Memorial Day is the kick-off for summer fun in the Sierra, and the crowds will be out for warm days filled with boating, hiking, biking, dining and enjoying the myriad of activities.
But, the best of what summer has to offer lies ahead. Here’s some of the best summer festivals you won’t want to miss, so start planning your next visit to Tahoe. And, be sure to check every issue of The Weekly for the latest information on all of these and other great events.
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
July 12-Aug. 25, Sand Harbor
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” at Sand Harbor. The performance will be produced under the direction of Artistic Producer Charles Fee. As well, the music series will return on Monday nights starting with the Reno Philharmonic on July 15. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit laketahoeshakespeare.com.
July 12-14 & 19-21, area venues
North Tahoe Arts hosts one of the premier arts events in the West with the annual ARTour held two weekends in July. Dozens of local artists open their studios for tours and a public art sale with locations on the West and North shores, Truckee, Donner Lake and beyond. Visit northtahoearts.com or call (530) 581-2787.
July 18-21, Olympic Valley
The Wanderlust Festival brings together the world’s leading yoga teachers and top-tier performers in a legendary setting of breathtaking beauty. Concert-goers can enjoy yoga, incredible music and all Squaw Valley has to offer. For tickets or information, visit wanderlustfestival.com.
Aug. 9-10, Carnelian Bay
The 41th Annual Lake Tahoe Concours features the collection of Alan Furth as this year’s Marquee Class. The Concours features the finest wooden boats on display to the public, along with vendors, food and beverages and other festivities. Call (530) 581-4700 or visit laketahoeconcours.com.
Aug. 24-25, Truckee
The Truckee Championship Rodeo returns to McIver Arena next to Truckee River Regional Park. Along with bull and bronc riding, barrel racing and team roping, there are many other great events, including team penning with wanna-be cowboys, Mutton Bustin’ and live music. Visit truckeerodeo.org.
Autumn Food & Wine Festival
Sept. 6-8, Northstar
One of the premier food and wine festivals in the West returns to Northstar this year with the 27th Annual Autumn Food & Wine Festival. From the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting, to cooking classes with renowned chefs, family activities and the Village Grape Stomp, there are lots of fun festivities. Call (888) 229-2193.
Trails & Vistas
Sept. 7-8, Olympic Valley
Art, dance and music combine in nature for a unique experience at the annual Trails & Vistas performance at the Pacific Crest Trail. Performing venues and art installations are featured along a trail with hikers led by a Trail Leader. This event sells out early every year, so get your tickets now. Visit trailsandvistas.org.