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 without missing 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 summer events in Truckee. Every Thursday during the summer from June 13th-August 29th, 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. Save yourself the hassle of parking and take one of the free shuttles into town. Cassie Hebel, TDMA Executive Director, says “Truckee Thursdays 2019 is going to be the best summer yet!”
2. Adventure Sports Week Tahoe
Are you interested in trail running, stand up paddle, mountain biking, hiking, or endurance races? Then you need to be in Tahoe June 21st-30th to experience Adventure Sports Week hosted by Big Blue Adventures, Tahoe’s local endurance events company. With an exciting line-ups of races, workshops, group activities, and, of course, the beautiful Sierra Nevadas, this is the perfect place for athletes of all sports. The week will feature competitions (complete with pre-race training), clinics, demos, festivities, and activities for the whole family. Spend all day bouncing around the events or celebrate your victory with a Concert at Commons Beach or a big glass of wine at Uncorked (we’ll see you there!).
3. Beerfest and Bluegrass
July 5th-7th, the 13th annual Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival is back at Northstar California and brings with it two stages of live music, craft beers from 40+ breweries and ciders, hiking, mountain biking, an intimate 5-course meal paired with local craft beers, and countless activities in the Village. This year, challenge yourself with the 5K mountain beer run. Along the route, you will sample three local beers while enjoying the fresh mountain air amongst the pine trees. Those who finish will be rewarded with the beer of their choice!
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 free Festival will be at the Truckee Tahoe Airport on July 13th-14th. Family-friendly festivities include a designated Family Festival on the green with live music, stilt walkers, arts and crafts, puppet shows, and much more. The Suddenlink by Altice STEM Expo offers hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. And, on Sunday, July 14, children ages 8 – 17 can fly for free by one of numerous pilot volunteers with the EAA Local Chapter 1073 Young Eagles program.
5. Bluesdays at Squaw and then High Camp
This summer is the 11th Anniversary of Bluesdays at 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 11th-September 3rd, 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!
6. Wanderlust Squaw Valley
Even if you aren’t into yoga, you should be into the Wanderlust Festival July 18-21st. 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 which 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.
7. Lake Tahoe Concours at Obexer’s Boat Company
We LOVE watching the Concours Boat Show at Obexer’s in Homewood. This year, we will stop by for their two-day show August 9-10th. 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.
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 Tahoe Nalu Paddleboard Festival comes back to Kings Beach! The two-day event, from August 10th-11th, is a unique event that truly has something for everyone. Come to cheer on the incredible paddleboard races or enjoy the First Stroke, a non-competitive, 2-hour guided tour and picnic lunch. There is absolutely no experience necessary and they’ll even lend you the equipment. The rest of the weekend enjoy free demos, live music, raffles, and beer. “Take the most beautiful Lake in the world, gather the best SUP athletes on the planet, mix in a little Aloha, and you have the perfect recipe known as the Ta-Hoe Nalu,” says Seven Seas Industries Owner, Chris Hollingsworth. “One of my favorite events every year…I can’t keep the smile off my face.”
10. 150th Birthday of the Transcontinental Railroad
Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad in Truckee. Join the Truckee-Donner Summit Historical and Railroad Societies all summer long (through Mid-September) to enjoy various activities around Truckee including guided hikes, walking tours, historical talks, train rides, and historical Old Jail and Truckee Railroad museum caboose tours. This is a very special series of events that we are so lucky to get to enjoy this year. See everything that’s going on here.