Best Things to Do in Tahoe This May

Sure, you can ski through July this year (!), but summer’s just around the corner. The snow may be sticking around for a while, but the Tahoe-Truckee region is starting to celebrate warmer temps this month with live outdoor music, a local arts fest, a famed pond skimming event, vibrant community theater and more.

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

Weather in May is pleasant in Tahoe, generally in the 60s, but layers are recommended as temperatures can drop into the 30s.

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North Lake Tahoe

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Cushing Crossing

The Cushing Crossing is a colorful, comical pond skimming contest, where costumes are highly encouraged. Watch big spills and share some laughs with celebrity judges and spirited emcees. Contestants compete for prizes from sponsors including Yeti, Smith, Phunkshun Wear, Dakine and Darn Tough, and the grand prize winner will receive an Ikon Base Pass, GoPro Hero 11 and $500 in cash.

More info: palisadestahoe.com

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Made in Tahoe Festival

It doesn’t get more local than this. Made in Tahoe celebrates all things local, from goods and wares to food, drinks and music. The Village at Palisades Tahoe hosts a wide array of offerings that are made in or inspired by the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee areas. Discover, explore and experience Tahoe’s rich community full of talented creators. Event takes place 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at The Village at Palisades Tahoe.

More info: palisadestahoe.com

South Lake Tahoe

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Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series

Summer starts early in South Shore when the The Shops at Heavenly Village kick off their free, outdoor concerts, beginning on Cinco de Mayo with a mariachi band. The official series gets going on Memorial Day Weekend and runs through Labor Day. Rock out to all genres of music, with most shows on Fridays and Saturdays, plus Sundays on holiday weekends. 

More info: tahoesouth.com

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Big Blue Music and Brews Festival

This free, three-day music festival on Memorial Day Weekend features live music from over 40 artists at 15 venues across South Shore. Events take place at restaurants, bars and breweries and end each night under the Heavenly gondola. 

More info: tahoesouth.com

Truckee

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Truckee Certified Farmers Market

Grab your reusable tote and head down to the Truckee River Regional Park because the farmers market is back for the season. Starting this month, you can source fresh and local produce, flowers, crafts and more at the Truckee Certified Farmers Market. It takes place every Tuesday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More info: truckeecertifiedfa.wixsite.com

Reno

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Reno River Festival

Kick off the start of summer just down the hill at the Reno River Festival. This lively community celebration features 24 musical act, a craft beer and hard seltzer experience, the Reno River Roll bike ride, cornhole championships, food, shopping, and more. The event takes place at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno.

More info: renoriverfestival.com

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Mother's Day

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Memorial Day

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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