Your Tahoe Weekend: North Tahoe ski swap, Big Truck Day, Lovin’ Spoonful & more! |

Your Tahoe Weekend: North Tahoe ski swap, Big Truck Day, Lovin’ Spoonful & more!

Jazz artist Dmitri Matheny and his quartet will perform consecutive free shows in downtown Truckee this weekend.
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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are the Sierra Sun’s picks for the Top 10 events to check out this weekend at Truckee and Lake Tahoe.

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1. Big Truck Day

The Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District will present its eighth annual Big Truck Day on Saturday. The event allows kids to step inside their favorite machinery — fire truck, helicopter, snowcat and more — to bring to life the Tonka toys they play with at home. Additionally, there will be a barbecue, bake sale and an appearance by Smokey Bear.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

Where: 10969 Stockrest Springs Road, Truckee

Cost: Free


2. Ski Swap & Pumpkin Festival

The 53rd annual North Lake Tahoe Ski Swap will take place Saturday at Homewood Mountain Resort. The ski swap event, a fundraiser for North Tahoe High School, will be pared with Homewood’s Pumpkin Festival, which will include live music, a pumpkin pie eating contest, a pumpkin carving contest and more.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

Where: Homewood Mountain Resort

Cost: Admission free; tickets for Pumpkin Festival vary


3. Dmitri Matheny at Moody’s

Jazz artist Dmitri Matheny and his quartet will bring their warm tones, soaring lyricism and masterful technique to downtown Truckee this weekend for back-to-back free shows. The appearance will showcase selections from Matheny’s latest album “Jazz Noir.”

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22

Where: Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats, Truckee

Cost: Free


4. Tahoe Fall Fest at The Chateau

Grab a masque and come have a blast at the sixth annual Tahoe Fall Fest’s Black and White Masquerade Bash on Friday at The Chateau in Incline Village. The adult-only event includes dinner and entertainment. Guests can also join in games to win fine wines and bid on the silent and live auction items.

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21

Where: The Chateau, Incline Village

Cost: $150 per person


5. Foot Golf at Ponderosa Golf Course

Come out to Ponderosa Golf Course on Saturday for a round of foot golf, a new sport combining soccer and golf. Notably, no soccer cleats are allowed on the course and players must bring their own soccer balls.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

Where: Ponderosa Golf Course, Truckee

Cost: $10 kids, $15 adults, $50 fivesome (4 kids, 1 adult)


6. ‘The Odd Couple’ theater performance

This weekend, Truckee Community Theater proudly presents one of the most popular comic plays of all time, “The Odd Couple.” This is the beloved tale of two old friends, Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar, who end up sharing Oscar’s bachelor pad when Felix’s wife leaves him and he has nowhere to go.

When: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 21-23

Where: Community Arts Center, Truckee

Cost: $15-$30


7. DJ Baby Brett & Aux at Crystal Bay Casino

DJ Baby Brett & Aux will cook up a high-energy dance scene Friday on the North Shore inside Crystal Bay Casino’s Red Room.

When: 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21

Where: Crystal Bay Casino Red Room

Cost: Free


8. Aaron Neville at MontBleu Resort

Iconic singer Aaron Neville will bring his inimitable voice to the South Shore on Saturday. Neville will perform in support of his latest album, “My True Story,” a collection of 12 classic doo-wop numbers.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

Where: Montbleu Resort, Lake Tahoe

Cost: $50/$60


9. Lovin’ Spoonful at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Lovin’ Spoonful — best known for hit singles such as “Do You Believe in Magic” and “Summer in the City” — will bring their blend of folk and rock ‘n’ roll to the South Shore on Saturday.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

Where: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline

Cost: $32.10


10. WordWave festival at Valhalla Tahoe

Celebrate interest and achievement in literary work this weekend at Valhalla Tahoe with the second annual WordWave: A Festival of Story. The three-day festival is filled with events ranging from a steampunk ball to author talks, workshops and more.

When: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 21-23

Where: Valhalla Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe

Cost: Prices vary


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