It’s officially Summer in Tahoe with the 4th of July just around the corner…the best time of the year in my opinion.  And North Lake Tahoe knows how to Summer – with festivals, parades, fireworks and live music galore, there is always something to do in this beautiful corner of the world. Get your calendar ready and start planning:

Your Week-Long 4th of July
Celebration Itinerary:

King’s Beach Fireworks and Beach Party, July 3 An all-day long celebration includes a beer/wine garden and food vendors lining the beach. Grab $25 preferred seating for the fireworks show at 9:30pm

Downtown Truckee Parade and One-Mile Firecracker Race, July 4th Organize a float, run in the 1-mile race down Donner Pass Road, or just sit back and watch the festivities – any way you do it, it’s always a great time. 

Donner Lake Fireworks, July 4th Watch an always spectacular fireworks show at 9:30pm on the 4th over Donner Lake, pay $6 to enter the park or grab a view from all over Truckee.

Tahoe Donner Summer Concert on the Green, July 5 – 6 Local food, great music and two days of family fun.

My Summer Favorites:

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, July – August These guys put on an amazing performance. You don’t have to be into theatre, you just have to have an open mind and enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe.  

North Tahoe Ale Trail Check out this map of all of the local breweries that line the Tahoe Basin…and then pack your bag, grab your bike or hiking shoes and check them all of your list this Summer.

Alibi Ale Works in Truckee Music, Comedy, Open Mic, Bingo and Trivia, there is always something fun going on here.

Truckee Thursdays, June 13 – Aug 29 Local food, beverages, music, crafts and always new and exciting vendors to explore. Come hungry and grab one of the many free shuttles that run all over Truckee so you don’t have to worry about driving or parking.

Outdoor Summer Movies at Squaw, Every Thursday July 11 – Aug 29 A gigantic movie screen, a fun family animated movie and a view of Squaw’s epic mountains is something everyone can get behind.

Weekly Live Music


Bluesdays Tuesdays at Squaw, June 11 – Sept 3

PJ’s at Gray’s Crossing Summer Concert Series, June 18 – Sept 3


River Ranch Summer Concert Series, June 19 – Aug 21


Truckee Thursdays, June 13 – Aug 29

Live Acoustic Music at Cottonwood, June 13 – Aug 29


Summer Music Series at High Camp at Squaw, June 28 – July 26

Music on the Beach at Kings Beach, June 28 – Aug 30

Live Jazz, Blues & Soul Music at Moody’s Bistro, All Year


Live Music at Northstar, June 22 – Sept 28

Live Jazz, Blues & Soul Music at Moody’s Bistro, All Year


Concerts at Commons Beach, June 16 – Sept 1

And more fun all Summer long in North Lake Tahoe:

June 28:  Kids Adventure Games at Northstar

July 6:  Beerfest & Bluegrass at Northstar

July 13 – 14:  Art, Wine & Music Festival at Squaw

Aug 10 – 11:  Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest at Squaw

Sept 1:  Alpen Wine Fest at Squaw

Sep 20 – 22:  Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar

Sept 28:  Tahoe City Oktoberfest