7 Great Reasons to Visit Lake Tahoe This Summer

Sure, we love skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating all winter long, but there’s something special about those Tahoe #LakeVibes during the summer. If you’re looking for a fun, exciting, and memorable summer vacation, then you’ve got to come visit us. We don’t like to brag or anything, but we do summer right here in Lake Tahoe. There’s no shortage of cold drinks, outdoor fun, and things to do all summer long, making it the perfect getaway for all ages. Don’t believe us? Here are seven reasons you should come experience Lake Tahoe this summer.

1. Tahoe Brewfest

June 1, 2019
Heavenly California Base Lodge
3860 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

The 3rd annual Tahoe Brewfest at Heavenly Cal Lodge is right around the corner and we are SO ready for some sun, beers, and Lake Tahoe vibes. Enjoy delicious brews from nearby California breweries, including South Lake Brewing Co., Sidellis Lake Tahoe, Highway 50 Brewery, and so many more. Beer lovers can keep the party going with a pre-event beer trail and after-hours fun.

If you’re not into beer, that’s OK. The event is open to all ages with plenty of music, food, shopping, and more throughout the day. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe.

2. Summer concerts and live music

Select dates in June – September
Harveys Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino
Highway 50 at Stateline Avenue, Lake Tahoe, NV 89449

Nothing says summer in Lake Tahoe like the awesome Summer Concert Series at Harvey’s. There’s really something for everyone. Just check out this incredible lineup:

  • June 14 — Tim McGraw
  • July 5 — Comedian Trevor Noah
  • July 7 — Pentatonix
  • July 12 — Blake Shelton
  • July 18 —Miranda Lambert
  • August 10 — Jackson Browne
  • August 17 — Lionel Richie
  • August 24 — Steve Miller Band
  • August 25 — Luke Bryan
  • September 6 — Dave Matthews Band

The outdoor venue holds about 4,000 people, so it’s a rather intimate concert experience. It’s no surprise that the Summer Concert Series at Harvey’s is something many locals look forward to every summer.

However, Harveys isn’t the only place you’ll find awesome live music in Tahoe this summer.

  • The Summer Concert Series at Valhalla features great performances throughout the summer, including The Novelists, Barwick & Siegfried, Carolyn Dolan, and more. Check out the full schedule here.
  • The Shops at Heavenly Village host free outdoor concerts every Friday and Saturday evening starting Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.
  • Hit up Lakeview Commons for the Live at Lakeview for free live music on the beach every Thursday night June 20 – August 29.
  • Lake Tahoe AleWorX presents the AleWorX Summer Music Series all summer long and two venues in the area.

Don’t miss your chance to soak up every bit of those perfect summer nights in Lake Tahoe with some drinks and live music.

Read fun facts about Lake Tahoe's natural landscape now3. American Century Celebrity Golf Championship

July 9 – 14, 2019
Edgewood Tahoe South
180 Lake Parkway, Stateline, Nevada 89449

You don’t have to be an avid golf fan to appreciate the fun and excitement of the 30th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. The event, which raises money for local and national charities, is owned and broadcast by NBC Sports. Participants span the gamut from sports legends to actors to musicians. This year’s incredible lineup of celebrity guests includes Ray Romano, Miles Teller, Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts, and Jordy Nelson. Guests will have the opportunity for autographs and photos.

4. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Select dates in July – September
Warren Edward Trepp Stage at Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, NV 89451

William Shakespeare once wrote that “all the world’s a stage,” and that’s definitely true at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. The organization honors the works of The Bard with fun outdoor theatrical experiences throughout the summer months, including a production of “The Taming of the Shrew” and the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program. In addition to producing professional productions of Shakespeare classics, the Festival’s Monday Night and Summer Encore Showcases highlights arts and culture organizations from around the area. Check out the full summer performance schedule.

5. Lights on the Lake Fireworks

July 4, 2019

We take our Fourth of July fireworks very seriously here in South Lake Tahoe. So serious, in fact, that our annual display has received national media exposure and been rated as one of the top five fireworks displays in the nation by The American Pyrotechnics Association. Pretty cool, right? Plus, our beautiful mountain views and sandy beaches make for prime firework viewing. Definitely worth coming to check it out and see what all the fuss is about.

6. Taste of Gold

July 20, 2019
Lake Tahoe Community College Ledbetter Terrace
One College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

If jazz music, local wines, and supporting students is your thing, then you won’t want to miss Taste of Gold at the Lake Tahoe Community College. Enjoy gourmet treats from around the lake, wine from El Dorado and Amador County, the musical stylings of the Josh Pfeiffer Band, and more. Proceeds support academic scholarships and programs, plus it’s a great way to experience a taste of what Lake Tahoe has to offer.

7. It’s Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Sunset

Do you really need a reason or special event to visit one of the most gorgeous, fun, and unique places on Earth? Of course not. The above is only a taste of the exciting events happening in and around Lake Tahoe this summer. We didn’t even get started on all the exciting recreational activities, like hiking, biking, swimming, boating, paddleboarding, hot air balloon rides, and so much more.

We don’t call Lake Tahoe a “year-round playground” for nothing. Trust us, once things start heating up, there’s no slowing us down. So, what are you waiting for? Come soak up the sun — Sierra style!

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