It's a Sizzling Summer of Things to Do at Lake Tahoe

With the start of summer just around the corner, we’ve decided to dedicate this blog (and others to come!)  to some the best music, arts, culture, and events that come to life throughout the summer season at Lake Tahoe.  We’ll start this blog with some of the family favorites and continue the list later this month.

For the most current events of things to do with your friends and visitors this summer, visit at any time or give us a call for our personal favorites of where to go and what to do from our vacation home and real estate sales office in Incline Village.

Music on the Beach

FRIDAYS Starting June 1
Kings Beach Recreation Area
Listen to FREE live music performances that feature a variety of genres on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Brought to you by the North Tahoe Business Association, concerts take place at Kings Beach State Recreation Area and start at 6:30 pm. Local craft brewery, Alibi Ale Works draft beer, wine, and soda are available for purchase.

Truckee Thursdays

Downtown Truckee
5:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday is the evening to head to downtown Truckee. Enjoy local food vendors, merchant, and community booths, as well as musical performances, kids’ activities, and a beer garden.

Truckee Brew Fest

Truckee Regional Park
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
This fun event is an annual fundraiser to support programs, sponsorships, grants, and scholarships for the youth of Truckee. Make it a full afternoon to get to know our great local breweries and their finest beers on draft, and live music from Drop Theory.

Thunderbird Paddling Festival

Sand Harbor State Park
8:00 am
tart from the sandy Sand Harbor Beach and head south along the shore keeping the buoys to your left. At the 4-mile mark, round the final buoy and paddle the quickest course you can to the finish line. Along the way pass by the Thunderbird Lodge, and the spectacular shoreline.

Reno Rodeo 

JUNE 15 – 24
Reno Livestock Center
Times/activities vary
It’s the wildest, richest, Rodeo in the West and it’s a must not miss every summer. Events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronco riding, team roping, tie-down roping, mutton bustin’, and barrel racing.

Red, White, and Tahoe Blue 

JULY 1 – 4
Incline Village/Crystal Bay
Celebrate Independence Day with one of the top fireworks displays in America wrapped with parades, tributes to veterans, concerts, chalk drawings, rubber ducky races, food, and more.

Tahoe Donner’s Concert on the Green
JULY 1 – 2
Tahoe Donner
Tahoe Donner’s biggest event of the year returns Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2! Tickets are on sale now and will sell out. Saturday will feature tributes to Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen and Sunday will feature tributes to Steely Dan and a 70s, 80s and 90s cover band.

Truckee Tahoe Airshow & Family Festival 

Truckee Airport
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
One of the region’s most family-friendly events features a breathtaking air show with world renowned performers, a STEM Expo, family festival, and much more. All proceeds go directly to Truckee/North Lake Tahoe youth organizations.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival 
JULY 8 – AUG. 27
Sand Harbor State Park
7:30 p.m.
Admire the sunset from the East Shore of Lake Tahoe while Shakespeare’s works come alive on the stage. This year features Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Hound of The Baskervilles.

Reno Jazz Orchestra Presents “Roots in the Blues”
Sand Harbor State Park
7:30 p.m.
The RJO’s 17-piece jazz band will share the stage with a "Tour de Force” performance of the many shades of blue. Both “Roots in the Blues” shows will be wrapped with songs, swing, and soul with tunes from where the blues began to great big band interpretations of Count Basie and Duke Ellington.  From there it is off to the world of rock, funk, rhythm and blues, and a little twist of country, too.