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See Shakespeare and Sweeney Todd under the stars and overlooking the lake at Sand Harbor this summer. (Photo by Jeff Dow)

EDITORS' NOTE: This feature was published in our Aug/Sept 2014 issue, so dates, prices and other details that appear here correspond to that time frame. For updated 2015 info, please visit the websites of the venues and events.

Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor

Through Sept. 6 For a magical evening backdropped by Tahoe’s dramatic summer sunsets, Sand Harbor’s Warren Edward Trepp Stage—home of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival—is just the ticket. Lay your beach blanket down or nab a premium seat on an Adirondack chair to watch the Bard’s romantic comedy As You Like It, which plays almost every night through Aug. 24. But if the play’s not your thing, the venue also hosts Monday night showcases featuring a James Brown revue by the Reno Jazz Orchestra (Aug. 4), a Tahoe Players production of the musical thriller Sweeney Todd (Aug. 11), and a concert by Grammy-winning R&B artist Booker T. Jones (Aug. 18). The season concludes with the Trails & Vistas World Concert (Sept. 6) featuring aerial dancers and San José State’s symphony orchestra. Times and prices vary. Sand Harbor State Park. 2005 Nevada 28. Incline Village. 800-747-4697. laketahoeshakespeare.com

Sample the Sierra

Aug. 31 Sacramento may be the Farm-to-Fork Capital of America, but you can enjoy the Sierra Nevada region’s own bounty at this fifth annual festival celebrating the food and wine of the region. Head to Bijou Community Park, where local restaurants, farms, wineries, breweries and distilleries will team up for good eats and drinks, like Zephyr Cove Restaurant, which will serve a dish with veggies from Nancy’s Green Bean Farm that will be paired with beer from Great Basin Brewing Company. Between bites, join in the cornhole tournament or see what local chefs can do in the Sierra Chefs Challenge. $40. 12-5 p.m. Bijou Community Park. 1201 Al Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe. samplethesierra.com

Lake Tahoe SummerFest

Aug. 1-17 Musicians from renowned ensembles like the New York Met Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will take the stage at this third annual event, comprising nine different concerts in August. This year, SummerFest will also present free children’s concerts, featuring the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra from Berkeley (Aug. 10) and a narrated symphonic treatment of the kids’ classic Babar the Elephant (Aug. 17). Meanwhile, the festival’s Sunday “Meet the Music, Meet the Musicians” programs will feature music from Vienna, Paris and London, as well as city-themed refreshments and a Q & A with the musicians after each performance. Prices and times vary. Sierra Nevada College. 999 Tahoe Blvd. Incline Village. 775-298-0245. tahoesummerfest.org

Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance

Aug. 8-9 This 42nd annual weekend gathering invites lake-goers to view dozens of restored wooden motorboats at Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood—the Tahoe institution that first introduced the watercraft to the region in the 1920s and is welcoming the Concours back to West Shore for the first time in more than 20 years. The Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation will play host to old-time race boats, cruisers and other vintage runabouts while attendees take in live jazz, sip wines from around the region and visit vendor booths like Wooed (which makes eco-friendly wooden sunglasses) and Frédérique Constant (which designs watches inspired by the classic boats). Don’t miss the “roar-off” into the marina at the show’s grand finale on Saturday. Prices and times vary. Obexer’s Boat Company. 5355 West Lake Blvd. Homewood. 775-851-4444. laketahoeconcours.com

Labor Day Fireworks over Lake Tahoe

Aug. 31 Wind down summer with a bang at South Shore’s annual Labor Day fireworks display, a nearly 20-minute pyrotechnic extravaganza that’s one of the largest such shows in Northern California. For a prime seat to watch sparks fly, grab a lawn chair and head to nearby waterside spots like the Nevada Beach Campground or the sandy shoreline beside the Timber Cove Marina. Alternatively, book a seat aboard either the M.S. Dixie II or Tahoe Queen paddle-wheel vessels, both of which offer dinner cruises on Big Blue and provide dazzling views as the fireworks show kicks off at around 8:30 p.m. Either way, you’ll have a blast. tahoesouth.com for info about the fireworks show or zephyrcove.com for cruise tickets

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