Summer has arrived and Tahoe is bursting with warm sunshine. The lakes, creeks and rivers are bountiful with water to paddle and frolic in. Summer brings an abundance of activities and events. There so much to do in fact, it may be hard to choose but, alas, there is something happening every day and night of the week. So, pop open a cold one, sit back by the shores of Big Blue or find a trail to hike or bike during the day and eat, dance and be merry by night.
Free outdoor summer concerts
Ongoing | Area venues
Kick off the summer with one of Tahoe’s ongoing free summer concert series five nights a week starting in June.
The series features Bluesdays Tuesdays at Squaw Valley, with Music in the Park on Wednesdays at Truckee River Regional Park. Thursdays are the hot night for music with Truckee Thursdays downtown every week, while Live at Lakeview has music on the beach every Thursday in South Lake Tahoe.
Kings Beach heats up this month with Music on the Beach every Friday, with the Concerts on Commons Beach is every Sunday in Tahoe City. See the Free Summer Concerts lineup at the end of the festival guide.
“Mozart in the Mountains”
June 10, 11, 15 & 18 | Area venues
TOCCATA presents “Mozart in the Mountains” featuring Josue Casillas performing “Flute Concerto #2” and includes “Piano Concerto #21” (Elvira Madigan), and “Symphony #40.” | toccatatahoe.org
June 12 | Nugget Casino | Sparks, Nev.
Grab your hat and cowboy boots for a Western weekend. This annual celebration of country music features live entertainment, country music DJs, free line-dancing lessons and a cowboy-themed bar crawl. | nuggetcasinoresort.com
Levitt AMP Summer Music Series
June 23-Sept. 2 | Brewery Art Center | Carson City, Nev.
Enjoy live music at the Brewery Arts Center each Saturday with regional bands performing a variety of genres kicking off with the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. | breweryarts.org
Harvey’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series
June 25-Sept. 3 | Harvey’s Lake Tahoe | Stateline, Nev.
Harvey hosts some of the biggest headliners in the region at an outdoor venue overlooking Lake Tahoe. Concerts kick off with Paul Simon, and continue through the summer with Jack Johnson, Lenny Kravitz, Train, The Who and many more. | harveystahoe.com
High Sierra Music Festival
June 29-July 2 | 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 is massive and includes more than 30 bands including Trey Anastasio Band, The Travelin’ McCourys and Galactic. | highsierramusic.com
Summer Concerts on the Green
July 1-2 | Tahoe Donner Golf Course | Tahoe Donner
Step back a couple decades and enjoy two nights of classic rock by four tribute bands. This year brings Joel the Band a Billy Joel Tribute band, The Rising bringing Bruce Springsteen to the Green, Aja Vu a Steely Dan Tribute Band and Wonderbread 5, a dance party cover band. | tahoedonner.com
July 13-16 | Nevada County Fairgrounds | Grass Valley
Michael Franti and Spearhead headline this world beat festival along with artists Peter Yarrow, Suen Kuti, Egypt 80 and more than 50 bands performing on seven stages. | worldfest.net
July 16 | Wingfield Park | Reno, Nev.
Word of Life Ministries presents a music and culture festival featuring entertainment, education, food and fun for the whole family with Gospel music men’s quartets, gemale groups, soloists, Mass choirs and more. | renoisarttown.com
Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival & Competition
July 20-21 | 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 master classes are offered, as well. | cgwest.org
Food, Blues & Views
July 22 & Aug. 26 | Sierra Valley Farms | Beckwourth
Enjoy a fresh farm-to-table meal and music under the stars at Sierra Valley Farms with Lydia Pense and Cold Blood in July and Len Rainey and the Midnight Players in August. The series include free camping at the farm. | sierravalleyfarms.com
July 28-Aug. 12 | Sierra Nevada College | Incline Village, Nev.
Classical Tahoe features performances from some of the nation’s best classical musicians directed by maestro Joel Revzen. The picture-perfect Lake Tahoe setting provides the ideal backdrop for all your favorite composers featuring musical masterpieces of Beethoven, Bernstein, Mozart, Gershwin, Copland, Tchaikovsky and more. | classicaltahoe.org
Night in the Country
July 27-29 | Yerington, Nev.
The legendary Night in the Country is one the biggest country music festivals in Nevada Three days of camping, country music and great times. Steve Moakler, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Drake White and the Big Fire and Toree McGee and are some of the artists performing this year. | nightinthecountry.org
Guitarfish Music Festival
July 27-30 | Cisco Grove Campground
Gather for four-days of family-friendly fun with some of the region’s top bands. This year artists include The Main Squeeze, Greener Grounds, Vieux Farka Toure and Joy and Madness, plus many more live acts. The festival raises awareness for overfishing and pollution of the oceans. | guitarfishfestival.com
Carson City Music Festival
Aug. 4-20 | Area venues | Carson City, Nev.
It’s an exciting summer of music as the Mile High Jazz Band Association presents the Jazz & Beyond Carson City Music Festival. The annual festival features more than 60 performances and more than 100 performers, and most offer free admission. Beyond jazz, the festival included bluegrass, blues, Latin, and more. | jazzcarsoncity.com
Brews, Jazz & Funk
Aug. 12-13 | Village at Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
The Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest returns to Squaw Valley. Festival-goers can sip on a wide array of tasty beers from 35 different breweries, as well as enjoy an incredible line-up of music both days. All proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. | squawalpine.com
The Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival
Aug. 15-20 | Area venues
The Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival joins the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective for concerts at various locations throughout Tahoe. For the first time, the Festival is also presenting an open rehearsal at the Tahoe Maritime Museum and at the Tahoe Tree Company on Aug. 16. This free event designed for families with children will be an opportunity to see how an orchestra comes together through practice. | tahoemusic.org
Broadway at the Park
Aug. 19 | Salty Gebhardt Amphitheater | Truckee River Regional Park.
The annual concert of Broadway songs performed by the Truckee Community Theatre singing favorite show tunes from the 1930s to the present. This year the concert features live musicians and a chorus. | truckeecommunitytheater.org
Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings
Sept. 15 | Village at 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
Lost Sierra Hoedown
Sept. 21-24 | Plumas Eureka State Park | Blairsden
The Lost Sierra Hoedown is a weekend of simple outdoor living and human-produced music you can dance to. With more folk, country, bluegrass and Americana than you stomp your boot to, this hoedown raises funds and awareness for the re-opening of Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl.| lostsierrahoedown.com
Theater & Performing Arts
June 8-11 | Truckee Community Theater | Truckee
It’s bawdy. It’s naughty. It’s Mel Brooks. From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, “The Producers,” comes this monstrous new musical comedy. Based on the 1974 film by Brooks and Gene Wilder, it is a parody of the horror film genre and features Frederick Frankenstein, his faithful fiancé, hunchbacked sidekick, leggy lab assistant, mysterious housekeeper, and the monster himself, who, with a cast of thousands, does a mean tap dance to “Putting on the Ritz.” | truckeecommunitytheater.com
“Cirque Le Noir”
Through Aug. 27 | Eldorado Casino | Reno, Nev.
“Cirque Le Noir” a unique and electrifying experience featuring circus acts, aerialists and athletes. The production is surreal, beautiful, seductive and at times hilariously outrageous. | eldoradoreno.com
Valhalla Arts, Music and Theatre Festival
June 21-Sept. 30 | Valhalla Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe
Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival is a unique celebration of music, theater and the visual arts. The festival is set against the magnificent backdrop of Lake Tahoe and the Tallac Historic Site. | valhallatahoe.com
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
July 8-Aug. 27 | Sand Harbor State Park | Incline Village, Nev.
This season the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Monday Night Showcase includes live music and dance performances each week. | laketahoeshakespeare.com
Lake Tahoe Dance Festival
July 26-28 | 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
Trails & Vistas
Sept. 9 | Area venues
The Trails & Vistas festival features guided art hikes. Art in nature includes music, art, dance, poetry on a 2½-mile trail. Evening celebrates a World Concert of Peace featuring Tim Erickson, Nava Dance Collective, Fared Shafinury and Jahan Khalighi. This Sept. 9 hike will be held at Galena Creek Regional Park, with a second hike in the Tahoe-Truckee region TBA. | trailsandvistas.org
Arts & Culture
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
June 11 | Truckee Tahoe Lumber | Truckee
Truckee Roundhouse Maker Show features local makers and artists and food and beverages from local restaurants. | truckeeroundhouse.org
Open Air Art Shows
June 16-Sept. 3 | Area venues
Arts & Crafts shows take place throughout the summer in an open-air village of artisans under the Tahoe sky. Peruse pottery, jewelry, sculpture, prints, paintings, photography, wearable art and woodwork and hand-crafted items. | artisttoyoufestivals.com
Community of Writers
June 24 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
The annual Squaw Valley Community of Writers hosts public events in conjunction with its writers’ workshops. | communityofwriters.org
July 1-30 | 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
Pacific Fine Arts Festival
July 1-Aug. 27 | Homewood & Tahoe City
Pacific Fine Arts Festival features paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, graphics, and jewelry and arts and crafts including handmade clothing, leather goods, wooden toys and more with dates throughout the summer. | pacificfinearts.com
Art, Wine & Music
July 8-9 | Village at 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
Reno Chalk Art Festival
July 8 & 9 | Atlantis Casino Resort | Reno, Nev.
Watch in awe as pastel chalk paintings come to life at the 2nd Annual Reno Chalk Art Festival featuring amateur and professional juried artists. Professional chalk artist Madonnari will also create spectacular masterpieces. | atlantiscasino.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
Tahoe Art League Artist Studio Tour
July 28-Aug. 6 | Area venues | South Lake Tahoe
The Tahoe Art League hosts its 11th Annual Artist Studio Tour. Artists invite the public into their private studios to view and purchase unique local art during two 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. | talart.org
Incline Village Fine Art Festival
Aug. 11-13 | Preston Field | Incline Village, Nev.
Incline Village Fine Art Festival feature artists presenting original work in all mediums of fine arts, including paintings in acrylic, oils and watercolors, photography, etchings, sculpture in clay, glass, metal, stone and wood. Each artist will be present to meet with the public and discuss his or her work. | cwbevents.com
Aug. 12-13 | Tahoe City
North Tahoe Arts presents the Tahoe City ARtour. Artists will display and sell their work and demonstrate their artistic processes. In addition, work from some of the artists will be exhibited in North Tahoe Arts Corison Loft from Aug. 2 to Sept 12. | northtahoearts.com
Reno Arts Fest!
Aug. 19-20 | City Plaza Park | Reno, Nev.
Reno Arts Fest! features artists presenting original work in all mediums of fine art, including paintings in acrylics, oils and watercolors, photography, etchings, and sculptures in clay, glass, metal, stone and wood. Each artist will be present to meet with the public and discuss his or her work. There will also be a wine walk, and a wine and beer garden during the festival. | cwbevents.com
Native American Arts Festival
July 29-30 | Valhalla Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe
This culture and heritage celebration, Wa She Shu It’ Deh, is hosted by the Washoe Tribe of Nevada. Representatives from tribes across the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America gather to celebrate native traditions featuring native American dancing, master basket weaving display, food, crafts and music. | valhallatahoe.com
Plein Air Open
Sept. 5-10 | 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 artists painting along the lake shore, in scenic valleys or in blooming meadows. | northtahoearts.com
Sept. 16 | Downtown Truckee
The third annual Art & Soul Truckee art walk will be held in historic downtown as artists display his or her work. Enjoy a wine tasting while appreciating the artwork. | historictruckee.com
June 8-Aug. 17 | Downtown Truckee
Truckee Downtown Merchants Association presents Truckee Thursdays, part street fair and part block party, in historic downtown. Hobnob with locals, meet visitors and join in the fun — live music, activity booths, local vendors and food trucks — every Thursday night from 5 to 8:30 p.m. | truckeethursdays.com
Nevada State Fair
June 8-11 | Mills Park | Carson City, Nev.
Enjoy four days of fun, live entertainment, carnival rides, pig racing, car show, food, culture and more. The Nevada State Fair will also showcase exhibits from participating counties of the great state of Nevada. | nevadastatefair.org
Valhalla Renaissance Faire
June 10-11 | Camp Richardson | South Lake Tahoe
Valhalla Renaissance Faire offers seven acres of entertainment on four stages at Camp Richardson featuring jousting, sword fighting, educational demonstrations, jugglers, magicians, children’s games, merchants, actors, food and beverages. | valhallafaire.com
Tahoe City Solstice Festival
June 15-18 | 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 takes center stage during the events, guided tours, clinics and more at the Alpenglow Mountain Festival and during Adventure Sports Week. | visittahoecity.org
Stewart Indian School Father’s Day Powwow
June 16-18 | 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
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
June 17 | California 89 | Truckee
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns with award-winning environmental and adventure films at 9 p.m. shown under the starts. Start the night with live music at 7. Dress warmly and bring a blanket. | wildandscenicfilmfestival.org
Peaks & Paws Festival
June 17-18 | Village at Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
Peaks & Paws Festival features exciting dog-themed entertainment, fun activities for the whole family, adoptable dogs, wine and beer tasting, and great bluegrass music. This festival combines fun dog-centric entertainment including the ultimate flying dog show. | squawalpine.com
June 22-25 | 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 Festival for firefighter funds
Kirkwood Summer Festival
July 1 | Village at Kirkwood
The Village Plaza will come alive for a day of wine and beer tasting, incredible food, music featuring Mo’z Motley Blues, a silent auction and activities for the kids from 3 to 6 p.m. | kmpud.com
Celebrity Golf Tournament
July 11-16 | Edgewood Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe
Charles Woodson, Doug Pederson and Adam Thielen will make up some of the NFL contingent of first-time competitors at the 28th annual American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament. The tournament offers a purse of $600,000. The 54-hole competition tests the golf skills of 80-plus stars from sports and entertainment. | americancenturychampionship.com
Reno Basque Festival
July 15 | Wingfield Park | Reno, Nev.
The Basque culture is a big part of Reno’s history and tradition. Celebrate Basque heritage with traditional food, music, dancing, and activities at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. This year marks the 50th annual celebration. | renobasqueclub.org
July 16 | Industrial Arts District | Reno, Nev.
Dickerson Road, Reno’s Industrial Arts District, is a fusion of art, commercial, residential and nature preserve. Discover Dickerson invites everyone to explore Dickerson Road from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with music, art projects for the youth, performance art, open houses, food trucks, guided tours, art demonstrations, and much more. | artspotreno.com/discover-dickerson
July 20-23 | 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 levels taught by some of the world’s most renowned instructors. Musical artists include Lettuce, Little Dragon and Dustbowl Revival. | wanderlustsquaw.com
Northern Nevada Pride
July 22 | 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
Compression! Art & Fire
July 29 | 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
July 31-Aug. 6| Montrêux Golf & Country Club | Reno, Nev.
Get ready for the greatest lip-smacking, golf-clapping, summer-loving event in the region. The Barracuda Championship combines amazing golf along and savory outdoor grilling as PGA Tour professionals tee up in Reno. | barracudachampionship.com
Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance
Aug. 11-12 | Obexer’s Boat Company | Homewood
This year’s 45th annual Concours will again be staged at the historic Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood with the two-day show open to the public. A gala opening night dinner and dance, Men’s Grill and Ladies’ Luncheon. | laketahoeconcours.com
Great Gatsby Living History Festival
Aug. 12-13 | Tallac Historic Site | South Lake Tahoe
The Roaring 1920s comes alive during the annual Great Gatsby Living History Festival at the Tallac Historic Site with costumes, music, interactive historic house tours, vintage auto rides, classic kid’s games and food. | tahoeheritage.org
All Breed Dog Show
Aug. 18-20 | Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center | Reno, Nev.
Nearly 160 breeds compete in a variety of trials including Conformation, Obedience and Rally. | renokennelclub.org
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. | renogreekfest.com
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
Aug. 25-27 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
Squaw Valley Institute hosts a gathering of visionary minds and conscious artists to build sustainable solutions for the 21st Century. Featuring more than 750 of the world’s most influential business and environmental thought leaders at a conference to drive innovative, actionable solutions for the integrity of the planet. At the same time, a two-day public festival will continue the conversation featuring high-profile music acts TBA. | squawvalleyinstitute.org
Reno Aloha Festival
Aug. 26 | Wingfield Park | Reno, Nev.
The 2nd Annual Reno Aloha Festivals is a family friendly events featuring live music, dancers, Keiki Village arts and crafts, food and drink from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | renoalohafestival.com
Numaga Indian Days Powwow
Sept. 1-3 | 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
Reno Balloon Race
Sept. 8-10 | 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, enjoy a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring over Reno. | renoballoon.com
Reno Celtic Celebration
Oct. 7-8 | 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
4th of July
Red, White & Tahoe Blue
July 1-4 | Area venues | Incline Village, Nev.
The celebrations start early with the kick off parade during Red, White and Tahoe Blue on July 1 at the Village Green. The festivities continue with a weekend of family friendly, community events. A variety of events take place on the 4th including the finale fireworks show. | redwhitetahoeblue.org
July 1-4 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
Freedom Fest celebrates summer skiing, the 4th of July, music and a festival. There will be hot tub parties at High Camp from noon to 4 p.m., free mid-mountain music from noon to 3 p.m. and free music at KT Bar from 4 to 7 p.m. each day. Must have a 2016-17 or 2017-18 season pass or lift ticket to ski or ride to see mid-mountain music events. | squawalpine.com
Star Spangled Sparks
July 1 & 4 | Area venues | Sparks, Nev.
The newly renovated Nugget Casino is celebrating the holiday in grand style. On July 1, enjoy an All-American Block Party and fireworks. On July 4, the Nugget host its traditional Star Spangled Sparks Fireworks Spectacular in Victorian Square with a Patriotic Bike Parade followed by fireworks. Both days feature live musical entertainment, a variety of food vendors, craft booths. | nuggetcasinoresort.com
3rd of July Fireworks & Beach Party
July 3 | Kings Beach State Recreation Area
Celebrate the Independence Day holiday a day early in Kings Beach. Spend the day at Kings Beach State Recreation Area and attend the July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party from 4 to 10 p.m. outside the North Tahoe Event Center including preferred fireworks seating, watermelon eating and sandcastle building contests, music, Alibi Ale Works draught beer, along with food and souvenirs. | northtahoebusiness.org
4th of July Parade
July 4 | South Lake Tahoe
The City of South Lake Tahoe’s 4th of July parade starts where Highways 89 and 50 intersect to Bijou Community Park off Al Tahoe Blvd at 10 a.m. | cityofslt.us
4th of July Fireworks & Beach Bash
July 4 | Area venues | Tahoe City
Celebrate the country’s birthday at Tahoe City’s 72nd annual 4th of July Fireworks Show. The festivities begin with a fun, family beach day filled with live music, games and a food and beer garden, leading up to the dazzling fireworks show. | visittahoecity.org
Lights on the Lake
July 4 | Area venues | South Lake Tahoe
Lights on the Lake will light up the night with a spectacular sky rocket array of red, white and blue streams synchronized to top rock and pop hits and patriotic favorites at 9:45 p.m. Choice viewing spots are South Shore’s sandy beaches and aboard boats. | tahoesouth.com
Fourth of July in Truckee
July 4 | Area venues | Truckee
Lace up your running shoes for the Truckee Firecracker Mile, followed by the annual July 4th Parade. Afterwards head down to Donner Lake for an afternoon in the sun followed by fireworks under the stars. | truckee.com
4th of July
July 4 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
Celebrate the 4th with a concert with the Reno Philharmonic at Wingfield Park at 7:30 p.m. and then enjoy fireworks over downtown Reno. | visitrenotahoe.com
Genoa Americana Celebration
July 4 | Area venues | Genoa, Nev.
Celebrate the 4th of July at Mormon Station State Park. The day features five traditional music groups and will conclude with a special Independence Day Tribute performance by the Carson City Symphony Orchestra at 4:30 p.m. The celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. with Traditional American music followed by the Children’s Parade at 11 a.m.| genoaamericana.com
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. | Food Truck Friday on Facebook
Reno Craft Beer Week
June 2-10 | Sparks, Nev.
The homegrown celebration of local beer, Reno Craft Beer Week promotes the thriving craft beer culture, enhances beer knowledge and builds local beer appreciation. The festival kickoffs with the biggest little home-brew competition, Backwash and closes with the Nevada Craft Brewers Association CollaBREWation Gala. | renocraftbeerweek.com
Truckee Brew Fest
June 10 | Truckee Regional Park | Truckee
The 12th 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
Lake Tahoe Brewfest
June 10 | Montbleu Resort | Stateline, Nev.
The inaugural Lake Tahoe Brewfest presented by Cold Water Brewery and FNTCN features craft brew tastings from breweries from around Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas, a home brewers’ competition, live music, arts and crafts, food and more. | montbleuresort.com
June 10 | Carson City, Nev.
The Brewfest features downtown music and brews from 5 to 10 p.m. to benefit Rotary projects including local scholarships. | carsonrotary.org
Taste of the Comstock
June 10 | 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 11 | Hyatt Regency | Incline Village, Nev.
Wine on the Water benefits the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe with tastings from more than 30 wineries and 12 restaurants. | wineonthewater.org
The Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival
June 16-17 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
The annual event as the unofficial kickoff to summer is equal parts barbecue block party, microbrew tasting event and music festival with free, nonstop rock and blues throughout the weekend. Last year, more than 60 microbreweries participated including the Eldorado’s own The Brew Brothers, Saint Archer Brewing Company, Pyramid and Magic Hat Breweries, Stoneyhead Brewery and Blue Moon Brewing Company. | eldoradoreno.com
Tahoe City Wine Walk
June 17 | Tahoe City
One of Tahoe City’s signature annual events, the Wine Walk gives participants the opportunity to sip, shop and explore downtown Tahoe City, stroll its scenic lakefront sidewalks, taste wines and nosh on tasty bites from nearly 30 renowned wineries, local restaurants and caterers. | tahoecitywinewalk.com
Reno Wine Walk
June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 | Riverwalk District | Reno, Nev.
Take a stroll along the Truckee River while sipping on wine from 2 to 5 p.m. every third Saturday of the month at participating Riverwalk District merchants. | renoriver.org
Village Wine Walks
June 24, July 29, Aug. 26 | Northstar
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
Sierra Nevada Lavender & Honey Festival
June 25 | Victorian Square | Sparks, Nev.
This scent-sational new event will feature all things lavender and honey along with arts and crafts, food, demonstrations, music, entertainment and more. | lavenderandhoneyfest.com
Downtown Wine Walk
July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2 & Oct. 7 | Carson City, Nev.
Take pleasure in a stroll through downtown while enjoying a wine walk on the first Saturday of every month from 1 to 5 p.m. | visitcarsoncity.com
Biggest Little City Wing Fest
July 1-2 | 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 California
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
Tahoe Truck Stop
July 14-16 | American Legion | South Lake Tahoe
On Course Events will produce the inaugural Tahoe Truck Stop Food Truck Weekend. This three-day event will feature a variety of elements to entice all five senses, such as plenty of food truck options, live art, rustic decor and interactive activities. | oncourseevents.com
Dinner in the Barn
July 15, Aug. 5 & 19, Sept. 9 | Sierra Valley Farms | Beckwourth
Sierra Valley Farms and Mike Trombetta of Farm to Belly Catering present Dinner in the Barn, a dinner series that celebrates food, farm and community in Beckwourth. | sierravalleyfarms.com
Taste of Downtown
July 22 | Carson City, Nev.
This downtown festival features more than 40 restaurants, live music and more as a celebration of summer from 5 to 10 p.m. | aedv.org
The Reno Garlic Festival
July 29 | Pat Baker Park | Reno, Nev.
The Reno Garlic Festival showcases locally grown garlic, garlicky foods, garlic-based medicinals along with music, games and gardening resources. The event supports local farmers, builds community and strengthens neighborhood ties through locally raised food. | renogarlicfest.com
Aug. 19 | Downtown Reno, Nev.
Reno, the crawl capital of the world, hosts upcoming crawls including Pirate Crawl on Aug. 19. | crawlreno.com
Aug. 26 | Grand Sierra Resort | 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 different brews to sample along with live music, a silent disco, vendors and a raffle. | canfestbeer.com
Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off
Aug. 30-Sept. 4 | 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 in Victorian Square. | nuggetribcookoff.com
Sept. 2 | Village at 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. 3 | 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
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
Sept. 8-10 | Northstar California
Top chefs from around the region gather at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival. The annual installment of this classic Tahoe event includes three days of culinary competition, demonstrations, tastings, art exhibitions and more. 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. 16 | 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
Tractors & Truffles
Sept. 23 | Fallon, Nev.
A farm-to-plate gourmet dinner and arts event featuring renowned chefs from around the country using locally grown 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
Sept. 23 | Village at Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
This annual event will transform the Village 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. 23-24 | 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
Sept. 30 | 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. 7 | Downtown Truckee
Truckee Wine Walk & Shop is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. | truckeewinewalk.com
Oktoberfest at Lake Tahoe
Oct. 7-8 | Camp Richardson | South Lake Tahoe
It’s the yearly celebration food and beer and all things German at the 23rd Annual Lake Tahoe Oktoberfest. | camprichardson.com
The Wild West
Reno Cattle Drive
June 15-24 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
For 27 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 15-25 | 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, as well as the PRCA Xtreme Bulls with top bull riders from around the world and the Bob Fiest Invitational Team Roping competition with the world’s top 100 teams. | renorodeo.com
PRCA Xtreme Bulls
June 15 | Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center | Reno, Nev.
This Xtreme Bull Riding Tour features 40 of the world’s best professional bull riders and 40 of the best bulls in the country. With Pyrotechnics, Xtreme action Rock ‘n Roll and eight seconds of the best pro bull riding. | prorodeo.com
Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping
June 19 | Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center | Reno, Nev.
This masters’ roping event features the world’s top 100 teams, representing 23 states and Canada that compete for the coveted BFI Championship in one of the most respected events among team ropers. | bfiweek.com
July 28-29 | Shakespeare Ranch | Glenbrook, Nev.
Get ready for a rootin’-tootin’ time during the 2017 Summer Social and Rodeo. Glenbrook rodeo tradition dates back six decades. It has now become a signature weekend event to benefit Keep Memory Alive. Guests will enjoy the rodeo, carnival games, silent auction, raffle, barbecue and music from Left of Centre. | keepmemoryalive.org
Reno Xtreme Barrel Race
Aug. 1-6 | 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
Aug. 4-6 | Reno Sparks Convention Center | Reno, Nev.
Celebrate Western film and heritage with live music, County Western dancing, poker tournament, exhibitors and more. | cowboy-con.com
The Way It Was Rodeo
Aug. 19-20 | 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
Truckee Professional Rodeo
Aug. 26-27 | McIver Arena | Truckee
See barrel racing, mutton busting and bull riding during the annual Truckee Professional Rodeo. | truckeerodeo.org
International Camel & Ostrich Races
Sept. 8-10 | 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
Snaffle Bit Futurity
Sept. 8-17 | 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
Oct. 6-8 | 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, 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. | cowboyfastdraw.com
World Championship Outhouse Races
Oct. 7-8 | 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 9-11 | 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
Revival Car Show
July 10 | Carson City, Nev.
Downtown Carson City is the location for the Revival Car Show featuring classic beauties, live music, a Poker Walk, Scavenger Hunt and more. Open to all vehicles and cycles. | visitcarsoncity.com
US Open of Watercross
June 17-18 | 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. | prowatercross.com
Off Road Race Series
June 24-25, July 23-24, Aug. 26-28 | 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
Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival
July 8 | Truckee Tahoe Airport | Truckee
Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival features an air show, STEM Expo, VIP hospitality tent, food and fun with a tribute to “Space, Science and Beyond.” | truckeetahoeairshow.com
FMX Motocross Event
July 22 | Hard Rock Casino | Stateline, Nev.
The Hard Rock Casino transforms into an off-road sporting experience for the FMX Motocross Event, a high-octane celebration of freestyle motorcycle stunts guaranteed to leave guests breathless. See a variety of extreme sporting activities, festival booths and interactive events. | hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com
Hot August Nights
Aug. 8-13 | 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
National Championship Air Races
Sept. 13-17 | 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 along with a showing from the Blue Angels. | airrace.org
Silver State Rockcrawling Championship
Sept. 23-24 | Wild West Motorsports Park | Sparks, Nev.
Pros and entry-level teams compete on the natural terrain overlooking the race track. | supercrawl.rocks
Street Vibrations Fall Rally
Sept. 27-Oct. 1 | 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
The mountains are calling
Thunderbird Paddling Festival
June 10 | 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 10 | Taylor Creek Visitor Center | South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science presents a family friendly day to learn about bird research, go on a bird walk with a local bird expert, see live birds of prey and more. | tinsweb.org
Adventure Sports Week
June 16-25 | 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 paddleboarding and other competitive events to choose from. Concerts, film, clinics, gear demos and more. | adventuresportsweektahoe.com
Alpenglow Mountain Festival
June 17-25 | Area venues
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
Gold Rush Days Hope Valley
June 19-29, Aug. 2-3, Sept. 6-7 | Sorenson’s Resort
A Historic Emigrant Trail Trek starts from Sorenson’s Resort. The hardest part of the 1849 Gold Rush was over nearby Carson Pass, most notably the treacherous Devil’s Ladder. This walking, hiking and driving tour follows the same paths. Enjoy the tales of this remarkable journey, excerpted from authentic diaries. Enjoy an evening slide show the night before the hike. Includes snack, beverage and lunch. | sorensensresort.com
Kids Adventure Games
June 23-25 | 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. | kidsadventuregames.com
Lost Sierra Electric Bike Festival
July 8 | Beckworth
Eco Bike Adventures hosts the 2nd Annual Lost Sierra Electric Bike Festival featuring a Pedal Assist Open, Throttle Assist Open, Kids Trail, 100m Drag Race, Long Jump Challenge and a Best in Show eBike Build, along with demos, barbecue, beer and wine, and live music. | ecobikeadv.com
Kirkwood Bike & Brew Festival
July 29 | Kirkwood Mountain Resort
The first Kirkwood Bike & Brew Festival features a family friendly event with bike events from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a Brew Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Kirkwood Village Plaza. Enjoy live music, mountain bike racing, raffle, rock walls, kids’ activities, and on-site camping. | kirkwood.com
Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival
Aug. 12-14 | Kings Beach State Recreation Area | Kings Beach
Celebrate standup 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
Dragon Boat Festival
Aug. 19 | Sparks Marina
The Northern Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival offers mixed, women’s and open races in one of the largest Dragon Boat Festivals, along with a health and wellness village, food vendors, beer garden and more. gwndragonboat.com
Tahoe Mountain Bike & Brew Festival
Aug. 26-27 | Area venues | Meyers
Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association hosts the 5th annual Tahoe Mountain Bike & Brew Festival with a beer garden and barbecue, live music and the Triple Crown Ride. | tahoemtbfestival.com
Tahoe Vista Paddlefest
Sept. 9-10 | Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort | Tahoe Vista
Three days of standup paddleboard festivities on Big Blue with races, workshops, beach party and wellness seminars. | mlratahoe.com
Sept. 30-Oct. 1 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
For the second year, the world’s best athletes collide on the course with a shared goal: to be the Spartan Race World Champion. The most anticipated obstacle racing weekend of the year will feature three Spartan Race distances to choose from over two days of racing. | spartan.com
Oct. 1 | Rancho San Rafael | Reno, Nev.
CrossReno is a 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
Alpine Aspen Festival
Oct. 7-8 | Area venues
Celebrate the fall beauty of the Sierra with live music, guided hikes, a star party, hikes to abandoned mines, yoga and more. | alpineaspenfestival.org
USA BMX Blackjack Nationals
Oct. 13-17 | 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
Visit The TahoeWeekly.com or facebook.com/TheTahoeWeekly and check out The Music Scene in each issue for more live music and entertainment options. With many more events occurring and plenty to do this summer, keep in the know with the Tahoe Weekly.