There are big doings during the weekend of August 11 – 13, 2017. A bunch of events and activities are scheduled for this time, giving you numerous choices of fun things to do. With a little planning, you can manage several of these.

For even more things to do this weekend and during the rest of August, refer to “August 2017 Events and Activities in the Reno Region.” If you are heading to the mountains, be sure to check the highway conditions and weather forecast so you’ll know what to expect.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
The 45th season of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Lake Tahoe’s Sand Harbor runs from Saturday, July 8 through Sunday, August 27. This year there are two featured plays – Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” There are performances every night of the week during the Festival season, including the Showcase Series of performances by a variety of artists.

Sand Harbor has been called “The Most Scenic Venue in the World,” which is fitting since it is on the shores of one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. The backdrop for the stage at Sand Harbor is Lake Tahoe. Audience seating is in a sandy bowl facing the performance and the scenic splendor of the Lake Tahoe Basin. There are a variety of seating, food, and drink options available. To reduce the parking hassle, carpooling is highly recommended as there are no public transportation options at the times of evening performances.

No pets – Animals are not allowed at Sand Harbor State Park or at the Festival. Pets may not be brought and left in the car. Pets left in cars will be removed by state park personnel and you will be fined. Service animals trained to work performing tasks for people with disabilities are not pets and are permitted. Therapy and emotional support animals are not permitted.

4th of July fireworks, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
The 4th of July is on a Tuesday in 2017. There is lots of family fun to be had during the 4th of July holiday in Reno and Sparks. The big fireworks show in the Truckee Meadows is the Star Spangled Sparks extravaganza in Victorian Square, accompanied by a variety of activities before the sky lights up. This is a huge show is well worth seeing and will shoot off fireworks on two days – Saturday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Another local fireworks show will be after the 4th of July Reno Aces game at Greater Nevada Field. The game is against the Tacoma Rainiers and it starts at 6:35 p.m.

With July being Artown in Reno, there will be a free evening concert of patriotic and classical music in Wingfield Park on the 4th of July starting at 7:30 p.m. The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will end the performance with a choreographed fireworks show.

Up at South Lake Tahoe, “Lights on the Lake” will be particularly spectacular. The fireworks are launched from a barge out on the lake, with good vantage points all around the shoreline. Other locations around Lake Tahoe will be having fireworks shows and other activities as well, including Incline Village, Kings Beach, and Tahoe City. There will be a big party and fireworks up in Virginia City. For details about these and more, refer to “Fourth of July Fireworks in Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe.”

Fireworks are illegal in Washoe County – Firing off your own fireworks is illegal in Washoe County, at Lake Tahoe, and just about every other place in the surrounding region. With the hot, dry weather, this is a no brainer. Please, don’t even think about it.

The only exception to the no fireworks rule is at Pyramid Lake, where you can buy fireworks and shoot them off at designated locations within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation and according to the rules set forth by the tribe.