The 7th annual Red White and Tahoe Blue festival features more than 30 events from July 3 to 6 in Incline Village and Crystal Bay.
“From top name entertainment to good old-fashioned parades, carnivals, fine dining events and a spectacular military rescue demonstration, there are more reasons than ever before to enjoy Lake Tahoe while we celebrate our heroes among 30 festive events,” said chairman Jim Smith.
Wednesday, July 3
The newest event for Red, White and Tahoe Blue is a mountain bike and hike on the Flume Trail on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. Starting at the Tunnel Creek Cafe, bikers and hikers are shuttled to starting points on the Flume Trail, and finish at the cafe for a barbecue and live music by Jacked-Up.
Hikers are shuttled north to Diamond Peak Ski area trailhead and hike back to Tunnel Creek, with shuttles leaving every half hour from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Bikers are shuttled south to Spooner Lake and ride Flume Trail back to Tunnel Creek with shuttles for bikers leaving every half hour from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets at the event are $35 and include the barbecue, or $25 without the barbecue.
Then, head over to the Hyatt Regency for the ceremonial retirement of “Old Glory” from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., facilitated by Boy Scouts of America Troop 37 and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District. Don’t miss this event, with a special musical tribute by the Tahoe Bagpiper, Seán Cummings.
Thursday, July 4
The 2nd Annual Tahoe Firecracker Trail Trek starts off the 4th of July celebrations with a 5K run/walk and a half-mile kids’ run for ages 10 and younger at Incline Middle School. The event benefits the Incline High School boys and girls cross country teams. Entry is $25 in advance and $35 on race day, with the kids’ run $15.
Fuel up for the day’s fun with the annual Lions Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at Aspen Grove for $10 and $5 for children younger than 8. At lunch, head to Incline Beach for the Optimist Club Carnival and BBQ from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for games and food for all ages. At 12:10 p.m., there will be a Veterans Tribute from LifePoint Church of Incline Village. The free 4th of July Optimist Concert is from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Incline Beach with Paul David & The Drivers, plus many local bands. (Note: Incline Beach is private and open to residents and guests only.)
End the day with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. off Incline Beach, with a live music broadcast timed to the fireworks display at redwhiteandtahoeblue.org.
Friday, July 5
Kids are the center of the activities on Friday starting with the Patriotic Chalk Drawing Contest from 10 a.m. to noon at The Potlatch, followed by the Ice Cream Eating Contest from 2 to 4 p.m. at Susie Scoops and Bubble Making and Face Painting at Village Toys from 2 to 4 p.m.
Supported by Incline School Academic Excellence Foundation, the Wine & Cheese Tasting at Aspen Grove from 4 to 6:30 p.m. will feature more than 20 world-class wines, cheese, bite-sized snacks and live entertainment for $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
Tahoe Players Performing Arts Association and Orchestra will present its premiere performance of “Les Misérables” on the Coors Light Main Stage at the Village Green at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6, and attendees should bring low back chairs or blankets. Tickets are from $10 to $35, and food will be available for sale on site; no outside food or beverage is allowed.
The Crystal Bay Club will be alive with the best of the 80s with well-know favorite, Tainted Love. Organizers encourage everyone to groove and dance in 80s attire. Tickets are $25 to $45. This show is expected to sell out, so pre-advanced ticket purchases are encouraged and available by visiting crystalbaycasino.com.
Saturday, July 6
It’s free breakfast at the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District’s main station on Oriole Way from 8 to 10 a.m., with a ceremonial Flag Raising before breakfast starts. Then, it’s time for the Kids’ Bike Parade at 10:15 a.m., followed by the “Tahoe Salutes Our Heroes” parade on a 2-mile parade route on Highway 28 in Incline Village. The parade starts at the corner of Southwood Boulevard and Hwy. 28 at 10:15 a.m.
(Note: All feeder streets and driveways will be closed to Hwy. 28 starting at 10:15 a.m. Traffic will be detoured on Alder and Northwood. Traffic will be stopped at Country Club and Incline Way except those going to the Recreation Center. No through traffic will be allowed.)
A Community Fair is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Village Green with food, games for all ages, music, vendors and more. A Veterans’ Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aspen Grove with a free lunch for veterans and $14 at the door for others. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (775) 832-1310.
Dress up your pooch and parade them in the Doggie Dress Up Contest on the Village Green from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. to benefit Pet Network.
A Veterans Ceremony will be held on the Village Green from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. with a reading of the Declaration of Independence and singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” By Julie Elias.
Rubber Duck Races are next up at Incline Beach from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. with prizes for the winning ducks. Enter for $10.
Incline Spirits and Cigars sponsors the locals’ favorite Beer and Brats event that benefits the Incline Tahoe Foundation and Red White and Tahoe Blue. The event is so popular the organizers have extended the time from 4 to 7 p.m. at Aspen Grove for $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
The Elvin Bishop Band joins forces with Pablo Cruise to offer an evening of music for all ages on the Village Green under the stars. This big summer night line-up is being collaboratively produced by Red White and Tahoe Blue and the Crystal Bay Club with tickets available at crystalbaycasino.com for $30 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and younger. The show begins at 7; gates open at 6. Bring low back chairs or blankets, and food will be available for sale on site; no outside food or beverage is allowed.
For more information and to purchase tickets to any of the events, visit redwhiteandtahoeblue.org or call (775) 298-1010.
Photos courtesy Gene Murrietacorp
2-8 p.m. | Flume Trail mountain bike & hike
8:30-9:30 p.m. | Flag Retirement Ceremony
8 a.m. | Tahoe Firecracker Trail Trek
8 a.m. | Pancake Breakfast
11 a.m. | Carnival & BBQ*
12:10 p.m. | Veterans Tribute*
5 p.m. | 4th of July Optimist Concert*
9:30 p.m. | Fireworks
10 a.m. | Patriotic Chalk Drawing Contest
2 p.m. | Bubble Making & Face Painting
2 p.m. | Ice Cream Eating Contest
4 p.m. | Wine & Cheese
6:30 p.m. | “Les Miserables”
9 p.m. | Tainted Love
8 a.m. | Flag Raising
8 a.m. | Free breakfast
10:15 a.m. | Kids’ Bike Parade
10:30 a.m. | “Tahoe Salutes Our Heroes” parade
11:30 a.m. | Community Fair
11:30 a.m. | Veterans’ Lunch
12:15 p.m. | Doggie Dress Up Contest
12:45 p.m. | Veterans’ Ceremony
1:15 p.m. | Parade Awards
3:30 p.m. | Rubber Duck Races*
4 p.m. | Beer & Brats
7 p.m. | Elvin Bishop Band & Pablo Cruise
*Denotes events at Incline Beach, which is open to residents and guests only.