May is when the many various parts of Tahoe come alive again. It’s a time where you can experience all four seasons in just one month, convenient to enjoy each of your favorite outdoor activities. What this really means is that not only can we now enjoy this vast outdoor playground again, but even our local events, gatherings, and community happenings will be back outside, finally. The town is busy still as you’d expect, but with more buzz.
Nevada Beach Lake Tahoe Nevada
Regardless of your winter hobbies, many people feel restricted during the winter, and after being cooped up for months we’re all itchin’ to get outside. Get ready for outdoor music, outdoor barbecues, outdoor parties and Tahoe tomfoolery from the village to the beaches and mountains.
Many of the marinas are operating again for all of your boating and water sports needs. The majority of the beaches, forest service roads & lands, and campgrounds will become accessible this month. Go out and get after it.
Climbing Pie Shop Tahoe | Photo: MIchael Habicht Tahoe Climbing Coalition
We start the month with an event that not only locals, but the many fans of Tahoe should be elated to hear about, the Tahoe Climbing Coalition Kick-Off Party. The Tahoe Climbing Coalition is a brand new organization dedicated to providing access, stewardship, and advocation of rock climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
I’m so excited for this group because Tahoe clearly has some world class climbing that will finally have a larger platform. When the locals come together like this to pioneer something, amazing things happen – TAMBA comes to mind, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for these guys. Join them for a fun and informative launch from 6pm-10pm at South Lake Brewing Company where esteemed climber Ethan Pringle will join the festivities as a guest speaker.
Margarita | Photo: Azul Latin Kitchen
The first weekend also falls on Cinco De Mayo, which needs no introduction. South Lake Tahoe is home to a diverse body of people, many with Mexican roots, and the town is showing out to join the festivities. Don’t miss the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Margarita Contest Heavenly Village Lake Tahoe May 4th and 5th. Frozen or on the rocks? Are you the salt on the rim type? Doesn’t matter because this weekend you’re going to love them all.
Photo Tahoe Flea Market
Also starting back up this weekend are the South Lake Tahoe Flea Markets and what a fun way to get back and involved with the Tahoe community. You can just about guarantee you’ll walk away with something, whether a thrifty score or some homemade Tahoe treasure. Start your weekend here and head out for more fun, the flea markets continue on every weekend until the end of September.
Brunch at Edgewood Tahoe
Bring your mother to Tahoe South for Mother’s Day weekend and she’ll probably ask for it to be the new tradition. The Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at Edgewood Tahoe is easily one of the tastiest ways to start the day, but continue on to their spa to treat mom to some ultimate relaxation. Later, hit the shops at Heavenly Village and follow your nose to the Baked Bear for a custom ice cream sandwich. You don’t need to go far to have a day full of fun memories, but it’s nice to know that once you’re here there’s an adventure right around the corner if that’s the way the day plays out.
Amgen is back and the hype is here! What an incredible event it was to be a part of last year, what an incredible feeling to be right there at the finish line where emotions are running high. This year will be the longest and most challenging in its 14-year history, with the Men’s Stage 2 finish from Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe on May 13. The community is invited to Heavenly’s California Base Lodge to cheer on these super-athletes, take the opportunity to watch the current and future stars of this sport.
Good Sam Safe Ride Car Show Heavenly Village
The month ends with Memorial Day weekend, another big weekend for Tahoe as many places open for the summer if they haven’t already. Heavenly Resort will be back with the Summer Kick Off Car and Bike Show May 24th-27th and continuing until winter. It’s free to walk around and always very cool to see what car owners and collectors will bring out each year.
At the same time, they’ll start up the Heavenly Village Concert Series. Apart from being Lake Tahoe’s largest free summer concert series, what also sets the Heavenly Village events apart from other seasonal entertainment is its family-friendly environment. Concerts are held either between Gunbarrel Tavern and Fire + Ice or in front of Azul Latin Kitchen.
Speaking of music, the Lake Tahoe Aleworx Summer Music Series is so much fun, and the guys over at either of the AleWorX locations are all about great food paired with a great atmosphere. Take it from the owner – “Our goal as a company is to provide the very best food and beverage experience for our locals and visitors throughout the upcoming summer of 2019. From Memorial to Labor Day Weekend we plan to host live entertainment EVERY evening with an intention to host performances ALL DAY LONG every weekend (Fri-Sun). With both our Y and Stateline locations, we are in a unique position to be able to cater to two of the major niche markets within our Tahoe South community.”
Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber at the Tallac Historic Site Lake Tahoe | Photo: Great Basin Institute
One last thing I’d like to mention that I’m so glad is returning is the Stream Profile Chamber at Taylor Creek. Due to a large crack deeming the area unsafe last year, the Stream Profile Chamber never opened. The impact was felt – during the average school year, Taylor Creek Visitor Center hosts over 150 students per day to connect classroom curriculum with direct experience with the local aquatic life, and of course the highlight is the Stream Profile Chamber experience which allows visitors to get an up-close underwater view of the spawning Kokanee salmon.
When they requested assistance from the Tahoe Fund for the repair, the nonprofit stepped in to solve the problem with support from Tahoe Blue Vodka. As of now, their hope is to bring back this beloved feature to the south shore with the opening of the Taylor Creek Recreation Area Memorial Day Weekend.