Tahoe Ten: Fireworks and other Labor Day Weekend events you can’t miss
THE TAHOE TEN: upcoming events you CAN’T miss
1. Labor Day Fireworks above Lake Tahoe
The annual Labor Day Fireworks Spectacular at Gar Woods Grill & Pier has raised more than $48,000 in two years. This year’s fireworks show, at roughly 25 minutes long, will again raise funds for North Tahoe band Truckee area high school sports teams.
Where: Gar Woods beach, Carnelian Bay
When: 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6
Cost: Free; or dine at Gar Woods to donate
2. Neil Diamond Tribute at Crystal Bay
Super Diamond — known as the “Ultimate Neil Diamond Tribute” — will kick off Labor Day Weekend on the North Shore with a performance Friday night at the casino’s famed Crown Room.
Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
When: 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4
Cost: $20 advance, $25 day of show
3. Concerts at Commons Beach Finale
The final concert of the outdoor beach series is this Sunday with a performance from the Devon Allman Band, featuring The Roemers as openers. It’s a perfect show to catch before Sunday night’s Labor Day fireworks.
Where: Commons Beach, Tahoe City
When: 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6
4. Big Band Jazz in the Park
Join the West Shore Association members and guests for an evening of Big Band Jazz. Top off summer to the cool sounds of “CHOPS,” playing favorites from the 1940s and ’50s at sunset along Lake Tahoe’s majestic West Shore.
Where: Ehrman Mansion, Sugar Pine Point State Park
When: Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6
Cost: Free admission; $10 car parking
5. Summer Finale Barbecue
Grab the kids and challenge neighbors and friends to a variety of games, including a scavenger hunt. Bring your swim suits and slide down the Flume Zoom or compete in the Family Olympics with potato sack races and more. Free, excluding food and beverages.
Where: Tahoe Donner Driving Range, Truckee
When: 1-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6
Cost: Free entry
6. Scott Anderson at Art Obsessions
Scott Anderson explores the world through his art. He finds inspiration from the sounds, smells and sights of the rugged northern California coastal landscape that surrounds him. His paintings reach out to convey his emotional response to those encounters. Meet him and see some of his creations this weekend.
Where: Art Obsessions Gallery, Truckee
When: Noon to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-5
Cost: Free to go
7. Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash
Described by Rolling Stone as “pure Americana heart and soul,” The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are the voice and vision of songwriter Mark Stuart, who was given permission to use the band’s name by Johnny Cash himself.
Where: Crystal Bay Casino Red Room
When: 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5
8. The Bitter Diamonds at Moody’s
As the story goes, The Bitter Diamonds — described as “old school country for modern times” — were born when singer Charles Verlin finished a thermos of day-old coffee at the Say When Casino in McDermitt, Nev.
Where: Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats, Truckee
When: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-5
9. Twain’s Tales of Tahoe
Enjoy stories of Tahoe’s history at “On the Tail of a Comet,” a performance by Mark Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne.
Where: Casey’s Round Hill Center, off Highway 50
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5
Cost: Tickets are $20
10. 26th Annual Foam Fest at Squaw
The craft beer tasting and live music event is a benefit for Disabled Sports USA. This year’s music lineup includes Dead Winter Carpenters. Enjoy tastings from 40 breweries, and enter for a chance to win one of several great raffle prizes.
Where: KT Sundeck at Squaw Valley
When: 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5
Cost: $30 in advance; $35 day of event