by Stacey A.
There is much more going on in the area this holiday weekend than just fireworks. From bluegrass to electronic to country, this week is all about the music. For some of us, it just might be better to wait until after the fireworks for our holiday celebration to begin.
Northstar California is hosting it's 8th annual Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday. For only $30, guests can enjoy a souvenir pint glass with complimentary beer tasting from 27 breweries, 21 of them based locally out of California. $1 of each ticket is donated to the Truckee Trails Foundation.
The event usually draws about 2,000 beer drinkers. The beerfest is both family and dog-friendly and is free to anyone not participating in the tastings. There will be balloon twisting for the kids as well as games like corn hole, ring toss, and other backyard games offered for a $1 donation.
This year Stockton-based Snap Johnson & The Knock on Wood Players and Michigan-based Lindsey Lou & the Flatbellies will bring bluegrass to The Village from 3-4:30 and 5-7 p.m. , respectively.
Beyond music and beer, there will be a BBQ tent set up on the Overlook, and all Village restaurants will be open.
Northstar is also offering free shuttles to Truckee at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. and to Kings Beach 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m.
I'm personally looking forward to tasting from microbreweries like Bison, Firestone Walker, Mammoth, and Reno-based Great Basin Brewing Company.
Insider Tip: Win tickets to the Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival by participating in the Golden Guitar Scavenger Hunt. Follow @SkiNorthstar on Twitter for clues to find the Golden Guitar. One winner can redeem two tickets at the season pass office at Northstar.
More events this week:
Rock the 4th: Tahoe Biltmore, Friday 9 p.m. - 3 a.m., Stylust Beats, Subtropixx, AUX, IJV, $13
Red, White, and Bass: Lakeside Tahoe City, Friday 9 p.m., Love and Light, Mr. Rogers, and more, $10
Billy Ray Cyrus: Incline Village, Village Green, Saturday 7-9 p.m., $40
Zepparella: Crystal Bay Club Crown Room, Saturday 10 p.m. All female Zeppelin tribute band, $15
Our intern, Stacey Alonzo, is an outdoor enthusiast, yoga instructor, aspiring journalist, Burner, and lover of food, drinks, live music, and travel.