This past Thursday evening Truckee-Tahoe locals from all around gathered to welcome back a favorite summer event, Truckee Thursday! Every Thursday evening from 5-9pm this summer until August 29th locals will gather to eat, drink, shop and reunite on the city blocks of downtown historic Truckee, CA for this weekly celebration. Hosted by the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, Truckee Thursdays are a fantastic way for visitors, locals and businesses to reunite and celebrate their local community.
So what exactly is Truckee Thursdays? Picture farmer’s market meets street party in the mountains. The downtown blocks of historic Truckee are closed to vehicle traffic for the evening and in its place local merchants including farmers, artisans, crafters and restaurants and invited to secure booths to feature their products, services and culinary arts. It is great event celebrated by guests of all ages from newborns to seniors and even dogs are welcome!
Allow me to take you on a quick tour of my usual visit to Truckee Thursday to give you a better picture. I usually carpool with friends and park in either the lot on East River Street (if it isn’t full already) or along the street. First stop, I like perusing the local vendor booths set up in the street selling fruits and vegetables along with crafts such as candles, jewelry and home furnishings – perfect for gifts! These vendors often leave on the early side so it is good to go there first. Then after a bit of shopping, I head to the beer garden to grab a draft, meet up with friends and listen to the guest band performance. By now I have worked up an appetite and head to the food trucks and stations to see what looks good for the evening. My two favorites… anything from Red Truck or the famed Tri-Trip sandwich from Full Belli Deli (both pictured below). End your evening with one of the many sweet treats available including crepes, chocolate covered frozen bananas on a stick or ice cream that you can find throughout. As the sun sets, temperatures drop and the Truckee Thursday celebration winds down, if you aren’t quite ready to go home I recommend continuing the party at the historic Bar of America in the hub of downtown Truckee.
Each week at Truckee Thursday presents a local merchant sponsor along with a non-profit partner band showcasing the main stage in the beer gardens. Check their website for the schedule of events of sponsors including Burger Me!, Northstar California and California 89 to see what lies ahead this summer at Truckee Thursday.
This season, Truckee Thursday also announced a few new additions to their line-up! New is a second ‘corner stage’ on the corner of Bridge Street and Donner Pass Road and enjoy Bike Valet hosted by the Truckee Donner Historical Society so you can ride your bikes and avoid the parking jam. New lifestyle and apparel store, California 89, will also be featuring movies for downtown visitors seeking a break from the busy street action. I also heard rumor that for those residents living in Tahoe Donner, a new shuttle route has been added to transport residents after Truckee Thursday events. Can anyone confirm if this is true?!
A few local tips to enjoy the BEST evening at Truckee Thursday. Be sure to arrive earlier in order to find parking as it fills up fast! Bring cash as that is all most vendors accept. Another good reason to come early is that the best food will sell-out fast and you won’t want to miss it! Carpooling helps with parking AND be sure to have a safe and sober driver with you if you plan on drinking.
If you frequent Truckee Thursday, what do you most look forward to buying, eating, sipping while you are there? Share your comments below. I hope to see you next Thursday!
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