Summer is in full swing and season favorites are back in the Tahoe/Truckee/Reno region this month. From a beloved, beachy Shakespeare theater festival with world-class views to live music outdoors at South Lake’s biggest casinos to an awe-inspiring airshow to a vibrant, month-long multidisciplinary arts festival to a larger-than-life lantern festival, there’s no shortage of exciting and diverse things to do in July. So take advantage of all the area has to offer, and have fun!
Featured Photo: Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival courtesy of Mark E. Loper
North Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
Spread your blanket out on the sand, open up your picnic basket, uncork your favorite bottle of wine, then get ready for an unparalleled theatrical experience at the waterfront Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. The festival, which comes to Sand Harbor every summer, celebrates its 50th season this year with productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Mamma Mia! Just try to keep your eyes on the show as the sun sets and the moon rises over beautiful Lake Tahoe.
More info: laketahoeshakespeare.com
Leading classical musicians from the MET Orchestra, LA Phil, Cleveland Orchestra and symphonies of San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Dallas, Toronto and more come together with Classical Tahoe’s concert series. Musicians like Grammy-winning soprano Isabel Leonard, Grammy-nominated violinist Tessa Lark, Cuban pianist and composer Aldo López-Gavilán and more perform chamber music and jazz concerts in an intimate outdoor pavilion under towering Tahoe pines.
More info: classicaltahoe.org
South Lake Tahoe
Summer Concert Series
July 8, 12-13, 28, 30
The Summer Concert Series at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena heats up South Shore with hot musical acts performing under the stars. Don’t miss The Chainsmokers (July 8), Kenny Chesney (July 12-13), Miranda Lambert (July 28) and Dierks Bentley (July 30).
More info: caesars.com
Lake Tahoe Bluegrass and Beyond Festival
This lively all-ages show at the Hard Rock Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena welcomes Phil Lesh & Friends, Leftover Salmon, Dirtwire, The Lil Smokies, Dead Winter Carpenters, Boot Juice and more.
More info: hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com
Lake Tahoe Bass Camp Festival
The popular summer electronic dance music event is back with performances by some of the most popular electronic music producers in the world. Bass Camp Festival V at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe features three stages, including the return of the Dancetronauts and their famous “Bass Station” Sound Ship. Don’t miss Slander, Adventure Club and Flux Pavilion, plus a silent disco, all-grass chill-out fields, a vendor village, interactive artist paint wall and more.
More info: hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com/events
Grab a pint at this local beer fest, featuring tastings of more than 30 specialty brews, craft beers, local microbrewers and select ciders, all from around the region. There will be live music, food and a silent auction held at Truckee Regional Park. Participating breweries include Truckee River Brewing, Deschutes Brewing, Fifty Fifty, Alibi Ale Works. Firestone Walker and more.
More info: chamber.sdbxstudio.com
Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival
Proudly known as one of the region’s most family-friendly events, the air show and festival is back and celebrates the 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force this year. Come experience a breathtaking and world-class air show with world-renowned aerobatic performers. The Truckee Tahoe Air Show boasts one of the most iconic backdrops of any air show in the world with towering pines, majestic mountains and a bright blue sky complementing each performer. Visit the Grocery Outlet STEM Expo, the Family Festival, free rides for kids on July 24 by the EAA Young Eagle’s pilot volunteers and much more.
More info: truckeetahoeairshow.com
This vibrant and diverse multidisciplinary arts festival features over 500 events and activities, including music, dance, theater, visual arts, workshops, art walks and more, combining world-renowned artists with homegrown Reno talent. This month, don’t miss a chalk art and music festival, a garlic festival, a gospel fest, Reno Taiko performances, fashion, comedy, music, dance and drag shows, mural tours and so much more. Most events are free to the public.
More info: artown.org
More than 40 larger-than-life lantern sculptures illuminate the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Rancho San Rafael Park when Dragon Lights returns to Reno. Made of steel, fabric and thousands of LED lights, the lanterns transform the arboretum into a luminous wonderland during this immersive walk-through experience. Visitors of all ages can touch, play with, and even sit on lantern displays at the new interactive playground.
More info: dragonlightsreno.org