On and Off the Water: Summer Adventure at Tahoe South

A vacation or weekend stay packed full of Sierra sun, sandy beaches, high mountain adventure, entertainment, memories (and selfies) await this summer at Tahoe South. Check into The Ridge Tahoe, and check out the surroundings, where there is there is never a shortage of things to see and do.

Get out on the water, enjoy free music or sunbathe on a beach - whatever you do, enjoy summer in Tahoe South!  Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick
Get out on the water, enjoy free music or sunbathe on a beach – whatever you do, enjoy summer in Tahoe South!
Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick

Heavenly Mountain Resort is now open for full seven-day-a-week summer operations with Gondola rides and the debut of the resort’s new four line Hot Shot Zip Line, along with the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course. The Blue Streak Zip Line, Black Bear Ropes Course and summer tubing will open full-time on Friday, June 26.

Nearby Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 3 through Sept. 6, with lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking trails, as well as DiscWood, Kirkwood’s own disc golf course. In the Village Plaza, Kirkwood will host the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department BBQ on July 4 from 3:30-6:30 p.m., as well as the 14th Annual Thin Air Chili Cook Off on Sept. 5.

There’s no shortage of hidden coves and large public beaches within a few miles from The Ridge Tahoe. Soak in the rays as you take in the panoramic views of the towering mountain peaks that surround Lake Tahoe. Tahoe’s a big lake known for big water adventure. You can skim the waves on a boat or Wave Runner, take a dinner cruise on a Paddlewheeler, canoe, kayak or paddleboard.

Live at Lakeview, a free weekly concert series featuring a venue with amphitheater style seating and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe at Lakeview Commons. Every Thursday, June 25-Aug. 27, there’s live music and art, along with a variety of booths featuring local merchants, a beer garden and food options. Parking is limited, however, a complimentary bike valet service is available. Biking and carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series features free music events every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. through Labor Day weekend at Heavenly Village. Acts include the soul/rock sounds of Groove session, June 19; funk/rock with Idea Team, June 26; jazz/rock over Independence Day weekend with The Bumptet and Tuba Luba Brass Band, July 3-4.

In its fourth season, Lake Tahoe SummerFest, July 31 to Aug. 16, presents inspired orchestra and classical musical performances. The event features renowned national and international soloists from the world’s stages and exceptional musicians who comprise the SummerFest Orchestra led by Maestro Joel Revzen. The 40-member orchestra performs in a 500-seat, intimate acoustical tent pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.

Tahoe South has become home to the nation’s premier high-elevation lake adventure sport — Stand Up Paddle boarding. The world’s best SUPers will be at El Dorado Beach on June 27-28, for Race the Lake of the Sky. Races feature short course, long distance, team relay, grom (young racers) and SUP cross sprint course. The event includes vendors, food booths and music throughout the weekend.

The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic features dozens of classic wooden boats on display at one of the largest gatherings of vessels in Northern California July 24-25. This year’s theme, “50s & Fins” will recognize those boats built between 1950 and 1959 including the Chris Craft Cobra, Silver Arrow, and Arena Craft Barracuda.

Entertainment, food, family and friends will converge under the stars at the iconic Sand Harbor beach this summer as Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival expands onto two stages with live entertainment seven nights a week, July 10 – Aug. 23. The Bard’s 43rd season is headlined by the romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet” with the world’s longest running musical, “The Fantasticks” featured on the other stage.

What are your favorite Tahoe South summer activities?

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