North Lake Tahoe Snowfest 2020 is back with your favorite events! This 10 day winter festival kicks off February 27 at GarWoods Grill & Pier. Local businesses create wacky custom events generating proceeds for local non-profits, public programs and student organisations. It's a great way for locals and visitors to celebrate and play in a snow-packed winter wonderland!
Polar Bear Swim, Silly Skill Games and Prize Races
Brave the freezing waters at GarWood's Annual Polar Bear Swim wearing just your swimsuit! Join in a 250 yard swim in frigid water or stay warm and watch from the pier. Get toasty after the swim with signature drinks, free appetizers and a prize raffle at GarWoods. Entry fee for swimmers is just $35. Stay out of the freezing water and participate in The Great Ski Race, an epic 30-kilometer Nordic ski course through Lake Tahoe's backcountry that ends with an after party at Cottonwoods Restaurant and Bar in Truckee!
Claim your chance to be an Olympian at Pete n' Peters Bar Olympics! Show off your skills in pool, darts, and shuffleboard with 16 two-person teams and make sure to head to Rosie's for a game of Blackout Bingo. Scramble your way to a win in the Snow Golf Tournament playing 9 holes with a tennis ball or carve a masterpiece from ice at the River Ranch Snow Sculpture Contest. Let the local celebrity judges decide which team takes home the prize while enjoying a BBQ lunch, shenanigans and shotskis.
Family Fun Day kicks off with human bowling, family seal curling, snow ball launch and s'mores at the Winter Sports Park! Watch the night sky explode in colour at the Tahoe City Fireworks show and check out one-of-a-kind floats and live music at the Tahoe City Parade and at the downtown Kings Beach Parade! After the Tahoe City Parade, kids can get messy and paint a snowman with all material provided by North Tahoe Arts.
Meet the Avalanche Rescue Dogs of Squaw Valley and take an adorable picture with one! Learn how these furry friends save lives while enjoying complimentary snacks and beverages for the kiddos. Bring your own dog to Snowfest and show them off in style at the Dress Up Your Dog event. Kids will love starting their day filling their plates with pancakes and sausage at two different pancake breakfast events hosted by the North Tahoe Firefighters and the North Tahoe Public Utility District where kids eat for just $5!
Hawaiian Luau, Hot Wings, and Ribs
Get messy at Fat Cat's Hot Wing Eating Contest and bring your aloha spirit to Sunnyside's annual Luau featuring MaiTais, Pina Coladas and Lava Flows. Make sure to wear your Hawaiian shirt for this event. Eat a pound of clams at Za's annual Calm Bake or grab smoked ribs and cocktails at Bridgetender's ribfest. Quench your thirst at The Haus Brewfest featuring beer from 5 breweries, food from Men Welding Fire, live music and arts & crafts by All Fired Up.
Now that we've watered your appetite, check out the Snowfest schedule below for what's happening in and around the Lake.
Schedule of Events
Kickoff Party – Feb 27
Pioneer Cocktail Club Block Party – 2:30-7:30pm – Feb 28
Haus Brewfest – 3:30-7:30 – Feb 28
Tahoe City Fireworks – 7-8pm – Feb 28
Firefighters Pancake Breakfast – 7-11am – Feb 29
Tahoe City Parade – 11:30am-12pm – Feb 29
Pete ‘n Peters Post Parade Party – 12-4pm – Feb 29
Paint the Snowman – 12:30-2pm
TCNS Winter Party & Fundraiser – 1-3pm – Feb 29
Garwoods 31st Annual Polar Bear Swim – 2-3pm – Feb 29
The Great Ski Race! – 9am-5pm – Mar 1
Dog Pull hosted by Cafe Zenon! – 12-2pm – Mar 1
Fat Cat's How Wing Eating Contest – 2-4pm – Mar 1
Sunnyside Annual Luau – 4-8:30pm – Mar 1
Za's 5th Annual Clam Back – 5-8pm – Mar 2
Pete ‘n Peters Bar Olympics – 7-11:30pm – Mar 3
Ice Carving Competition – 12-7pm – Mar 4
Blackout Bingo at Rosie's – 8:30pm – Mar 4
Meet the Avalanche Rescue Dogs of Squaw Valley – 5:30-7:30pm – Mar 5
Bridgetender's 11th Annual Ribfest – 5-8pm – Mar 6
NTPUD's Pancake Breakfast – 8:30-10:30am – Mar 7
Dress Up Your Dog – 9:30-11:30am – Mar 7
Kings Beach Parade hosted by NTBA – 11:30am-12:30pm – Mar 7
Snow Ball Drop Fundraiser -1-2pm – mar 7
Alaskan Open Snow Golf Tournament – 1-5pm – Mar 7
Family Fun Day – 9:30am-5pm – Mar 8
Tahoe Donner Ididarun – 12-3pm – Mar 8
River Ranch Snow Sculpture Contest – 12pm-4pm – Mar 8