Government shutdown got you down? Thank goodness Lake Tahoe is a long way away from Washington, D.C. Even though this political potato remains hot, it shouldn’t stop you from heading up to Granlibakken for a few cool days of bountiful fall colors and activities.
Check into Granlibakken and check out some of these nearby activities lined up through October.
— Now through Halloween is the annual Scarecrows on Parade celebration in Tahoe City. Walk through downtown and see how businesses decorate life-size scarecrows for fall harvest. Photo opportunities are endless with these impressive and artistically creative scarecrows around town.
— October 12 is race day with the running of the first Tahoe City Urban Iditarod. 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 we get the Tahoe City Urban Iditarod.
— The Tahoe City Grill Fest is also Oct. 12, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Tahoe City Marina/Boatworks. Local barbecue experts will bring their best to a friendly throwdown with rival chefs for awards in several categories, but more importantly for coveted bragging rights. Competitors include: Big Blue Q, Dockside 700, Hacienda, Jakes On The Lake, and Men Wielding Fire. Celebrity judges will bring their discerning taste to the event, but attendees will make the final call by voting with tokens for their food favorites.
Of course cold brews will be available to wash down the great barbeque, thanks to beer sponsors Coors, Blue Moon, and Fat Tire. Barefoot brand wine will be available for those who prefer vino to beer and soft drinks as well. Live music will be coming from Sacramento favorites Mental Floss.
— Come on back to Tahoe City the following weekend for the perennial local family favorite, the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch, Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rideout Community Center. This annual family event features a pumpkin patch, costume contest, barbecue, a pie eating contest, pumpkin seed hunt, carnival games, pony rides and bounce house.
— Looking for that last endurance hike before the snow flies? Guide Jeff Baird will lead you on a 5 to 8 mile journey with a vertical climb of 1,000 to 1,500 feet. Meet at the Cedar House in Truckee on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7 a.m.
— Meanwhile, Sunday, Oct. 20 is the 18th annual Truckee River Day. Meet at 9 a.m. for a day of river, meadow and wetland restoration. You will be working side-by-side with other volunteers to plant restoration sites with seedlings and willows, and remove invasive vegetation and garbage. Projects start at either 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. and end between 2 pm and 3 p.m. Register at www.truckeeriverwc.org. After a hard day’s work, you can join in on the festivities, food, beverages barbecue and more at the River Fair to celebrate the Truckee River.
What fall Lake Tahoe events will you take part in?