The event calendar during summertime in North Tahoe is jam-packed full of events – multiple free weekly concerts, farmer’s markets, and craft fairs among them. For the first time since 2019, the crown jewel of summer events, Truckee Thursdays, are back on a weekly basis. If you’ve never been before, the Town of Truckee shuts down a large portion of Donner Pass Road to traffic for a street festival that combines music, art, and food for an awesome evening of fun.
Hosted by the Truckee Downtown Merchant’s Association, Truckee Thurdays has grown over the years to feature over 100 vendors of all types. In addition, Tahoe Area Regional Transit runs shuttles to areas beyond their normal stops so that getting in and out of the event is a breeze. If you’re coming on June 30th, make sure to stop by the Tahoe Mountain Realty booth and say hello!
Getting There, Parking, and Logistics:
Long story short, our advice would be to avoid driving into Truckee Thursdays if at all possible. Parking downtown is already limited, and with a large chunk of Donner Pass Road closed to traffic, it’s even harder to find a space. Many people who live close enough will walk or bike to the event, which is a great option. If it’s a little too far or you have little ones in tow that can’t handle that, TART runs an expanded service into neighborhoods that it normally doesn’t run to. For a full schedule of shuttle times and a map of service, you can click here. As an added bonus, these are all green-friendly options!
The even runs from 5-8:30pm with Donner Pass Road closing at 4pm and reopening shortly after the event is cleaned up. Truckee Thursdays are dog friendly, but they do tend to be crowded, so if your furry friend is a little anxious or doesn’t do well with other dogs it is best to leave them at home.
Food and Drinks:
Over the years, Truckee Thursdays has expanded the food available from just a couple of tents to an entire food truck village and biergarten. You’ll find everything from Poke to S’Mores from the food trucks and beer and wine are available near the stage, often times sponsored by local breweries.
Speaking of the stage, after your grab your drink, there’s a different band playing every week of summer for you to enjoy. Here is the schedule of acts:
June 23rd – Nomads
June 30th – Elvis Cantu
July 7th – Coburn Station
July 14th – Local Anthology
July 21st – Ghost Town Rebellion
July 28th – Mescalito
August 4th – Wolf Jett
August 11th – Dirty Cello