After a seemingly never-ending winter, followed by an unusually cool and rainy spring, it feels like summer is just getting started. But right as things are heating up, Labor Day weekend is looming, and all things summer will soon come to an end. We share some of Labor Day weekend’s events for a proper summer sendoff.

Kick off the holiday weekend in Kings Beach with the final installment of Music on the Beach, presented by North Tahoe Business Association. So-Cal sensation GrooveSession will round out the season on Friday, Sept. 1. GrooveSession is always good for a high-energy show with flavors of jam rock, funk, jazz fusion, and reggae. Music starts at 6:30 p.m., but the party doesn’t stop when the music does. Stick around for NTBA’s Lights in The Sky drone show, starting at 9 p.m. featuring 300 drones brought to you by Sky Elements Drone Shows. From 6 to 9 p.m., purchase food from MOGROG Rotisserie and Tacos Herrera; beer from Alibi Ale Works, wine from Truckee River Winery, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. No outside alcohol or pets.

For a family-friendly activity, grab the kids and head to Truckee River Regional Park. Crosswinds Truckee presents Family Park Days, a free event open to all, every Saturday through September, from 10 to 11 a.m. Check out the playground for fun games like tug-of-war, freeze tag, water relay, and more.

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On Saturday, Sept. 2, head up to Donner Summit for the last show of Sugar Bowl’s Summit Haus Music Series from 6 to 8 p.m. It wraps up with show-stoppers Dirty Cello. Featuring a swinging blend of cello-led blues, Americana and rock, Dirty Cello bring an energy that guarantees a good time. Summit Haus is found at the tip-top of Donner Pass, tucked into the parking area where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses Donner Pass Road. After a day of adventuring, chill out with a cold brew and a sausage to the sounds of live music.

The Village at Palisades Tahoe and Uncorked host the 33rd Annual Alpen Wine Fest on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m., featuring live music and an all-inclusive wine tasting from more than 40 wineries. Proceeds benefit Can Do MS, a nonprofit foundation that delivers health and wellness education programs to help families living with MS thrive. Wine-tasting tickets include a commemorative Alpen Wine Fest wine glass, the tasting, and live music from some of the region’s best musicians. The event is open to all ages; however, guests must be 21 years or older and present a valid ID to participate in the wine tasting. Get tickets online at eventbrite.com.

Wrap up the holiday weekend from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, with the Blues Monsters — the final performance of Concerts at Commons Beach for the 2023 season. A red-hot rockin’ blues band from the North Lake Tahoe and Reno area, it offers a powerfully unique combination of R&B, funk, jazz, and Chicago-style blues from high in the mountains – polished and tight yet bursting at the seams. Bring a blanket or low-back chair and come hungry — local vendors will be offering tasty treats and beverages.

When the party’s over and the crowds recede, sadly leaving behind thousands of pounds of trash, lend a helping hand in beautifying the shores of Lake Tahoe and join the League to Save Lake Tahoe. Litter left behind can harm wildlife and diminish the lake’s renowned clarity. Find details at keeptahoeblue.org.

Info: northtahoebusiness.org; crosswindstruckee.org; sugarbowl.com/summit-music; palisadestahoe.org; concertsatcommonsbeach.com

~ Juliana Demarest/Moonshine Ink    

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  • Juliana Demarest

    Juliana Demarest is a Jersey girl with ink in her blood. She fell in love with print journalism at a young age in the '80s when her Uncle Tony would take her to "work" at his weekly paper. In 1997, she co-founded a weekly newspaper in North Jersey. One day, she went to photograph a local farmer for a news story. She ended up marrying him and leaving journalism to become a farmer's wife. In 2010, they packed up their two children and headed to Truckee in pursuit of the outdoor life. She didn't realize just how much she missed journalism until she joined Moonshine in 2018 after taking time off to be mom. Connect with Juliana juliana@moonshineink.com

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