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The Village at Squaw Valley kicks off Labor Day weekend with the return of the 27th Annual Foam Fest and the 28th Annual Alpen Wine Fest. Last year’s Foam Fest raised over $30,000 for Achieve Tahoe, a non-profit that brings people with disabilities to the slopes. Last year’s Alpen Wine Fest raised over $40,000 for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, a non-profit providing supportive and empowering programs for people and families living with Multiple Sclerosis.

27th Annual Foam Fest ​

Achieve Tahoe's 27th annual Foam Fest fundraiser is 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at Squaw Valley. Foam Fest brings people together from northern California and Nevada for an afternoon of beer tasting and live music. Proceeds from the event support Achieve Tahoe’s specialized winter and summer sports programs for children and adults with physical, intellectual and sensory challenges as well as two camps the organization hosts for disabled veterans each year.

The Mother Hips, a Bay Area-based rock band will headline the event. Their original music and sound has been dubbed “California Soul” within the music industry. Opening the show will be the local North Lake Tahoe-based duo of Jenni Charles and Jesse Dunn — two members of the band Dead Winter Carpenters.

Other event highlights include over 30 breweries serving samples of their craft beers and the “Hit the Slopes” raffle with prizes including a California Gold Pass, other local mountain season passes, lift tickets, winter gear and more.

Brewers including: Auburn Alehouse, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Gordon Biersch, Lagunitas Brewing Co., San Francisco Brewing Co., St. Killian Importing and The Brewer's Cabinet.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door for unlimited beer tasting and live music. Non-samplers: $10 donation for the concert. Kids under 12 are free. Tickets are available here.

28th Annual Alpen Wine Fest

The 28th Annual Alpen Wine Fest returns Sept. 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. and will feature wine tasting, live music from the Charged Particles and George Souza and a silent auction and raffle with proceeds going toward providing wellness and education for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Entry to participate in the wine tasting is a donation to Can Do Multiple Sclerosis and participants shall receive a crystal souvenir wine glass and unlimited tastings from over 40 vineyards from across the northern California region.

Participating wineries include Hatcher Winery, The Henry Wine Group, Nuclear Wines, Lumen Wines, Seghesio Family Vineyards, Crimson Wine Group, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Schulz Cellars, Bjorn Vineyards, Gauge Wines, and Moniz Family Wines.

Tickets are available now at $40 with advanced online purchasing prior to Sept. 3 and will be available for $50 day of the event.  For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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