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Tahoe City rolls into autumn with scarecrows, iditarod, ghost walk and more

Grape Stompers line up to compete for fun and prizes.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Tahoe City Grape Stomp returned to the Cobblestone Center during the Autumn Food & Wine Festival with wacky fun, music and, of course, wine.

More than 100 stompers, sippers, families and dogs — many in costume — stomped by the Cobblstone on a beautiful evening to enjoy the fun — and sticky competition.

“Team Z” came out on top, squeezing more juice than close competitors “Team Muscle Tribe” and “Team Swedes Take Athens.” All three teams won great prizes. Youth volunteers established a new category that promises to grow in coming years. “Team Grape Goddesses” won out in the best costume category. Local favorite Ron Treabess won as best emcee once again. Wineries Vina Castellano and Fawnridge poured great juice for attendees.

“The Grape Stomp is a wonderful way to welcome the change of seasons here in Tahoe City,” said Cobblestone manager and event lead Monica Grigoleit. “We’re already planning for next year and hope lots of teams come out.”


The Tahoe City Downtown Association (TCDA) invites you to join in celebrating the fall season — warm days, crisp nights, leaves are changing and everyone is getting excited about snow. Here’s a sampling of the variety of October events.

Oct. 3-31: The annual Scarecrows on Parade contest invites every business to take pride in the creation of their scarecrow in a unifying town display of artistic effort. For more information, contact Carol Hester at 530-277-9598 or email tcda@visittahoecity.com.

Oct. 4: The Trunk Show at Cobblestone Center will have a local art showing with complimentary cocktails and a DJ, 5-8 p.m., continued every First Friday.

Oct. 5: Third Annual Scarecrow Sprint and Stroll 5k, 10k, and two kid’s fun runs take place at Commons Beach, Tahoe City. There will also be a pumpkin patch on site this year, so plan on running, getting pumpkins, then attending the Cobblestone Oktoberfest directly across the street after. Register at http://www.tahoesnowfestival.com

Oct. 5: Ninth Annual Cobblestone Oktoberfest will feature beer and rats from Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company, live music by Groovy Foundry, stein hoisting, wiener toss, and pumpkin painting and more. German wine tasting at Uncorked in the Cobblestone Center, 1-4 p.m.

Oct. 12: Borrowing the name “Iditarod” from the Alaskan dog sled race and replacing the dogs with people (you) and the sleds with shopping carts, add in team themes, costumes, contests and a food drive and voila, announcing the Tahoe City Urban Iditarod. Urban Iditarods have been found in San Francisco, Portland, New York, Chicago and Boston. The Tahoe City Urban Iditarod brings this over the top, fun-for-all event to Lake Tahoe. Visit http://www.tahoecityurbaniditarod.com.

Oct. 12: Another inaugural event, the Tahoe City Grill Fest, by the Marina, will feature great food, live music and fun for the whole family. Vote for your barbecue favorites. Grillin’ by the Lake: Big Blue Q, Dockside 700, Hacienda, Jake’s on the Lake and Men Wielding Fire, noon-4 p.m. Visit http://www.TahoeCityGrillFest.com.

Oct. 17: The Spooky Ghost Walk will feature family friendly ghosts from Tahoe’s past haunting the Black Bear Forest, telling you their tales of derring-do or woe. Stroll the forest grounds and learn about local characters! Free to the public. Hours TBD (ghosts anticipated to arrive shortly before 7 p.m., visit http://www.northtahoemuseums.org for information.

Oct. 19: Fall festival and pumpkin patch, pony rides, pumpkin patch, carnival games, barbecue, bounce house, pie eating contest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rideout Community Center. Visit http://www.tahoecitypud.com.

Oct. 31: Downtown trick or treat, with free goodie bags given out at Heritage Plaza, 4-6 p.m.


Founded in 2004, the Tahoe City Downtown Association (TCDA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of local merchants, property owners, associations, professionals, and community members who share a mission to enhance and promote a vibrant and prosperous downtown center for residents and visitors.

The TCDA contributes to Tahoe City’s social, economic, and environmental vitality through special events, sustainable programs, partnerships, visitor outreach, and community support. For additional information, volunteer opportunities, or to become a member, visit VisitTahoeCity.com or call 530-583-3348.

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