Kat's Picks for Summer Events
By Katherine Hill, Tahoe Weekly
The fun-filled days of summer in Tahoe are in full swing. The long days are jam packed with fun at the beach, on the water and on the trails taking in all that the region has to offer. While you’re out enjoying the boundless recreation opportunities, don’t forget to check out some of the best summer events you’ll ever find in the mountains.
This is just a sampling of the amazing events to enjoy in Tahoe this summer. Learn more about making the most of your time in Tahoe by picking up the current copy of Tahoe Weekly on stands and at issuu.com/TheTahoeWeekly. Enjoy!
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
You don’t have to have read William Shakespeare’s works to enjoy the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor from July 5 to Aug. 25. Nestle your toes into the sand and sit back and enjoy the performance – the waves of Lake Tahoe gently lapping on the soft, sand beaches, the sun setting on another Tahoe day as the alpenglow stretches across the sky, the first twinkling of star light over the Carson Range, maybe you’ll even see a shooting star, then, of course, there’s the performance of the Bard’s greatest works. This year enjoy “Taming of the Shrew,” along with the Tony-winning rock ‘n’ roll tribute “Million Dollar Quarter.” If you have kids, you don’t want to miss a performance of Young Shakespeare. It’s great fun for the entire family, and it’s free. | https://laketahoeshakespeare.com/
Free summer concerts
Unwind from a long day of play and put on your dancing shoes at one of the area’s free summer outdoor concert series. Kick off the week on Sundays at Concerts at Commons Beach in the heart of Tahoe City every week until Sept. 1. Its Bluesdays Tuesdays all summer in the Village at Squaw Valley weekly until Sept. 3. The beach comes alive every Friday until Aug. 30 with Music on the Beach in Kings Beach.
Enjoy the best of art, wine, beer, live music and merriment with one of our many festivals this summer. Here’s a sampling: Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival on July 5 and 6; Art, Wine & Music Festival on July 13 and 14; Foam Fest on Aug. 31; the Alpen Wine Festival on Sept. 1; and Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings on Sept. 6.
Wanderlust Yoga & Music Festival
The Wanderlust Festival, born at Squaw Valley, offers four days of yoga, music, community and clean eating from July 18 to 21. Enjoy a variety of yoga classes for all levels during the day and world-renowned live music late into the night. | wanderlust.com/festivals/squaw-valley
North Tahoe Artour
This is your chance to enter local artists’ studios to see them at work, discuss their process and to purchase artwork directly from the artist. Dozens of local artists open their doors to the public during the annual Artour over two weekends on July 20, 21, 27 and 28. | https://www.northtahoearts.com/artour-2019
Lake Tahoe Dance Festival
The Lake Tahoe Dance Collective brings some of the world’s top performers to the Gatekeeper’s Museum for a celebration of dance with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop from July 24 to 26. Audience participatory demonstrations and meet-the-artist talks help further the collaboration between artists. | laketahoedancefestival.org
Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance
The display of dazzling wooden boats at the 46th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance returns to historic Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood on Aug. 9 and 10. | laketahoeconcours.com
Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival
Celebrate stand-up paddleboarding, one of Tahoe’s favorite water sports, with two days of paddle clinics, yoga, races and fun on the beach for all ages on Aug. 10 and 11 in the heart of Kings Beach. | tahoenalu.com
Lake Tahoe Music Festival
The Lake Tahoe Music Festival’s 26-Piece Academy Orchestra of elite young musicians from across the United States presents stunning outdoor performances each year under the direction of Maestro Timm Rolek. Each year brings a new ensemble with different guest artists working together to create unique programs. This year’s festival from Aug. 20 to 25 features performances at Tahoe Maritime Museum, in Olympic Valley and on Skylandia Beach in Tahoe City.
Trails & Vistas Art Hikes
Vignettes of art, music, poetry and performance emerge from the forested mountainside during one the most unique events performed anywhere – Trails & Vistas Art Hikes on Sept. 7 and 8. Enjoy the convergence of art and nature on a 3-mile walk at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area. | trailsandvistas.org
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
Top chefs from around the region gather at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar from Sept. 20 to 22. Don’t miss three days of culinary competition, demonstrations, tastings, art exhibitions and more featuring the Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook Off and culminating with the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting. | northstarcalifornia.com