Best Things to Do in Tahoe This July

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 4th of July celebrations to a beloved, beachy Shakespeare theater festival with world-class views to live music outdoors at a South Lake casino to a month-long arts celebration to a larger-than-life lantern 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-on popular. Think sun, temperatures in the 80s, the warmest water the lakes will ever have, and busy beaches and trails.

Featured photo: Artown Reno

North Lake Tahoe

A skier in mid-air performs a high jump with an American flag in hand, against a backdrop of snow-covered mountains and a clear blue sky. The skier wears a red jacket and blue jeans, with ski poles extending upwards. For adventure seekers, skiing is among the best things to do in Tahoe July or any season!
Photo courtesy of Palisades Tahoe.

Freedom Fest

Dates TBD

For the first time on more than a decade, you can ski into summer at Palisades Tahoe. Celebrate the 4th of July with skiing, riding, live music and more. Get your groove on with an exciting line-up music artists like Surf Mesa, Forester, Wild Child and more. 

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A large crowd watches an outdoor concert at sunset, seated on sandy terrain surrounded by tall pine trees. The stage, set against a serene lake and softly lit clouds, features performing musicians. The scene captures a tranquil yet vibrant atmosphere—truly one of the best things to do in Tahoe in July.
Photo courtesy of Jen Schmidt.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Dates TBD

An outdoor concert at dusk featuring a large orchestra under a modern, curved white canopy is one of the best things to do in Tahoe July. The audience is seated in rows, and the stage is illuminated with blue and white lights. Tall trees and festival tents are visible in the background.
Photo courtesy of Classical Tahoe/Jeff Dow Photography.

Classical Tahoe

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South Lake Tahoe

A large outdoor concert with a packed audience is held at dusk near a scenic lake surrounded by forests and mountains. The stage is brightly lit, and spotlights illuminate the crowd. The sky is painted with shades of orange, pink, and blue from the setting sun—one of the best things to do in Tahoe in July.
Photo courtesy of Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s.

Summer Concert Series

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Fireworks explode in vibrant colors over a lakeside city at night. Bright lights from buildings and reflections from the fireworks twinkle on the water's surface, with silhouetted mountains in the background—a highlight of the best things to do in Tahoe July.

Star Spangled Celebration: Fireworks Viewing and Cocktail Party

July 4

See Lake Tahoes Lights on the Lake Fireworks Show from the top of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Ticket includes a live performance by the Dueling Pianos, a drink and a front row seat to the fireworks show. Food available for an additional purchase. 21 and over event. 

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Overhead shot of tents at Great Truckee Artisan Fair
Photo courtesy of Truckee Optimist Club.

The Great Truckee Artisan Fair

Date TBD

Three-seater bike with giant wheels at Fourth of July Parade Tahoe
Photo courtesy of Mark E. Loper.

Fourth of July Parade

July 4

This community favorite event marches through historic downtown in a festive celebration that brings locals and visitors together for a family friendly good time. A Truckee tradition, the parade starts at 10 am at the west end of town and progresses 1 1/2 miles down Donner Pass Road into historic Truckee, ending at noon. 

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Amphitheater stage at Artown
Photo courtesy of Jim Strasma/Unsplash.


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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, dont 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. 

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Glowing Dragon
Photo courtesy of Jim Strasma/Unsplash.

Dragon Lights

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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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