Every March since 1982, North Lake Tahoe hosts 10 days and nights full of fun, events, and activities for all ages.
There are events that take place on the snow at Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak and Northstar.
There are favorite events that occur each year and new events, as well. The Snowfest Parade is a crowd lover where the main street in Tahoe City is closed to automobiles for an hour. Floats of all shapes and sizes, children, old fire trucks, Old Man Winter, the Snowfest Queen, dancers and more, parade down the street. Mardi Gras beads being handed out, booths along the street, and all of the restaurants and bars bustling with activity during the parade and all during Snowfest, some of them hosting their own events.
There are parties and concerts, an ice sculpture contest, ice cream eating contest, dog pull competition and more. The famous Polar Bear swim is something not to be missed, right behind Garwoods Restaurant, where hundreds of folks jump or walk or dive into the water (yes the lake is freezing cold ), and swim to a point and then back again, the crowd on the deck cheering for them. If you are in town for this event, it is a must see.
Ten days of Snowfest where the community comes out in full garb, sparkles and costumes, dogs in costume, kids in costume, and a good time is had by all.