After a tense week following the Angora fire, this July Fourth was a welcomed diversion. Most communities celebrated scheduled events, and visitors who traveled to the Lake and contributed to the tourist economy were welcomed with open arms. An estimated 10,000 people were drawn to the lake to join the festivities which lasted for several days.
Communities around the began the celebration early. Squaw Valley hosted a multi-day circus with sky jump bungee and live shows in a circus ring. Truckee and Incline had parades with colorful floats, and Incline Village even hosted a boat parade with all watercraft decorated in red, white and blue. Uncle Sam even made an appearance wake surfing in top hat and tails- a real crowd pleaser!
Kings Beach kicked off fireworks on Tuesday night, with viewers taking in the spectacle by boat, beach and atop the fire lookout at Brockway. Squaw also hosted a laser lights show that evening instead of fireworks, with concerns of fire danger. Incline Village boasted one of the best displays of fireworks ever, drawing a huge crowd on the beach, on the water, and many watching from homes with vantage points over the lake. Tahoe City, Truckee, and South Lake Tahoe all hosted fireworks on the fourth. South Lake’s “Lights on the Lake” claims the largest sychronized display west of the Mississippi. Fireworks continued onto the 5th of July, with a display from Homewood on the west shore.
The Tahoe Arts Festival begins today through Sunday, July 7-8 at the South Lake Tahoe Middle School. Tahoe Arts Project brings performing and visual arts to over 5,000 students, as well as public performances for the community to enjoy. Proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations and provide scholarships to Lake Tahoe/Truckee art students. TahoeArtsProject.org
Tahoe Food & Wine Festival takes place this Sunday, July 8 at the Crystal Bay Club. Taste great wines from over 20 West Coast and International wineries while you sample light cuisine from great restaurants Such as Crystal Bay Casino Steak & Lobster House, The Big Water Grille, Tahoe Biltmore’s Condrad’s Grille, Village Market, Hyatt’s Lone Eagle Grill, Lanza’s, Jason’s, Moody’s, Trader Joe’s, Cortina Ristorante, Café Bella Sera and more. Blues, Brew & Barbeque – Sunday, July 8th – 1 to 4 pm at the Tahoe Biltmore. Savor a tasty Barbeque of Great Ribs, burgers and chicken and enjoy a live rockin’ band and sample several beers. InsideTahoe.net
Tahoe’s Celebrity Golf Championship begins at Edgewood Golf Course from July 10-15. With a purse of $500,000 and network television exposure, it’s the most prestigious and richest celebrity tournament in golf. TahoeCelebrityGolf.com
Forty talented artists will open their studios for the fourteenth annual ARTour, which runs from July 12-15. ARTour is a free, self-directed tour throughout studios in Tahoe City, Truckee, Incline Village and North Lake Tahoe. Artists feature watercolors, acrylics, oil paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass making, woodwork, photography and many other mediums. This is a great opportunity to learn about a variety of art mediums and buy directly from the artists. NorthTahoeArts.com
Upcoming in July, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents Romeo and Juliet along with the Taming of the Shrew with nightly perfomrances running July 13- August 20th at Sand Harbor on the East Shore. This is a wonderful event with many wine and food vendors presenting their fare under the stars. LakeTahoeShakespeare.com
The Lake Tahoe Music Festival kicks off July 14- August 4 at Homewood Mountain Resort on Tahoe’s West Shore. The July 8, 25th Anniversary Benefactor Party promises to be a unique event with champagne and hors d’oeurves (catering by Dragonfly) and a special musical interlude by the Afiara String Quartet from the San Francisco Conservatory (Afiara was our Educational Outreach Program artists-in-residency teaching quartet this spring). TahoeMusic.org
Don’t miss the weekly Reggae performances at Truckee River Ampitheater in July and August, featuring greats like Peter Tosh, The Wailers, Ziggy Marley, English Beat, and Tahoe’s own Keyser Soze- a fantastic venue! RenegadeShows.com