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North Lake Tahoe Summer Family Fun Events 2018

Tahoe Donner Summer Concert on the Green

The Summer Concert on the Green takes place July 6 and 7 at Tahoe Donner. Photo: Tahoe Donner

The North Shore of Lake Tahoe is one of our favorite summer destinations. There's something so relaxing and inspiring about spending time up in the mountains. This summer, you'll find plenty of fun for the whole family, from 4th of July parades and fireworks to free live music and outdoor movies to kids' camps and adventure sports programs. Here's our guide to summer 2018 family-friendly events in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.

All Summer

Truckee Thursdays
Historic Downtown Truckee
Thursdays through August 23

Enjoy some exuberant summertime energy in Historic Downtown Truckee with live music, children’s activities, a beer garden, and a variety of artisan vendors. In addition, attendees will find sidewalk sales and other activities hosted by downtown merchants. There's even a shuttle to Downtown Truckee from local resorts like Tahoe Donner and Northstar. Event details

Tahoe Star Tours
Northstar California Resort
Thursdays–Saturdays, June 14–September 1

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from June 14 through September 1, join star guide and poet Tony Berendsen at the Northstar Dark Skies Cosmoarium for an intimate look at the Sierra stars. View the cosmos with through high-powered Celestron telescopes. Enjoy comfortable seating, blankets, outdoor heaters, hot chocolate, s’mores and more. Event details

Concerts at Commons Beach
Commons Beach, Tahoe City
Sundays, June 17–September 2

Come to Commons Beach for free live music every Sunday during the summer. Bring your picnics, blankets, and low-back chairs for a perfect lakeside evening. Local food and drink vendors sell beer, wine, soft drinks, sushi, BBQ, ice cream, and more. Come early and enjoy the lakeside ambiance. There's a fully equipped playground for the little rock-‘n-rollers too! Event details

Music in the Park
Truckee River Regional Park, Truckee
Wednesdays, June 20–September 29

Enjoy free concerts every Wednesday in the amphitheater at Truckee Regional Park. Concerts start at 6:30 pm. Event details

Truckee River Railroad
Truckee Regional Park
June 23, July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18, September 1, 15 & 29

Kids can take a miniature train ride in Truckee Regional Park this summer! Rides are free, but donations are accepted. Rides take place from 11 am to 2 pm. Event details

Squaw Valley
Tuesdays, June 19–August 28

This popular free outdoor concert series at the Village at Squaw Valley features acclaimed blues musicians, great grab-and-go food offerings from Village restaurants and a Blues bar with beer, wine, and spirits available in the Events Plaza. Also get discounted High Camp Experience packages, food and drink specials, and lodging sales every Tuesday. Event details

Movies on the Beach
Commons Beach, Tahoe City
Wednesdays, June 27–August 22

Enjoy free movies on Commons Beach at dusk this summer. Bring low back beach chairs only, blankets, sleeping bags, and flashlights. Arrive early for food, games, prizes, and to get a good spot! Event details

Squaw Kids Adventure Camp
Squaw Valley
Fridays–Mondays, June 29–September 3

This summer kids can explore and discover adventure at Squaw Valley through outdoor activities and art exploration alongside our experienced counselors and other kids. Camp takes place from 9 am to 3 pm. Activities include swimming, Aerial Tram rides, eco-hiking, nature crafts, biking, map and compass class, roller skating, geo-caching, LEGO build and engineering projects, disc golf, climbing wall, lawn games, scavenger hunts, cooking, yoga, and more. Event details

Music on the Beach
Kings Beach State Recreation Area
Fridays, June 29–August 31

Listen and dance to live music performances featuring a variety of genres on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Concerts start at 6:30pm. Local food and drink available for purchase from 6–9 pm. No concert August 10. Event details

Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series
Squaw Valley
Thursdays, July 5–August 30

Snuggle up with the kiddos under the stars while enjoying new releases and family classics on the big screen in the Village at Squaw Valley. All movies start at 8:30 pm, weather permitting. Blankets and warm clothes are recommended. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Event details

Outdoor summer movies Squaw Valley

Free outdoor movies return to the Village at Squaw Valley this summer.


Kids Adventure Games
Squaw Valley
Friday–Sunday, June 22–24

The 5th Annual Squaw Valley Kids Adventure Games features a kid sized adventure race where teams of two navigate a "natural terrain" inspired obstacle course. Kids can expect mountain biking, hiking, zip-lines, a Tarzan rope swing, giant Slip-n-Slide, tubing, cargo nets, mud pits and more. This is a fun and confidence building outdoor experience for kids ages 6–14, and a great day out for the whole family. Event details

Truckee Duckee Derbee
River Ranch Restaurant and Lodge, Tahoe City
Sunday, June 24

Join Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe for the silliest and splashiest race around: the 15th Annual Truckee Duckee Derbee at the River Ranch Restaurant! Sponsor a duck for $10 starting at 1 pm on Sunday, June 24. The popular Dogs in Dudz costume parade will take place at around 2 pm with the duck race taking off at approximately 3 pm. Event details

Skating at Northstar

Roller skating at the Village at Northstar California.


Truckee 4th of July Parade
Historic Downtown Truckee
Wednesday, July 4

The annual Truckee 4th of July Parade in Historic Downtown Truckee is a local tradition and fun for the whole family. The parade starts at 10 am at the Truckee High School follows Donner Pass Road to Downtown Truckee and ends at the corner of Bridge and Church Street. Event details

Tahoe Donner
Wednesday, July 4

Gather the family together for Waterpalooza, a day of fun water games and activities to help you stay cool in the heart of summer. Enjoy slip and slide, water fight zone, field games like cornhole, water balloon toss, a flume zoom and food and beverage options. Waterpalooza takes place at the Tahoe Donner driving range. Event details

4th of July Fireworks
Tahoe City
Wednesday, July 4

Tahoe City was named one of America’s Best 4th of July Displays! Celebrate our country’s birthday at their 74th annual fireworks show on Lake Tahoe's North Shore. Event details

Summer Concert on the Green
Tahoe Donner
Friday & Saturday, July 6 & 7

Tahoe Donner's annual Summer Concert on the Green featuring two nights of live performances by today’s top tribute bands, including the Big Jangle Band (Tom Petty), party cover band Pop Fiction, Best Shot (Pat Benatar), and sing-along '80s "yacht rock" purveyors Mustache Harbor. Summer Concert on the Green is an outdoor, family-friendly event held on the Tahoe Donner Driving Range. Food will be available for purchase from local vendors. Event details

Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival
Northstar California
Saturday, July 7

Northstar California’s Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival is back with locally made craft brews and award-winning bluegrass music. Craft soda will be available, too! Top it off with a run or hike and amazing mountain views. Event details

Art, Wine & Music Festival
Squaw Valley
Saturday & Sunday, July 15 & 16

The Village at Squaw Valley will burst with color, taste and sound as fine artists, craft makers, performers and musicians come to participate in this fun two-day annual event from 11 am–5 pm each day. The Art, Wine & Music Festival features wine tasting from 2–5 pm, performance stages, restaurants, shops and walkways lined with fine art booths and exhibits. All proceeds from the event benefit Achieve Tahoe. Event details

Commons Beach Tahoe City

Commons Beach in Tahoe City will host free outdoor movies and concerts this summer.


Mountain Kids Cook-Off Festival
Northstar California
August 5

The culinary arts takes center stage among the mountain beauty at this fun family event as talented young chefs challenge their skills. In addition, kids can take their own cooking classes, create their own artistic masterpiece, or lead the family on a scenic hike. Event details

Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest
Squaw Valley
August 11 & 12

Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest presented by FiftyFifty Brewing Co. will once again return to Squaw Valley for its 17th year. Festival-goers can sip a wide array of tasty beers from over 20 different breweries, as well as enjoying an incredible lineup of live music. All proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Event details

2019 Marin Summer Camp Guide