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Our Favorite North Lake Tahoe May Events

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Summer is right around the corner! And spring in Tahoe is the perfect transition, with dual sport days, you can enjoy skiing plus the start of summer activities and outdoor festivals! May in Lake Tahoe is perfect for making the most of the end of winter AND the beginning of summer! 

Cushing Crossing Pond Skim at Squaw Valley

May 4: Head to the Spring Skiing Capital for thrills and spills. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows hosts the annual Cushing Crossing at the base of the Squaw Valley ski area. This pond skim is judged by a celebrity panel, with comical emcees and even more comical competitors. Competitors are encouraged to dress in their wackiest outfits, and to skim the pond on skis or snowboards (or any other winter sport equipment). Where else is there a chance that you’ll see Sasquatch or Marilyn Monroe zoom across a pond on skis? This Tahoe tradition is fun for the competitors and is also a hilarious family-friendly event to spectate.

Farmers Markets around the Lake

May 14 and on: Kick off the summer season with locally grown produce, meat, and hand-crafted goods. The Truckee Certified Farmers Market in the Truckee Regional Park starts on May 14. Vendors at this market range from orchards located just down the hill to artisans who have made their home in Truckee. The Tahoe City Farmers Market begins on May 16. This market is held at Commons Beach, and hosts a wide variety of purveyors-from organic produce to baked goods and cheese. Pro tip: Grab a snack-whether it’s a basket of strawberries or a chunk of Manchego cheese (we don’t judge) and enjoy a fresh snack on the shores of Lake Tahoe at Commons Beach.

Made in Tahoe Festival at Squaw Valley

May 25-26: The Made in Tahoe Festival features all things local. Vendors selling locally crafted goods will be accompanied by entertainment, freshly made food, and music. Find a unique piece of jewelry or home decor and meet the artisan who made it. Enjoy performances by Tahoe-based entertainers in the heart of the Squaw Valley Village. Savor delicious food crafted by Tahoe-Truckee chefs at this event that celebrates all things Tahoe.

Little Big Bike Festival & Skills Clinics in Truckee

May 25 & 26: Head to the Truckee Bike Park on Memorial Day Weekend for the annual Little Big Bike Festival that kicks off the mountain biking season in style. Skills clinics help mountain bikers of all abilities hone their skills, and competitions encourage riders to test their mettle. This event is designed to be fun and inclusive for all. There’s even special skills clinics and races for the little ones on their strider bikes.

Truckee Craw Thaw Music Festival

May 31-June 2: The Truckee Craw Thaw annual festival is Truckee’s answer to Jazz Fest. Head to downtown Truckee for three days of blues, brews, and cajun food. A lineup of renowned artists and New Orleans-inspired cuisine brings a southern flair to this mountain town. This event is free and family-friendly.

Ring summer season this May! Visit North Tahoe/Truckee and experience all that this season has to offer. Book your Lake Tahoe vacation.