May 29, 2012
Filed Under North Tahoe Events
Summer begins in Tahoe City with the 7th Annual Tahoe City Solstice Festival set for Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 24.
The festival includes ten signature events that define our mountain culture. Each event touts Tahoe City’s distinct qualities and character: adventure sports, artisan food and wine, acclaimed musicians and artists, and celebrated local shops, restaurants, and galleries.
Whether you’re an athlete, wine connoisseur, art and music lover, or classic car aficionado, there’s sure to be an event to interest you.
The Sun by Cathy McClelland, North Lake Tahoe artist, brilliantly captures the essence of summer at Lake Tahoe.
Friday, June 15 – Friday, June 24
Adventure Sports Week highlights the best of Tahoe City’s immediate, world-class access to infinite outdoor activities and sports, such as trail running, swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, road and mountain biking, and triathlons. Adventure Sports Week welcomes both competitive and non-competitive participants. As part of the XTERRA series, registered XTERRA athletes may earn points within the XTERRA U.S. Point Series. For further information or to register for any event, visit VisitTahoeCity.com or call 530.583.3348.
Friday, June 15 – Friday, June 24*, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The North Tahoe Arts Center presents the Art & Solstice exhibit. Hosting the work of up to ten renowned Northern California artists, this showing pays homage to all things “summer-inspired” through all mediums. The Art & Solstice exhibit is free to view. For additional information, visit VisitTahoeCity.com or call 530.583.3348 or 530.581.2787. *North Tahoe Arts Center is closed Tuesdays.
Sunday, June 17, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Tahoe Gal Cruise featuring live music by Mumbo Gumbo celebrates the essence and soul of Tahoe City. North Tahoe Cruises welcomes party-goers aboard the 64-foot-long SkipperLiner paddlewheel yacht for an afternoon of food, music, and festivities on Lake Tahoe. Passengers have little choice but to dance to Mumbo Gumbo’s incomparable sound which crosses rock, pop, afropop, zydego, and beyond. The real magic happens as the cruise progresses: hundreds of boaters and kayakers around Lake Tahoe simply follow their ears, make a beeline to the Tahoe Gal, and create a cultural flotilla of fun on the water. Tickets to the Tahoe Gal cruise and concert are $100 and can be purchased by visiting TahoeGal.com or by calling North Shore Cruises at 800.218.2464.
Thursday, June 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Solstice Stroll Classic Car Show converts Tahoe City’s North Lake Tahoe Boulevard into a nostalgic journey through Tahoe’s love affair with classic automobiles and collector cars. From Ford and Chevy to Rolls Royce and Alfa Romeo, classic cars decorate both shoulders of Tahoe City’s central, lakefront boulevard – creating an ambiance to be appreciated by all. The Solstice Stroll Classic Car Show is free, and attendees are encouraged to cast their vote for the best in show. For more information or to register a classic car for viewing, visit VisitTahoeCity.com or call 530.583.3348.
Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Held at the Gatekeeper’s Museum, the Mark Twain Tahoe Mystery Public Festivity is an evening of discussion and theory among attendees and renowned Tahoe-based historians and authors David Antonucci and Robert Stewart, about the life and times of Mark Twain while he lived at and explored Lake Tahoe. The event is free to North Lake Tahoe Historical Society members; and a $10 donation is accepted from non-members. For further information visit VisitTahoeCity.com or call 530.583.3348.
Friday, June 22, 7 p.m. – Last Dance
The Bridgetender Fireworks Fundraiser Street Dance is hosted at the Bridgetender Restaurant, the name synonymous with fun in Tahoe City. True to tradition, the event embraces “festival alfresco”, hosted at the B.T. patio, eventually reaching the town’s boulevard and Tahoe City’s landmark Fanny Bridge. Live music, dinner and drink specials, and street party revelry offer a Tahoe City experience not to be missed. The Bridgetender Fireworks Fundraiser Street Dance is free to attend; and portions of the evening’s Bridgetender proceeds benefit the Tahoe City Independence Day fireworks fund. Proceeds benefit the Tahoe City Fireworks Fund. Visit VisitTahoeCity.com or call 530.583.3348 to purchase tickets today.
Saturday, June 23, 8 p.m. – Last Laugh
Lakeside Pizza will host the Aaron Wilson Comedy Show. Renowned throughout the Lake Tahoe basin, Aaron Wilson lends a laugh to sold-out crowds at all the Lake Tahoe hot spots and night clubs; and as a special presentation for the Tahoe City Solstice Festival, Mr. Wilson has invited three top comedic performers hailing from Reno, San Francisco, and Los Angeles – guaranteed to redefine the meaning of funny. Ticket rates and purchasing information for this not-to-be-missed performance can be found at VisitTahoeCity.com or by calling 530.583.3348.
Saturday, June 23, Noon – 4 p.m.
As the marquee event of the Tahoe City Solstice Festival, the Tahoe City Wine Walk is heralded as the most fun you can have in Tahoe City in one afternoon. 30 shops, restaurants, and businesses spanning Tahoe City’s pedestrian-friendly center host premium wine tastings paired with masterfully-prepared hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, custom caterers, and secret gourmet chefs. Wine-walkers are treated to three live musical performances along their journey, including Dean Smith at the North Tahoe Arts Center; The Roamers at Heritage Plaza; and Dan Copeland at Boatworks Mall. Tickets may be purchased in advance at TahoeCityWineWalk.com for $35 – as well as local shops including Tahoe Dave’s, The Store, James Harold Galleries (Boatworks Mall), Uncorked (Cobblestone) and the North Tahoe Visitor Center. Day-of tickets are available for $45 (cash only) at North Tahoe Arts Center, the Boatworks Mall, and Heritage Plaza. Guests receive an ID bracelet, tasting map, commemorative wine glass, and gift back with each ticket purchased.
The Concerts at Commons Beach weekly summer music performances officially kick off Sunday, June 24, featuring four live performances by renowned bands, the Blues Monsters, Dad’s LPS, Downbeat, and Jellybread. Concerts at Commons Beach is a free series, open to all ages, and located at water’s edge of North Lake Tahoe. Local vendors offer an array of fresh dishes and beverages throughout each performance. Arrive early for a front-stage spot, get ready to dance, and pack a swimsuit for good measure. For a full calendar of summer performance through September, visit ConcertsAtCommonsBeach.com or call 530.583.3348.
The 7th Annual Tahoe City Solstice Festival is presented by Tahoe City Downtown Association. Founded in 2004, the Tahoe City Downtown Association (TCDA) is a non-profit organization comprised of local merchants, property owners, community associations, professionals, and contributors, sharing a mission to enhance and promote a vibrant and prosperous commercial and social Tahoe center for residents and visitors. The TCDA contributes to Tahoe City’s social, economic, and environmental vitality through special events, sustainable programs, professional and volunteer opportunities, visitor outreach, and community support.
Featured Art: The Sun by Cathy McClelland