It wouldn’t be summer in Tahoe/Truckee without the sounds of live music being played out in the open air. Whether it’s nestled in the trees at the Truckee River Regional Park’s outdoor amphitheater or along the picturesque shores of Lake Tahoe, summer evenings really come alive when you add music to the mix. Lucky for you, there’s no shortage of live music throughout the region all summer long, and the best part is that most of these shows are free!

Music in the Park
Grab your blankets and beach chairs and head to Truckee River Regional Park’s “Salty” Gebhardt amphitheater every Wednesday evening June 21 through Aug. 30 for this ever-popular community gathering centered around the sounds of music. This season, the free Music in the Park series kicks off with local favorite Poor Man’s Whiskey. Sneaky Creatures, Dead Winter Carpenters, Down the Rabbit Hole, Everyday Outlaw, and Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber will round out the lineup through July. Find the full summer’s schedule online at Shows run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A free bike valet will be set up at the tennis courts, where bikes will be kept secure for the duration of the concert. Bike Valet is part of the Sustainable Truckee Partnership of Visit Truckee-Tahoe, Town of Truckee, Nevada County, and Truckee Trails Foundation. Guests may bring their own food and drinks to the amphitheater, but please, no glass, no smoking, no dogs.

Music on the Beach
Every Friday night, the North Tahoe Business Association highlights a different local musical act in Kings Beach on Tahoe’s North Shore. This year marks the 17th annual run of Music on the Beach, held every Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Local culinary vendors will have food available for purchase, in addition to beer from Alibi Ale Works, wine from Truckee River Winery, and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages. No pets or outside alcohol permitted. This year’s beachside jam kicks off June 16 with North Tahoe’s own Coburn Station, followed by Peter Joseph Burt & The King Tide June 23, Pipe Down June 30, Broken Compass Bluegrass July 7, and Buddy Emmer Blue Band July 14. See the full lineup at


Concerts at Commons Beach
Set against the backdrop of glistening Lake Tahoe, this 12-week concert series attracts locals and visitors alike. Every Sunday throughout summer, Commons Beach bursts to life with performances by some of the area’s most sought-after songsters. Joy & Madness lead the charge this season, taking the shoreline stage on June 18. Smoked Out Soul, Dead Winter Carpenters, Lindsay and the Cheeks, Sambadá, Collectivity, and Scott Pemberton with Horns fill the lineup through the end of July. Shows run from 4 to 7 p.m. every Sunday night through Sept. 3, so check out to find out which artists will be hitting the stage for the rest of the summer. Commons Beach has the added bonus of a full playground, making it the perfect venue to bring the little ones. Local food and drink vendors sell beer, wine, soft drinks, ice-cream, sushi, barbecue, salads, and more. Picnic and beverages from home are welcome. No pets. Public transportation is available.

While all of these family-friendly summer concerts are free to attend, they would not be possible without the support of their sponsors or the generous donations from those who attend.


~ Juliana Demarest/Moonshine Ink    


  • Juliana Demarest

    Juliana Demarest is a Jersey girl with ink in her blood. She fell in love with print journalism at a young age in the '80s when her Uncle Tony would take her to "work" at his weekly paper. In 1997, she co-founded a weekly newspaper in North Jersey. One day, she went to photograph a local farmer for a news story. She ended up marrying him and leaving journalism to become a farmer's wife. In 2010, they packed up their two children and headed to Truckee in pursuit of the outdoor life. She didn't realize just how much she missed journalism until she joined Moonshine in 2018 after taking time off to be mom. Connect with Juliana

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