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Annual Tahoe City Solstice Festival June 20 – June 23

Posted on May 28, 2013
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

Summer begins in Tahoe City with the annual Tahoe City Solstice Festival set for Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23, 2013.

The festival includes several 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.

The Tahoe City Solstice Festival includes signature events over the course of four days, all of which tout Tahoe City’s distinct qualities and character: instant access to Lake Tahoe, artisan food and wine, acclaimed musicians and artists, and celebrated collection of shops, restaurants, and galleries.

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.

Thursday, June 20, 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 or call 530.583.3348.

Friday, June 21, 7 p.m. – Street 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.

Saturday, June 22, 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 for $35 – as well as local shops including Tahoe City Ticket Outlets – James-Harold Galleries, North Lake Tahoe Visitor’s Center, Tahoe Dave’s, The Store, Uncorked Wine Bar. At Truckee Ticket Outlets – The Carmel Gallery, Truckee River Winery, Uncorked Wine Bar.

Sunday, June 23, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Concerts at Commons Beach weekly summer music performances officially kick off Sunday, June 23rd, featuring four live performances by renowned bands, Trey Stone Band, California Honeydrops, Mumbo Gumbo and more. 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.

Featured Art: The Sun by Cathy McClelland

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