Beerfest andamp; Bluegrass I Village at Northstar hosts festival and a host of activities over the holiday |

Beerfest andamp; Bluegrass I Village at Northstar hosts festival and a host of activities over the holiday

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TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; As the July 4 holiday approaches, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is preparing to host a variety of events and activities. The resortandamp;#8217;s annual Beerfest andamp; Bluegrass Festival will officially kick off the weekend, and other activities planned include an evening of stargazing with Tahoe Star Tours, July 4 festivities including a kidandamp;#8217;s parade through the Village at Northstar, live music, and more.

A summer favorite, the Festival will take place Saturday, July 2, 2-7:30 p.m. featuring performances by The Get Down Boys, The Earl Brothers and bluegrass favorite, Dead Winter Carpenters, along with beer tasting from more than 30 Northern California and Northern Nevada breweries. Tickets are available for purchase online at for $30 in advance, or on-site the day of the event for $38, and include a commemorative pint glass. Fun will be had by the whole family as the resort will also offer non-alcoholic beverages, a tasty barbecue, ice cream float station and outdoor games.

On July 1, 2 and 3, take a Tahoe Star Tours with Tony Berendsen, president of the Nevada Science Coalition. Tours are offered throughout the summer and feature a laser tour of the night sky, poetry reading, fun space quiz with prizes, and telescopic viewing. Tickets can be purchased online in advance, and are available for $30 for ages 13-plus, $15 for children ages 12 and under.Visitors are invited to partake in Fourth of July festivities in the Village at Northstar. Enjoy live music by Blues Monsters, Sunday, July 3, 2:30-3:30 p.m. on the Village Stage, and roller skating on Northstar Resortandamp;#8217;s outdoor rink 1-9 p.m. On Monday, July 4, youths are welcome to decorate their bikes, razor scooter, dog or themselves at Mine in the Village at Northstar, then participate in the Independence Day Kidandamp;#8217;s Bike Parade throughout the Village, noon-3 p.m. Darin Talbot will perform live on the Village Stage 12:30-3:30 p.m., and roller skating will be offered 1-9 p.m.

Following the holiday weekend, the Northstar Resort Mountain Bike andamp; Hiking Park will be open Thursday through Monday until Aug. 18 for downhill and cross-country mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides and hiking. After that, the park will resume Friday through Sunday operations until Oct. 9. Operating hours will be 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays until Labor Day. Additional days the park will be open include July 5, 6 and Sept. 5.For a complete list of events and activities visit

Special lodging offers and packages are available starting at $80 per person, per night. Some restrictions apply. To book your summer getaway, please call 1-800-GO-NORTH (466.6784) or visit;#8212; Submitted to