Tahoe BlizzardFest aims to stoke El Niño hype
WHAT: Tahoe BlizzardFest
WHEN: Friday to Saturday, Nov. 13-14
WHERE: Tahoe Beach Retreat
COST: $0 - $15
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, Nov. 13
5 - 7 p.m. Liberty (R)evolution Returns Art Unveiling | On the Beach
7 - 11 p.m. - El Niño’ Welcome Party | Beach Retreat Event Center
Saturday, Nov. 14
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Art Expo | Beach Retreat Grounds & Event Center
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - SNOW Expo | Beach Retreat Event Center
4 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Pray for Snow Burn | On the Beach
8 p.m. - 2 a.m. - BlizzardFest Concert | Beach Retreat Event Center. Live music by Drop Theory + Smoked
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — It’s part art show, part concert, part movie screening, part gear expo and all winter stoke. It’s the inaugural Tahoe BlizzardFest and it’s coming to the Beach Retreat & Lodge in South Lake Tahoe, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14.
“It’s going to be a pretty darn good ‘pray for snow’ party,” event organizer Mike Peron of FNCTN Productions (Function) said. “We wanted to do something a little different than standing at a bar and drinking.”
The two-day indoor-outdoor event will kick off Friday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. with the outdoor art unveiling of the Liberty (R)evolution Returns collection by Carson City based Timeless Sculptures. The beach exhibit will include liberty themed wooden artworks that are up to 30-feet high and “Fire Inside” wooden chiminea-like fireplace sculptures.
“It’s going to have a little bit of a Burning Man feel to it,” Peron said of the inspiration for the festival.
The event is part of what organizers said is a new direction for the Beach Retreat. The resort plans to feature art-related expos and events going forward.
“It means everything as an artist to have this,” said featured sculptor Matthew G. Welter of Timeless sculptures, adding “I’m happy to see that the retreat is hosting these wonderful new artworks.”
The art show will include works by regional artists Reds Regan and Peter Hazel.
Festivities will move indoors following the Friday art unveiling with BlizzardFest’s El Niño Welcome Party at 7 p.m. in the Beach Retreat Event Center. The party will include food and drink specials, live DJs and back-to-back ski and snowboard movie screenings. The films will start at 8 p.m. with showings of “The Balance Movie” by Whistler Creek Productions followed by Absinthe Films new film “Eversince.”
“That’s how you really get amped up for the season,” Peron said of the film screenings.
The festival continues Saturday with an all-day indoor-outdoor art show starting at 11 a.m. There will also be a gear expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The outdoor art show will wrap up with a Pray for Snow Burn party on the beach from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with music and in-art fire displays.
The two-day festival concludes Saturday night with live music from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Beach Retreat Event Center. The concert will include and eclectic mix of modern style funk with music by North Shore based Drop Theory and the Bay Area’s Smoked Out Soul.
Art exhibits will be free both days. Tickets for Friday’s movie screening will be $10 at the door, with a raffle benefiting USASA South Tahoe. Saturday’s concert passes will be $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
More event information is available at http://www.tahoebeachretreat.com/tahoeblizzardfest.