Planning a Long Weekend in Lake Tahoe – Fun Things to Do


Planning a Long Weekend in Lake Tahoe – Fun Things to Do



After the United States Congress approved the uniform Monday holiday in 1968, the observance of certain federal holidays was moved to Monday, allowing people to enjoy at least four long weekends every year. These long weekends are: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (third Monday of January), President’s Day (third Monday of February), Memorial Day (last Monday of May), Labor Day (first Monday of September), and Columbus Day (second Monday of October). There are four more federal holidays that, depending on each year’s calendar, may add another long weekend to the list.

People take breaks from their daily routine on long weekends, plan fun activities with their families or friends, and usually go out of their towns. Lake Tahoe is one of the favorite destinations in the United States because of the beauty of the huge turquoise lake, the towering mountains around it, and the wide variety of activities that the Tahoe area offers throughout the year. But considering that long weekends are also a break for Tahoe’s local people, sometimes it is hard to figure out what businesses are open and what things are available to do during these three-day weekends.

This article will help you find out some recommended businesses and events happening in Lake Tahoe on holiday weekends.

*** Social distancing practices are required to attend any of the following events/places. Recreate Responsibly!

Tahoe City Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale

Friday – Monday | On the Labor Day Weekend

Starting on the Friday before the first Monday of September, Tahoe City hosts the Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale, where you can shop town-wide and get great deals while support local business.


Prime Rib Sunday

Every Sunday, you can enjoy the delicious Prime Rib, Baked Potato, and House Salad for $18 per person, at Za’s Lakefront (from 5 pm until it’s gone). Located on 120 Grove St., Tahoe City.

Za's Lakefront

Photo Credit: Za’s Lakefront

Floating Concert in Lake Tahoe

Live Music from the Tahoe Gal

Excellent music bands perform Floating Concerts hosted by The Tahoe Gal. Bands play from the upper deck of the Tahoe Gal, right west of the Tahoe City Marina buoy field. You can enjoy the show from a boat, paddle board, kayak or whatever floats you. Food and beverages are usually sold for boat take out.

Floating Concert

Floating Concert



The Rep Sample Sale – The biggest sale in Truckee

The Tahoe Mountain Sports Rep Sample Sale is the best chance to shop discounted merchandise, from a pair of skis, to hiking shoes or a nice swimsuit. At this sale, usually hosted during federal holiday weekends, you will find huge discounts on brands like Patagonia, Craft, Black Diamond, Faction, and Gregory Backpacks.

Rep Sample Sale

Labor Day Weekend Sale

Climb the Donner Summit

Even in summer, the weather in the Tahoe area is cool in the morning and just nice and warm during the day, which is perfect for climbing. NASTC offers guided climbing on Donner Summit for the whole family, no matter what your level of expertise is. Go climbing with NASTC and enjoy an exciting experience in one of the most iconic climbing areas in North Lake Tahoe.

Climbing Donner Summit

Climbing Donner Summit


Mountain Biking Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe area offers the best mountain biking experiences in California’s Sierra Nevada and features some world-famous trails such as Mr. Toads Wild Ride, Tahoe Flume Trail, The Tahoe Rim Trail, Hole in the Ground, Jackass among others. Northstar’s bike park has downhill mountain biking for those looking for more challenging trails, while Truckee, Incline Village, and the Bijou Bike Park in South Lake Tahoe offer family-oriented bike parks.

Go biking the Tahoe trails and get amazed with the beautiful views of the crystal-blue Lake and the mountains that surround it.

Fly a Drone

Lake Tahoe is one of the favorite places in the United States to take aerial photos and videos. Recreational flyers get amazing footage of the Lake using their drones’ cameras. If you have a flying toy and wonder where you can fly it without getting in trouble, check the Map of Lake Tahoe No-Drone Zones and the FAA’s Recreational Flyers Regulations and spend some time enjoying the beautiful aerial views from the different spots available in Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe View

Lake Tahoe View: Photo credits: Deanna Clawson Kriesman


Stargaze the Clear Tahoe Skies

Lake Tahoe features about 300 cloud-free nights every year, due to its dry air and permanent marine airflow, which is perfect for astronomy lovers. Whether you have a telescope, a pair of binoculars, a good photo camera, or just enjoy watching the milky way and counting shooting stars, do not miss the opportunity to visit some of the best spots to stargaze in Lake Tahoe and get amazed with the beautiful scenery.

Milky Way stargazing Tahoe ENG


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