Summer is here and there’s no shortage of fun events to fill the days. From local eats to local beats, running, racing and biking, and exploring the creative side of expression these festivals will keep your schedule jam packed.
Concerts at Commons Beach | Tahoe City
Live Music & Performing Arts
Free outdoor summer concerts
Ongoing | Area venues
Kick off the summer with one of Tahoe’s ongoing free summer concert series. Truckee Thursdays starts on June 9 with free shows every Thursday in downtown until Aug. 18. Starting June 14, head over to Squaw Valley for Tuesdays Bluesdays. The free concerts are offered every Tuesday until Sept. 6 in the Village at Squaw.
Head to Kings Beach on Friday nights for Music on the Beach starting June 17 weekly until Sept. 2.
Concerts at the Commons in Tahoe City begin June 19 with Afrolicious during the Solstice Festival. The series continue through Sept. 4 every Sunday on the beach.
Truckee River Regional Park hosts Music in the Park with free concerts every Wednesday from June 22 through mid-August. In South Lake, the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series returns on June 23, with free music every Thursday until Aug. 27.
Get the lowdown on all of lineups for the free, summer concerts in Tahoe and Truckee at the end of the Tahoe Music & Festivals Guide.
Nevada Humanities Chautauqua
Until June 24 | Area venues | Reno & Carson City, Nev.
Nevada Humanities presents the 25th Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival until June 24. Chautauqua is a living history program in which performers, in costume and in character, bring historical figures to life in theatrical monologues. This year’s event focuses on food with feasts and coffee dates that focus on how we dine both past and present. | nevadahumanities.com
Brewery Arts Center Summer Concert Series
Until Aug. 6 | Brewery Art Center | Carson City, Nev.
Enjoy live music at the Brewery Arts Center each Saturday with bands including Incendio, The Hold Up, Dangermuffin and SambaDa. As well, The Brewery Arts Center hosts a Bluegrass & String Band Concert Series in July featuring some of the best regional bluegrass groups. | breweryarts.org
June 11 | Nugget Casino | Sparks. Nev.
Grab your hat and cowboy boots for a Western weekend in Sparks, Nev. This annual celebration of country music features live country entertainment, country music DJs, free line-dancing lessons and a cowboy-themed bar crawl. | nuggetcasinoresort.com
TOCCATA Tahoe SummerFest
June 12-15 | Area venues | North Lake Tahoe
TOCCATA kicks off its annual SummerFest celebration with Going 4 Baroque, a celebration of baroque period music with featured soloists including Josue Casillas on flute and Nita Tune on oboe and vocalists Anna Helwing, Becky Earl and Anne Davidson, sopranos; Brad Perry, tenor, and Emzy Burroughs, baritone. | toccatatahoe.com
Valhalla Arts, Music and Theatre Festival
June 22-Aug. 17 | Valhalla Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe
A summer-long celebration of music, theater and the visual arts. The festival is set against the magnificent backdrop of Lake Tahoe and the Tallac Historic Site. This season celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre with a Lucky Baldwin Poker Promenade and concert featuring Radoslav Lorkovic. Other events include a free weekly music series, art classes, performing arts and a Great Gatsby Murder Mystery Dinner. | valhallatahoe.com
Blues & Views
June 25-Sept. 17 | Sierra Valley Farms | Beckwourth
Enjoy a fresh farm-to-table meal and music under the stars at Sierra Valley Farms. Artists include Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums and more | sierravalleyfarms.com
High Sierra Music Festival
June 30-July 3 | Plumas County Fairgrounds | Quincy
High Sierra Music Festival has been recognized for more than 25 years for its trademark sense of community and annual traditions among festivalgoers and music lovers. This year’s lineup includes Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Thievery Corporation. | highsierramusic.com
Harvey’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series
July 2-Sept. 2 | Harvey’s Lake Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe
Harvey hosts some of the biggest headliners in the region in an outdoor venue overlooking Lake Tahoe. Concerts kick off with Slightly Stoopid on July 2 and continue with heavy hitters including Widespread Panic, James Taylor, Sting, Tim McGraw, Steve Miller and Stevie Wonder. | harveystahoe.com
Summer Concerts on the Green
July 2-3 | Tahoe Donner Golf Course | Tahoe Donner
Step back a couple decades and enjoy two nights of classic rock by four tribute bands. Hear the best of The Eagles and Elton John on July 2 followed by covers of Journey and U2 on July 3. | tahoedonner.com
Genoa Americana Celebration
July 4 | Area venues | Genoa, Nev.
Celebrate the 4th of July at Mormon Station State Park with a free festival featuring live music from Ricochet, Sierra Silverstrings and Sierra Sweethearts. End the night with a Chicken dinner and music from the Carson City Symphony. | genoaamericana.com
Backroads Country Music Festival
July 7-9 | Wild West Motorsports | Sparks, Nev.
Get ready for a weekend of camping and country music at the Backroads Country Music Festival. Cool off on the 300-foot slip ‘n’ slide between sets from the region’s top country artists. | Backroads Country Festival on Facebook
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
July 18-Sept. 18 | Sand Harbor State Park | Incline Village, Nev.
This season the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents “The Comedy of Errors” coupled with “Forever Plaid,” a jukebox musical. Shows play throughout the summer. As well, the Monday Night Showcase includes live music and dance performances each week. | laketahoeshakespeare.com
Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival & Competition
July 21-22 | Trinity Episcopal Church | Reno, Nev.
The region’s best guitar players come to Reno for a classical music competition followed by live performances are area venues including the Brewery Arts Center and the Wells Fargo Auditorium at the University of Nevada, Reno. Workshops and masterclasses are offered, as well. | cgwest.org
July 26-Aug. 13 | Sierra Nevada College | Incline Village, Nev.
Formerly known as the Lake Tahoe SummerFest, Classical Tahoe features performances from some of the nation’s best classical musicians directed by maestro Joel Revzen. On Tuesdays, experience the music in a more intimate setting during the “Meet the Musicians” Chamber Ensembles. A free family concert is on Aug. 7. | classicaltahoe.org
Lake Tahoe Dance Festival
July 27-29 | Gatekeeper’s Museum | Tahoe City
The Lake Tahoe Dance Collective brings the top performers in the world to the Gatekeeper’s Museum for a celebration of dance with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop. Audience participatory demonstrations and meet-the-artist talks help further the collaboration between artists. | laketahoedancecfestival.org
Guitarfish Music Festival
July 28-31 | Cisco Grove Campground | Cisco Grove
Gather for four-days of family-friendly fun with some of the region’s top bands including ALO, The Greyboy Allstars and Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. The festival raises awareness for overfishing and pollution of the oceans. | guitarfishfestival.com
Carson City Music Festival
Aug. 5-21 | Area venues | Carson City, Nev.
The Mile High Jazz Band Association presents more than 100 performers at venues across the city during the Carson City Music Festival. From impromptu jam sessions to the Speakeasy Swing Dance Party, these events will keep you grooving till you drop. | jazzcarsoncity.com
Lake Tahoe Music Festival
Aug. 16-21 | Area venues | North Lake Tahoe
The Lake Tahoe Music Festival presents a 20-piece Academy Orchestra performance at five locations in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. This season’s soloists include Nathan Hughes, principle Oboe player for the Metropolitan Orchestra and internationally renowned cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir. | tahoemusic.org
Reno Tahoe Music Festival
Aug. 26-28 | Hawkins Outdoor Amphitheater | Reno, Nev.
The Sierra Nevada Performing Arts Association presents three nights of tributes to favorite classic rock and country artists. Kick off the weekend with Straight Up McGraw, a Tom Drinnon tribute to Tim McGraw. On Saturday, Dog & Butterfly plays a tribute to Heart and Stealin’ Chicago closes out the weekend with a tribute to Chicago. | snpaa.org
Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings
Sept. 9 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
Five local bands go head-to-head in a battle to be crowned the best band in the village. Meanwhile the restaurants in The Village face off in competition pitting the best wings against each other. You decide the winners. | squawalpine.com
Arts & Culture
Word Jam | Every 2nd & 4th Sunday | Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
Literary Arts & Wine | Every 3rd Sunday | Downtown Truckee
Sierra College Insights | June 10 | Sierra College
On the greens
Summer brings the PGA Barracuda Championship and the American Century Celebrity Championship to the region. See Golf in this issue to get your tickets.
Until July 29 | Sierra Nevada College | Incline Village, Nev.
The Fine Arts department at Sierra Nevada College hosts the 32nd Annual Summer Art Workshops with a variety of summer workshops given by nationally known ceramists, glass artists, painters, sculptors, printmakers, digital artists, photographers, paper makers, jewelers and more. | sierranevada.edu
Plein Air Open
June 13-18 | Area venues | Tahoe City
Artists of all levels from all over the country will gather in North Lake Tahoe for the week to paint the breathtaking scenery of North Lake Tahoe en plein air or in the open air. You may spot our artists painting along the lake shore, in our scenic valleys or blooming meadows (see Arts in this issue). | northtahoearts.com
Stewart Indian School Father’s Day Powwow
June 17-19 | Indian Commission | Carson City, Nev.
Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with the entire family and experience American Indian heritage, history and pride at the Stewart Father’s Day Powwow. The former Stewart Indian School will come alive with more than 200 dancers, 25 arts and crafts vendors and Indian tacos and other fare. | stewartindianschool.com
June 12 | Truckee Tahoe Lumber | Truckee
Truckee Roundhouse 2nd annual Maker Show is at the Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 30 local makers and artists. Food and beverages from local restaurants. (See feature in this issue). | truckeeroundhouse.org
Tahoe City Solstice Festival
June 16-19 | Area venues | Tahoe City
Celebrate the start of summer with the annual Solstice Festival featuring the Farmers’ Market, Solstice Stroll Classic Car Show, live music at local venues, Tahoe City Wine Walk, North Tahoe Plein Air Open events, the Solstice Sip ‘n’ Shop, and kickoff of the summer Concerts at Commons Beach. The great outdoors take center stage during the events, guided tours, clinics and more at the Alpenglow Mountain Festival and during Adventure Sports Week. | visittahoecity.org
Soul to Solstice Wellness Retreat
June 17-19 | Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley
Enjoy healthy meals, keynote speakers, yoga, pilates and fitness classes. | (530) 583-6300
Community of Writers
June 23 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
The annual Squaw Valley Community of Writers hosts public events in conjunction with its writers’ workshops. The summer events kick off with a Poetry Reading on June 23. More events TBA. | communityofwriters.org
June 30-July 31 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
Artown encourages audiences to embrace multidisciplinary arts and works to strengthen the art industry in Northern Nevada with a month-long celebration of visual and performing arts. From live music to unique exhibits enjoy the many variations of creative expression. | renoisartown.com
Fourth of July Celebrations
July 4 | Area venues
The celebrations starts early with the kick off parade during Red, White and Tahoe Blue on July 2 at the Village Green in Incline Village. The festivities continue with a weekend of family friendly, community events centered around the Village Green in Incline Village. Head to Kings Beach on July 3 for an early Fireworks exhibition at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area.
A variety of events take place on the 4th including the finale fireworks show during Red, White and Tahoe Blue in Incline Village, Tahoe City hosts a fireworks display on Commons Beach and Truckee residents and guests may enjoy fireworks at the West End Beach on Donner Lake. South Lake Tahoe hosts a fireworks display that has been rated one of the top in the nation by the American Pyrotechnic Association.
Art, Wine & Music
July 9-10 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
Fine artists, craft makers, performers and musicians gather in the Village at Squaw Valley for two days showcasing their work paired with wine tasting from regional vineyards and two stages featuring live music. | squawalpine.com
Truckee Open Art Studio Tour
July 12-30 | Area venues | Truckee
A nod to the community of artists in Truckee, the Nevada County Arts Council presents the Truckee Open Arts Studios Tour showcasing a variety of artists and mediums in the surrounding community of Truckee. TOAST also features events and workshops that includes a mix of art, music, film and photography. | creativetruckee.org
July 14-17 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
The original location of the Wanderlust Festival, Squaw Valley hosts four days of yoga, music, community and clean eating. Enjoy a variety of yoga classes for all level taught by some of the world’s most renowned instructors. Musical artists include Beats Antique and Stephen Marley. | wanderlustsquaw.com
24-hour Mural Marathon
July 15-16 | Circus Circus Casino | Reno, Nev.
Competitors will have 24 hours to paint an original mural on a panel outside of Circus Circus casino. The paintings will be a permanent installation. Artists will compete for cash prizes. Virginia Street will be closed for the competition and spectators may enjoy live music and food. | circusreno.com
Reno Basque Festival
July 16 | Wingfield Park | Reno, Nev.
Enjoy a celebration of Reno’s Basque culture with food and activities. The mission is to preserve the culture and history of Basque People | renobasqueclub.org
Northern Nevada Pride
July 23 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
Show your pride and celebrate the diversity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in Reno. The day begins with a commUNITY parade between Keystone Avenue and 1st Street. The parade ends at the festival in Arlington Park. | northernnevadapride.org
South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic
July 29-30 | Tahoe Keys | South Lake Tahoe
The Northern California Lake Tahoe Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society host the 2016 South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic, a boat show for charity. This event is open to wooden boats of all ages and styles. Celebrate the boating heritage of Lake Tahoe. | tahoewoodenboats.com
Artist Studio Tour
July 29-Aug. 7 | Area venues | South Lake Tahoe
The Tahoe Art League hosts its 10th Annual Artist Studio Tour. Tahoe Artists invite the public into their private studios to view and purchase unique local art during two summer weekends. Paintings, print-making, sculpture, ceramics, photography and art jewelry are among some of the featured works of the league’s fine artists. Refreshments, prizes and art demonstrations are offered throughout this festive tour. | talent.org
Compression! Art & Fire
July 30 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
Presented by Controlled Burn, Reno’s fire art performance troupe, Compression brings together music, mutant vehicles and fire art in celebration of creative expression. An after party takes place at the Morris Burner Hotel. | controlledburnreno.dreamhosters.com
Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance
Aug. 12-13 | Obexer’s Boat Company | Homewood
This year’s 44th annual Concours will again be staged at the historic Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood with the two-day show open to the public on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13. The Exhibitors’ Barbecue and Awards Presentation is just one of the social events surrounding the Concours. A gala Opening Night Dinner and Dance kicks off Wooden Boat Week, with a Men’s Grill, Ladies’ Luncheon and Fashion Show, and Woodie Over-The-Bottom. | laketahoeconcours.com
Reno Greek Fest
Aug. 19-21 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine, traditional dance and music during Reno Greek Festival. Be prepared to learn the history and culture of Greece while enjoying the flavors of the Mediterranean in a family friendly setting. | renogreefest.com
All Breed Dog Show
Aug. 19-21 | Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center | Reno, Nev.
Nearly 160 breeds compete in a variety of trials including Conformation, Obedience and Rally. | renokennelclub.org
The Pacifica Fest
Aug. 20-21 | Sands Regency | Reno, Nev.
Welcoming all Polynesians and Asians: Hawaiians, Tongans, Samoans, Fijians, Micronesian, Filipinos, Japanese, Vietnamese, Singaporeans, Chinese, Taiwanese and all people with ties to the Pacific Rim region and everyone who wants to join a cultural celebration of family and community. | pacificafestivalreno.org
Peaks & Paws
Aug. 27 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
The 2016 Peaks & Paws Festival will feature exciting dog-themed entertainment, fun activities for the whole family, adoptable dogs, wine and beer tasting, and great bluegrass music. Combining fun dog-centric entertainment including the ultimate flying dog show, Flyball demonstrations, dog-friendly activities like hikes and fun-filled fetching contests. | squawalpine.com
Aug. 28-Sept. 5 | Black Rock City | Black Rock Desert, Nev.
Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in the Black Rock Desert to celebrate art, music, creative expression and self-reliance. | burningman.org
Numaga Indian Days Powwow
Sept. 2-4 | Area venues | Hungry Valley, Nev.
This nationally acclaimed Powwow features the Native American dancers, singers and drummers along with traditional foods and crafts. | rsic.org
Endless Summer Yoga
Sept. 2-5 | Granlibakken | Tahoe City
Enjoy daily restorative meals, yoga and meditation, Ayurvedic counseling and day spa treatments, music and entertainment. | granlibakken.com
Reno Balloon Race
Sept. 9-11 | Rancho San Rafael Park | Reno, Nev.
The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot-air ballooning event in the world. During three days in early September, you can look up into the Reno skies and see a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring. | renoballoon.com
Trails & Vistas
Sept. 10 & 18 | Area venues
Enjoy a World Concert of Peace featuring Todo Mundo, Peter Joseph Burtt and Emily Tessmer at the Shakespeare Stage at Sand Harbor. The Trails & Vistas festival also features guided art hikes at Spooner Lake State Park on Sept. 10 and Sept. 18 on Donner Summit. | trailsandvistas.org
Reno Celtic Celebration
Oct. 1-2 | Bartley Ranch | Reno, Nev.
Celebrate Celtic heritage with traditional pipe bands, Scottish and Irish dancers, clan tents, historical reenactments, games food and more. Many kid friendly activities are offered. | renoceltic.org
Winemaker Tastings events | Ongoing | Uncorked locations
Guided wine tastings | Every 3rd Tuesday | North Tahoe Event Center
Tap Takeover | June 10 | Homewood
Pop Up Dinner | June 10 & 11 | Stella
PlumpJack Pig Roast | June 12 | PlumpJack Café
Leg Lifter Beer Launch Party | June 14 | FiftyFifty Brewing
Pop Up Dinner | June 17 & 18 | Stella
Back to the Land dinner | June 18 | Alder Creek Adventure Center
Brewmaster’s Dinners | July 1 & Sept. 2 | Northstar
Taste and Listen | July 15 | Stella
Thunderfaire: Grape & Gourmet | July 16 | Thunderbird Lodge
Winemaker’s Dinner | July 28 | PlumpJack Café
Sierra Forage Dinner | July 29 | Stella
Tahoeritaville Lobster Feed | July 29 | North Tahoe Event Center
The Great Gatsby party | Aug. 20 | Thunderbird Lodge
Science of Wine Tasting | Aug. 25 | UC Davis TERC
Reno Street Food
Until Oct. 7 | Idlewild Park | Reno, Nev.
Reno Street Food offers deliciously packed food trucks, pop-up restaurants and food trailers held from 5 to 9 p.m. every Friday until Oct. 7. There are live local bands and artists featured each week. | Reno Street Food on Facebook
Truckee Brew Fest
June 11 | Truckee Regional Park | Truckee
The 11th Annual Truckee Brew Fest features more than 40 specialty brews from Northern California and Nevada breweries, music by Lost Whiskey Engine and Coburn Station, dancing, barbecue items and silent auction. | truckeebrewfest.com
Taste of the Comstock
June 11 | Area venues | Virginia City, Nev.
Sample savory bites of Virginia City’s finest fare, experience the way it was on the Comstock and encounter the life of the upper echelon in the VIP whiskey lounge all at Taste of the Comstock. In its heyday, when silver was pouring from the hills, Virginia City was well known as a town of riches, elegance and fine dining. | virginiacity.com
Wine on the Water
June 12 | Hyatt Regency | Incline Village, Nev.
The event is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club. Enjoy tastings from Lone Eagle Grille and Sierra Café, a wine-toss sponsored by Leo’s Electric, live music, a silent auction, raffles and more. | bgcnlt.org
Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues
June 17-18 | Eldorado Casino | Reno, Nev.
Fire up the grills, tap the kegs and crank up the tunes for Reno’s best summer kick-off party. Headlined this year by the Gin Blossoms and Everclear. The festival is equal parts barbecue block party, microbrew tasting event with more than 50 microbrews from around the world and music festival with two stages featuring nonstop rock and blues. | eldoradoreno.com
Tahoe City Wine Walk
June 18 | Area venues | Tahoe City
The Wine Walk runs along scenic North Lake Boulevard in downtown Tahoe City and provides some of the best views of Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in the country. This alfresco event, scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. will focus on varietals from area wine producers and will feature gourmet bites from North Lake Tahoe’s top restaurants and catering companies. | tahoecitywinewalk.com
Dinner in the Barn
June 18-Sept. 10 | Sierra Valley Farms | Beckwourth
Sierra Valley Farms and Mike Trombetta of Farm to Belly Catering present Dinner in the Barn, a dinner series of four nights that celebrates food, farm and community in Beckwourth on June 18, July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 10. | sierravalleyfarms.com
Village Wine Walks
June 25-Aug. 27 | Northstar | Truckee
Village at Northstar Wine Walk Series this summer on the final Saturday of each month. Enjoy a variety of delicious wine samples and light snacks as you meander throughout the Village. | northstarcalifornia.com
Biggest Little City Wing Fest
July 2-4 | Silver Legacy Casino | Reno, Nev.
The Silver Legacy serves more than 20,000 pounds of chicken wings during this annual event featuring live music and culinary delights. | silverlegacy.com
Beerfest & Bluegrass
July 2 | Northstar Resort | Truckee
The festival will include beer tastings from more than 25 breweries and two premier bluegrass bands. Breweries will be featured on the Village Overlook, and guests who purchase a ticket will receive a commemorative pint glass and be able to sample all the different beers. | northstarcalifornia.com
Aug. 26-27 | Peppermill Casino | Reno, Nev.
CANFEST is an unlimited tasting beer festival of beers poured exclusively from cans. Breweries from all corners of the U.S. (and some from around the world) come together for one night of indulgence. An attendee will typically find 100 to 120 brews to sample. | canfestbeer.com
Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off
Aug. 31-Sept. 5 | Victorian Square | Sparks, Nev.
The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is America’s biggest, free barbecue festival. Enjoy the country’s best grilling competition. Two dozen of the world’s top barbecue competitors serve up more than 240,000 pounds of ribs for hundreds of thousands of hungry event-goers on Victorian Square. | nuggetribcookoff.com
Sept. 3 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
Enjoy unlimited beer tastings from more than 40 breweries along with live music and fun activities all to benefit Achieve Tahoe. | squawalpine.com
Alpen Wine Festival
Sept. 4 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
The 28th Annual Alpen Wine Fest includes wine tasting from more than 40 vineyards, live music, a silent auction and raffle. | squawalpine.com
Tractors & Truffles
Sept. 10 | Fallon, Nev.
A farm-to-plate gourmet dinner and arts event featuring renowned chefs from around the country using locally gown ingredients in their five-course meals. Following the dinner is a performance in the Barkley Theater. Cooking demonstrations and farms tours are given during the day. | tractorsandtruffles.com
Hops With Pops
Sept. 11 | Sierra Valley Farms | Beckwourth
Enjoy a beer-tasting and food-pairing event with samples from local breweries. | sierravalleyfarms.com
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
Sept. 11 | Northstar Resort | Truckee
Top chefs from around the region head to the high Sierra for the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival. The 30th annual installment of this classic Tahoe event includes three days of culinary competition, demonstrations, tastings, art exhibitions and more; in and around the Village at Northstar. Partake in a weekend of wine and beer tasting while checking out Saturday’s Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook Off or take part in the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting Sunday afternoon. | northstarcalifornia.com
Sample the Sierra
Sept. 17 | Bijou Community Park | South Lake Tahoe
Sample the Sierra, Lake Tahoe’s largest farm-to-fork festival, features local produce, house-brewed beers and Sierra wines, celebrity chefs, local artisans and a pop up dinner. | samplethesierra.com
Sept. 24 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
This annual event will transform the Village at Squaw Valley into a miniature Bavaria complete with authentic German beer and food, Bavarian music, the ever-popular Oktoberfest Games and plenty of family fun. | squawalpine.com
Genoa Candy Dance
Sept. 24-25 | Area venues | Genoa, Nev.
This candy and craft festival features more than 300 exhibitors and 3,000 pounds of homemade candy. Enjoy the small town spirit as you explore this sweet and indulgent festival. | genoanevada.org
Tahoe City Oktoberfest
Oct. 1 | Gatekeeper’s Museum | Tahoe City
Tahoe City Oktoberfest celebration hosts activities for the family — even the dogs. Enjoy live music, cold beer, barbecue, sausages and wieners and fun games and crafts for kids of all ages. | visittahoecity.com
Truckee Wine Walk & Shop
Oct. 1 | Downtown Truckee
Truckee Wine Walk & Shop is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. | truckeewinewalk.com
The Wild West
Cowboy BBQ | June 25, July 16 & Aug. 6 | Tahoe Donner
Cowgirls & Cocktails | July 1 & 29, Aug. 19, Sept. 2 & 23 | Tahoe Donner
Pancakes & Ponies | Aug. 13 & 27, Sept. 3 & 17 | Tahoe Donner
Reno Cattle Drive
June 12-16 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
For 26 years, the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive has given would-be cowboys and cowgirls the chance to participate in an authentic, old-style cattle drive as they travel 100 miles through Nevada desert to deliver more than 300 steer to the rodeo grounds in downtown Reno. | renorodeo.com
June 12-25 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
The annual Reno Rodeo combines professional and amateur bull riding with Western-themed fun and activities. From mutton bustin’ to barrel racing, live music and good eats get ready to celebrate the Wild West. On June 16 the PRCA Xtreme Bulls brings the top bull riders from around the world to compete. June 20 brings the Bob Fiest Invitational Team Roping competition with the world’s top 100 teams competing for the championship. | renorodeo.com
Reno Xtreme Barrel Race
Aug. 24-28 | Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center | Reno, Nev.
The final event of the Barrel Racing season, this event attracts top athletes from more than 10 states to compete in fast-paced barrel racing. A Western Trade Show also features saddles, tack, boots, hats and more. | burns1876.com
Truckee Professional Rodeo
Aug. 27-28 | McIver Arena | Truckee
See barrel racing, mutton busting and bull riding during the 42nd annual Truckee Professional Rodeo. | truckeerodeo.org
Annual International Camel & Ostrich Races
Sept. 9-11 | Area venues | Virginia City, Nev.
It all started with a tall tale from an Old West newspaper man, and here we are still living up to the legend. Come and see these extraordinary animals race. Each day races start at High Noon and gates open at 10 a.m. | visitvirginiacity.com
The Way It Was Rodeo
Sept. 17-18 | Virginia City Fairgrounds | Virginia City, Nev.
Saddle up and ride on up to Virginia City’s Arena & Fairgrounds for the return of the Way It Was Rodeo. Flying U Rodeo, headed by rodeo legend Cotton Rosser, brings a weekend of extreme bronc riding, trick roping, barrel racing, mutton bustin’ and so much more to Virginia City. | visitvirginiacity.com
Snaffle Bit Futurity
Sept. 18-Oct. 1 | Reno, Nev.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity has flourished into one of the most prestigious and exciting events in the Western performance industry. Hundreds of horses and thousands of fans from across the U.S., Canada and overseas make the journey to Reno each year. | nrcha.com
World Cowboy Fastdraw Championships
Sept. 29-Oct. 2 | Churchill County Fairgrounds | Fallon, Nev.
See the fastest gun alive and relive the spirit of the Wild West with a craft fair, car show, comfort food and Civil War reenactment with Nevada Gunfighters and the World Championship Fast Draw Competition. Watch shooters ages 8 and older compete to be the fastest gun alive with a final championship on Oct. 2 | cowboyfastdraw.com
World Championship Outhouse Races
Oct. 1-2 | Virginia City
The Races pit teams of costumed outhouse racers against each other. One person rides and the remaining team members push, pull or drag the decorated outhouses down the racetrack. | visitvirginiacitynv.com
Start your engines
June 9-12 | Rattlesnake Raceway | Fallon, Nev.
A week of high-powered motorsports including dirt track racing at Rattlesnake Raceway, drag racing at Top Gun Raceway and a Churchill County Fairgrounds Jamboree with monster trucks, truck and tractor pull, demolition derby, quad races, tough trucks, burning car stuntman, fireworks and sock hop. Plus, a Miss Octane Fest competition. | visitfallonnevada.com
US Open of Watercross
June 18-19 | Sparks Marina Park | Sparks, Nev.
Watch the best of the best personal watercraft racers rip around the course at Sparks Marina Park. Both professional and amateur classes are offered. Spectators are welcome. | prowatercross.com
June 23-26 | Area venues | Carson City, Nev.
Cars, music and body art highlight this three-day celebration of rockabilly culture. Enjoy drag races and burn outs followed by an auto swap and tattoo expo. Live music by Total Distortion, Twilight Drifters and Rockabilly Lovecats round out the weekend. | renorockabillyriot.com
Truckee Tahoe AirShow
July 9 | Truckee Tahoe Airport | Truckee
Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival features a STEM Expo, VIP hospitality tent, food and fun with a tribute to “Space, Science and Beyond.” | truckeeoptimist.com
Hot August Nights
July 29-Aug. 6 | Area venues | Virginia City, Sparks & Reno, Nev.
Take a step back in time and enjoy the beauty of classic muscle cars during Hot August Nights. | hotaugustnights.net
Off Road Race Series
Aug. 13-14 | Wild West Motorsports Park | Sparks, Nev.
Off Road Racing meets West Coast influence for an intense four-wheel challenge full of fan-friendly tracks. | lucasoiloffroad.com
National Championship Air Races
Sept. 14-18 | Reno Steed Field | Reno, Nev.
The National Championship Air Races is the last event of its kind, carrying on the tradition of the Cleveland Air Races of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. See military displays and aerial performers alike along with a showing from the Blue Angels | airrace.org
Street Vibrations Fall Rally
Sept. 21-25 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
Street Vibrations Motorcycle Festival is a celebration of music, metal and motorcycles. Street Vibrations offers tours, live entertainment, ride-in shows, stunt shows and more to more than 50,000 biking enthusiasts. Enjoy scavenger hunts, poker runs and a custom bike expo. | roadshowsreno.com
Silver State Rockcrawling Championship
Sept. 26-27 | Wild West Motorsports Park | Sparks, Nev.
Pros and entry-level teams compete on the natural terrain overlooking the race track. | silverstate.rocks
The mountains are calling
Senior Hikes | Every Tuesday | Incline Village
Bird Walk | June 9 | Incline Village
Cultural Land Tour | June 10 | Waddle Ranch Preserve
Wildflower Walk | June 19 | TBD
Wildflower Walk | June 21 | Tahoe Donner
Strawberry Moon hike | June 23 | Incline Village
Birding at Page Meadows | June 25 | Tahoe City
Wildflower Walk | June 26 | TBA
Carpenter Valley hike | June 26, July 23 & 31, Aug. 21 | Truckee
Wildflower Walk | July 3 | Olympic Valley
Wildflower, Birds & Falls | July 9 | Mount Rose
Wildflower Walk | July 10 | Carson Pass
Cultural Land Tour | July 15 | Webber Lake
Wildflower Walk | July 16 | Echo Summit
Buck Moon Hike | July 21 | Incline Village
Cultural Land Tour | Aug. 12 | Independence Lake Preserve
Sturgeon Moon Hike | Aug. 18 | Incline Village
Harvest Moon Hike | Sept. 15 | Incline Village
Thunderbird Paddling Festival
June 9 | Sand Harbor State Park | Incline Village, Nev.
Choose from the 4- or 8-mile course. Start 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. Enjoy demonstrations and kids races, as well. | laketahoepaddling.com
Lake Tahoe Bird Festival
June 11 | Taylor Creek Visitor Center | South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and the U. S. Forest Service present this family friendly day to learn about bird research, go on bird walks, see live birds of prey and talk with a local bird expert. | tinsweb.org
June 11-12 | Northstar | Truckee
A 10-mile course of mud and obstacle challenges competitors both mentally and physically. Courses can be completed solo or as a team. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the competitors as they push for the finish. | toughmudder.com
Northstar Mountain Bike Race Series
June 18-Aug. 13 | Northstar | Truckee
Northstar Resort hosts a series of Downhill, Enduro and Cross Country races throughout the summer. Professionals and amateurs are invited to compete each month. Competitors in the Tahoe Trail 100K have the opportunity to earn a starting spot at the nationally recognized Leadville Trail 100 Bike Race in Colorado. | northstarcalifornia.com
Alpenglow Mountain Festival
June 18-26 | Area venues | North Lake Tahoe
Celebrate nine days of human-powered sports with hiking, biking, running, paddling and more during the Alpenglow Mountain Festival. Gear demos, guest speakers and educational clinics round out the schedule of events. | alpenglowsports.com
Adventure Sports Week
June 17-26 | Area venues | North Lake Tahoe
Adventure Sports Week Tahoe is a 10-day event featuring human-powered sports, music, film and fun for all. Trail Running, Triathlon, Mountain Biking, Standup Paddle Boarding and other competitive events to choose from. Concerts, film, clinics, gear demos and more. | adventuresportsweektahoe.com
Kids Adventure Games
June 24-26 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
The 3rd Annual Squaw Valley Kids Adventure Games features a kid-sized adventure race where teams of two navigate a natural terrain-inspired obstacle course. Kids can expect mountain biking, hiking, zip-lines, a Tarzan rope swing, giant Slip-n-Slide, tubing, cargo nets, mud pits and more. | squawalpine.com
Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival
Aug. 12-14 | Kings Beach State Park | Kings Beach
Celebrate stand-up paddleboarding with three days of paddle clinics, yoga, races and fun on the beach. Activities for both kids and adults are offered throughout the weekend. | tahoenalu.com
USA BMX Blackjack Nationals
Aug. 29-31 | Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center | Reno, Nev.
The Western Division BMX Finals take place in Reno with three days of bike madness. Spectators and invited to see top BMX riders advance to the championships. | usabmx.com
Oct. 1 | Rancho San Rafael | Reno, Nev.
CrossReno is also a day-long festival and a USA Cycling sanctioned race. Racers, fans and spectators can enjoy a festival with a live music stage, local food trucks, craft beer, and family friendly events. For families with parents racing, CrossReno even offers a supervised interactive kids section so you can get your race on while the kids are off having fun. | cxreno.com
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