Concerts, Festivals and Fireworks at Tahoe South this Summer

Summer brings long days and Tahoe South is using every extra minute with concerts, firework shows, food festivals and celebrity golf action to fill Sierra days and nights. Whether you’re looking for a family vacation or a weekend getaway, make plans now and book a stay at The Ridge Tahoe.

The 23rd Valhalla Renaissance Faire, May 30-31 and again June 5-7, will exhibit the pleasures and pageantry of the Elizabethan era. Costumed players perform at Camp Richardson Resort in the shady lanes and byways, and sell their wares from market stalls filled with fine handmade crafts.

Travel back to the Medieval times at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire, May 30-31 and June 5-7.  Photo: Reno Tahoe USA
Travel back to the Medieval times at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire, May 30-31 and June 5-7. Photo: Reno Tahoe USA.

When it comes to fireworks, Tahoe South is where you want to be July 4. Lights on the Lake packs the shoreline in what NBC’s Today Show has called one of the best displays in the country. Choice viewing spots are South Shore’s sandy beaches and aboard boats including the M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen paddlewheelers or private vessels. The display features simultaneous music on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.

Celebrating 26 years as the No. 1 celebrity golf tournament in the U.S., the American Century Championship returns to Tahoe South July 14-19 with a star-studded line-up of sports and entertainment celebrities including the likes of Charles Barkley, Aaron Rogers, John Elway, Larry the Cable Guy, Ray Romano, and dozens of NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL Hall of Famers.

Rock ’n roll and country music headliners will make their way to South Shore this summer for the Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series at Harveys Outdoor Arena. The mega-star-lineup includes: Brad Paisley, June 11; Aerosmith, July 3; Imagine Dragons, July 18; Train, The Fray & Matt Nathanson, July 21; Kenny Chesney, July 22; Jackson Browne, Aug. 7; Elton John, Aug. 8; Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads & Stick Figure, Aug. 13; Dierks Bentley, Aug. 23; Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Sept. 5, and Dave Matthews Band, Sept. 9.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, which opened late-January, launches the inaugural BaseJam Summer 2015 Outdoor Concert Series with Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival, June 27. The event will be held at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe outdoor arena. Headliners include: The Expendables, The Green, Don Carlos, Fortunate Youth, Vokab Kompany and Squarefield Massive.

The inaugural Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival will be July 11. The initial lineup includes: Greensky Bluegrass, The Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas’ Earls of Leicester, winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Bluegrass album, The David Grisman Sextet and New Monsoon and The Dead Winter Carpenters.

Hard Rock’s reggae concert series continues July 30 when Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter Ziggy Marley returns to Tahoe, along with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop band, for a co-headlining performance.

Meanwhile, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa showroom summer entertainment features Foreigner, June 6; Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional, July 14; Carlos Mencia, July 18; and Three Dog Night, Aug. 1.

The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival celebrates summer in old Tahoe fashion with a season long series of performances and comedy at the Boathouse Theater, outdoor concerts, festivals, and cultural events. The Grand Lawn is the site of the annual Wa She Shu It Deh Native American Arts Festival a cultural gathering that features traditional American Indian dancers and drummers, basket weaving displays, art and food.

Roaring ’20s era costumes, live music, interactive historic house tours, vintage auto rides, classic kid’s games, and food are the centerpiece of the annual Great Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site, Aug. 8-9.

Which entertainment venue do you plan to visit during your stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

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