Nothing beats listening to live music on a warm summer evening after a day spent enjoying the great outdoors, with the beauty of Lake Tahoe at your feet. Fortunately, there are plenty of live music events happening all around the lake this summer, many of them free and open to the public. Whether you’re into blues, jazz, classical, rock, or country, there’s something for everyone!
Sunday Bluegrass Jam/Open Stage Sundays/Karaoke Fridays
Alibi Ale Works, Truckee, and Alibi Ale Works, Incline Village
If you’re in the mood for a lively jam session, head over to Alibi Ale in Truckee on Sundays, June 4 and 11. Whether you’re an experienced musician or just starting out, this welcoming gathering promises a friendly group and an opportunity for all levels to participate. Bring your favorite bluegrass, country or folk songs to share or simply strum along and enjoy the musical camaraderie.
If karaoke is more your thing, Alibi Ale Works Brewery & Barrel House in Incline Village has you covered. Every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., you can grab the mic and showcase your singing skills while enjoying the vibrant ambiance of this venue.
UNR Lake Tahoe, Incline Village
Each summer, Classical Tahoe brings together America’s leading classical musicians for a 16-concert series that delights audiences with its superb musicians, intimate outdoor pavilion, educational programs, and majestic Lake Tahoe settings. Tickets are required, concerts are scheduled July 9 through August 17.
Rojo’s Tavern, South Lake Tahoe
Rojo’s Tavern offers Midnight Blue Karaoke on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, providing you with an opportunity to belt out your favorite tunes with a selection of more than 16,000 updated songs. Don’t forget to show your appreciation by tipping the DJ. Age limit 21+.
Concerts at Commons Beach
Downtown Tahoe City
Enjoy free live music every Sunday afternoon on the sprawling lawn of Commons Beach. Shows run June 18 through September 3, 4-7PM. Bring your own chairs, and pack a picnic. This beloved Tahoe tradition has played host to many incredible acts over the years. See the 2023 lineup here.
Open Mic Night
Valhalla Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe
Share your talent in one of Tahoe’s most historic entertainment venues. Valhalla Tahoe presents Open Mic Night at the Boathouse Theatre on June 5, July 24, August 21, September 11 and October 2. This event is an open invitation for musicians and performers to take the stage and share their artistry. Depending on the number of signups, participants may have the chance to perform two to three songs each, making it a vibrant showcase of local talent.
Tuesday Night Blues
Harrahs Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe
If you’re a fan of blues music, Tuesday Night Blues at Harrah’s Center Stage is the place to be. Every Tuesday night, the Buddy Emmer Band takes the stage, accompanied by special guests, creating an electrifying atmosphere that will have you grooving to the soulful sounds of blues.
Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series
Shops at Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe
For a more laid-back and family-friendly experience, head to the Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series. Set against the backdrop of the stunning Shops at Heavenly Village, these free shows offer a fantastic opportunity to enjoy great music, delicious food and an incredible atmosphere that captures the essence of summer in Lake Tahoe. Shows are held Fridays and Saturdays from 5:45 to 9:15 p.m. and run through September 3.
Music on the Beach
If you’re looking to spend your weekends on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, you can’t miss the Music on the Beach performances in Kings Beach. With a diverse range of musical genres performing, you can listen, dance and immerse yourself in captivating rhythms that will kickstart your summer weekends. The music runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for this free event, perfect setting to watch the sunset over the mountains.
Music in the Park
Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District, Truckee
Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District and Val Videgain Team present Music in the Park, a community gathering that offers great music every Wednesday from June 22 through August 31. Show times are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Held at the Truckee Regional “Salty” Gebhardt Amphitheater, this event welcomes all ages and invites you to revel in the tunes of talented musicians against the backdrop of the beautiful Truckee scenery.
Truckee Thursdays is a hugely popular summertime tradition that is a draw for visitors and locals. Held in Downtown Truckee from June 22 to August 10, this lively weekly event features live music on a stage, a mouthwatering food court offering a variety of delicious eats, engaging children’s activities, a beer garden, and a wide selection of artisan vendors. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the vibrant downtown atmosphere, explore sidewalk sales and discover the charm of Historic Downtown Truckee. Times are 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Music in the Park
Tahoe Paradise Park, South Lake Tahoe
For a relaxing evening filled with music, community and good vibes, don’t miss the Music in the Park events at Tahoe Paradise Park. With live performances, delicious food options and a sense of togetherness, these gatherings provide the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe. Dates are June 23, July 28, August 11 and September 1, and times are 5 to 8 p.m.
Immerse yourself in the soulful sounds of blues at Bluesdays in the Village at Palisades Tahoe. With an outdoor blues bar, delectable food offerings from Village restaurants and the option to bring your own low-backed chair, you can settle in for an evening of captivating blues melodies. These events are held on Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. through August 29.