Spring in Lake Tahoe means looking ahead to big summer events. So far, the region has several major happenings already on the books. Everything from outdoor concerts and paddle races to big holidays like Fourth of July are going to be booming. With these high traffic periods, it's best to plan way ahead. Lodging is already filling up, so get on it!
Amgen Tour of California – May 8-9
California's largest cycling race is back with stage starts in Lake Tahoe. This year, Amgen will bring the first women's race to the area. Expect high speed and tons of action during the two stages. The first stage will include an entire lap around the lake while the second stage will focus on the South Shore.
Memorial Day Weekend – May 23-25
The unofficial kick off to the summer season, Memorial Day is always a favorite. Boats go in the water. Brave visitors take the first dips in the chilly lake. Campgrounds fill up and the barbecues light up.
Tough Mudder at Northstar – June 13-14
The dirty obstacle ridden course of Tough Mudder can draw thousands of competitors. This year's event is sure to feature never-before-seen obstacles, but it definitely won't get any easier.
Race the Lake of the Sky – June 27-28
Lake Tahoe's largest standup paddle race attracts hundreds of paddlers from around the world. The two-day event offers races for all levels as well as a festival-like atmosphere. Between the high jump contest and the standup paddle cross, there's plenty for spectators, too.
Harvey's Outdoor Concert Series – July 3 – Sept. 9
The Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena has seen its fair share of visits from legendary musicians. And this year will be no different. Aerosmith will kick of the season, followed by rock icon Jackson Browne, Grammy-winning Imagine Dragons and Sammy Hagar.
Fourth of July Week – July 3-12
Likely Lake Tahoe's largest holiday, tens of thousands flock to the Basin for fireworks, barbecues, boating, beaches and more. If you're thinking about joining the fun, start planning soon or you'll be left sleeping in the street.
Wanderlust Music & Yoga Festival – July 16-18
What started as a few hundred yogis gathering at Squaw Valley's High Camp has now become one of the world's premier yoga festivals. The three-day event offers a variety of yoga practices like standup paddleboard yoga to hot yoga as well as nightly concerts and other activities.
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival – July 10 - August 23
The classic Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, held on arguably the most beautiful stage in the world at Sand Harbor, is bigger than ever. This year, they'll feature two different shows: Romeo and Juliet and The Fantasticks. Get tickets and lodging early as they typically sell out.
Labor Day – Sept. 5-7
The end of summer throw down is one of Lake Tahoe's busiest weekends. The campgrounds are almost guaranteed to be sold out in advance. Reservations should be made before summer event starts.
IronMan Lake Tahoe – Sept. 20
After a freak snowstorm canceled last year's event, anticipation for the endurance race is building. Typically hundreds of racers enter the multi-sport competition and each brings a large support crew. This means high impact to lodging around the North Lake Tahoe area.