Two popular annual events the Kokanee Salmon Festival and Oktoberfest will take place near the west end of South Lake Tahoe next weekend.
Since the parking areas fill quickly, visitors are urged to bike, walk or take public transportation, said Lisa Herron of the U.S. Forest Service's Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
BlueGo buses and the Nifty Fifty trolley will provide special service to the events, Herron said. Bus and trolley information is available at (530) 541-7149. A pedestrian and bike path are in the area, as well as other walking trails.
The salmon festival, at the Forest Service's Taylor Creek Visitor Center, celebrates the annual fall migration of kokanee salmon as they travel up Taylor Creek from Lake Tahoe to mate, spawn and die in the streams where they hatched.
The visitor center, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89, plans children's activities, trail runs, educational streamside programs, other wildlife programs and a salmon barbecue.
A stream profile chamber at the center provides an up-close view of the salmon. Fall colors along the nearby trails afford easy, scenic hikes, but visitors should heed the "bear aware" signs, as black bears also enjoy the salmon.
A complete list of salmon festival events and their times is available by visiting www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/ KokaneeSalmonFestival.
Oktoberfest events at the nearby historic Camp Richardson Resort include German food, live music, a pumpkin patch, craft booths, a beer and wine garden, "bouncy castle," face painting and costume contest for dogs and their owners.