There’s so much going on in the Truckee/Lake Tahoe area this September. Concerts, wine tastings, sports, movies… you name it! Before the beautiful summer season is over, make an effort to enjoy the last warm days and nights with this fun events. I think I’m going to spend the night up there after enjoying the Fat Tire event while my godsons do the Pony Pajama Party event!

September 1

The Village at Squaw Valley Alpen Wine Fest

2:00 – 5:00pm. Wine tasting, live music, silent auction and raffle. Information:

September 1, 8

Commons Beach, Tahoe City, Concerts at Commons Beach

4:00 – 7:00pm.  This 12-week concert series begins June 24th and ends September 9th, both with an early 2pm start. Music begins all other Sundays at 4:30pm and lasts until 7pm. Come early to enjoy the Lakeside ambiance with friends and family (there is a fully equipped playground for the little rockers).Local food and drink vendors sell ice-cream, sushi, barbecue, salads and more. Beer is on sale, with thanks to our sponsor Alaskan Brewing Company. Wine and soft drinks are also on sale.


September 2

Tahoe Donner’s Pizza on the Hill Lawn,  Monday Night Bingo

6:30 – 8:00pm.  11509 Northwoods Blvd. Every Monday families and friends can join in a fun evening of bingo at Tahoe Donner’s Pizza on the Hill on the lawn. Bring a blanket, enjoy delicious pizza and win great prizes! All ages are welcome.


September 3, 10

Gray’s Crossing Summer Music Series

5:30 – 7:30pm.  11406 Henness Rd.  Tahoe Mountain Club and PJ’s Restaurant at Gray’s Crossing have been hosting a free outdoor music series showcasing top notch music every Tuesday evening. Information:

September 6, 7, 8

Reno, Nevada, Reno Balloon races

5:15  – 10:00am.  1595 N. Sierra St. The mission of the Great Reno Balloon Race is to provide a premier, safe, family-oriented/tourist-attractive, visually dramatic event that celebrates the joy of flight while remaining free to the public.


September 6, 7, 8

The Village at Northstar

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival

12:00pm. Food, wine and festivals, grape stomp, wine walks, seminars, cooking demonstrations, grand tasting, culinary competitions, mountain chef cook-off and more.  Information:

September 6

Historic Downtown Truckee,  First Fridays

5:30 – 8:00PM.  Participating shops/ restaurants offer complimentary food, drinks and music.  Information:

September 7

Truckee Area, Cedar House Sport Hotel

Endurance Hikes

7:00 – 11:00am.  Greet the morning with a 7 am breakfast at Stella followed by 8 am speed trek with Jeff Baird. Treks will average 5 to 8 miles with 1,000 to 1,500 vertical elevation change and are specifically geared to those in good athletic shape. Prices includes orientation breakfast and guide.   Information:

September 7, 8

Pacific Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

Bridge Street @ Donner Pass Road, Truckee

10:00am – 5:00pm.  Original art work of more than 50 artists and crafters. Information:, (209) 267-4394.

Pacific Crest Trail on Donner Summit (near Boreal Ridge)

Trails and Vistas

10:15am – 3:30pm.  Trails & Vistas is the most unique art experience in the North Lake Tahoe / Truckee region with music, dance, poetry, and installation art. World concert is $20 in advance or $40 Adults/ $20 Children for the Art Hike and World Concert.


September 8

Lake Tahoe

Tour de Tahoe Bike Big Blue

6:30am – 5:00pm.   72 Mile bike ride around Lake Tahoe. Information:, 800-565-2704

September 11 – 15

National Championship Air Races

4895 Texas Ave., Reno, NV

9am – 6pm.  The Reno Air Racing Association’s mission is to perpetuate the most unique air racing event and aviation experience in the world by combining the world’s fastest motor sport with spectacular military and civilian air entertainment. The 50th annual National Championship Air Races is the world’s premier air racing event. This year’s event, includes six classes of some of the most experienced and talented racers flying in the “World’s Fastest Motorsport,” and, attendees can expect thrilling entertainment including the L-39 Patriots Jet Team, the Breitling “Jetman,” and a bevy of individual air performances from some of today’s most talented aerial stunt pilots. The races take place this year from Sept. 11 through Sept. 15.  Tickets on sale at (775) 972-6663.  Information:

September 11 – 17

Various Reno, NV Locations, Toccata Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

7:00 – 9:00pm.  Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus concludes the 2013 Tahoe Summer Music Fest with a concert series commemorating the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. The series features famed violinist, Elizabeth Pitcairn, performing Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin in D major Op.61 on the legendary Red Stradivarius Violin. The concert will conclude with Mozart’s symphonic choral masterpiece, Requiem, featuring vocal soloists and the Tahoe Symphony Chorus.

  • Sept. 11th concert will be held at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline Village, 341 Village Blvd
  • Sept. 13th concert will be held at St. Theresa Catholic Church in South Lake Tahoe, 1170 Rufus Allen Blvd
  • Sept. 14th concert will be held at St. Johns Presbyterian Church in Reno, 1070 W Plumb Ln
  • Sept. 17th concert will be held at Good Sheppard Lutheran Church in Reno, 501 California Ave


September 13, 14, 15

The Village at Squaw Valley, Tahoe Fat Tire Festival

11am – 8pm.  Features five different races, a mountain bike stage race, an amazing movie, live music from Jellybread and beer from New Belgium Brewery.  Information:

September 14

The Village at Squaw Valley, Tahoe Sierra Century Ride

7am – 5pm. Scenic routes, challenging hill climbs (60 and 100 mile routes).  Information:

September 14 – 15

Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center, Pony Pajama Party

Sept. 14, 1:30pm – Sept 15, 9am.  15275 Alder Creek Rd.  This event includes a fun afternoon of horsey activities including riding, horse decorating, games and crafts with a kid’s barbecue in the evening followed by movies and a cozy indoor camp-out. Breakfast will be served the next morning before 9 am pick-up. The Pony Pajama Party is for kids 8-14.  Information:

September 15

Truckee River Winery, 5th Annual High Fives Foundation Bocce Tournament

3pm.  11467 Brockway Rd.  38 Teams vying for the championship, tasting wines and beers and enjoying catered food from local restaurants. Information:

September 22

Various Location in the Truckee-Tahoe Area,  IRONMAN

8am – 4pm.  One of the newest North American events on the IRONMAN race circuit. Bike segment to race through historic downtown Truckee. 50 Qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, HI.  Information:

September 25 – 26

Reno, Sparks, Virginia City, Street Vibrations

11am – 6pm.  Street Vibrations Motorcycle Festival is a celebration of music, metal and motorcycles. Street Vibrations offers tours, live entertainment, ride-in shows, stunt shows and more to more than 50,000 biking enthusiasts. This event is so big, it rocks at several locations throughout the region.  Information:,  (775)-329-7469

September 27 – 29

Various Lake Tahoe Locations

Lake Tahoe Marathon

6am – 2pm.  Enjoy 3 days of running, swimming, kayaking, cycling and speed golf. Something for the whole family or your club or group of friends at maybe the most beautiful  vacation destination  in the world, Lake Tahoe. Competitors range from toddlers to octogenarians.

Information:, (530) 544-7095

September 28 – 29


Tough Mudder

7am – 7pm.  Tough Mudder is a hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by the British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project will proving your the toughest mudder.  Information: