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Summer in Tahoe City kicks off with Wine Walk

Summertime in Lake Tahoe offers locals and visitors dreamy, sunshine-filled days. And one of the most happening spots to celebrate around the lake is Tahoe City.

Beginning this week, the Tahoe City Downtown Association is creating engaging activation throughout the streets of the quaint, mountain town all summer.

"Tahoe City's location is really unique for a couple different reasons," said Tahoe City Downtown Association Executive Director JT Chevallier.

Chevallier described Tahoe City as the "welcome mat" to Lake Tahoe, greeting guests with the quintessential mountain town feel, which acts as the entry to recreation and vacation.

“Locals and business owners are so friendly and open to meeting new people.”JT ChevallierTahoe City Downtown Association Executive Director

"We're one of the gateways to Lake Tahoe at the junction of the Truckee River that flows out of Tahoe. It's a unique offering to be a town on the river and a town on the lake shore; we offer a wide variety and unique area of Lake Tahoe that you don't find anywhere else."

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Carve out some time this weekend and many more to come, to interact with the community in Tahoe City.

"That feeling you get walking down the street is really special," Chevallier said. "Locals and business owners are so friendly and open to meeting new people."

Chevallier said the vibe in Tahoe City is strongly of inclusion.

"We like to coin the term 'the best mountain town' here in Tahoe City, we are stewards of this region and we have a responsibility not only to our community but also for making the folks coming in feel welcome and engaged — that's really what we're about," he said.

Farmer's Market

First on the events schedule is the Tahoe City Farmer's Market, bringing fresh, local produce, entertainment, food, and local items for purchase.

When: Every Thursday through Oct. 12 | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Commons Beach

Online: http://www.tahoecityfarmersmarket.com

12th Annual Wine Walk

Event organizers are excited to host what Chevallier described as the marquee event for Tahoe City and the kickoff to summertime fun.

"The Wine Walk is a unique offering in the fact that not many places allow you to sample wine and food and shop while still enjoying such a beautiful location," he said.

Fantastic local businesses including restaurants and 30 regional wineries will share their signature flavors, set at the beautiful lakeshore with amazing views and what looks to be a nice forecast.

When: Saturday, June 17 | Noon – 4 p.m.

Where: Tahoe City

Online: http://www.tahoecitywinewalk.com

"Sidewalk" Saturday of the month

Tahoe City offers a wide array of boutique stores carrying all kinds of home, lifestyle and specialty products.

Find the perfect gift for any occasion during Sidewalk Saturdays, an initiative to introduce locals to local business owners, invite guests inside for a glass of wine, and to learn more about local shops.

Guests can enjoy live music and stumbling upon restaurant specials each week.

When: The second Saturday of the month through Sept. 9

Where: Participating stores in Tahoe City

Online: http://www.visittahoecity.org

Concerts at Commons Beach

Tahoe City is known for its live music shows celebrating the Tahoe lifestyle right on the shoreline in Commons Beach.

"If you haven't been, it's one of the best venues to be in to experience live music at the lake," Chevallier said. "Though there isn't that much shoreline from the big winter there's plenty of room for everyone to come out and celebrate the winter we had."

Families and friends are invited to this free, weekly event and are encouraged to bring low-backed chairs and snacks. The event provides beer, wine and food for purchase as well as a swinging good time to tunes ranging from rock and roll to bluegrass.

When: Every Sunday through Sept. 3

Where: Commons Beach

Online: http://www.concertsatcommonsbeach.com

Red, White & Blue

Celebrating the Fourth of July at the lake is undoubtedly a high priority on locals' and visitors' list. Chevallier encourages people to start making their plans ahead of time to ensure you're exactly where you want to be.

"We're one of the few lakeside destinations where you can watch the fireworks from the beach," Chevallier said.

"We encourage everyone to come out early and get their plans dialed in as there is still opportunity for great lodging around Tahoe City. Beware, it's coming faster than you could ever think so make those plans now to be in Tahoe, you don't want to be anywhere else."

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at cwalker@sierrasun.com, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.