With Memorial Day behind us and 80-degree temperatures ahead of us, Summer in Lake Tahoe is getting into full swing. Though Summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, plenty of warm weather activities are coming up before then.
June marks the start of Tahoe’s stellar Summer event calendar, kicking off the season with the 25th annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride on June 5th, a 72-mile bicycle trek around Lake Tahoe that many describe as one of the most scenic rides in the world.
The iconic circumnavigation draws upwards of 3000 cyclists from all over the U.S., who come to enjoy the mild temperatures of Lake Tahoe in June and a course that offers both beauty and challenge. Participants will traverse two states (Nevada and California), climb over 4000 vertical feet of elevation gain, and ride past such Lake Tahoe landmarks as the breathtaking vistas above Emerald Bay and the historic Thunderbird Lodge. To top it off, the race is the largest fundraiser for the Lymphoma/Leukemia Society in the nation.
Not long after that race is the Lake Tahoe 2016 Mud Run, a Tough Mudder event that takes place on June 11 and 12 at one of Lake Tahoe’s premier ski resorts, Northstar. The technical mountain terrain and steep vertical climbs places Lake Tahoe among the most challenging of the Tough Mudder courses.
In order to complete the race, thereby earning the designation as a “Tough Mudder,” participants must cover 10-12 miles of winding trails and steep mountainside, not to mention completing more than 20 obstacles with alarming names like “Arctic Enema” and “Cage Crawl.” The Spring showers and rapid snowmelt make for plenty of mud, so contenders will have to bring their absolute best to earn that customary beer and bright orange headband at the finish line.
Squaw Valley was open for Spring skiing through the end of May, and is now prepared for Bluesdays, free blues concerts held at Squaw from June 14th through September 6th.
Squaw Valley isn’t the only place where you can find live tunes around Lake Tahoe this time of year. Beginning June 17th and running through September 2nd, visitors and locals alike can enjoy music on the beach with Kings Beach’s free summer concert series, featuring such local acts as The Blues Monsters and Coburn Station.
Another local attraction is Truckee Thursdays, North Lake Tahoe’s premier street festival, where local music, sidewalk shopping, and food trucks come together. Presented by the Truckee Downtown Merchant’s Association, Truckee Thursdays kicks off on June 9th and runs through August 18th.