Solstice-Fest-300x300 (1)Lake Tahoe residents and visitors know that summertime has arrived with the beginning of the Tahoe City Solstice Festival, one of Tahoe City Downtown Association’s signature annual events.
“Join us in the heart of Tahoe City to celebrate the beginning of summer. In addition to Tahoe City’s distinctive charms – including convenient lake access, acclaimed artists, fabulous restaurants and notable shops and galleries – the Thursday Farmers Market, Solstice Stroll Classic Car Show on Friday, Saturday Tahoe City Wine Walk and Sunday’s concert are annual Solstice Festival highlights,” shares Stacie Lyans, Tahoe City Downtown Association’s Executive Director.
The Solstice Festival, June 19-22, may be the best place to celebrate Father’s Day at the lake.  Many people take the opportunity to shop and wrap up the day with dinner in Tahoe City.
Thursday, June 19
Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Commons Beach.
Friday, June 20
Solstice Sip ‘n Shop, 3 to 8 p.m.
Solstice Sip ‘n Shop offers adult beverages for shoppers at the Trunk Show in the Cobblestone
Center who are checking out the latest works by local artists and on the spot custom jewelry
design by Bella Petunia.
Solstice Stroll Classic Car Show, 6 to 8 p.m.
North Lake Tahoe Boulevard will become a nostalgic journey through Tahoe’s love affair
with classic automobiles and collector cars. Vote for best in show during the early evening
Solstice Stroll Classic Car Show (free). For more information and to register a car, visit or call (530) 583-3348.
Saturday, June 21
Solstice Paddle on Lake Tahoe, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Glide across water so clear that you can see the bottom, paddle past historic homes and hear
interesting stories about local history, culture and landmarks with a special half priced, full
experience guided paddle with Tahoe City Kayak. Call (530) 581-4336 for reservations ($37.50/
Volunteer Training with UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center is training community volunteers to guide
tours at the education center in Tahoe City. Training includes Lake Tahoe facts, environmental
issues, geology, research and ecology. This free training takes place at the Tahoe City Field
Station. Call (775) 881-7560 for more information.
Tahoe City Wine Walk, Noon – 4 p.m.
Heralded as the most fun you can have in Tahoe City in one afternoon, the 9th annual Tahoe
City Wine Walk offers over two dozen tasting locations featuring regional wineries paired with
gourmet bites from the area’s top restaurants and catering companies. Tickets may be purchased
in advance at for $40 and at the event for $50 (cash only). Ticket price
includes admittance, wine tasting, commemorative wine glass, delicious bite-sized offerings, live
music and free on-site parking.
Sunday, June 22
Concerts at Commons Beach, 3 to 7 p.m.
The first show of the season, featuring Afrolicious and Roemers, begins at 3 p.m. Visit for details.
Participating organizations and businesses are treating locals and visitors with Solstice Festival
specials to welcome the summer season. For example, Zia Lina will be serving espresso, salads,
soups, pizza by the slice and daily specials from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lakeside Pizza and Sports Bar
presents incredible food and drink offers including $2.50 domestic bottles, $2 pints and delicious
handmade pizzas. Lakeside Pizza also has live music, deejays, a house beer, pool tables, video
games and views of Lake Tahoe. In addition, there are a variety of discounts to help you look
good and feel good: Pure Skin is offering a Microdermabrasion Facial for $75 with advance
reservations. Call Pure Skin at 530 412-0446 for an appointment, and Tahoe City Dental Group
has a New Patient Special including cleaning, an exam and X-rays for $150 (regularly $216) plus
a whitening special with custom trays and startup whitening gel for $199 (regularly $450).
The Tahoe City Solstice Festival winds down as two summer events kick into high gear:
Adventure Sports Week, June 20-29, includes a variety of competitive events including trail
running, mountain biking, triathlon and stand up paddle board races and the Alpenglow
Mountain Festival, June 21-29, offers daily activities including excursions and non-competitive
recreation opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Designed to inspire participants, organizers of
the Alpenglow Mountain Festival want everyone to have fun, make friends, and enjoy activities
including picturesque nature hikes, fabulous trail runs, serene lakefront yoga sessions, inspiring
presentations, cutting-edge product demos and awesome giveaways.