Your Tahoe Weekend: Truckee arts and crafts fest, full moon kayak & more! |

Your Tahoe Weekend: Truckee arts and crafts fest, full moon kayak & more!

The Emerald Bay Trail Run, voted one of America's most scenic trail runs, will take place Sunday.
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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. Tahoe Sierra Century at Squaw Valley

Trek to Squaw Valley on Saturday for the 14th annual Tahoe Sierra Century. Riders begin and end at the Village at Squaw Valley and choose a 30, 60, or 100 mile route through North Tahoe, Truckee and the High Sierra. All proceeds from the event benefit public music education.

When: Check-in at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

Where: The Village at Squaw Valley

Cost: $80 (60-mile, 100-mile routes); $60 (30-mile route)


2. Balls in the Ruff Golf Tournament

The Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe will host its first Balls in the Ruff Golf Tournament on Friday at Tahoe Donner Golf Course. The scramble-style tournament, benefiting homeless pets in and around the community, will also include a raffle, hole-in-one prizes, and fun pet-themed contests holes on the course.

When: noon-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16

Where: Tahoe Donner Golf Course

Cost: $150 entry free (includes 18 holes with cart, goody bag and awards dinner)


3. Afrolicious at Crystal Bay Casino

Afrolicious, a San Francisco-based collective that infuses afro, disco, funk and soul music, among others, will bring its vibrant sound to the North Shore for a free show Friday.

When: 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16

Where: Crystal Bay Casino

Cost: Free


4. The Nut Boyz at Cottonwood

The Nut Boyz — who showcase groovy guitar work and jazzy, Brazilian influences — will perform a free show at Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar on Friday.

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16

Where: Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar, Truckee

Cost: Free


5. Sweetwater String Band at Moody’s

The Sweetwater String Band, a cello-drive bluegrass band that stirs up a boot-stomping atmosphere, will bring its high-energy sound to Truckee for a free show.

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16

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

Cost: Free


6. Downtown Truckee Arts and Crafts Festival

Hosted by the Truckee Downtown Merchant’s Association, this free event welcomes visitors to browse and shop among the original work of artists and crafters from across the western United States showcasing their handcrafted creations including original photography, jewelry, sculptures, ceramics and much more.

When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Where: Downtown Truckee

Cost: Free to attend


7. Emerald Bay Trail Run

Voted one of America’s most scenic trail runs, the Emerald Bay Trail Run will offer you eye-popping views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada while you navigate the Tahoe trails. The 7.5-mile course, which starts at Eagle Point, takes you around the majestic Emerald Bay and up the Rubicon Trail before finishing at Lester Beach.

When: 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Sept. 18

Where: Emerald Bay State Park

Cost: Prices vary


8. Tahoe Bouldering Competition at Meyers

Climbing and bouldering enthusiasts — this is the weekend to get your fix. On Saturday on the South Shore, the Sixth Annual Tahoe Bouldering Competition comes to Meyers, featuring a variety of activities, including a climbing festival, raffles and awards, live music, food and beer.

When: 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

Where: Meyers

Cost: $40 to register


9. Full Harvest Moon Kayak Tour

Float in a kayak on the clear blue water while the sun sets the sky on fire, the full moon rises, and the stars twinkle during a Full Moon Kayak Tour. After paddling for roughly two hours, the night will be capped off with hot drinks, snacks and stargazing on the beach.

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

Where: Tahoe Vista Recreation Area

Cost: $65 per person


10. Pop-Up Dinner with Chef Clint Jolly

Start South Shore’s Restaurant Week by attending the Sample the Sierra Pop-Up Dinner with celebrity chef Clint Jolly on Friday. Attendees will taste four courses of Sierra Nevada-grown ingredients. Menu items include fig and manchego brûlée, butter poached crawfish, rancho llano seco porchetta, sweet corn panna cotta and more.

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16

Where: Park Prime Steakhouse inside Hard Rock Lake Tahoe

Cost: $75


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