Music Resounds Around Lake Tahoe This Summer
In the West, one of the most active summertime areas can be found around Lake Tahoe, where a dozen ski and snowboard resorts host warm-weather concerts and festivals for city-dwellers looking for a way to chill out.
Four hours from San Francisco and two from Sacramento puts Californians and visitors smack dab in the middle of the Sierra -- and multiple choices of what to do, see, hear and enjoy in the Lake Tahoe region.
The sound of music echoes around California's most famous lake all summer long. On top of the list is Squaw Valley. Its weekly concerts run on Saturdays, with regional bands rockin' at sunset, and Tuesdays when blues takes the stage. The annual Brews, Jazz & Funk Festival puts music and malt together Aug. 14-15.
Head up on Friday evening to China Peak, where the area's top bands kick off on the base lodge deck. Or, gather at the south shore of Lake Tahoe for any of 20 concerts on Heavenly's summer calendar. are free and run on weekends through Labor Day.
Up north, exit I-80 after Donner Pass to check the sounds in historic Truckee. Live music hits the stage on once--month Thursdays, with a food court, kid's activities and beer garden as well.
Northstar gets into the act with live music every Friday all the way through September. The northside resort also hosts the Autumn Food & Wine Festival, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 20-22. It's a three-day bonanza of tastings, release parties, seminars, dining -- and music.
Unfortunately, because of Covid, a number of popular, long-running festivals have been canceled for this summer, including Lake Tahoe Concours' d'Elegance antique boat show at Homewood, and Wanderlust Yoga at Squaw Valley.