Happening in Tahoe: Big BLUEgrass Benefit Concert; Summit Haus Music Series; Washoe Cultural Talk at Palisades Tahoe

A previous Big Bluegrass concert.
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Big BLUEgrass Benefit Concert 

The Big BLUEgrass benefit concert will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, to benefit Tahoe State Parks at Sugar Pine Point State Park. 

Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for students, and $10 for youth ages 6-12. 

Parking will be $10. Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the show beginning at 4:45 p.m. until dark. 

The band lineup includes an opening act of Truckee School of Music, Josh Brough String Band, Broken Compass Bluegrass, and Ismay. 

Food vendors include Big Blue Q. Beer sponsored by Strike Brewing Co. and wine from Highway 12. 

To learn more and purchase tickets visit

Summit Haus Music Series

From 6-8 p.m. every Saturday, Summit Haus at Sugar Bowl Resort will be hosting a summer music series, along with biergarten specials throughout the day. 

Stat your day with sausages and beers from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, and from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.  

In addition to food specials, in the evening, live music will be playing, with Mighty Mike Schermer set to take the stage Saturday, Aug. 5. 

Washoe Cultural Talk at Palisades Tahoe 

Experience the mountain through the eyes of the Washoe people at the Washoe Cultural Talks held at Palisades Tahoe starting at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4. 

The free talk, which will begin by traveling the Aerial Tram at 9:15 a.m., will take place at High Camp, where guests will hear stories from the Washoe tribe from its creation to present day. 

In addition, guests can view artifacts that show the Washoe way of life that the tribe members seek to preserve today. 

While this event is free, registration is strongly recommended. If you’re not an 2022/23 Ikon pass holder, you will need to purchase an Aerial Tram ticket to join, which is discounted for tour attendees. All ticket sales collected from the event will be donated to the Washoe Cultural Fund. 

Walk-ups are permitted, but only if there is room to join. 

To register visit

2023 16th Annual Truckee Brewfest 

All are invited to the 16th annual Truckee BrewFest featuring award-winning breweries and home-brews, live music, food, and a silent auction from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Truckee River Regional Park. 

Tickets are $45 for presale and $50 at the gate. All attendees must be 21-plus. Non-drinkers are able to buy a $10 tickets to enjoy music, food, and the silent auction. Designated driver tickets are $5 each. 

Guest will also have the opportunity to vote for People’s Choice awards for their favorite craft brew and favorite home brew in the following three categories: Malty, Hoppy, and Other. 

To learn more and purchase tickets visit

Margie’s Cowboy Cookies Anniversary Party 

Celebrate Tahoe nostalgia with Margie Lapanja, owner of Margie’s Cowboy Cookies and Bakery in Tahoe City all day Friday, Aug. 4. 

Lapanja has been serving quarter-pound Cowboy Cookies from 1985 until she sold the business in 1991. 

In addition to an anniversary party, there will also be a book signing of Lapanja’s books Goodess in the Kitchen, reissued in 2002 as Romancing the Stove. 

In 1991 she wrote The Goddess’ Guide to Love, followed by two more popular cookbooks: Food Men Love and Food That Rocks. 

This event will be held at 760 North lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. Learn more at

Bluegrass Jam at Alibi Ale Works 

End your weekend at Alibi Ale Works Truckee Public House relaxing with beer and bluegrass tunes at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. 

This causal gathering is open to anyone who’d like to play some good music with good folks, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ambiance. 

To learn more visit

Kings Beach Art Tour 

The Kings Beach self-guided Art Tour will be happening from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-6 all over the beautiful studios of Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista. 

This tour features 24 local artists who will open their studios to display and sell their art in a fun and interactive way. 

This self-guided tour has seven locations, most with two or more artists, and all studios are within a 1.4 mile radius, accessible by driving, biking, or walking. 

There is no tour fee and no sponsoring organization. 

For a map of studio locations visit

Boarding for Breast Cancer’s Skate the Lake 

Join the annual Boarding for Breast Cancer’s Skate the Lake event Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-6. 

The 19th annual event and community celebration will see the 8 mile skate-bike-roll along portions of the North Lake Tahoe shores starting at Sugar Pine Point State Park up to Palisades Tahoe and ending at Common’s Beach. 

Anyone on wheels of all ages and abilities are invited to try to help B4BC reach their goal of $50k by the end of the event. 

Registration includes an event t-shirt, goodie, bag, and prizes for top fundraisers. 

To register visit

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