The Best Ways to Spend August in South Lake Tahoe

By: Sam Pinsky

August is a fantastic time to visit South Lake Tahoe, where the beautiful landscape and countless outdoor activities come together to create an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, this picturesque destination has something for everyone. In this article, you’ll find some of the best ways to make the most of your August getaway in South Lake Tahoe.

Jet Skiing on a Summer Evening | Credit: Aramark / Rachid Dahnoun

Embrace the Crystal Clear Waters

Stand-Up Paddleboarding on Lake Tahoe | Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

South Lake Tahoe’s stunning turquoise waters are a sight to behold. Spend your days doing all sorts of activities on the water like swimming, paddleboarding, or kayaking. Enjoy the vast beauty of Lake Tahoe or venture to secluded coves and hidden beaches. For a unique experience, consider renting a boat and cruising along the lake’s pristine waters, taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Live at Lakeview Concert Series

Live at Lakeview Free Concert Series

Live at Lakeview is a free weekly concert series hosted from 4:30 – 8:30 pm at Lakeview Commons, in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. Every Thursday through August 29th, the event hosts live music and art on the beach, along with a variety of local merchants and delicious food options plus amphitheater-style seating and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe from the beer garden.

The 2024 lineup features series favorites such as Dead Winter Carpenters, Vokab Kompany, Forrest Day, Object Heavy, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression & many more at Lakeview Commons this summer!Everything from blues and rock to Americana, funk, flamenco rock, reggae, and soul will be served up on the shoreline at Lakeview Commons.

Hiking and Biking

Sitting on the Summit of Mount Tallac | Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

South Lake Tahoe boasts an extensive network of hiking and biking trails, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. In August, the snow has melted away, revealing stunning vistas and all the plants that have been patiently waiting for the summer sun. Popular trails such as the Rubicon Trail, Eagle Falls Trail, and Mount Tallac offer varying degrees of difficulty and reward visitors with breathtaking views of the lake and beyond. For mountain biking enthusiasts, the Corral Loop and the Flume Trail are must-rides, providing an adrenaline-packed journey through lush forests and rugged terrains.

Rod Stewart at Harveys Outdoor Arena

Mark your calendars for a legendary night under the stars at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys! We’re thrilled to announce that the iconic Rod Stewart will be gracing our stage on Friday, August 9, 2024!

Indulge in Lakeside Relaxation

Picnic on the shores of Lake Tahoe | Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

After all the adventure, take time to unwind and relax on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Spread out a picnic blanket, soak up the sun, and bask in the tranquil beauty of the surroundings. With numerous public beaches to choose from, you can find the perfect spot to enjoy a good book, have a leisurely swim, or simply marvel at the crystal-clear waters. For a touch of luxury, book a lakefront resort or lodge, and enjoy the spectacular views as long as you like.

Stop By a Farmers’ Market

It’s that time of year – summer is comin’ in hot and the local markets are in full swing. Lake Tahoe is home to a diverse body of creatives, makers, and doers, and you can find that showcased at any one of the recurring flea or farmer’s markets this summer.

Take a Full Moon Kayak Tour

The Sierra State Parks Foundation is partnering with West Shore Sports to offer a unique kayak tour along the shore of Sugar Pine Point State Park. The tour will take place between the highest elevation operational lighthouse in the U.S. to the park’s southern boundary overlooking Meeks Bay. State Park staff will provide insight into the region’s cultural and natural history under the light of a full moon! Tickets here.

Catch a Show at the Valhalla Art, Music, & Theatre Festival

The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival, is a total departure from the showroom and amphitheater shows offered by the casinos. The Festival offers a diverse array of entertainment from family-friendly musical and dramatic theatre to concerts with music from all genres, internationally touring artists, and the very best in local and regional acts, comedy improv, fine art shows, and workshops, as well as children’s art and drama camps.

Jon Pardi at Harveys Outdoor Arena

Friday, August 23, 2024, 7:00 pm – Get ready to kick up some dirt with Jon Pardi at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys on August 23rd! From “Dirt on My Boots” to “Heartache Medication,” Jon Pardi promises an evening of unforgettable melodies and toe-tapping rhythms. Gather your friends, dust off your boots, and join us for a night of pure country magic under the Tahoe stars!. This event is all ages.

Annual Tahoe Brewfest on Ski Run Blvd

Tahoe Brewfest Aerial Shot on Ski Run Blvd

Tahoe Brewfest celebrates all that is special about our mountain culture; our beer, our crafts, our environment, and our community. Mark Saturday, August 24, 2024, in your calendars when we welcome beer lovers from all over the world again to enjoy a beautiful day of brew in South Lake Tahoe.


Playing Craps in Hard Rock Casino | Credit: Three Sticks Productions

When the sun sets over the Sierra Nevada mountains, South Lake Tahoe’s nightlife comes alive! The city offers a vibrant and diverse nightlife scene that caters to a wide range of tastes and preferences. From lively bars and clubs to intimate live music venues and cozy lounges, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. You can dance the night away at one of the bustling nightclubs, sip craft cocktails at trendy bars, or listen to talented musicians perform live at various venues. The atmosphere is electric, with locals and visitors alike coming together to celebrate and create unforgettable memories. Whether you’re looking for a wild night out or a relaxed evening with friends, South Lake Tahoe’s nightlife scene is sure to satisfy.

We Can’t Wait To See You Here!

Pontoon Boat on Lake Tahoe | Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

August in South Lake Tahoe is the perfect time and place to connect with nature, embrace adventure, and create lasting memories. Whether you prefer diving into the cool waters of Lake Tahoe, exploring the breathtaking wilderness, or simply unwinding on the lakeside, this destination has it all. So, plan your August getaway and get ready to experience the best of South Lake Tahoe.

No matter what you decide to do around Lake Tahoe’s south shore, be sure to leave with everything you brought with you and make sure it is properly thrown away. Some trash areas may be full, so plan to dispose of it when you get back to where you’re staying.

You could even be a next-level steward and pick up a few pieces of discarded trash while you’re there. Cleaning up a few small pieces of plastic or bringing an extra dog waste bag can go a long way towards protecting Lake Tahoe’s wildlife, clear water, and breathtaking views.

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