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What to Expect at Lake Tahoe’s WinterWonderGrass Music Festival

Last updated: March 2024

Lake Tahoe will once again host the fun-filled WinterWonderGrass Music Festival, the 8th annual alpine celebration of bluegrass music and springtime in the Sierra. The festival will be held from April 5 – April 7, 2024, at the Palisades Tahoe Resort in Olympic Valley, California.

Lake Tahoe WinterWonderGrass
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Fans of bluegrass and roots music can enjoy much more than just amazing live music during this long-awaited three-day celebration. The weekend provides daily tastings of complimentary beer, whiskey and hard seltzer, along with breathtaking mountain views, incredible spring skiing and of course, live music all day and into the night. With so much to do in Lake Tahoe, it’s highly recommended that you extend your stay for a few extra days to explore all this spectacular region has to offer, both before and after the event. 

The music festival will feature a wide spectrum of bluegrass and roots music that will delight concertgoers of all ages. More than two dozen bands will perform across four stages, including Sierra Ferrell, The Devil Makes Three, Paul Cauthen and The Infamous Stringdusters.

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General admission and VIP three-day festival passes are the best deal, as they include entry to each day of the festival, complimentary beverage tastings, a commemorative mug and more. Single-day passes are also available, though we’re sure you won’t want to miss any of the amazing artists performing througout the whole weekend. Late night events require separate tickets and are not included with festival admission. For more information on tickets, visit the WinterWonderGrass ticket page.


To gear up for WinterWonderGrass, Lake Tahoe will also be hosting several events leading up to the festival itself. Attendees of this event are invited to participate in multiple sweepstakes opportunities, where players have the chance to win free VIP passes, additional free late-night tickets and some fabulous WWG swag. Check out the sweepstakes details here! As well as the chance to win exciting prizes, there will be additional performances ahead of the festival. A few performances have already taken place, but not to worry — there are still plenty of artists to catch who will blow you away with their talent. Upcoming performances on The Road to WonderGrass include Leftover Salmon on March 15 at the Crystal Bay Club Crown Room, along with Matt Michienzie Band on March 23 at the Alibi Incline Public House. Shows at Alibi Incline Public House are free.

Listen to our WinterWonderGrass Spotify playlist below!


Ahead of your trip to Lake Tahoe, make sure you have all the information you need to stay safe and make your stay as easy as possible. Check out our handy Know Before You Go guide to stay updated on travel requirements and advisories, public transit options like TART, live webcams that show current weather conditions and much more.


Festivalgoers will have the time of their lives seeing and hearing all the bands scheduled throughout the three-day event. During downtime, however, there are plenty of activities, sights and events that will create memories for years to come. With activities for all ages and skill levels, you can enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, or sledding with serene blue skies and picturesque mountains as your backdrop. If you or someone in your group is new to skiing, don’t worry – Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to learn.

WinterWonderGrass Lake Tahoe
Photo Credit: Northstar California Resort

Palisades Tahoe, the largest ski resort in the Lake Tahoe region, offers visitors access to all 6,000 acres of terrain at both Alpine Meadows and Olympic Valley. The 2.4-mile ride offers breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada, with special pricing available on three-day ski/ride passes during the festival. For even more unique experiences, snowtube at the resort’s SnoVentures Activity Zone, or head to Tahoe City and challenge yourself on the exciting ropes course at Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park behind the Granlibakken Tahoe Resort.

Many of the area’s 11 downhill resorts are offering private and group skiing lessons, backcountry adventures and dedicated trails. Granlibakken Resort features a sledding and snow play area, perfect for families. Diamond Peak Ski Resort in Incline Village is known for its spacious ski runs, winter sport schools for older skiers/riders and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. Need some more inspiration? Check out all there is to do while you’re here.


You’ll find a variety of fishing spots, on the lake or along the shore, where you can cast a line, pop a top, sit back and relax until you get a bite. After your fishing adventure, just make sure to dispose of any trash. 

Of course, it’s not a vacation without some excellent eats. Don’t forget to stop by one of Lake Tahoe’s numerous restaurants for some fantastic takeout or outdoor and indoor dining.

Going for a hike or a bike ride is the perfect activity to reflect, admire or just be. There are hundreds of trails, from easy, casual strolls to steep switchbacks for the truly adventurous. Local shops, like Vista Trail Bikes in Incline Village and Olympic Bike Shop in Tahoe City, feature a variety of electric, road and kids’ bikes for rent.

Get lucky while in Lake Tahoe when you try your hand at slots, cards and craps in one (or more) of the region’s casinos. Enjoy the Crystal Bay Club & Casino for a little gaming, some entertainment and fine dining along the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Or swing by the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village and try your luck at the popular Grand Lodge Casino.

Visitors curious about the natural wonder of the Lake Tahoe area should drop by the University of California Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village. Video exhibits and more provide a close-up look at the largest alpine lake in the U.S. and its surrounding habitats. The research center has also just opened up an interactive exhibit at the Tahoe City Visitor Center, worth a definite stop for families with children or anyone interested in learning more about the area. Or, try a visit to the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City, a museum dedicated to the house and person who manned the Tahoe Dam back in the early 1900s.


To get the most out of your WinterWonderGrass getaway, book your stay at one of Lake Tahoe’s various resorts, cabins and lodges for the ultimate alpine experience.