Tahoe City gearing up for fabulous 150th

Special to the Sun
Good times are rolling in to Tahoe City throughout Labor Day Weekend, including historic bicycles and antique autos.
Courtesy North Lake Tahoe Historical Society |

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — From a speakeasy pub-crawl, pancakes on Commons Beach, to dinner with Mark Twain on the Tahoe Gal paddleboat, there’s something for everyone this weekend at Tahoe City’s Big 150 Anniversary Weekend.

Tahoe City is celebrating its 150th sesquicentennial anniversary along with the 100th anniversary of Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam (where the iconic Fanny Bridge is located at the “wye” in Tahoe City). The Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) is commemorating its 75th year of community leadership. Here’s the line up of what’s in store for the Lake of the Sky’s historic North Shore town.


Throughout the Labor Day weekend docents will stroll the streets of Tahoe City in historical period costumes, historic bicycles and automobiles will be parked throughout town, kids will dig the Historical Treasure Hunt, adults will travel with passports of activity listings and prizes — all to be accompanied by music of the time.

Friday, Aug. 30

Noon-1:30 p.m., Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam tours and refreshments provided by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Take the kids to the “wye” in Tahoe City.

4 p.m., Reception at the Watson Cabin at Heritage Plaza for a kick-off reception. The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society is partnering with event hosts Tahoe City Rotary and the TCPUD to welcome the descendants of Tahoe pioneer families and visitors to the Watson Cabin and Heritage Plaza. The event will include an unveiling of a street exhibit about Tahoe City history, featuring panels with photos and information from 1863 to today. Live ragtime music with CW Bayer and Mr. Spoons will accompany.

5-8 p.m., A “Speakeasy Pub Crawl” will start at Fat Cat Deli and continue throughout downtown Tahoe City. Restaurant and bars will offer cocktail drink specials celebrating Tahoe City’s 150th Anniversary. Park your car and walk.

Saturday, Aug. 31

4 p.m., Tahoe City 150 Sesquicentennial Dinner at the Gatekeeper’s Museum. A once-in-a-lifetime event celebrates 100 years of the Lake Tahoe Dam and 75 years of community leadership from the TCPUD. The theme of the evening is “Tahoe City — founded and sustained by people of character, committed to community.” The evening kicks off with tours of the outlet dam, cocktails, and live music. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be served under the trees at Gatekeeper’s Museum. An entertaining cast of characters including Mark McLaughlin, Carol Jensen, Carol Van Etten and David Antonucci will regale you with colorful tales of Tahoe City. Tickets are available at $75 each through the TCPUD at 530-583-3796 or online at

Sunday, Sept. 1

9 a.m., Pancake Breakfast at Commons Beach in the heart of Tahoe City, hosted by Tahoe City Nordic Center. Wake up and smell the coffee on the beach at the Town Pancake Breakfast. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate followed by activities on Commons Beach.

10 a.m., Commons Beach, Eagle Wing Dance Group, Native American dancers ages 4 to 20.

Noon, A special Judge Vernon Honeymoon Paddle Event will take off from the beach.

2:30 p.m., A commemorative town photo of all the local folk will take place on Commons Beach. Other activities include old-fashioned carnival games.

3 p.m., Free concert on Commons Beach.

Monday, Sept. 2

10 a.m., The merriment continues with a bloody Mary/mimosa brunch with delicious brunch items at Jake’s on the Lake located in the Boatworks Mall.

6 p.m., A dinner cruise with Mark Twain on the Tahoe Gal paddle wheel boat with the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society. Call 530-583-1762 for tickets.

5 p.m., Swing to the Big Band concert sounds at Sugar Pine Point State Park on Tahoe’s West Shore.

Details about these and other planned events are available at


The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society operates two museums in Tahoe City: Watson Cabin Museum and the Gatekeeper’s Museum, featuring the Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Collection showcasing more than 900 baskets from 85 tribes west of the Mississippi River. The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society’s mission is to preserve and present Lake Tahoe history both regionally and in the larger context of the American West. For more information, visit or call 530-583-1762.

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