lake Tahoe and Truckee   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

Path through Taylor Creek State Park

Path through Taylor Creek State Park

 

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Technically, it’s really not Fall yet, but here in the Lake Tahoe basin, what that definition has come to mean is the end of the busy summer season, most of the tourists have gone home and everyone’s kids are back in school. As we cruise into the ‘shoulder season’, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do and see. On the contrary. One look at our calendar of events reveals that there is still plenty of fun to be had in September rolling into October.  yourfriendinhighplaces.wordpress.com/events-calendar

While the temperatures will most likely stay warm and sunny for a bit longer, there is no doubt there is an evening and early morning nip in the air. If you’ve never visited the area after the summer ends, you’ll discover happily that Fall is glorious here.

Now is the time to go on those hiking and bike trails that were so overly crowded during the summer.  But beware. We’ve been known to get a few inches of snow the day after Labor Day and onward!  While it usually doesn’t stick around for long, plan for layers of clothing as Mother Nature sorts herself out during the transition. Be sure to bring your camera along too. The leaves may turn in September or October (depending on the temperatures) and you wouldn’t want to miss the Fall show.

 

Our Calendar of Events have a well rounded list of things to do and see, but there are a few special events we  would like to make sure you don’t miss:

 

Image from the Nevada Museum of Art

Image from the Nevada Museum of Art

 

 

#1 –  The Nevada Museum of Art’s new exhibit ‘TAHOE, A Visual History’.  I just saw this exhibit Friday, and I can tell you, it is nothing short of fascinating. It amassed almost 2 centuries of art, spanning from when Fremont  first viewed the lake to present day. You are sure to learn an even more in depth history of Lake Tahoe and the Donner Lake area that you never knew existed. Featuring art from Ansel Adams, Currier and Ives and Frank Lloyd Wright among many, many others. it’s a visual history of the area that has no doubt never been seen before in one place. As I walked through the exhibits, I was captured by the thought of what it must take to gather so many varied pieces of art from private collectors, other museums and state and national archives throughout the country. It is truly an impressive achievement. The exhibit runs through January 19, 2016. Visit www.nevadaart.org for more information. Don’t miss it!

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Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

 

#2 The Best of the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Sept. 3-7, Sparks NV. This is an extremely popular annual event, and if you’re a rib connoiseur and you’ve never been to it, you really must go! Dozens and dozens of rib purveyors, cooking ribs every way you can imagine. And of course, there are all the fixin’s to go with. The Nugget transforms Victorian Square in downtown Sparks into a must-attend culinary, music, craft, and family end-of-summer affair. nuggetribcookoff.com

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Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival. Photo from Go Tahoe North

 

# 3 – The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival. Sept. 11-13 at Northstar Ski Resort. Considered one of Lake Tahoe’s premier gourmet events. Enjoy three full days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings, a Farm to Tahoe dinner, live music, a gourmet marketplace, and more! www.northstarcalifornia.com

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#4 –  Octoberfest! Sept. 26th at Squaw Valley. It’s time to get your ‘oomp-pa-pa’ on with a traditional beer and bratwurst extravaganza, Bavarian folk dancers, live music and more. squawalpine.com/events

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Spawning Kokanee Salmon at Taylor Creek

Spawning Kokanee Salmon at Taylor Creek

 

#5 – Fall Fish Festival – October 3-4 at U.S. Forest Service Visitor’s Center at Taylor Creek, South Lake Tahoe.  Plenty of family friendly fun and educational activities are presented by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, but the real show is watching the Kokanee Salmon run as they make their way from Lake Tahoe up Taylor Creek to spawn. Walk the gentle pathways of this beautifully peaceful area or take a ride along the bike trail. Another Octoberfest celebration will be going on at Camp Richardson’s Tallac Historic site right next door for food and refreshments. Just follow the trail between the two. And watch out for bears…

Taylor Creek Information: www.fs.usda.gov

Camp Richardson Information: www.camprichardson.com

 

Obviously, we’re all about the food here, so be sure to work some of those calories off with a hike, a bike ride or some paddle boarding in our glorious mountain community.  Be sure to check in on the Events Calendar from time to time, as new Events and Announcements will be added as the information becomes available.

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Fall Fish Festival – South Lake Tahoe – Oct. 5th and 6th, 2013   Leave a comment

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EVENT CANCELLED!

Unfortunately, it turns out that this venue is on Federal Park land, not State Park land. As you no doubt have heard, Congress has decided to shut down the entire country’s PUBLIC lands while they decide whether or not to get their collective acts together.

The fish however, did not get the memo. They will continue doing what they do, which is spawn. The rangers won’t be giving the planned educational tours, and the river viewing area and visitor center will be closed. On the other hand, if you are so inclined, there is nothing wrong with a little civil disobedience I say.

Just stroll right past those ‘Park Closed’ signs, enjoy the fall colors and watch the fish!

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Spawning Kokanee Salmon at Taylor Creek

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Fall is soon upon us, and that means it is time for the annual Kokanee Salmon spawning ritual.

We on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe and Truckee tend to forget that there is a whole other half to the lake, with plenty of fun things to do – other than gambling. (Although you can do that too after you’re done with the daytime/outdoor activities.)

The South Shore of the lake will once again play host to the annual ‘Fall Fish Festival’ – (formerly known as the Kokanee Salmon Festival.) The name change is no doubt  due to the fact that, hey, there ARE other fish in the Lake…which the Forest Service Biologists will be happy to educate you about from 10am- 4pm on both Saturday, Oct. 5th and Sunday, Oct. 6th.

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is on Hwy 89 south just past South Lake Tahoe heading towards Emerald Bay. The trails at The Center meander through lovely aspen and pine forest as it follows the stream, which is perfect for viewing the colorful salmon as they make their way to the spawning grounds. Depending on what week in the fall you hit the area at, there will be anywhere from dozens to hundreds of salmon the entire length of the stream. (It’s kind of like trying to catch the height of fall colors in the mountains. It’s never at quite the same time every year.)  There is also an underground viewing area that cuts right into the stream bed. There you can see what’s really going on underwater and get a different perspective of the stream than you could get viewing it from above.

Do keep an eye out for bears. There’s plenty of fish, so there are often bears lurking about trying to fatten up on all that plentiful bounty before they go into hibernation for the winter. Be sure to go to the links below and read up on the proper ‘bear etiquette’ while you’re at Taylor Creek.

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Tallac Historic Site

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Continue along the trail until you get to the fence that separates the nature center from the Tallac Historic Site. Slip through the gate and wander the estate of a bygone era.  While the building tours themselves may be closed for the season, the grounds themselves are pleasantly interesting and  home to some of the most lovely ‘Old Tahoe’ architecture to be found at the lake.  Walk along the beach, or check out the last vestiges of the gardens as they wind down for the growing season.

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Tallac Historic Site

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For more information on The Fish Festival and the Tallac Historic Site, go to these links:

Fall Fish Festival

Tallac Historic Site

tahoesouth.com

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