Idly Play this Labor Day

This Labor Day, as we close out the busy summer, there should be no laboring involved. In fact, it should be strictly about fun as we head into fall. Here are some area celebrations to help close out the season.

Start your weekend off early at the Heavenly Village Wine Walk. From 4:30-7:30 P.M. on Thursday, August 29, make your way through Heavenly Village, sampling some great wine and food pairings. Be sure to stop by Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty office where we will be pouring wines from Crystal Basin Cellars.

Heavenly Village also will be hosting the Midway Art and Music Festival August 30 through September 1 from 1:00-9:30 P.M. Bring the family to this free event and stroll around the festive Village and take in midway rides, artists of all sorts, live music, a classic car show and shine, Reno World Dance Collective performers and more.

Sprint down to Sparks for the renowned Best in the West Rib Cook Off at the Nugget Casino Resort. Between August 28 and September 2, listen to live music featuring notable rock and country headliners while feasting on fall-off-the-bone fare from 23 different rib cookers.

More than 25 breweries serve up 40 different types of beer for the Village at Squaw Valley’s Foam Fest, August 31 from 2-6 p.m. Sip on samples while listening to musical headliners ALO and Lost Whiskey Engine, proceeds from which will benefit local nonprofit Achieve Tahoe.

The very next day, the Village at Squaw Valley entices oenophiles at the 31st Annual Alpen Wine Fest. Live music and a silent auction accompany the 40-plus wineries, all included in the ticket price, along with a commemorative glass. The event benefits Can Do MS.

The Tahoe Beach Retreat will give guests a dose of Polynesia with a beachside Summer Luau. On September 1 from 6-9 p.m., indulge in Kalua Pork, hula dancers and mai-tais, oh my!

Queen fans, this one is for you! Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena is hosting a live, all-female Queen cover band, starting at 6 p.m. September 1. A sing-along, with a laser-light show and a screening of an unreleased version of Bohemian Rhapsody will comprise this boisterous evening.

Homewood Mountain Resort teems with mouthwatering eats and brews on Monday, September 2 from 1-5 p.m. at the 4th annual Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival. Come enjoy live music, unbelievable food and beer from some of Truckee’s favorite brewery’s including; Alibi Ale Works, Fifty Fifty Brewery, and many more. 

Oh, there’s this little gathering in the Black Rock Desert called Burning Man, also happening between August 25 and September 2. Tickets are hard to come by, but it’s a festival worth experiencing at least once should you happen upon some.

Once all the festivities are done, do your part to Keep Tahoe Blue at the Labor Day Cleanup on Kings Beach on September 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Get out and revel in the last days of summer this Labor Day 2019!