North Lake Tahoe Music Venues

The good-time vibe is slowly returning to Lake Tahoe. We’ve missed all of the free music, happy hours and other events that have made Lake Tahoe such a magical place during the summer.

Truckee Thursdays have returned with street festival music back on the venue once per month on July 15th, August 12th and September 9th  in 2021.  

Music in the Park at the Truckee River Regional Park is happening every Wednesday this summer. Enjoy free music in the park from 6:30 to 8:30 until August 25th. The Concerts at Commons Beach have returned too. Bring your picnic and listen to live music on the beach each Sunday from 4pm to 7pm beginning July 25th to September 5th.

In addition to these free music venues, many local restaurants on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe are also featuring live music that you can enjoy while dining. While happy hour specials can usually only be found during the slow months, a few restaurants are offering drink specials.

Dining and Music North Lake Tahoe

River Grill Tahoe City

Situated on the banks of the Truckee River near the ‘Y’ in Tahoe City, River Grill was always the go-to place for Happy Hour appetizers year round. They are not offering happy hour during the summer of 2021, but you can still enjoy their eclectic menu and riverfront dining. During the summer months, the patio is open with live music from local musicians each and every night. Visit the River Grill website for more information.

Crystal Bay Casino | Steak and Lobster House

Located in Crystal Bay Nevada on the border of California, the Crystal Bay Casino and CBC Steak & Lobster House feature classic table-side preparation and the North Shore’s most extensive wine list. Their world class entertainment includes two venues, the intimate Red Room and the world Famous Crown Room. Known as the “Epicenter of Lake Tahoe Entertainment” the Crystal Bay Casino caters to every genre of music. The music isn’t free – but tickets are available by calling 775.833.6333 or visit their website.

Happy Hour Drinks North Lake Tahoe

Caliente Kings Beach

Caliente Restaurant in Kings Beach offers a variety of delicious south of the border menu items. Caliente's Signature Cocktail "The ChupaCabra" is discounted all night long, every Thursday! Right across from the lake, Caliente has a large patio deck on their roof. In the past they have featured live music - so it may be something coming soon. Call (530) 546-1000, or visit

Gar Woods Grill & PIer

Gar Woods Grill & Pier is located in Carnelian Bay and offers an incredible menu for lakeside dining. Every Wednesday, enjoy their signature Wet Woody at a discount! This frozen Mai Tai cocktail is world famous. Call (530) 546-3366, or visit their website.

Dining and Bocce Ball

Spindleshanks Kings Beach

Overlooking the Old Brockway Golf Course, Spindleshanks is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They use only the finest meats and freshest vegetables and are a local's favorite. A selection of dishes range from traditional to modern recipes, appealing to all tastes. They now have a Bocce Ball Court and golf access at Old Brockway Golf Course. Call (530) 546-2191 to make reservations or visit their website.

Wolfdales Tahoe City

North Lake Tahoe’s premiere restaurant boasts an eclectic fusion of Asian and European style influences paired with the spirit of California. The menus change frequently to achieve their challenge of 'Fresh Food, Prepared Simply’. Below the restaurant, they have fire pit tables and a bocce ball court. Visit their website for more information.

California has eased the restrictions on public dining and many of these restaurants offer ample outdoor tables. All restaurants are taking special care to ensure their spaces are sanitized and safe.

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