Spring Loaded 2020
Spring Loaded is Tahoe South’s largest spring season event going on from March 9 – April 5 and features four weeks of celebrations on and off the slopes, live music festivals, and dining and après specials all over town. The activities reflect the unique nature of Lake Tahoe and all the fun that is possible in one of the best ski towns in the world. Here's a list of the top events that should not be missed!
Music & Film
One of the biggest additions to this year's Spring Loaded is the Altus Music Festival, four days of fun and adventure offering snow sports and music fanatics the best of both worlds, March 18-21. During the day, sunny skies and prime skiing conditions and breathtaking views will melt your heart and night lets concert-goers jam to artists across multiple venues in the casino corridor including MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and the center stage inside Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
The Tahoe Film Crawl will showcase and celebrate short movies and documentaries based in the Lake Tahoe region or made by locals in the area, March 19-21. During the screening, there will be food/drink specials, and raffle prizes from local vendors will be awarded at Ten Crows BBQ, Tahoe Ale Worx, and South of North Brewery. Also, the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be March 30-31 at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa.
On Mountain Fun
The second annual “Pink Heavenly” benefits Barton Health, supporting local cancer patients, and raising awareness for all types of cancer. Participants can join the activities, live music, free portraits, raffles, and costume contest at Heavenly’s California Base Lodge, March 21.
The 17th annual Gunbarrel 25 at Heavenly Mountain Resort is all about endurance where skiers/snowboards tackle and race 25 laps (or more) on “The Face,” the historic Gunbarrel mogul run, March 28.
Skiers and snowboarders will try to impress judges and fans as they perform tricks, flips, spins during the Spring Rail Jam, April 4.
The annual Pond Skimming contest launches with funky outfits and epic fails as skiers/snowboarders attempt to ride across a man-built pond to tunes from a live DJ, April 11.
Vans Methodology returns to Sierra-at-Tahoe, March 7, as contestants race down a banked hill slalom course while showcasing aerial tricks mid-race. All proceeds benefit The Revert Foundation, providing youth an opportunity to experience outdoor recreation. Annual Salsa Showdown turns up the heat with a salsa taste test, taco-eating contest, Spanish jams at Sierra’s Solstice Plaza, March 29.
Boarding for Breast Cancer for Shred the Love event returns with ski park jam, live music, a tribute ride, silent auction/raffle to help raise funds and awareness for breast cancer outreach, education programs and young survivor retreats, April 4.
Retro Day embraces the best throwback vibes, neon onesies and stunner shades with contests for the best costume and tricks, April 5.
Off The Slopes
The Luck of the Irish “St. Barles Day” at South Lake Brewing Company, March 17 will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as well as the brewery owner’s dog named Barley, who turns six. Guests who bring their dog in on a leash and/or wear an Irish costume, receive $1 off pints all night long. The evening will include a new beer release – Irish-themed of course, along with live music, and food for purchase.
Spring Loaded Brewfest & 5k Fun Run meanders through the Heavenly Village in the morning followed by live music, yard games, mechanical bull riding and samples from the Sierra Nevada Brewery, April 4. The will be a kickoff party the day prior that'll feature beer tasting and to get the full experience hit the South Tahoe Beer Trail with hops and suds flowing daily throughout the eight local breweries or let someone else drive with the Tahoe Brew Tours and get 10 percent off during Spring Loaded.
During Spring Loaded kids ride free with the purchase of an adult ticket on the MS Dixie II Sightseeing Cruise so now there's no excuse to not get up close and personal with Emerald Bay.
The Snowshoe Cocktail Races is an annual tradition with winners determined by time and unspilled drinks at the Beacon Bar & Grill, March 21.
Après Ski Happy Hour
After riding prime spring skiing on perfectly groomed corduroy in the morning and fun soft snow in the afternoon, memorable après experiences are in order at one of the many Tahoe South restaurants and bars. An array of drink specials will be flowing at
- Alpine Union inside the Hard Rock Casino,
- TaCo Cantina located in Harveys Casino
- Lucky Beaver Bar & Burger
- Azul Latin Kitchen, Basecamp Pizza Co.
- South Lake Brewing Company.
Dining specials include special featured menus with cocktail, beer and wine specials at Brooks’ Bar & Deck at Edgewood Tahoe, MontBleu’s prix fixe menu and happy hour tapas at Ciera Steak & Chop House, and all-you-can-eat sushi at Fortune; Riva Grill’s Fish Taco Fridays; three-course and wine pairings at Hard Rock’s Park Prime.
Nightlife & Admission
The “Nevada Show” features singing, comedy, history, illusion, aerial acrobatics and dancers on Friday nights through April at Harveys Lake Tahoe. Live music is also rocking inside Harrah’s with Tuesday Night Blues and Arty the Party spinning tunes every Friday and Saturday at the Casino Center Stage.
Smoke and Mirrors Cabaret, a full female cast entertains with intriguing surprises with singing and dancing to popular songs by Led Zeppelin, Jimmi Hendrix, and Lenny Kravitz every Friday at Hard Rock through April 24.
For magic in March, the Loft Tahoe features nightly entertainment with special Magic Fusion appearances from rotating slide of hand magicians including Robert Hall, Joey Armstrong, Chipper Lowell, and Titou.
Comedians offer their wit, sarcasm, and jokes with new acts weekly at The Improv at Harveys Cabaret Wednesday – Sunday as well as Hard Rock’s Riff’s Comedy Club every Saturday.
“Barbeque Apocalypse” sets the stage with three couples gathering on the back deck of a modest suburban home for a mid-summer barbecue where the hosts struggle with feelings of inadequacy about their home decor, clothes, careers, culinary skills, and then the fun begins. Performances in an intimate cabaret-style setting at Lake Tahoe Golf Course is March 5-7 and March 13-15.
Headline entertainment at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa includes:
- Nahko & Medicine for the People, March 8
- Puddle of Mudd, March 14;
- Young Dubliners, March 17
- Grace Potter, March 20
This Spring is loaded with so many great events throughout Tahoe South that there's something for everyone. After a fun day in the sun squeezing all the festivities, come relax and unwind in our comfortable guestrooms. Use the promo code: SPRINGLOADED to receive 20% off your stay March 9 - April 5. Book online or contact our in-house reservation team at 1.800.877.1466