Summer staples: Top ways to close out the season in Tahoe |

Summer staples: Top ways to close out the season in Tahoe

Autumn Whitney
Summer is the time to hike Mount Tallac.
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As one of Tahoe’s four best seasons comes to a close, a handful of activities conclude with it. The next few weeks will bring the end of many summer events, including outdoor music series, performances under the stars and prime hiking weather.

Whether you’re a theater connoisseur, on the prowl for an end-of-summer beer festival, or looking for one more trail to hit, we have suggestions for the best ways to spend the time remaining before your fall routine begins.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

The 45th annual festival, which takes place at Sand Harbor’s Warren Edward Trepp Stage, concludes on Sunday, Aug. 27.

This year’s headlining performances — offered almost daily — are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” but before the venue closes for the remainder of the year it also welcomes the Reno Jazz Orchestra and Tim Eriksen.

Purchase tickets for the shows and learn more online at

Valhalla Tahoe

Each summer Valhalla hosts an Art, Music and Theatre Festival that features live music, theater and both visual and cultural arts. This year has seen everything from Tony Award-winning musicals to bluegrass musicians and even improv, and the fun continues through October.

Performances from string instrumentalists Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter (additional details on page 5) and jazz artist Laura Love are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23, and Wednesday, Aug. 30, respectively.

A songwriter celebration is scheduled for September, which also sees a historic documentary take over the Boathouse Theatre. Brazilian group SambaDa also makes a stop by the venue before the ghost play “The Woman in Black” holds a two-weekend stint just in time for Halloween.

Check out for complete details on the remaining festival events.

Live at Lakeview

South Lake Tahoe’s free lakeside concert series concludes on Thursday, Aug. 31. The final two weeks feature reggae/roots music (see page 4 for details on the Thursday, Aug. 24 performance with Selasee & The Fafa Family) and rock ‘n’ roll from local group Wesley Orsolic Band.

The events also feature local vendors, a beer garden and more. Keep in mind that dogs are not welcome. Parking is limited, but the venue offers a free bike valet — so riding is recommended.

Grab a drink

While breweries will stay open yearlong, summer is the perfect time for grabbing your buds and a beer and relaxing on outdoor patios and playing lawn games.

Popular South Shore spots include South Lake Brewing Company, Lake Tahoe AleWorX, Sidellis Lake Tahoe and Stateline hotels Coachman and Basecamp (while the latter do not brew their own drinks, they both feature courtyards great for socializing).

On the North Shore we recommend Alibi Ale Works (this Incline Village brewery just opened a taproom in Truckee), FiftyFifty Brewing Company and Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company.

Sample from multiple breweries at once at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa’s fourth annual Hops in the Yard Beerfest, held on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 1-5 p.m. For $25, receive unlimited samples from over 20 handles. Check out for more.

Go on a hike

Once the snow starts falling, you won’t be able to access the region’s numerous trails. Popular ones you might want to check out (depending on hiking ability) include Mount Tallac and areas surrounding Emerald Bay.

Mount Tallac is one of the most iconic trails in South Lake Tahoe. This roughly 10-mile, out-and-back trek includes over 3,000 feet of elevation gain and is not for the faint of heart. While the adventure will take most of your day, the views are worth it.

Emerald Bay, a recognizable landmark in the basin, offers a few trails — Vikingsholm and Bayview among them — that boast breathtaking scenery and great photo ops. Don’t forget to check out Eagle Falls while you’re there, too.

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