Great skiing and snowboarding conditions aren’t the only thing visitors to Truckee, California can expect this winter and spring. From dog pull races to popular music and film festivals, Earth Day celebrations, cycling events, and the US Freestyle Moguls Championship, there’s a host of activities to entertain mountain town vacationers of all ages.
Here are seven winter and spring events not to miss:
I-Did-A-Run Humane Society Benefit – March 8
Dogs of all shapes and sizes complete in this entertaining timed dog pull race at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort. A fundraiser for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, this annual event is a fan favorite! Registration begins at 12:00 p.m. with races kicking off at 1:00 p.m. for dogs in four weight categories (0-25 lbs, 26-50 lbs, 51-75 lbs and 76+ lbs). Admission is free for spectators and $20 for dogs participating in the race.
US Freestyle Moguls Championship – March 19-22
Watch the nation’s top freestyle mogul skiers as they take to the slopes of Squaw Valley for the US Freestyle Moguls Championships. Competition at this season-culminating event is expected to be intense, with US Ski Team members Jaelin Kauf and Jesse Andringa looking to defend their double titles of current reigning 2019 moguls and dual moguls national champions. Skiers will be competing on Red Dog, a renowned run at Squaw Valley that has hosted elite competitions as far back as the 1960 Olympic Winter Games.
Winter WonderGrass – March 27-29
The bluegrass festival of the year is back! This March, Squaw Valley will be filled with the sounds of banjos, guitars, and mandolins as world-class bluegrass and acoustic bands take to the outdoor stages. This three-day festival is a fun time for all. There are four stages of nonstop music, beer tasting featuring nearby California and Nevada craft breweries, and of course, phenomenal spring skiing on the slopes of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Headliners this year include The Devil Makes Three, The Infamous Stringdusters, Billy Strings x 2, Peter Rowan, Keller & the Keels, and more.
5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival – April 17
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival returns to the Truckee Community Arts Center on Friday, April 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The festival will show a variety of outdoor-inspired films focused on activism, adventure, and conservation. Along with the creative films, there will be tasty food, drinks, and a huge raffle. This is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day and be inspired! Set a reminder for March 9, when tickets go on sale. Get your ticket early, the festival tends to sell out.
Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival – April 18
Bring the whole family to this free community event and celebrate Earth Day in the Village at Squaw Valley. If you ever wanted to learn more about a specific eco-friendly topic, this is your chance. There will be a variety of educational booths as well as hands-on activities to give kids and adults the opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy and sustainability. The festival is packed with events including live music, dance, and panel speakers. Come together and celebrate the mountain environment with the whole family for Earth Day.
Truckee Craw Thaw Music Festival – May 29-31
Celebrate the beginning of summer at the third annual Craw Thaw Music Festival. This New-Orleans inspired street festival brings cajun food and jazz music to downtown Truckee. Admission is free for all ages and there are lots of family-friendly events and workshops to take part in. Mark the Truckee Craw Thaw on your calendar and enjoy three days full of music, food, beer, and craft cocktails in the heart of downtown.
Truckee Dirt Fondo Cycling Event and Festival – June 13
The Dirt Fondo is Truckee’s premier gravel bike race, but you don’t have to be signed up for a race to take part in the fun. This weekend-long event is filled with off-road races, festivals, and lots of kids’ activities for family fun. Three courses take participants through the Tahoe National Forest – a free rollout course, a medium course, and a long course. Not racing? Enjoy the free festival on Saturday with live music, beer, local food, and vendor expos. Then on Sunday, local craftsmen come together at Truckee Roundhouse for the annual makers’ show. Here you’ll find a collection of art and projects, as well as music, food and drinks, kids activities, a raffle, and a silent auction.
Truckee, California located just 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe and 40 minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is an authentic mountain town with convenient access to alpine outdoor recreation. Locals and visitors enjoy nearby downhill and Nordic resorts including Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl | Royal Gorge, Northstar and Tahoe Donner, as well as hundreds of scenic dirt and road miles that are also used as a training base camp for athletes from around the world. With a charming historic downtown dating back to the 1800s and a vibrant Cultural District, there is plenty to do from shopping to craft brew tastings to walking along the Truckee River. Learn more and plan to Visit Truckee athttps://www.truckee.com.