What's Happening This July In Truckee & Lake Tahoe


Things to do and places to go to make the most out of July in Truckee and Lake Tahoe.

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CATCH FREE MUSIC → all month long at Kings Beach, Truckee, Squaw, and Tahoe City. Start the music week off at Squaw Valley on Tuesday evenings for Tuesday Bluesdays. Then head over to Truckee Thursdays for live music, beer garden, local food & vendors. Next stop, Kings Beach for Music on the Beach. They will serve up local Alibi Ale Works, food trucks, and music. Finish the week off Sundays at Tahoe City’s Concerts at Commons Beach. All concerts are FREE!

DRINK BEER AT → Northstar’s Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival, Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2nd. For the 11th consecutive year, The Village at Northstar comes alive with al fresco roots jams and fresh brews. The whole family is invited to the festival featuring live music from Poor Man’s Whiskey, dozens of local and regional breweries for the adults, and special activities for the kids — or the young at heart. Pick up a souvenir tasting glass and enjoy crisp pours along with food stations boasting hand-crafted, relaxed summer fare. Summer traditions are born from this event.

CATCH THE SHOW AT  → the Truckee Tahoe Air Show and Festival, Saturday, July 8th. The Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival is one of the region’s most family-friendly events featuring a breathtaking air show with world-renowned performers. There is also a Suddenlink STEAM Expo, Family Festival, rides for a cost in military aircraft, free rides for kids on Sunday, July 9 by the EAA Young Eagle’s pilot volunteers, static displays, vendors, a VIP Hospitality Tent, free Speaker Forums, and much more!

GO TO → the Art, Wine, and Music Festival at Squaw Valley on Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th. The Art, Wine & Music Festival takes place in the heart of The Village honoring the talents of artists, crafts makers, performers and musicians. This year's festival features wine tasting from California wineries, live musical performances across three stages, and walkways lined with over 30 local and regional fine artisans. All proceeds from the Art, Wine and Music Festival benefit the amazing work of Achieve Tahoe, whose mission is to provide affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence.

DANCE IN A BARN AT → the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe’s 2nd annual Barn Dance Party, Saturday, July 8th. A beautiful barn on Prosser Dam Road, just a few minutes north of downtown Truckee, will provide the atmosphere for a fun-filled evening of dinner and dancing. Delicious food will be served while awesome bands, The Rolling Rockers and The Deackheads, play great music to dance the night away. Proceeds will benefit HSTT and all their furry rescues.

PRACTICE YOGA → at Squaw Valley. Breathe and stretch every Wednesday night from 5 - 6:30 PM during the FREE outdoor yoga series with live music! Then make sure to get tickets for the annual Wanderlust Festival starting July 20th. This four-day event that celebrates yoga, meditation, music, nature and camaraderie all in the pristine setting of Squaw Valley. Some of the world’s best yoga and wellness teachers, and top musical acts descend upon Squaw for the event, bringing expertise and passion to the festival.

PICTURE THIS → Atelier Truckee’s Martis Valley Photo Walk on Saturday, July 29th. Learn strategies for better composition, pre-visualization, and the use of smartphone apps to anticipate sunset conditions. The program will also cover fundamentals of photography, including creative long exposures with slow shutter speeds, along with use of depth of field to bring your vision to life through photography. Photography not your thing, check out the other crafty class they have all month like Intro to Crochet (July 11th), Printed Tea Towels (July 19th), or Fundamentals of Back Strap Weaving (July 29th). More info at

Photo: Grant Kaye Photography

Photo: Grant Kaye Photography

DON'T MISS → the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival from July 26th - 28th. A highlight of summer in Tahoe City has become the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, known for bringing its first-rate artists from around the world. A diverse program celebrating the innovators of dance – from classic works that helped shape the art form to the most promising choreographers of today. This outdoor event is not to be missed!

WATCH → free movies every Thursday at Squaw Valley. Families and friends can snuggle up under the stars while enjoying new releases and family classics on the big screen in the Events Plaza at The Village at Squaw Valley. A different movie shows every summer Thursday starting July 6. All movies start at 8:30 PM, weather permitting. Blankets and warm clothes are recommended.

GRAB LOCAL GRUB → at the Truckee Farmers Markets. Located at the Sears & Coffeebar Bakery center every Sunday from 10 AM - 2 PM and on Tuesdays from 8 AM - 1 PM at Truckee River Regional Park. Truckee Community Farmers Market, a California Certified Farmers Market, is strictly a food and farms marketplace; they are a producer's market interested in showcasing locally grown and artisan-quality foods. Their mission is to support local farms and producers within 125 miles of the Town of Truckee; and to promote access, education and appreciation for local, fresh, sustainably produced goods, while also creating a vibrant gathering place for our community. Some highlights of the seasonal offerings include vegetables, fruits, herbs, berries, honey, jam, cut flowers, beef, pork, lamb, bacon, sausage, eggs, kombucha and even locally made wine!