The 16th annual Oktoberfest returns to the Village at Squaw Valley on Sept. 23.
The village transforms into a miniature Bavaria complete with authentic German beer and food, Bavarian music and performances, and Oktoberfest themed games.
Oktoberfest supports the local community with proceeds from beer sales benefiting the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports student athletes developing skills in the sport of lacrosse. Last year’s Oktoberfest raised $20,000.
Entry into the festival is free, festival attendees must be 21 years or older with a valid ID to purchase beer. The event is from noon-6pm. Lederhosen and Dirndls are highly encouraged.
Homebrew for the Homeless is an annual fundraiser for Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless, the nonprofit organization that operates the South Lake Tahoe warm room.
The family-friendly event, presented in collaboration with Hops Envy, features live music, a homebrew beer competition, a chili cook-off, and horseback rides and other activities for children. It will be Sept. 23 starting at 3:30pm at the DDRC (Leigh Wayne Miller’s ranch) in Minden.
All proceeds from the event will be used to support Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless. During the winter, Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless provides overnight refuge from the elements.
General entry tickets are $15 per person, which includes all activities and live music, as well as food and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets for children under 12 are $10, with children 2 and under free. Tickets for the poker run which includes homebrew tasting (open to those 21 and over) are $35, including general entry. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online.
Garlic gardening — that will be the topic of a talk at the South Lake Tahoe Library on Sept. 30 at 1pm.
This is for anyone who has ever considered growing garlic in a garden in Tahoe.
UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe is putting on this free workshop to show how garlic can be grown at the lake. Participants will receive instruction on cultivation techniques, and history/background on the plant.
Everyone will leave with free garlic for their gardens.
The Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival returns to Homewood Mountain Resort’s North Lodge parking lot on 1 from 1-5pm. Access is free. Tickets are $20 to enter the beer garden and include a souvenir glass and two drink tickets. Advance tickets may be purchased online for $15.
The 14th annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop is Oct. 7 from noon-4pm. It brings wine, food and philanthropy together in support of this year’s chosen nonprofit – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe. For more information or to buy tickets, go online.
Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe’s 47th annual An Evening of Food, Wine, & Beer Tasting and Competition is Nov. 10 from 6-9pm at MontBleu in Stateline. This year’s event will include breweries competing for the best brewery award. The theme is Hat’s Off to You. Wear a special hat and be included in the best hat competition. Purchase tickets online.