Tahoe City

Tahoe City info. from Truckee Travel Guide

Tahoe City is the closest Lake Tahoe City to Truckee, and is one of my favorite North Lake Tahoe places to go. There are some awesome restaurants, great parks, Commons Beach Park and other beaches, and the Summer Music Series, and tons of fun events, shopping, and activities including the Truckee River Rafting which starts at Tahoe City and travels down to River Ranch Lodge.

You can view Tahoe City on my Lake Tahoe Map!

I attended the Tahoe City Wine Walk event on June 18, 2011 with my daughter Brie and had a fantastic time, followed up on the back deck at Jake's on the Lake for a salad! A perfect place to sit and take in the views of Lake Tahoe! I put about 140 pictures of the event on my Truckee Travel Guide Facebook page.

Since my website is all about Truckee, I will just be doing a brief overview of Tahoe City on this page.

Here is how the Tahoe City Downtown Association describes their town: "Located just 15 miles from the I-80 corridor, Tahoe City’s miles of shoreline rest both North and West along Lake Tahoe. An array of year-round activities – including snowsports in winter, and hiking, camping, fishing, and water sports in summer – make our small town a wonderful place to spend time with the family, enjoy world-class recreation, or just relax and enjoy the view. Enjoy four-star dining, homegrown coffee shops, elegant boutique shopping, art galleries, a walk along the lakeside trail system or Tahoe City’s century-old heritage, historic sites and museums."

Tahoe City 2017 Events

  • Tahoe City Days - August 5-8, 2016 (2017 TBA)

  • Pacific Fine Arts Festival
    August 18-20, 2017 and August 25-27, 2017 at The Boatworks Mall lawn area. Time from 10am - 5pm

  • Labor Day Weekend - Town-wide Sidewalk Sale
    September 1-4, 2017
  • Tahoe City Oktoberfest - Oktoberfest with live music, activities for the kids and German Food and Beer on September 30, 2017. Held at the Gatekeepers Museum / William B. Layton Park.

See my Truckee Event Calendar for additional Events in the surrounding area!

2024 Tahoe City Farmers Market

Tahoe City info. from Truckee Travel Guide

Below is the info. for 2024:

City: Tahoe City
Day: Thursday's
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm
Dates: May 11, 2023 - October 19, 2023 (2024 Dates TBA)
Location: Commons Beach 
Market: Tahoe City Farmer's Market

Get certified farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and more!

Also: Check out my Truckee Farmer's Market page for the Truckee and Kings Beach locations, and find out the benefits of shopping at Farmer's Markets.

Tahoe City - Fun Things to Do!

Tahoe City info. from Truckee Travel Guide

Take a cruise on the "Tahoe Gal". They have Daily Cruises: Shoreline Brunch Cruise, Lunch cruise to Emerald Bay, Happy Hour Cruise, Sunset Dinner Cruise. They also have Specialty Cruises such as the Sunday Night Live Music Dinner Cruise, and the Fireworks Cruises (July 3rd - Kings Beach) and (July 4 - Tahoe City). This is a fantastic way to see Lake Tahoe!

Biking at Tahoe City is great! There is a great bike trail that parallels the Truckee River all the way to Squaw Valley, (4 miles - mostly flat) and there is a bike trail all the way down the Lake to right before Emerald Bay to Sugar Pine Point Park (9 miles). Also, there is a bike trail along the Lake north up to Dollar Point. (2.5 miles) These trails are all great too for walking, jogging, and rollerblading!

Some Places to Rent Bikes:

For more Biking info see my Truckee Biking and Truckee Mountain Biking pages!


Tahoe City info. from Truckee Travel Guide

Get out on the Water!! Kayak, Canoe, take a Sailing Charter, Boat Rentals, Parasailing, Sailboats, Scuba Diving, Jet Ski Stand Up Paddle, Rafting down the Truckee River - they can all be found at Tahoe City!

Some Places to Rent Boats:

For additional Summer Activity ideas see: Truckee Summer Activities


Shopping!! I'm not much of a shopper, but the Tahoe City Shops, and the Truckee Shops are some of the places that we love to go!

My daughter Brie loved "Ruffles and Ruffneck" for children's clothing when she was young. We still have one of the dresses that we bought there that she wore in a Fashion Show, that was just gorgeous!

The best advice I have, is to just park and start at one end of the City and walk up one side and down the other and visit the shops that catch your eye as you pass. Stop for lunch along the way, and have a great day!


In the Winter: SkiingSnowboardingSnowmobilingCross Country SkiingSnowtubing & SleddingSnowshoeingIce Skating and more, can all be found in the vicinity. See my Truckee Winter Activities page for details of where to go in the area!

Tahoe City Music - 2017

What: Commons Beach Sunday Concerts
Where: Commons Beach
When: Sunday from June 18, 2017 - September 3, 2017
Time: See Below
Additional Information: No Pets, No Smoking, Low Back Chairs only, see: Concerts at Common Beach

Tahoe City info. from Truckee Travel Guide

Here is the 2017 lineup:

Date Band Sponsor Time
June 18, 2017 Groove Foundry / Matty Reardon & Friends Olympic Bike Shop & The Store 3pm - 7pm (Early Start)
June 25, 2017 Sambada Tahoe Boat Management 4:00pm - 7pm
July 2, 2017 Dead Winter Carpenters Tahoe City Rotary Club 4:00pm - 7pm
July 9, 2017 Alma Afrobeat Ensemble West Shore Sports 4:00pm - 7pm
July 16, 2017 Desert Rhythm Project Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation 4:00pm - 7pm
July 23, 2017 Poor Mans Whiskey Taco Bell 4:00pm - 7pm
July 30, 2017 Kuinka Tahoe Forest Hospital 4:00pm - 7pm
August 6, 2017 Lebo & Friends Tahoe Yacht Club 4:00pm - 7pm
August 13, 2017 Wheeland Brothers Drink Tahoe Tap 4:00pm - 7pm
August 20, 2017 Mumbo Gumbo JK Architecture & Engineering 4:00pm - 7pm
August 27, 2017 Brothers Comatose Pass It On Thrift 4:00pm - 7pm
September 3, 2017 Trey Stone / Joy & Madness Tahoe Truckee Lumber Co. / Napa, North Lake Auto 3pm - 7pm

Tahoe City Restaurants

Some of my favorites that have outside seating with views of Lake Tahoe or the Truckee River:

  • Christi Hill
  • Jake's on the Lake
  • Lakeside Pizza
  • River Grill
  • River Ranch Lodge - Hwy 89 @ Alpine Meadows Road - Fantastic Back Deck & Bar right on the Truckee River
  • Rosie's Cafe
  • Sunnyside Inn
  • The Blue Agave
  • Wolfdales

Below, you can find a map of the restaurants in the area that you can zoom in on. If you click on the red dots, you get the address, phone, website and review info. for each restaurant. 

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Tahoe City Resources

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