Dinner at the Barn

JULY 21, AUG. 11, & SEPT. 8

Food, farm, and community! Sierra Valley Farms believes “organic food feeds the body, and blues feeds the soul,” so come on out and celebrate food and spectacular views on the farm for the Dinner in the Barn events all summer long. The evening includes an all-inclusive four-course farm-fresh meal, wine, and live music. Info: $130/plate, 4:30 p.m., Sierra Valley Farms, Beckwourth, Calif.,


The T Files: The Search for Tessie


There are tales of aquatic monsters in lakes, rivers, estuaries, and coastal waters all around the world. Many stories are recent tales created to entice tourists, but others have ancient lineages. “The T-Files: The Search for Tessie” exhibit recounts stories of significant monsters in history. Along the way, the museum invites visitors to search for Lake Tahoe’s own monster, Tahoe Tessie. Does she exist? Duh. Find out for yourself. Info:

PJ’s at Gray’s Crossing Live Music Series


In its fifth year, the Summer Concert Series at Gray’s Crossing continues to gain momentum and a growing reputation for bringing incredible talent to the stage. The concerts are open to all. Lawn space is available on a first come, first served basis. Info:

Truckee Trails Foundation Volunteer Days

JUNE 23, JULY 14, & AUG. 18

Spend a day giving energy to your favorite trails with the Truckee Ranger District and the Truckee Trails Foundation. Through the summer, help build the new Big Chief Trail. The trail connects the Sawtooth with the Watson Lake and the Tahoe Rim trails. Free lunch and a T-shirt are provided. Info:

Manet to Maya Lin Art Exhibit

JUNE 9 to SEPT. 2

Treasured artworks by artists such as Édouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Mark Rothko, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir come together in a feature exhibition this summer at the Nevada Museum of Art. A specially-curated selection of artworks by international and national artists contributes to the understanding of visual literacy. Info:

Tahoe Star Tours

JUNE 14 to SEPT. 1

Tahoe Star Tours return this summer, encouraging curiosity and conversation around what may exist both within and beyond our galaxy, and offering compelling evenings of stargazing. Led by Tony Berendsen, an award-winning amateur astronomer, each Tahoe Star Tour is an awe-inspiring and educational evening under the stars in Northstar’s Dark Skies Cosmoarium. Info: $40, $20/kids; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 8:15 to 10:30 p.m.; Northstar California,

Tahoe Cup Paddle Race

JULY 21, AUG. 25, & SEPT. 15

Calling all paddlers, and recreational and race enthusiasts; The Tahoe Cup Paddle Race series is celebrating its 11th summer of racing. This year’s events support the Lake Tahoe Waterman Association, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the California Tahoe Conservancy (the public land in Carnelian Bay). Info: $5 to $60, Waterman’s Landing, Carnelian Bay,

Family Fun Days at the Mountain Course


Every Sunday at the Incline Village Mountain Course, anyone under 18 plays free with a paying adult. Sundays feature tees with special (shorter) yardages, two cups on every hole — a regular 3” and a giant 8” cup, a fun 3-hole putt-putt course on the practice green, and a kid-friendly food menu. Sunday Family Fun Day is a great way to get the whole family into the sport of golf. Info: 775-832-1150 to book tee times.

Bluesdays at Squaw Valley


This Tuesday night, Tahoe tradition is celebrating 10 summers of music with concerts from acclaimed blues musicians. Food offerings from Village restaurants and a Blues Bar with beer, wine, and spirits are available in the Events Plaza. Info: free, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Village at Squaw Valley,

Music in the Park


Give your ears a hump day treat and come to the amphitheater. Pack a picnic and bring the whole family to enjoy different genres of music each week. Info: free, 6:30 p.m., Truckee Gebhardt Amphitheater,

Truckee Thursdays


Thursday is the evening to head to downtown Truckee. Enjoy local food vendors, merchant and community booths as well as musical performances, kids’ activities, and a beer garden. Info: 5 to 8:30 p.m., downtown Truckee,

Outdoor Movies at the Village at Squaw Valley


Screening movies such as Star Wars and Black Panther every week on the big screen under the stars. Blankets and warm clothes are recommended. Info: free, 8:30 p.m., Village at Squaw Valley,

Concerts at Commons Beach


Everyone’s favorite Sunday afternoon tradition is back: Concerts at Commons Beach every Sunday through September. Enjoy food, brews, and wine from local vendors. Info: free, 4 to 7 p.m., Commons Beach, Tahoe City,

Sidewalk Saturdays


Shop and have fun next to shimmering Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City with super specials, Sip ’n Shop, and live music in the lively historic downtown. Info: free, 12 to 5 p.m., downtown Tahoe City,

Reno Wine Walk


Stroll along the Truckee River and through neighboring streets in downtown Reno. Stop by participating stores and receive a glass of wine and wristband. Info: $20/wine tasting fee, 2 to 5 p.m., downtown Reno,

Music on the Beach


Keep your Friday summer nights open to move and groove to free live music in Kings Beach. The summerlong concerts will include a variety of music genres and NTBA will be serving Alibi Ale Works beer. Local food vendors will also have libations available for purchase from 6 to 9 p.m.


12th Annual Summer Solstice Classic Car Stroll


In the heart of Tahoe City, celebrate the beginning of summer and all of Tahoe City’s distinctive charms. Enjoy the Cobblestone Mall, a classic car stroll, a glass of wine from Uncorked, or beer at the Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company. Info: free, 6 to 8 p.m., Tahoe City,

Reno Rodeo

JUNE 14 TO 23

Get your boots on, partner, because this 10-day event is the wildest in the West! Events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronco riding, team roping, tie-down roping, mutton bustin’, and barrel racing. Info: tickets start at $13, Reno Rodeo Association, Reno,

Broken Arrow Skyrace

JUNE 15 to 17

The iconic trail running race is back! The Broken Arrow Skyrace, presented by Salomon, is California’s official Skyrunning event consists of three iconic distances characterized by off-trail scrambling on steep terrain with massive amounts of vertical gain and loss at altitude. Elite and recreational participants will experience an unforgettable trail running experience. This year runners can push themselves in 10K, 26K, or 52K distances, and a vertical kilometer “VK” course.  Info: $50 to $260, Squaw Valley,

Davis Music Festival

JUNE 15 TO 17

Enjoy music spanning six stages with 45 bands in downtown Davis all weekend long to benefit arts education in Davis local public schools. It’s a not-to-miss event for any music lover. Info: $35 /general admission, Friday at 5 p.m. to Sunday at 9 p.m., downtown Davis, Calif.,

Tour De Manure


“It’s a bunch of firefighters who never get on bicycles, putting on a century ride for people who do!” says Doug Read, founder of one of California’s quirkiest rides, Sierra Valley’s Metric Century. The ride features 60-, 42-, and 30-mile routes through the headwaters of the Feather River. Info: $70, $30/kids under 12, Sierraville,

Adventure Sports Week

JUNE 15 TO 24

Escape the daily grind in one of the world’s top outdoor playgrounds. Challenge yourself during the day in one of many competitive events that include trail running, mountain biking, a triathlon, stand-up paddle-boarding, and swimming. Info: registration varies,

Tahoe City Wine Walk


Sip, shop, and explore Tahoe City along its scenic lakeside walkways while tasting
wines from acclaimed Tahoe restaurants and caterers. Info: $50, $20/designated driver (food only), 1 to 5 p.m., Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City,

Alpenglow Mountain Festival

JUNE 16 to 24

The nine-day North Lake Tahoe mountain lifestyle festival celebrates human-powered events, clinics, presentations, and more. Geared toward the beginner and intermediate mountain sports enthusiasts, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival showcases some of the best activities Lake Tahoe offers, including trail running, hiking, backpacking, lakeshore yoga, stand-up paddleboarding, rock climbing, and natural history. Choose from more
than 50 individual events! Info:

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

JUNE 22 TO 24

This annual artists summer solstice and world peace celebration is a family reunion for many and is known as one of the most positive festivals with an incredibly “irie” vibe. Info: tickets start at $70, Friday at 5 p.m. to Sunday at 10 p.m., Mendocino Fairgrounds, Boonville, Calif.,

Kids Adventure Games

JUNE 22 TO 24

Teams of two kids, ages 6 to 14, will navigate an adventure course that features biking, trekking, rope swings, mud pits, cargo nets, a giant Slip ’n Slide, and other exciting obstacles. Info: $60/individuals, $160/team of two after June 17, Squaw Valley Resort,

Music in the Mountains SummerFest

JUNE 23 to JULY 3

For more than 37 years, this classical music fest is one of the largest on the West coast. Enjoy an enchanting evening of Handel and Bach that finishes with a spirited Patriotic Pops. SummerFest also includes Brahms Serenade No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s luscious 2nd Symphony. Info: tickets start at $40, 6 p.m., Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, 

Midtown Art Walk


The annual art walk showcases the unexpected culture of Reno’s MidTown District. Pairing artists with local merchants, this event stirs up senses with a variety of art, food, and live performances. Walk through unique shops and take wonder in the work of local photographers. Info: free, from 445 to 1311 S. Virginia St.,

Fillmore Jazz Festival

JUNE 30 & JULY 1

Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing more than 100,000 visitors. From sunup to sundown, participants can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages. Info: free, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fillmore Street, San Francisco,


Red, White, and Tahoe Blue

Incline Village and Crystal Bay celebrate Independence Day with parades, tributes to veterans, fireworks, concerts, chalk drawings, a rubber ducky race, food, and more. Info: times and locations vary,

High Sierra Music Festival


A camping/live music event with a wide range of music genres spanning from rock to bluegrass, featuring The String Cheese Incident, Grace Potter, and many more. Info: 4-day pass starting at $305.75, Quincy, Calif.,

8th Annual Summer Concert on the Green

JULY 6 & 7

An all-ages event that takes place under the stars at Tahoe Donner, and sells out each year. Rock out with the Big Jangle Band, a tribute to Tom Petty and all things jangly, Pop Fiction — Northern California’s top party band covering hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000s — and an LA-based tribute band, Best Shot. Info: $40, $90/VIP, $20/kids, $30/VIP kids; doors open at 4 p.m., Tahoe Donner Driving Range,

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival


Admire the sunset from the East Shore of Lake Tahoe while Shakespeare’s works come alive on the stage. This year features Macbeth, Shakespeare’s Towering Tragedy, and Beehive- The ‘60s Musical, a groovy retro revue featuring 40 classic chart-toppers. Info: tickets start at $15, Sand Harbor State Park, Incline Village,

White Nights Gala


A one-of-a-kind fundraiser held at a breathtaking lakefront estate in Incline Village.
The title of the event, White Nights, is a nod to the popular international diner en blanc pop-up events, but Classical Tahoe’s White Nights gala is no secret and will provide its white-attired guests with a gourmet feast and silent and live auctions, as well as a special performance. Info: $250, $2,500/table of 10; 5 p.m.; Kern Schumacher Estate, Incline Village;

Classical Tahoe


Each summer, Classical Tahoe brings together world renowned classical musicians for a three-week music festival and institute on the campus of Sierra Nevada College. The festival supports Tahoe’s cultural growth while bringing together a remarkable assembly of musicians. This summer, under the direction of Maestro Joel Revzen, the Classical Tahoe Orchestra ensemble include Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the LA Philharmonic to perform the musical masterpieces of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bernstein, Copland and more. Info: $25 to $100/single concert, season subscriptions available, 7 p.m., Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village,

Moody’s Jazz Camp

JULY 9 TO 13

In its 13th year, this camp provides an incredible experience for kids ages 10 to 17. It features lessons, performances, and demonstrations from renowned artists. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for any young musician in the Tahoe Area. Info:

California WorldFest

JULY 12 TO 15

Featuring eight stages of music from around the world, camping with family and friends, workshops, international food, fine crafts, and a renowned children’s program. Info: $190/4-day pass including camping, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley,

Truckee Tahoe Airshow & Family Festival


One of the region’s most family-friendly events featuring a breathtaking air show with world renowned performers, a STEM Expo, a family festival, and much more! All proceeds go directly to Truckee/North Lake Tahoe youth organizations. Info: free, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Truckee Airport,

Tahoe Trail 100


Choose your bike adventure from a 50K, 100K, tandem 100K, or 2-person 100K relay on this course abounding with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. Info: $95 to $245, Northstar Calif.,

Art, Wine & Music Festival

JULY 14 & 15

The Village at Squaw Valley will burst with color, taste, and sound as fine artists, crafts makers, performers, and musicians come to participate in this fun event featuring wine tasting, two performance stages, and walkways lined with fine art booths and exhibits. All proceeds benefit Achieve Tahoe. Info: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Village at Squaw Valley,

Wanderlust Squaw Valley

JULY 19 TO 22

A four-day event that celebrates yoga, meditation, music, nature, and camaraderie all in the pristine setting of Squaw Valley. Sessions feature some of the best yoga teachers in the world and prime musical acts. Info: icket prices vary, The Village at Squaw Valley,

The Infamous Stringdusters

JULY 17 & 18

Time to get groovy with these Grammy-award winning bluegrass mavericks! Info: $27.50, 11 p.m., Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline,

Sierra Storytelling Festival

JULY 20 to 22

The festival brings a lineup of talented, nationally recognized storytellers to the Nevada Columbia Schoolhouse stages. People have told stories since the beginning of time, and these narrators keep the tradition alive. If you enjoy listening to a good story, this is the event for you. Info: $10.50 to $92.50/day, Nevada Columbia Schoolhouse, Nevada City,

6th Annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival

JULY 25 TO 27

The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival celebrates its sixth year with performances by artists from around the world in an exciting array of classical, contemporary, and modern works. Enjoy performances against the gorgeous backdrops of Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake. Info: $25, $50/opening night gala; Thursday at the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City; Friday at West End Beach;

Guitarfish Music Festival

JULY 26 TO 29

An intimate family, community, art, and music festival held high in the stunning Sierra at Cisco Grove Campground. In celebration of the “blue” part of our planet, this gathering offers community, music, and art. Info: $180/4-day pass including camping, Cisco Grove,



Jam to bluegrass while overlooking the Big Blue at Sugar Pine Point State Park. The lineup includes One Grass, Two Grass; Lost Whiskey Engine; and Blithedale Canyon. Food, beer, and wine available from vendors for purchase. Info: $25, 5 p.m., Sugar Pine Point State Park, Tahoma,


Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza

AUG. 2 TO 5

Showcasing the best craft breweries and top blues performers. This year you can catch The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band and Danielle Nicole among many others. Info: single-day passes and multi-day passes available, Sam’s Wood Site, Mammoth Lakes,

Hot August Nights

AUG. 3 TO 12

Every August, the streets of Reno vibrate with sounds of muffled engine rebuilds and rays of sunlight glinting off polished chrome. Come enjoy cars and music to celebrate rock ’n’ roll and the ’50s. Entertainment and event schedule to be announced. Info: Reno,

Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance

AUG. 10 & 11

This premier event showcasing wooden boats includes boat exhibits, dinners, an awards ceremony, and more. Info: $155/opening night dinner; awards ceremony barbecue $55; $25/kids; $65/Ladies Luncheon on the Lake; $45/Men’s Grill, Obexer’s Boat Company; Homewood;

Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest

AUG. 11 & 12

Breweries from throughout the Western states showcase their best brews while fantastic bands bring the funk, making this fun-filled event popular. Bring your canine companions to party down with you. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Info: $5/entry donation, 2 to 8 p.m., The Village at Squaw Valley,

Lake Tahoe Music Festival

Aug. 21 to 26

Beautiful classical music in magical outdoor Tahoe settings. The Academy Orchestra, composed of 26 accomplished young classical musicians from across the country, will present three original concerts at five unique locations. Concerts will feature well-known clarinetist Daniel Gilbert, actor Robert Sicular, and local composer David Wendell Nelson, as well as dancers from the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective and international ballet artists Damien Johnson and Stephen Straub. Info:

Truckee Pro Rodeo

AUG. 25 & 26

Come get down and dirty with the cowboys for the 44th year. Info: prices to be announced, McIver Arena, Truckee,

Burning Man

AUG. 26 TO SEPT. 3

In Black Rock City, you will find a pop-up town in the desert, a culture of possibility, and a network of dreamers and doers. Immerse yourself in art, music, and community. This year’s art theme is Radical Ritual. Sold-out event. Info: Black Rock City,


29th Annual Foam Fest


With unlimited tastings from more than 40 breweries, everybody will get their fill.
All proceeds from the event benefit Achieve Tahoe, a leader in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities. Info: 2 to 6 p.m.; The Village at Squaw Valley;

30th Annual Alpen Wine Festival


Listen to live music and sample wine. Event includes a silent auction and raffle to benefit Can Do MS, a foundation providing wellness and education for people with multiple sclerosis. Info: $40/advance, $50/day-of, includes a commemorative wine glass, wine tasting, and silent auction; 2 to 5 p.m.; The Village at Squaw Valley;

59th Annual International Camel & Ostrich Races

SEPT. 7 TO 9

You won’t want to miss this race with unlikely characters. Camels, ostriches, and emus are all competitors. Info: starts at $12/person; $8/kids and seniors; 12 to 3 p.m., Virginia City,

The Great Reno Balloon Race

SEPT. 7 TO 9

The largest free hot air ballooning event in the nation. Arrive at dawn to see more than 100 balloons take flight in the newly expanded dawn patrol. Info: free, 5 to 10 a.m., Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno,

Guitar Strings and Chicken Wings


A battle of epic proportions! Six restaurants and five bands will go head-to-head to benefit the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS). Each restaurant will be cooking its own signature recipes for spicy, flavor-packed chicken wings, and joining forces with the region’s best bands to crank the contest to the max. Chicken and music lovers are not going to want to miss a single stop on this around-the-valley face-off. Info: $5/admission, $5/4 wings, 5 to 9:30 p.m., The Village at Squaw Valley,

Trails and Vistas Art Hike

SEPT. 8 & 9

Guided art hikes for small groups of 22 people to see eight art sites featuring music, poetry, storytelling, dance, and installation art, beginning at Clair Tappaan Lodge. Info: $35, $12/kids under 12; 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; Galena Visitor Center,

Sample the Sierra


Sample the Sierra brings together local chefs and restaurants with neighboring growers and producers to create scrumptious samples for you to taste. Pair them with the appropriate craft beer or wine, shop for locally made crafts at the festival marketplace, dance to live entertainment, and catch the signature food challenge event, Sierra Chefs Challenge. Info: $30/early bird, $40/after July 5; 12 to 5 p.m.; Bijou Park, South Lake Tahoe;

Lost Sierra Hoedown

SEPT. 20 TO 23

It’s not a festival … it’s a hoedown. Celebrate simple living, outdoor recreation, and stellar music at this homegrown gathering. Lineup of artists includes The Mother Hips, The Stone Foxes, The Risky Biscuits, Willy Tea Taylor, and many more. Info: $160/4-day pass includes camping, parking, and a commemorative pint cup; Plumas Eureka State Park, Johnsville;

Celtic Festival & Marketplace

SEPT. 28 TO 30

Celebrate Celtic heritage with live music, dancing, and family fun. Info $85/early-bird for Saturday and Sunday with camping, $70/early bird for Saturday and Sunday without camping, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley,

Tahoe City Oktoberfest


Featuring craft beers from some of the region’s best microbreweries, along with live music, great food, traditional Bavarian-themed games, and local artisan vendor booths. This celebration is fun for all ages, and one not to miss. Info: free, $10/beer stein; 12 to 5 p.m., Common’s Beach,


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

OCT. 5 TO 7

Killer music from around the country comes to Golden Gate Park for the weekend. Featuring more than 100 musical artists on seven stages. Info: free, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco,

Truckee Wine, Walk, and Shop


This annual favorite brings nearly 1,000 locals and tourists to historic downtown Truckee to sip wine, taste scrumptious food samples, and enjoy shopping. Info: $45/advance, $55/day-of, 12 to 4 p.m., downtown Truckee,

The Great Trail Race


A competition that embodies the spirit and purpose of The Great Ski Race, on foot or by bike. Race from Tahoe City to Truckee in this fun, spirited event while fundraising for Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. Info: $70- $90/registration, 7 a.m. packet pick-up/registration, Tahoe City,

Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour

OCT. 18 & 19

Boo! These tales of what haunts Truckee are sure to spook. A fun and rowdy historic walking tour, it features engaging tales performed by talented characters at seven interesting historic sites. This event sells out every year! Info: tickets on sale July 1, Truckee Hotel, Truckee,

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