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With an impressive snowfall already this year and the possibilities of even more on the way, it’s now officially time to enjoy all of the great white bounty that Mother Nature has laid upon the Sierras. Reveling in their 35th Anniversary, North Lake Tahoe SnowFest has quite the lineup of great happenings from March 3 – 13. Here are a few faves marking the calendar this month:

Opening Ceremonies and Queen Coronation

March 3, 5 – 9 p.m.

The official opening ceremonies take place at Gar Woods in Carnelian Bay where there will be live music, an auction and plenty of wintertime cheer. This is also when they’ll crown the SnowFest Queen, an esteemed award earned by one lucky teen based on her philanthropic efforts, interview skills, grade point average and resume.

Bridgetender Rib Fest

March 4, 5 – 8 p.m.

Looking for some lip-smacking, finger-licking food? Then be sure to checkout this rib cookoff unlike any other. Located at The Bridgetender in Tahoe City, this event is fun for the whole family!

Tahoe City SnowFest Parade

March 5, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Bring the kiddos for a traditional small-town parade complete with floats, bands and candy. Arrive early for good parking and the best spots to watch!

Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim

March 5, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Brrrrrrrrrr. Head to Gar Woods in Carnelian Bay for the 27th Annual Polar Bear Swim.  Swimmer registration starts at 1:30 p.m. The chilly dips begin at 2:30 p.m.

SnowFest Fireworks Spectacular 2016

March 5, 7-8 p.m.

Rounding out the day of fun is a colorful, enlightening fireworks show. Visit Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley to check it out.

Dog Sled Pull

March 6, Noon – 1 p.m.

There’s lots of fun to be had by Fido at this annual event. Dogs of all sizes are welcome at this much beloved event where the incredible pups pull sleds of all sizes. Mushers start your engines!

Granlibackken’s Gone “Bonkers” Ski and Board Race

March 6, 1 – 4 p.m.

Granlibakken in Tahoe City hosts the 3rd Annual Bonker’s Race – a family ski and ride race competition. Adults partner up with their favorite child or siblings compete together to see who can get the fastest time.

Kings Beach SnowFest Parade

March 12, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join the North Tahoe Business Association as they host their annual parade featuring over 30 local businesses and non-profit organizations.

Tahoe Donner Ididarun

March 13, Noon – 3 p.m.

One of the most heartwarming events for onlookers, at the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area in Truckee dogs will pull covered wagon sleds across a snowy course. They are racing against the clock and working hard for the treats they’ll enjoy at the end.

In addition to these great ways to enjoy this wonderful winter, there are many other entertaining events taking place during SnowFest. Go here For a complete list of all the happenings!

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