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What’s New in Lake Tahoe Summer 2024 

Published on: July 2024

Business updates, summer events, sustainability news and more. 

With a safe and sustainable Fourth of July holiday in the books, Lake Tahoe is ready for a summer of endless fun and adventure. Get ready to dive into crystal-clear waters, explore Lake Tahoe through moonlight kayak tours, hang beachside with live music, ascend an 800-foot vertical cliff or simply relax outdoors. Here’s what to expect in terms of annual events, recreation news and sustainability updates in Lake Tahoe.  

Summer in Lake Tahoe

Business Updates

  • The Kings Beach Visitor Center will open its permanent, year-round location this summer at 8611 N Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach. The Kings Beach Visitor Center will provide a central location in Lake Tahoe to get great tips and insights on everything there is to do in Lake Tahoe.  
  • Through the TOT-TBID Dollars At Work program, more than $43,000 has been allocated through the 2024 Annual Grant Cycle to help restore the Watson Cabin. Watson Cabin is the oldest log structure remaining in the Lake Tahoe area. Built in 1908, it is listed on the National Register for Historic Places and is a great place to experience a bit of Lake Tahoe’s history on a walk through Tahoe City.  

Events

  • With select events through Nov. 8, Tahoe Music Alive will host concerts with small ensembles of classical, chamber and jazz musicians. Tickets begin at $35 per person.   
  • Through Sept. 22, Alibi Ale Works will feature weekly live music with Incline Public House Sunday Sessions. Each Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., get out and experience free folk, jazz, blues and rock music while enjoying delicious food and drinks. Also at Alibi Ale Works this summer is the Tunes on Tap Sunset Concert Series, put on in partnership with Travel North Tahoe Nevada (TNTNV). From June 20 through Aug.15, Tunes on Tap will take place on Thursday evenings at Alibi’s Incline Public House, offering locals and visitors a mid-week escape filled with live music and craft brews. The shows take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and are free to attend. 
  • The annual Music on the Beach concert series in Kings Beach returns this summer from June 14 through Aug. 30. Enjoy live performances from artists like Blü Egyptian, Lumanation, Broken Compass Bluegrass and more. Concerts take place every Friday at 6:30 p.m. and are free to attend.  
  • Join the Lake Tahoe community every Sunday through Sept. 8 for the return of Concerts at Commons Beach. Enjoy live music from artists like Boot Juice, Groovesession, and The Blues Monsters and Friends. There will be local food and drink vendors on site selling beer, wine, soft drinks, ice-cream, sushi, barbecue and more. The weekly events are free to attend and will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Bluesdays will return for its 15th year in The Village at Palisades Tahoe through Aug. 27. This annual summer music series brings together the best blues musicians from across the country, such as Tony Holiday, Mark Hummel and James Corron Tribute, and Matthew Curry. Shows are from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are free to attend.  
  • When visiting midweek through Aug. 14, enjoy Movies on the Beach at Commons Beach. These events take place each Wednesday with movies beginning around dusk. This is an all-ages event that costs $1 per person to attend.  
Gambler's Run Music Festival
  • Classical Tahoe will return July 7 through Aug. 4. This annual event brings four weeks of world-class orchestra, jazz and chamber music to Lake Tahoe with weekly shows to choose from. Tickets can be purchased at ClassicalTahoe.org.  
  • On July 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the 17th annual Truckee Brewfest will take place at Truckee River Regional Park. All proceeds raised at this event are invested in kids in the community. Tickets are $10 for designated drivers and $45 for beer tasting. All attendees must be 21 years or older.  
  • The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival returns July 23 through 26. The festival offers three days of main stage performances, audience participatory demonstrations, site-specific installations, meet-the-artists talks and more. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  
  • The 7th annual Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival returns to Palisades Tahoe Aug. 3 through 4. Experience live acts like Shaggy, Rebelution, Atmosphere and more. This is an all-ages event. Tickets begin at $118 for a single day entry.  
  • Experience a flavorful variety of beer from local and regional breweries paired with live music at Brews, Jazz & Funk on Aug. 17 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Village at Palisades Tahoe. Cost is $25 for advance tickets or $35 at the door.  

Parks and Recreation Updates

  • The Tahoe Transportation District and partners are working to expand the East Shore Trail from Sand Harbor to Spooner Summit, while tackling road safety and improving water quality through erosion-control enhancements. The next section will connect Thunderbird Cove to the Secret Harbor parking lot.  
  • Due to work on the “Five Creeks Project,” the Donkeytown and El Burro trails are now closed for the remainder of the calendar year. The “Five Creeks Project” is designed to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the Lake Tahoe Basin and the first phase is expected to take three years to complete. 
  • DL Bliss State Park is closed for the summer season due to a large-scale water infrastructure construction project. With this close, the Rubicon Trail will be open for out and back hiking from Emerald Bay State Park only. Balancing Rock parking and kayak launching will not be available. For the most up-to-date information on Emerald Bay State Park and its surroundings, visit parks.ca.gov.  
  • This summer, embark on a guided climb at one of North America’s only Via Ferratas, the Tahoe Via Ferrata. Opened for the season May 31, the Tahoe Via Ferrata combines the best parts of climbing, hiking and scrambling while ascending an 800-foot vertical cliff. Sessions are available in 2-hour, 3-hour or 4-hour tours with prices ranging from $189 to $259 per person. 
  • The Links at Everline opened June 1 for the season. Located at the base of Palisades Tahoe, this golf course sits at 6,200 feet elevation and is a par-71 championship course. The daily rates range from $19 to $129, depending on time of day and age of the golfer.  
  • Truckee River Rafting is now accepting reservations for the season, which runs from July 1 through Sept. 2. Splash through the Truckee River with whitewater rafting tours that offer both calm stretches and bursts of thrill. Cost is $70 for participants 13 years and older, $40 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for kids ages 2 to 5.  
  • Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks are now open at the Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista and Olympic Valley locations. Experience aerial courses that offer a unique adventure, from novice to expert. Prices vary per location, course and age. 
  • Dive into summer with a kayak or paddle board journey through Tahoe Adventure Company. Tahoe Adventure Company offers single kayak, double kayak and stand-up paddle board options for introductory tours or longer, more immersive journeys. Unique to summer, witness the sunset and full moon rise with a Full Moon Kayak Tour, offered select dates May through Oct. For more information, or to schedule your session, visit TahoeAdventureCompany.com.  
  • The Tahoe Rim Trail Association will host a five-day guided backpacking experience, “Taste of TRT,” from July 22 through 26. This experience provides an intermediate backpacking experience and covers about 48 miles. To join the waitlist, visit TahoeRimTrail.org.  

Sustainability Updates 

  • A proposal that would lead to the restoration of Meeks Bay will be considered at public hearings this summer. This proposal includes full restoration of the creek, wetland, and removal of the marina, which delivers sediment to the lake and harbors aquatic invasive species. 
  • BEBOT, the all-electric sand sifting robot, began its beach cleanings for the summer. BEBOT will remove debris from beach and sand up to a depth of four inches, targeting litter buried beneath the surface. To find the full BEBOT beach cleaning schedule, visit NorthTahoeCommunityAlliance.com/Project/Bebot.  
  • Launching this summer from The League to Save Lake Tahoe and ECO-CLEAN Solutions is Collec’Thor. This high-capacity trash and waste collector works to attract and remove aquatic invasive weeds, fragments and floating debris from Lake Tahoe. It collects solid and liquid floating on the surface of the lake and operates by pumping water through its five-foot long filter. Water passes through while up to 220 pounds of floating weeds and trash are collected.  
  • The North Tahoe Community Alliance (NTCA) included TOT-TBID Dollars At Work in the production and distribution of a brand-new video in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Water Trail. The video will highlight the Clean, Drain & Dry initiative and be distributed locally and by REI to all members within driving distance to North Lake Tahoe.  
Spring and Summer Lake Tahoe TART

Transportation Updates 

  • TART Connect’s summer hours will be in effect from June 27 to Sept. 2. TART Connect is Lake Tahoe’s free curb-to-curb, on-demand shuttle service that follows a shared ride model and promotes sustainable transportation within the destination. To find a ride, download the TART Connect app or call (530) 553-0653.  

With summer activities and recreation in full swing, it’s important to embrace sustainable practices and act as stewards of the places we explore. The beauty that draws us in – lush landscapes, sparkling blue waters and vibrant communities – depends on our collective care. By making thoughtful choices, such as reducing waste and respecting wildlife habitats, we can all play a role in keeping Lake Tahoe’s pristine beauty for generations to come. Summer is a time for making memories, but let’s also make sure to create a positive impact on the destinations that enrich our lives. To learn more about Lake Tahoe, visit GoTahoeNorth.com.