Best Things to Do in Tahoe This April

Yes it’s spring, but ski season promises to continue strong for a few more months with one of the most epic snowfalls on record. As temperatures heat up, so does the fun at local ski resorts and around town. This month, rock out at the WinterWonderGrass Festival at Palisades Tahoe, join the party (in costume) at Heavenly’s pond skim, get inspired by films that focus on the environment, local activism and adventure at the Wild & Scenic Film Fest, hunt for Easter eggs (and $1,000 in cash prizes), saddle up for a fat bike adventure on the snow, plus so much more. Just don’t forget the sunscreen! 

We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in Tahoe including museums, cultural events and food tours and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in Tahoe, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay. 

Don’t forget the sunscreen! Although weather in April is mild, the sun is in full swing. Average temperatures in the 40s – 50s and only about 30 inches of snowfall. 

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Heavenly Mountain Resort

North Lake Tahoe

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Photo: Courtesy of Palisades Tahoe

WinterWonderGrass Festival

April 1-2

It’s all about banjos, beer and bluegrass at this lively music fest that features more than 25 bands across 4 stages at Palisades Tahoe. The line-up includes WinterWonderGrass veterans Trampled by Turtles and Greensky Bluegrass plus newcomers Marcus King, The Main Squeeze and The Lone Bellow. Others include Molly Tuttle, Mapache, Neal Francis, Tray Wellington Band, Big Richard, AJ Lee & Blue Summit and more. Complimentary beer, whiskey and spiked seltzer tastings for those 21 and over, from 3-5 p.m.

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Photo: Courtesy of Palisades Tahoe

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day

April 15

This free community event — the largest Earth Day celebration in the area — takes place in the Village at Palisades Tahoe and gives kids and adults alike the opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy and sustainability through hands-on activities. Plus, don’t miss live music by local bands.

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South Lake Tahoe

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Photo: Courtesy of Heavenly Mountain Resort

Pond Skim

April 1

It’s always a party at Heavenly’s annual Pond Skim! See participants ski or board off a snow jump and across the water in the hopes of reaching the other side — in style, of course. Bring your sunscreen, sunglasses and wildest costume. There will be live music and giveaways from 1-3 p.m.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

April 1

Join the Sierra Nevada Alliance for an afternoon of award-winning, awe-inspiring films that focus on the environment, local activism and adventure.

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Photo: Courtesy of Denisse Leon

Easter Egg Hunts

April 8-9

Say hello to the Easter bunny and grab your baskets to collect colorful eggs at two Easter egg hunts this weekend. On Saturday, April 8, the South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club hosts an Easter egg hunt in the parking lot of Lake Tahoe Community College. The event features a parade, costume contests and an egg hunt by age group for those ages 1-11. It starts at 10:30 a.m. and is free. On Sunday, April 9, The Shops at Heavenly Village host an Easter egg hunt with more than 15,000 eggs, including $1,000 in cash prize eggs. The event starts at 10 a.m. for those 12 and under and is $5 per child. The Easter Bunny will be on-site for a meet and greet and there will be a Build-a-Bunny activity.

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Photo: Courtesy of Mike Dawson for Boreal Mountain

Subaru WinterFest at Boreal

April 8

Bask in your love of adventure and all things winter when this music and mountain lifestyle tour stops at Boreal Mountain Resort this month. Enjoy live music, Subaru swag, the latest in adventure gear, free snacks and beverages, activities for your pup and daily giveaways.

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Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts/Northstar California

Fat-Tire Snow Biking

April 1-16

Try something new — what better way to follow up a morning of spring skiing than an afternoon on a fat bike adventure in the snow? Trade in your skis for wheels and take on the groomed trails of the Northstar Cross-Country trail network. Northstar offers top-of-the-line rental equipment and private guides to help with technique, not to mention a vast knowledge of the area to provide a nice tour of Northstar while leading you from one spectacular view to the next. Season ends April xx, weather permitting.

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Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now in Tahoe? Our comprehensive list of venues across the city below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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