Valhalla gears up for summer of events |

Valhalla gears up for summer of events

Valhalla Tahoe is very proud to be part of the legacy of Lake Tahoe through its mission to provide the community with diverse arts programming and to preserve Valhalla’s history. We hope to pass along our passion to you through the Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival!

Everyone agrees that Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is true today and it was true in the early part of the 20th century when the Tahoe Basin underwent considerable development and grew into the bustling destination resort area for tourists and home to so many passionate locals. The families who built and occupied the great estates that now make up the Tallac Historic Site lived in grand style on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Today these wonderful old houses are owned and managed by the Forest Service. At Valhalla (the Heller Estate), the non-profit organization, Valhalla Tahoe, manages the site and attends to its historic preservation using funds generated by the Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival, an annual summer-long festival featuring world-class live music, theatre, film, comedy improv and visual arts.

The Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival is a world-class arts festival set on one of the most beautiful properties in all of Tahoe. This year the festival has something to offer everyone from kids to grandparents, from music lovers to theater buffs, from artists to art admirers, Valhalla has put together a truly diverse program of concerts, plays, comedy, film, workshops and displays from June 25–Aug. 18.

Kicking of the festival on June 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boathouse Theatre will be a Blues and American Roots music concert featuring, world renowned and award winning recording artist, songwriter, guitar master, one-man-band, from Austin, Texas, Ray Bonneville, plus very special guests Lance Canales and the Flood. Opening night is not to be missed!

On July 1, South Tahoe favorites the Alan Miller Trio will entertain with local, homegrown jazz. Then for the holiday weekend, James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash will amaze concert-goers with a skillful and entertaining tribute to “the Man in Black.” The MT Wallets will perform a free concert on the lawn on July 6. By popular demand, comedy improve is back on July 8. Then, the amazing Joe Craven is coming to Valhalla on July 9. Joe is well known across Northern California and indeed around the world for being able to play music on pretty much any earthly object. He has a passion for music so contagious audiences go wild. He and his daughter Hattie Craven will host a family friendly workshop in the afternoon designed to engage people of all skill levels (even those with no musical experience at all!) and Joe and Hattie will give a concert that evening.

And that’s just the first weeks of the festival. The second half of July and August are jam packed with events. Hopefully, you are curious and inspired to come out and be part of the Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival this summer. Come out and enjoy this historic property we’ve worked so hard to preserve and improve and take in a concert or a play in our beautiful Boathouse Theatre or out on the Grand Lawn. Our board, staff and small army of enthusiastic volunteers will be delighted to see you. See you at Valhalla this summer!

Information about the festival and Valhalla Tahoe is at, or call 530-541-4975.

Evangeline Elston is the Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival director.

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