Summertime sizzles with top-notch entertainment at Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe has a blockbuster entertainment schedule on tap for summer with a lineup of star-studded concerts, fireworks, festivals and the 25th anniversary of the celebrity-packed American Century Championship.

The 25th Annual American Century Championship returns to Edgewood Tahoe July 15-20.  Photo:
The 25th Annual American Century Championship returns to Edgewood Tahoe July 15-20.

Here’s a look at what’s happening this summer.

Lights on the Lake fireworks show returns July 4. NBC’s Today show recognizes Tahoe South‘s Lights on the Lake Fireworks display as one of the country’s top Fourth of July weekend celebrations. The American Pyrotechnics Association rates South Shore’s spectacular Fourth of July fireworks celebration one of the top five displays in the nation. The show is scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m.

The American Century Championship, celebrating 25 years as the No. 1 celebrity sports event in the USA, returns to Tahoe South, July 15-20, 2014, with a star-studded line-up of sports and entertainment celebrities. Fans will see Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, World Champion Miami Heat guard Ray Allen,  Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, comedian Larry the Cable Guy and dozens of NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL Hall of Famers.

Concerts and Comedy:

Entertainment will elevate with this year’s Harveys Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series. This year’s lineup features Sarah McLachlan, June 24; Carrie Underwood, July 18; Zac Brown Band: The Great American Road Trip Tour, July 20; Train, July 25; Journey and Steve Miller Band, July 30; Lady Gaga‘s Artrave, Aug. 2; Boston and The Doobie Brothers, Aug. 3; Aerosmith with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Aug. 8; Bruno Mars, Aug. 14; Sammy Hagar and Friends, Aug. 16; Rascal Flats and Sheryl Crow, Aug. 24; and two nights with The Eagles, Friday Aug. 29 and Saturday, Aug. 30.

Friday and Saturday nights through summer is Boogie Nights at the Blu featuring the ultimate 1970s and 1980s themed dance party around at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. You’ll want to brush off those retro clothes, practice your dance moves, and prepare to jump back in time on a lighted dance floor while shaking your groove thing to the largest collections of disco balls ever collected.

Summer concerts and comedy at the MontBleu Theater include Three Dog Night, June 21; Comedians Sinbad, July 5 and Frank Caliendo, July 19; and Trombone Shorty, Aug. 21.

The South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe has a lineup of great shows this summer, including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, May 31; Neil Sedaka, June 6; Eric Burdon and the Animals, June 14; The Yardbirds, June 20; Abbacadabra, the Ultimate ABBA Concert, July 5; and Spyro Gyra, July 12.

Laughter is the best medicine and Harveys Lake Tahoe has got the prescription with comedy every week at The Improv. Shows start at 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Friday and Sundays, and 8:30 and 10:30 pm on Saturdays. The host is Tahoe’s favorite prince of comedy Howie Nave.

Thursdays through summer brings the return of the Live at Lakeview Music Series at Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach. This free event runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and features music on the beach, food vendors, a beer garden, free bike valet and great summertime vibes.

Festivals, Fairs and Standup Paddle:

Valhalla Renaissance Faire offers two weekends of continuous entertainment on seven acres and four stages, May 31 to June 1 and June 7-8 at Camp Richardson. This year’s faire promises more than 1,000 actors, scores of merchants, lance splitting, jousting, live sword fighting, children’s games, demonstrations, jugglers, magicians, minstrels and plenty of food and beverages.

The premiere flatwater standup paddleboard (SUP) race in the country is the Race the Lake of the Sky Paddle Board Festival at El Dorado Beach, Saturday, June 28, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 29, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Various race’s include short course, long distance, team relay, grom races and the SUP Cross Sprint course!

The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic returns July 25-26 See more than 65 wooden antique and classic boats in the water and 8 race boats on their trailers from the early 1900’s to the fiberglass boats of the 1960’s.

Roar back in time Aug. 9-10 at The Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site, Pope and Baldwin Estates. The festival features vintage car shows, food, tours, wandering musicians and jugglers, a raffle, special sales of period appropriate items and the sale of the annual Gatsby poster.

Tahoe’s second annual Crawfish Music Festival, the Boil ‘n Fry Day is set for Saturday, August 23 at MontBleu Resort. The festival features crawfish caught fresh from Lake Tahoe just hours before the event plus music, craft beers, hot wings, a barbecue, lawn games and Miss Crawfish Pageant.

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