Valhalla Festival season is underway |

Valhalla Festival season is underway

Lake Tahoe’s 36th annual Valhalla Arts, Music and Theatre Festival opened June 17 at the historic lakefront Heller Estate (Valhalla) on the South Shore.

On June 24, Beppe Gambetta will perform with special guest Richie Lawrence. Gambetta bridges the shores of Italy and America, creating roots music with immigration songs, folk ballads, steel string guitars and vintage harp guitars. Lawrence will perform an opening set on the piano. Lawrence is a Sacramento composer and songwriter influenced by American roots and blues, jazz, country and rock. Advance tickets cost $22 for adults and $15 for children.

On June 27, Calidanza Mexican Folk and Contemporary Dance is featured. Calidenza represents a new way to look at traditional Mexican folk and contemporary dance. The company fuses contemporary technique with traditional folk dance to tell stories of the rich cultural traditions of Mexico. A discounted matinee as well as a full-length evening program will available for families. Advance tickets start at $22 and $15 matinee for adults, $10 for children.

Preferred seating tickets offer early entry to the Boathouse Theater and a drink to enjoy before the show. Leave the car and cruise the paved bike trails to Valhalla, or paddle in via kayak or paddleboard. Foodie festival-goers can bring a picnic or dine nearby the Beacon Bar & Grill or Evan’s Gourmet Café.

The Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival is a celebration of music, theatre and the visual arts. Since 1979, the festival is set against the backdrop of Lake Tahoe and the Tallac Historic Site. Valhalla Tahoe is a non-profit organization based in South Lake Tahoe. Visit for more information.

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