Shakespeare, storytelling & serenades this summer

July 8-Aug.21 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Entertainment, food, family and friends converge under the stars this summer as the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival launches its 2016 season.

Showcasing live entertainment seven nights a week at Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s 44th year is headlined by productions of “The Comedy of Errors,” Shakespeare’s double dose of laughter, and “Forever Plaid,” a classic musical revue, and is rounded out by a Showcase Series line-up. The productions are performed in rotating repertory Tuesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.

July 22-24 Sierra Storytelling Festival

North of Nevada City, set among the towering pines, sloping lawn and historic one-room North Columbia Schoolhouse, the Sierra Storytelling Festival is in its 31st year—a much-loved annual tradition for locals and visitors.

Known as “The Queen of Storytelling Festivals,” the festival brings a line-up of talented, nationally recognized storytellers to the Schoolhouse stages. This year’s line-up includes storytellers Kirk Waller, Awele Makeba, Antonio Sacre, Gene Tagaban, Kuniko Yamamoto and Michael Katz.

Aug. 10-14 Nevada County Fair, Grass Valley

Five days of excitement for fair-goers of all ages. The Nevada County Fair is an ideal place to enjoy live entertainment, food, carnival rides, animals and exhibits at affordable family prices. This year’s theme is “Kick it up.”

On Treat Street, you’ll find an array of delicious foods and drinks – pasties, tacos, corn on the cob, beer, tempura zucchini, baked potatoes, nachos, hamburgers, corn dogs, caramel corn and more—all while supporting local, nonprofit organizations.

Aug. 16 & 18-21 Lake Tahoe Music Festival

Bring your picnic, favorite beverage and low-back chair or blanket. The Lake Tahoe Music Festival Academy Orchestra, under the direction of Timm Rolek, features the music of Haydn and Mozart in Lake Tahoe surroundings.

Performers include soloists Nathan Hughes, principal oboe for the New York Metropolitan Orchestra, and Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, an international cellist. The series also presents David Nelson, a composer who lives in the Tahoe area, and has written a composition for the orchestra that captures the spirit of the lake.

(Photo: Joy Strotz)

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