Summer Fun

Summer Fun at Americana

    Have you ever danced on the sand while listening to live music?  In South Lake Tahoe you can do that for another month!  On Thursdays from 4:30pm-8:30pm, Lakeview Commons features a live band with their stage right on the water’s edge!  Take a look at the upcoming line-up here at ( And the entrance fee … free!  They have free valet parking for your bicycle (recommended transportation because vehicle parking is limited), delicious ice cream, hot and tasty pizza, homemade empanadas, and a beer garden to quench your thirst.  And the music is always great.

    Another activity that will last for another month or so is the Farmer’s Markets that come to town.  There are several on the map on different days of the week and you can always find fresh produce and a unique treat.

    August in Tahoe also has to offer Elton John in concert on the evening of the 8th at Harvey’s.  Elton John! There is also a Craft Beer Festival (at the MontBleu) on that same day that starts at 2:00pm.  If you are looking for a fun, physical challenge, check out the Color Blast 5k Fun Run on the 15th just down the hill in Carson City, or the Lake Tahoe Triathlon that will take place on the west shore at Sugar Pine Point State Park.  (There is also a kid’s triathlon at the Recreation Center in town on the 16th, ages 3-13).  Last but not least, there will be a full moon hike at our very own Van Sickle Park on the 29th.

    If you can’t make it to Tahoe in August, no worries, September is jam-packed with events because the weather is still very pleasant.  If you have never experienced “Sample the Sierra”, that is a must, with great food and great wine.  We also have the exciting Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race (link ), the spectacular Labor Day fireworks show, the Fall Festival Chili Cook Off, the City of Lake Tahoe 50th Anniversary Parade, and don’t forget to bring your bike to the great Lake Tahoe bike race!

    Still haven’t made it to Tahoe?  Tahoe is just stunning in October.  The trees are starting to change colors, it is still sunny with coolness in the air, and you can’t go wrong with attending Oktoberfest in Camp Richardson or the Fall Fish Fest;  that is the best time to view our Kokanee Salmon!  If you have never been, it is a sight worth seeing!  Lake Tahoe Marathon Week cannot go unmentioned - it takes place October 8-11th and offers arguably the most beautiful running events in the world.  If running is not your forte, you can also sign up for a paddle board race, a bike race, a kayak race, or a swimming race! 

    One last thing, the newest restaurant in town cannot go unmentioned either! It is called California Burger and it replaced the old Burger King that used to be in the Village (within walking distance from the Americana or the Stardust).  It is a very classy burger joint that offers only the best (grass fed) beef, healthy salads, pickle fries, corn on the cob, and adult milkshakes.  Yep, that’s right, adult milkshakes!  Bring your appetite and hope to see you there soon!

Happy Heart Day!

Happy Heart Day  

There is a ton of things to do in South Lake Tahoe over the Holiday weekend whether you will be celebrating Valentine’s Day or President’s Day.  There are a couple of new restaurants in town that are a must try.  McP’s Tap House Grill is new, improved, and it just re-opened!  In addition to their normal pub-faire style food, they have added burgers, wraps, lasagna, and nachos to their menu! (just to name a few things).  They have 40 beers on tap, 20 TV’s in the house, and live music almost every night.  If you are planning on watching the NBA All-Star Game, this would be the place to see it.  Or, if you are more into watching live sports, our Lake Tahoe Blue Hockey Team will be playing three home games, one on Friday evening, one on Saturday evening, and one on Sunday afternoon.  Tickets are only ten dollars!

    Another new place that is a must try is the Cold Water Brewery.  It replaced the old Swiss Chalet Restaurant, it is totally remodeled (it is super nice and modern inside) and they brew their own beers!  They have a full bar and carry a few other top choice beers on draft.  The portion size for the fish and chips is incredible, and their burger is just as impressive.  Don’t forget to ask about their “grilled cheese sandwich” of the day.  The Cold Water Brewery also hosts local bands to keep their guests entertained.

    It is always fun to catch up on your turns on the mountain, but if you weren’t planning to bring your skis and boards, you can always bring your mountain bike or your ice skates!  The lower mountain biking trails are firm, fast, and fun and there is an outdoor ice skating rink in the Heavenly Village that plays energetic music to skate along to.  While you are there (in the Village), you might as well catch a new flick, shop for some crazy socks (at Sock City), and just walk a little further down the road to witness the newest edition to our town, The Hard Rock Casino!

It’s a Go! The Fireworks that is…..

Most of us in South Lake Tahoe breathed a collective sigh of relief recently when it was announced that the Lake Tahoe Visitors Association was able to negotiate a settlement of a potential lawsuit that would have put an end to our glorious fireworks display on the Fourth of July, and Labor Day holidays, this year and for all years to come.

Our annual fireworks displays have long been a tradition for many families to celebrate our country and the opening and closing of the summer season up here. The Local residents who brought about the suit, witnessed lack of a system of adequate clean up of the debris from the firework displays. They felt this default presented a serious danger to the health and clarity of the Lake. While no one in this community wants to participate in any activity that would present a serious threat to the health of our lake, we did not want to see this tradition we all enjoy on so many levels come to and end. LTVA worked hard to come to a resolution of all these issues, and we can once again look forward to these spectacular displays and holiday celebrations.

The Lake Tahoe Visitors Association is actually a great resource for information about many aspects of what is happening in South Lake Tahoe. They help to sponsor and promote many of the annual events that we enjoy in this community. Did you know that there is a direct link to their very informative website this, owner website? If you just click on the link under the Heading “Lake Tahoe Links,” Local Area Attractions it will take you right to their site

On the “Tahoe South” website you will find all the details for all the fun and interesting events coming up this spring and summer in South Lake Tahoe. Some upcoming events are the Cowboy Poetry Festival in Genoa on May 4 and 5th and at the end of this month the Valhalla Renaissance Fair. This summer there will be lots of fun music available at the Harrah’s Outdoor amphitheater including Bruno Mars, Journey/Steve Miller Band, The Eagles and Lady Gaga. You can enter the dates of your next visit to Tahoe and get a detailed list of events and activities taking place in town while you will be here.

We hope to see you soon!

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