10 Not-to-Miss Summer Events in Truckee and Lake Tahoe


There are so many exciting events happening around Truckee and North Lake Tahoe during the summer, it can almost be overwhelming trying to plan out a fun weekend or trying not to miss out on anything good. To make it easy for you, we've collected our top 10 do-not-miss-events going on this summer. 

1. Truckee Thursdays
Truckee Thursdays is one of our favorite regular events in Truckee. Every Thursday during the summer, the charming downtown streets of Truckee turn into one big street fair with live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and pop-ups from local merchants. During the event, catch the view from one of Downtown's patios, like Truckee Tavern and Grill, Mellow Fellow or Old Town Tap.

Alpenglow hosting a group hike in South Lake Tahoe, photo from  Facebook .

Alpenglow hosting a group hike in South Lake Tahoe, photo from Facebook.

2. Adventure Sports Week Tahoe & Alpenglow Mountain Festival
Are you interested in any of the following: trail running, stand up paddle, mountain biking, hiking, wildflowers, music, or film? Then you need to be in Tahoe June 15th-24th to experience the Adventure Sports Week and Alpenglow Mountain Festival. We’re into both this year with their two exciting line-ups of races, workshops, group activities, and, of course, the beautiful Sierra Nevadas. The Adventure Sports Week is better for those who wish to compete with trail running, a triathlon, and mountain biking competitions to choose from. The week will start out with some pre-racing practice runs and bikes along the course. Almost all of the events are during the morning or early afternoon, so after your victory, you can still fit in a Concert at Commons Beach or a big glass of wine at Uncorked or Truckee River Winery (we’ll see you there!). More information on Adventure Sports Week can be found here.

The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is an exploration for those who are interested in outdoor sports and nature. This festival will host events like Wildflower Walks, Lakeshore Yoga, Talks with PCT Guidebook Author, Philip Kramer, Trail Klean Up, Photography and Painting Workshop, and so many more. Each day is filled to the brim of fun-for-everyone, interactive events to renew your love for the outdoors. Find more information here.

3. Beerfest and Bluegrass
Northstar’s annual event just got even better. The weekend of July 6th-8th, the 12th annual Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival is back and for the first time with a full weekend of extraordinary mountain views, beers, and award-winning bluegrass music. The added events include a beer run and a summit hike and yoga. We’re really looking forward to enjoying some high-altitude brew in the gorgeous village at Northstar.  Find more information here.

Truckee Airshow, photo from  Facebook .

Truckee Airshow, photo from Facebook.

4. Truckee Tahoe Airshow and Family Festival
We love the Truckee Airshow! It’s such a fantastic event featuring unbelievable pilots soaring, diving, and zigzagging all over the beautiful Truckee sky. The 14th of July, the Truckee Airport will be transformed into a whole festival that is sure to capture the interest of both old and young. We can’t wait to see the amazing stunts and this year we might even spring for a ride in a military aircraft. More information can be found here

5. Bluesdays at Squaw and then High Camp
This summer we're celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Bluesdays with Squaw Valley. We love all the free outdoor concerts that happen around the area, but Bluesdays takes music to a whole other level, literally. June 26th-August 28th, there will be bands playing up at High Camp as well as in the Village. The best part is that every Tuesday for Bluesdays you can get discounted High Camp Experience packages and food and drink specials. We can cheers to that! More information and lineup can be found here.

6. Wanderlust Squaw Valley
Even if you aren’t into yoga, you should be into the Wanderlust Festival July 19-22nd. The festival does center around yoga, but incorporates other things we love too, like music, nature, adventures, learning, and food. This feel-good festival is a series of events that happen around the Squaw Village. You can buy tickets to individual events or an all-encompassing pass that gets you into everything. If you’re still on the fence, the village will be open to the public and set up with local vendors, so you can still find entertainment on the cheap. See the schedule, buy tickets, and learn more here.  

Beautiful wooden boats featured in the Tahoe Concours Show, photo from  Steven Lapkin Photography

Beautiful wooden boats featured in the Tahoe Concours Show, photo from Steven Lapkin Photography

7. Lake Tahoe Concours at Obexer’s Boat Company
We LOVE watching the boat show at Obexer’s in Homewood. This year, we will stop by for their two-day show August 10th-11th. The beautifully restored boats are practically works of art—you definitely don’t see this every day. The competition aims “to reward those who have restored their boats to the highest level of authenticity as they appeared when they were shipped from the factory.” After the show, there are social events such as a dinner and dance gala, fashion show, and men’s and women’s lunches. We like to grab sandwiches from West Shore Market and head to the shore to enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe. More information can be found here.

8. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal and first-class entertainment with your friends and family, all while basking in a perfect Lake Tahoe sunset. You’re not dreaming, you’re experiencing the enchantment of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor State Park. The amphitheater is one of the most scenic venues in the world. Events take place most nights during July and August, although booking your tickets weeks in advance is highly recommended. Arrive early (gates open at 5:30 p.m.) to enjoy Shakespeare's Kitchen, or, bring in your own picnic to enjoy pre-show.


9. Tahoe Nalu
The annual Paddleboard fest comes back to Tahoe! The three-day event, from August 10th-12th, is such a unique event that truly has something for everyone. The main reason behind the event are the incredible paddleboard races, with 2, 5, and 10-mile distances running Saturday and Sunday. What we’re looking forward to it the new 2-hour guided paddle tour. There is absolutely no experience necessary and they’ll even lend you the equipment. All weekend, there will be live music, raffles, and beer. More information can be found here

The Truckee Professional Rodeo will host the 2018 Pro Rodeo, photo from  Facebook

The Truckee Professional Rodeo will host the 2018 Pro Rodeo, photo from Facebook

10. Truckee Pro Rodeo
Come celebrate the 44th year of the Truckee Professional Rodeo on August 24th-26th, 2018 in Truckee, California. There will be a kids day at the rodeo, BBQ, live performances, and a Western Dance. This event is a must if you have kids—they can learn to rope, run stick-horse races, meet and brush real horses, and learn about rodeo from our rodeo queens. After, the whole family can enjoy rodeo performances and delicious food. The best part is that this event is free. So, come dance in the dirt and have a boot-scootin' good time. More information can be found here