With Memorial Day upon us, we’re moving into high gear of summertime fun. There’s lots to be had in the High Sierra like fishing, mountain biking and hiking in the great outdoors. The question is how do you celebrate a day well played? For us, there’s nothing better than hearing live music while sipping a cold beverage. Fortunately, the Sierra Nevada range is home to many High Sierra Summer Music Festivals happening all season long.

Concerts in the Pines

Twain Harte, California
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When: Every Saturday from June 1st through September 7th

Concerts in the Pines High Sierra Music Festival
Jill & The Giants – One Of The Acts from Last Year at the Concerts in the Pines – Appears Courtesy – Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce

Every Saturday night during the summer months, Twain Harte hosts the Concerts in the Pines. A different regional live band is featured each week on the Rotary Stage at Eproson Park. The park itself is situated amongst towering pine trees and boasts some warm fresh mountain air. Hence where the name of the series comes from. Concerts start at 6pm and usually go till around 8pm, sometimes later. These concerts are free to the public but you may want to arrive early to secure a spot as the lawn area will quickly fill up with blankets and low-back chairs. Alcohol is allowed within the park.

Music In The Park

Truckee, California
To see the most up to date schedule and information
When: Every Wednesday June 19th – August 28th

Music in the Park
Image appears courtesy: Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District

On Wednesdays, grab a seat or spot on the lawn in the Truckee River Regional Park as bands play at the “Salty” Gebhardt Pavilion while the sun sets around you. The genres on Wednesday nights cover the full spectrum from bluegrass and country to 80s/90s/00s classics. To ensure everyone has a good, time dogs and smoking are not allowed.

Music On The Beach

Kings Beach, California
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When: Every Friday June 14th – August 30th (Excluding August 9th)

Person playing guitar at sunset in Kings Beach
Image appears courtesy: Music On The Beach – Photo By: Ryan Salm Photography

Spending the day on the beach in Lake Tahoe? North Tahoe Business Association hosts its 18th annual free Music on the Beach series yet again this summer on Fridays. From 6 to 8:30 pm, dance the evening away with one of the best backdrops in the world – Lake Tahoe! And if you’re thirsty or hungry, beer and food is available for purchase.

Bass Lake Live

Bass Lake, California
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When: Various Thursdays from May 25th through August 29th

Appears courtesy – Visit Yosemite Madera County

The 2024 Summer Concert Series (formerly known as Jazz on the Lake) is returning yet again to the Pines Resort’s Gazebo Deck and Lawn overlooking Bass Lake. Guests will enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful Bass Lake from the deck at The Pines, along with the opportunity to partake in a BBQ buffet, drink specials and games — all while listening to top-notch live bands perform in a variety of musical genres.

Music on the Green

Mariposa, California
To see the most up to date schedule & learn more
When: Every Friday & Saturday from May 31st through August 31st

Image appears courtesy: Mariposa Arts Council

Every Friday and Saturday evening during the summer, the Mariposa County Arts Council hosts the Music on the Green Summer Concert Series in downtown Mariposa’s outdoor Art Park. These free concerts begin at 7pm and feature folk, bluegrass, rock, jazz, reggae, country and world music bands.

Live at Lakeview

South Lake Tahoe, California
To see the most up to date schedule & learn more
When: Every Thursday from June 20th through August 31st

live at Lakeview Outdoor music concert series on a sunny evening
Image appears courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority – Photo by: Brian Walker

For more than ten years, Live at Lakeview has been a cherished tradition, filling the amphitheater-style Lakeview Commons area with the sounds of live music against the backdrop of South Lake Tahoe’s beach. As the sun dips below the horizon, immerse yourself in the offerings of local vendors, savor delectable food from a diverse array of options, and perhaps indulge in a refreshing dip in the lake or a cold brew at the beer and wine garden. The free concert kicks off at 4:30 pm, showcasing music genres from classic rock to reggae.

Bear Valley Music Festival

Bear Valley, California
Learn more about the Bear Valley Music Festival
When: July 19th – August 4th

Image appears courtesy: Bear Valley Music Festival – The Thalea String Quartet at the festival

Besides the deep list of annual summer music series going on across the Sierra Nevada, the Bear Valley Music Festival is an event of its own. Launched in 1967, it hosts some of the most diverse musical lineups in the nation. Featuring everything from a full symphony orchestra to legendary rock n’ roll entertainers. Past events have included names such as the Mamas and the Papas, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and even the Temptations. The goal is to provide a simple and stunningly mellow environment for people to interact with incredible quality original music by local, regional, national, and international sounds against a rugged mountain landscape. What more could you ask for?

Regardless of your favorite live music or the food you enjoy most, we’ve got you covered. After you finish your day, pull up an Adirondack chair, lay back and take in the easy summertime vibes the High Sierra has to offer while listening to some live music.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex founded Local Freshies® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.

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