Top 10 events you can’t miss coming this summer to Tahoe-Truckee |

Top 10 events you can’t miss coming this summer to Tahoe-Truckee

Adam Jensen
Fireworks explode over Lake Tahoe's South Shore on the Fourth of July.
Courtesy First Tracks Productions / LTVA |

Lake Tahoe is known around the world for its winters, but summer is the more popular time of year, and with good reason. Clear skies, warm weather and a seemingly limitless variety of outdoor pursuits are at everyone’s fingertips.

The summer months are also filled with a host of entertainment options to go along with the great outdoors. Here is a look at the best of the best events at Lake Tahoe and Truckee in summer 2016:

1. Truckee Thursdays

These popular street festivals take over downtown Truckee every Thursday evening from June 9 to Aug. 18 with a farmers market, live music, beer garden and local vendors. The events are great places to meet new friends, reconnect with old ones and generally soak in what the Sierra Nevada has to offer in summer.

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2. Tough Mudder

This nationally acclaimed obstacle run returns to Northstar California June 11-12. A revamped 10-12 mile course featuring more than 20 obstacles, including everything from electric shocks to barbed wire, will greet the thousands expected to take part. Tickets to run the course start at $155, and spectator tickets are also available.

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3. Beach Music

No matter where you’re at around Lake Tahoe, chances are you’re within range of a free outdoor summer music series on the beach. Tahoe City’s Concerts at Commons Beach take place Sundays throughout much of the summer, while Kings Beach holds free music on Fridays, and South Shore’s Lakeview Commons has free music on Thursdays. Each provides an unmatched live listening experience with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop and is not to be missed.

4. Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival

Valhalla kicks off with the Earles of Newtown’s swinging jazz, and it concludes Aug. 31 with gospel from Little Faith. The annual series of events features all kinds of music, art comedy and theater in between. Tallac Historic Site, where the festival takes place, also features tons of Lake Tahoe history, adding to the flavor of this annual offering.

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5. Harveys Summer Concert Series

Summer always features Lake Tahoe’s biggest shows of the year, and more often than not the Harveys Outdoor Arena and its Summer Concert Series is where you’ll find them. A diverse lineup is planned for 2016 at the approximately 7,000-person venue, which arises behind Harveys Lake Tahoe each summer. Slightly Stoopid plays July 2, James Taylor takes the stage July 13, Sting and Peter Gabriel perform July 15, Keith Urban plays July 27 and July 29, and Steve Miller Band returns Aug. 18.

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6. Fourth of July

Independence Day sits at the center of Lake Tahoe’s annual entertainment calendar. The busiest day of the year at the lake features all manner of entertainment and concludes in spectacular fashion. Fireworks shows take place at Donner Lake in Truckee, above Lake Tahoe in Incline Village and Tahoe City, and the largest of the Fourth of July display at Lake Tahoe is held at the South Shore. Kings Beach also has a July 3 show. Fourth of July is on a Monday this year, meaning extra-long weekends will be the name of the game if you can swing it.

7. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

The 44th Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival features two main-stage productions, “The Comedy of Errors” and “Forever Plaid,” at Sand Harbor State Park. Adult tickets start at $15. A Showcase Series also returns to the festival this year, offering an array of live music and entertainment at one of the most scenic venues around the lake.

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8. Wanderlust Festival

Yoga, meditation, lectures, workshops, outdoor adventure, whole foods and live music come to together at this annual festival at Squaw Valley July 14-17. Yeasayer, Stephen Marley and Beats Antique headline the musical portion of this year’s event, with Seane Corn, Shiva Rea and Sri Dhamra Mittra among the top yoga practitioners. Ticket prices vary.

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9. Celebrity golf

Sports stars, actors and actresses, comedians and Charles Barkley make up the field at the American Century Championship at South Shore’s Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. The festivities take place July 19-24, with the main tournament running Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $20.

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10. Labor Day Fireworks

End summer with a bang at the Labor Day fireworks show on the South Shore. The show features all manner of fireworks designs and is choreographed to music simulcast on KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. The fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m., and the show is visible from around South Lake Tahoe.

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