Best Things to Do in Tahoe This July

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 Lakes biggest casinos to an awe-inspiring airshow to a vibrant, month-long multidisciplinary arts festival, theres no shortage of exciting and diverse things to do in July. 

We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in Tahoe including museums, cultural events, food tours, athletic events, hikes and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in Tahoe, and if you’re planning a weekend, the the best places to stay

July in Tahoe is full-on summer, and full-0n popular. Think sun, temperatures in the 80s, the warmest water the lakes will ever have, and busy beaches and trails.

Featured Photo: Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival courtesy of Mark E. Loper

North Lake Tahoe

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Photo: Courtesy of Jen Schmidt

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

July 1-31

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 51st season this year. Just try to keep your eyes on the show as the sun sets and the moon rises over beautiful Lake Tahoe. 

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Photo: Courtesy of Classical Tahoe/Jeff Dow Photography

Classical Tahoe

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 Tahoes concert series. Musicians perform chamber music and jazz concerts in an intimate outdoor pavilion under towering Tahoe pines. 

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South Lake Tahoe

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Summer Concert Series

The Summer Concert Series at Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena heats up South Shore with hot musical acts performing under the stars.

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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. Dont miss a silent disco, all-grass chill-out fields, a vendor village, interactive artist paint wall and more.

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Truckee BrewFest

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.

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Photo: Courtesy of Mark E. Loper

Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival

Proudly known as one of the regions most family-friendly events, the air show and festival is back. 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 by the EAA Young Eagles pilot volunteers and much more. 

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Photo: Courtesy of Jim Strasma/Unsplash

Fourth of July

July 4

Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now in Tahoe? Our comprehensive list of venues across the city below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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