Top 10 August Events and Summertime Things to Do in Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe, renowned for over 300 days of sunshine and surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, may just be one of the best places in the world to take a summer vacation. With so much natural beauty and so many ways to do, see, and relax, there are nearly endless possibilities for how to spend your time around the lake. Today, TahoesBest.com, the area's leading tourism site, announced a list of top things to do and events in Lake Tahoe for this August 2014.
1 - Watch Shakespeare in the Park
Go to the Sand Harbor National Park and get some culture while you watch a local production of Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," a charming tale about hiding away in the country that has been adapted and set during the Second Industrial Revolution. Open until August 24th, you will witness remarkable scenery, striking costumes, impressive actors, and hear the immortal words of the Bard himself. More information here: http://www.tahoesbest.com/lake-tahoe-shakespeare-festival-0
2 - Go to the Valhalla Art, Music, and Theatre Festival
The Valhalla Festival, another great cultural experience that is right in front of Lake Tahoe, is a lively celebration of art, music, and drama. From energetic Gypsy music to improv shows to intimate art events, the festival should have something for everyone. Starting in late June and lasting through August, the events take place at the Boathouse Theatre, the Valhalla Grand Hall, and on the Grand Lawn. More information here: http://www.tahoesbest.com/valhalla-at-lake-tahoe-festival
3 - Dance at Live at Lakeview
Go to the Lakeview Commons and check out Live at Lakeview every Thursday night from June 26th to August 28th. It is a free summer music series in an outdoor amphitheater that features performances from both local and national music acts. There is a free bike valet, a beer garden, and plenty of local vendors. There's a little bit of everything: Rock & Roll, Blues, and an Afro-fusion Orchestra.
4 - Take in the Music at the Tahoe SummerFest
Founded in 2011, Tahoe SummerFest hosts a series of classical music concerts. There are performances by well-known soloists as well as the musicians of the Lake Tahoe SummerFest Orchestra, who hail from renowned ensembles such as the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This event starts in the Incline Village on August 1st and ends on the 17th.
5 - Observe the Concours D'elegance
The Concours D'elegance, founded in 1972 by boat enthusiasts, is one of the most respected wooden boat shows in the world. This August 8th and 9th, see historic and restored wooden boats, hang out by the lake, and try to predict which vessel will win the coveted Most Elegant Boat of Show award.
6 - Paddleboard in Tahoe-Nalu
Take a trip to North Lake Tahoe and watch or take part in the oldest stand up paddleboard festival in the world. Taking place between August 9th and 11th, the three day event is expected at draw 4000 spectators who will watch as elite athletes from Europe, Australia, and Hawaii paddle through the serene Big Blue. If you're not a choice athlete, don't panic. There are events for all ages and all skill levels.
7 - Bike the Forest Bicycle Trail
There is nothing in this world like zipping through the pine-scented air in the midst of nature, and there's no better place to do that than on the Forest Bicycle Trail. The paved paths bend through the lush forest for ten miles and connect to Pope Beach and Baldwin Beach. Don't have a bike? Anderson's Bicycle Rental, an established family-owned business, is located at the head of the trail.
If you're looking for more of an adventure use Wanna Ride -- a company that shuttles mountain bikers to where they need to go, and is the easiest and most affordable way to get to hard to find mountain bike spots. Get dropped off at perfect mountain bike locations, such as Christmas Valley Downhill and Hawley Grade Downhill, for as little as $20 per person.
8 - Float Above Tahoe with Hang Gliding Tahoe
See the lake like you never have before. Book an instructor from Hang Gliding Tahoe and take an extraordinary glide over the lake in a micro-light powered trike. Hang Gliding Tahoe is open year round, but the view of the summer lake is said to be unforgettable. There's no boring class, either. They suit you up, give you a quick safety briefing, and then let you go flying. You fly as much as you would like, except for take-offs and landings. It even counts toward a pilot's license!
9 - Take a Scenic Helicopter Flight
Take the Lakewide Sunset Tour for an hour long ride over Tahoe with Reno Tahoe Helicopters. Departing from the South Lake Tahoe Airport, you'll fly over the Emerald Bay and continue along the western shore until you turn east to fly over Kings Beach and Incline Village. You'll be afforded magnificent twilight views of Zephyr Cove, Cave Rock, and the casinos at Stateline.
10 - Relax at BioSpirit Day Spa
After a long day of adventuring, why not treat yourself to a massage at BioSpirit? A Eucalyptus steam room is included with any of your services and there are optional sauna rooms and light therapy. Information about BioSpirit Day Spa here.
Bonus - Hiking with Tahoe Rim Trail Association
Everyone knows hiking is a must while on vacation in Lake Tahoe (especially with beautiful summer weather), and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association makes it easy with guided hikes, backcountry camps, and trail building workdays. Camp out under the stars on August 1-3 and again August 16-17 with the Tahoe Rim Trail. Register for backcountry camps here, it's free! The event is in Nevada State Park, and campers have fun meeting new people, working on trails, and enjoying the beauty of nature. Or enjoy free guided day hikes, going on throughout August -- full list of Tahoe Rim Trail guided hikes here.
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