Celebrate summer at Solstice Festival

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Ron Richman

Tahoe City celebrates the official start of summer with the annual Solstice Festival from June 20 to 23 with a Classic Car Stroll, Wine Walk, Street Dance and many more events.

The celebrations aren’t confined to Tahoe City, however, with both the Adventure Sports Week and Alpenglow Mountain Festival coinciding with the Solstice Festival. Adventure Sports Week is from June 21 to 30 with trail running, swimming, SUP, biking, triathlons and more for adventure racers of all levels (see Wet ‘n’ Dirty in this issue). The inaugural Alpenglow Mountain Festival comes to the North Shore from June 22 to 30, with Fun Runs, historical hikes, shoe demos, talks, birding events, giveaways, clinics and more (see feature in this edition).

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Tahoe City Downtown Association

Car Show
The celebration starts the Solstice Stroll Classic Car Show, which converts Tahoe City’s North Lake Tahoe Boulevard into a nostalgic journey through Tahoe’s love affair with classic automobiles and collector cars on June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. From Ford and Chevy to Rolls Royce and Alfa Romeo, classic cars decorate both shoulders of Tahoe City’s central, lakefront boulevard creating an ambiance to be appreciated by all. The Solstice Stroll Classic Car Show is free and attendees are encouraged to cast a vote for the Best in Show. For more information or to register a classic car for viewing, call (530) 583-3348 or go to visittahoecity.com.

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Tahoe City Downtown Association

Street Dance
The party heads to the Bridgetender for the annual Fireworks Fundraiser Street Dance on June 21 starting at 7 p.m. True to tradition, the event embraces festival alfresco, hosted at the B.T. patio, eventually reaching the town’s boulevard and Tahoe City’s landmark Fanny Bridge. Live music, dinner and drink specials, and street party revelry offer a Tahoe City experience not to be missed. The Bridgetender Fireworks Fundraiser Street Dance is free to attend; and portions of the evening’s Bridgetender proceeds benefit the Tahoe City Independence Day fireworks fund.

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Ron Richman

Wine Walk
As the marquee event of the Tahoe City Solstice Festival, the Tahoe City Wine Walk is heralded as the most fun one can have in Tahoe City in one afternoon. Enjoy 30 shops, restaurants and businesses spanning Tahoe City’s pedestrian-friendly center with premium wine tastings paired with masterfully prepared hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, custom caterers and secret gourmet chefs.

Wine-walkers are treated to three live musical performances along their journey, including Dean Smith at the North Tahoe Arts Center, The Roamers at Heritage Plaza, and Dan Copeland at Boatworks Mall. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $35 at tahoecitywinewalk.com, as well as James Harold Galleries, North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center, Tahoe Dave’s, The Store, Uncorked Tahoe City in Tahoe City; and The Carmel Gallery, Truckee River Winery and Uncorked Truckee in Truckee. Tickets on the day of the event are $45 (cash only) at North Tahoe Arts Center, the Boatworks Mall and Heritage Plaza. Guests receive tasting map, commemorative wine glass and gift bag with each ticket purchased.

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Tahoe City Downtown Association

Concerts on Commons Beach
The Concerts at Commons Beach weekly summer music performances kicks off on June 23 featuring four live performances by Trey Stone Band, California Honeydrops, Mumbo Gumbo and more. Concerts at Commons Beach is a free series, open to all ages, and located at water’s edge of North Lake Tahoe on every Sunday through Sept. 8. Local vendors offer an array of fresh dishes and beverages throughout each performance. Arrive early for a front-stage spot, get ready to dance, and pack a swimsuit for good measure. For a full calendar of summer performances, visit concertsatcommonsbeach.com.

For more information on the Tahoe City Solstice Festival, go to visitahoecity.com.

Support North Shore fireworks
“The Tahoe City Downtown Association and North Tahoe Business Association are excited to host the annual Kings Beach and Tahoe City fireworks shows again, coming up on the 3rd and 4th of July, respectively. Thousands of our friends, family, visitors and neighbors will be out to enjoy another great show.

“TCDA and our partners work tirelessly to raise enough money to pay for these fireworks shows. There is no budget from our taxes or government support to pay for the shows. The fireworks are entirely funded by grants, sponsorships and gifts from generous organizations and individuals. It’s always a struggle.

“If you enjoy having the annual fireworks shows on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, please donate. It’s easy to do so online at visittahoecity.com for Tahoe City and northtahoebusiness.org for Kings Beach.

“If you and/or your organization have already given this year, please accept our grateful thanks.”

Steve Hoch, Executive Director, Tahoe City Downtown Association
Joy Doyle, Executive Director, North Tahoe Business Association

Schedule
June 20
6-8 p.m. | Solstice Stroll Classic Car Show

June 21
7 p.m. | Bridgetender Fireworks Fundraiser Street Dance

June 22
Noon-4 p.m. | Tahoe City Wine Walk

June 23
3-7 p.m. | Concerts on Commons