Lake Tahoe residents kick off the summer season with the Valhalla Renaissance Faire, usually held on two consecutive weekends in early June. You will see many fairgoers dressed up in Elizabethan garb as they make their way through the numerous merchant stalls, food booths, skit performances, jousts and sword fights. Around this time, there are also special events designed to promote outdoor activities such as hiking, bicycling, or relay racing.

Then, when summer activities start in earnest and visitors begin filling up the resorts, Tahoe holds a three-day Fourth of July festival with the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi River. Later in the month, there is a three-week music festival on North Shore featuring several local and national artists. There are vocalist, orchestra and small group instrumental concerts performing everything from acoustic bluegrass to Mozart. A few of the performance venues used are Squaw Valley (a ski resort during the winter), Trout Creek Recreation Center (at the famed Donner Pass in Truckee), and West End Beach at Donner Lake. Ticket prices go anywhere from $15 to $55 per concert, with discounted series passes available for multiple shows.

In the fall, watch (or take part in) Lake Tahoe’s Marathon Week. Events run the gamut from the 3-Day Triple Marathon to extreme golf. The Valhalla Arts & Music Festival also provides a variety of entertainment and cultural events as the summer winds down.