Tahoe’s Best Summer Events

Memorial Day is the kick-off for summer fun in the Sierra, and the crowds will be out for warm days filled with boating, hiking, biking, dining and enjoying the myriad of activities.

But, the best of what summer has to offer lies ahead. Here’s some of the best summer festivals you won’t want to miss, so start planning your next visit to Tahoe. And, be sure to check every issue of The Weekly and our online edition at TheTahoeWeekly.com for the latest information on all of these and other great events



Joy Strotz

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

July 11-Aug. 24 | Sand Harbor
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents “As You Like It” at Sand Harbor. Comic twists and turns abound in the fertile Forest of Arden, where a disguised Rosalind seeks refuge after being wrongfully banished by her uncle. Her unfortunate exile is transformed into a charming adventure when she encounters some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters – colorful fools, witty rustics, and the handsome, lovesick Orlando. A clandestine, gender-bending courtship ensues, changing the lost into unexpected lovers, in this timeless and transcendent romantic comedy.

As well, the music series will return on Monday nights starting with the Reno Philharmonic with “Broadway on the Beach” opening the series on July 14. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit laketahoeshakespeare.com.




July 11-13 & 18-20 | Area venues
North Tahoe Arts hosts one of the premier arts events in the West with the annual ARTour held two weekends in July. Dozens of local artists open their studios for tours and a public art sale with locations on the West and North shores, Truckee, Donner Lake and beyond. From watercolors, pastels, oils and acrylics, glass art and woodworking, to custom jewelry, photography, printmaking, metal working, ceramics and mixed media, there’s something for everyone. And, it’s all free. Visit northtahoearts.com or call (530) 581-2787.



Courtesy Truckee Tahoe Airfair

Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival

July 12 | Truckee
The Truckee Tahoe Airport AirFair and Family Festival highlights “Women in Aviation,” with the U.S. Air Force Parachute Team “Wings of Blue,” several world-renowned aerobatic pilots, a vendor village, static aircraft displays with pilot docents, Kids’ Zone, free flight for kids on July 13 and more. Free admission and parking. Visit truckeetahoeairshow.com.



Courtesy Wanderlust

Wanderlust Festival

July 17-20 | Olympic Valley
In its sixth season, Wanderlust blends yoga and mindfulness practice with natural beauty, music, meditation, organic food and wine, inspirational Speakeasy lectures, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, chi running and parkour – an intense style of freerunning with a holistic twist.

Yoga instructors include Annie Carpenter, Cameron Shayne, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, MC Yogi and many others, with the music lineup featuring Jurassic 5, Nahko, Emancipator, Big Gigantic and Charles Bradley. For a complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit wanderlust.com.


Concours d’Elegance

Aug. 8-9 | Homewood
The 42nd annual Concours d’Elegance will showcase dozens wooden boats, many dating back to the 1920s and 30s, featuring barrelbacks as this year’s marquee class. After 20 years on the North Shore, the show moves to Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood, the birthplace of wooden boats on Lake Tahoe.

In addition to the boats on display in the harbor, the two-day Concours offers vendor booth displays, a Wine Village, food and drink court with live music, and private VIP Sponsor Lounge. 

Call (530) 581-4700 or visit laketahoeconcours.com.



Courtesy Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder

Aug. 16-17 | Northstar
Carrying logs, swimming through muddy pits and running through electrified obstacles may not be your idea of a fun weekend, but it sure is fun to watch others put themselves through an arguably insane and definitely physically challenging day. Visit toughmudder.com.


Truckee Rodeo

Aug. 23-24 | Truckee
The Truckee Championship Rodeo returns for the 40th year of rodeos in Truckee at the McIver Arena next to Truckee River Regional Park. Along with bull and bronc riding, barrel racing and team roping, there are many other great events, including team penning with wanna-be cowboys, Mutton Bustin’, Calf Dressing and live music. Visit truckeerodeo.org.


Autumn Food & Wine Festival

Sept. 5-7 | Northstar
One of the premier food and wine festivals in the West returns to Northstar this year with the 29th Annual Autumn Food & Wine Festival. From the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting, to cooking classes with renowned chefs, family activities and wine tastings, there are lots of fun festivities. This year, look for Farm to Table dinners, plein air painting by local artists and more. Visit tahoefoodandwine.com for details or to purchase tickets.



Courtesy Trails & Vistas

Trails & Vistas

Sept. 6-7 | Spooner Lake
Art, dance and music combine in nature for a unique experience at the annual Trails & Vistas performance at Spooner Lake State Park. Performing venues and art installations are featured along a trail with hikers led by a Trail Leader. This year’s theme is “Meadows to Mountains: A Cultural Journey” featuring world-renowned violinist Scarlet Rivera, aerial dancers, SambaDa’, Earthscape artist Andres Amador and more. This event sells out early every year, so get your tickets now. Visit trailsandvistas.org.


Summer favorites

June 14  |  Optimist Brew Festival  |  Truckee River Regional Park

June 15  |  Truckee Rib Fest  |  Tri Counties Bank Plaza, Truckee

June 19-22,  |  Solstice Festival  |  Tahoe City

June 21  |  Tahoe City Wine Walk  |  Tahoe City

July 5  |  Beerfest & Blue Grass  |  Northstar

July 12-13  |  Art, Wine & Music Festival  |  Squaw Valley

Aug. 9-10  |  Brews, Jazz & Funk Festival  |  Squaw Valley

Aug. 23  |  Peaks & Paws  |  Squaw Valley

Aug. 30  |  Foam Fest  |  Squaw Valley

Aug. 31  |  Alpen Wine Fest  |  Squaw Valley

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Katherine Hill
Katherine first moved to Tahoe in 1998 and has been in love with the Tahoe Sierra region since. She has been in the journalism field for more than 25 years and has worked for daily and weekly newspapers and magazines, as well as online publications and Web sites, as an award-winning writer and editor. In the fall of 2013, Katherine became only the third owner of the Tahoe Weekly magazine, and today serves as its Publisher and Editor In Chief. She also volunteers as a board member on of the Tahoe City Downtown Association, a commissioner on the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council and is a member of the TBID Advisory Committee for the North Tahoe Community Alliance. She is also a past commissioner of the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Commission.