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The Tahoe Ten: Upcoming events you don’t want to miss

During a presentation earlier this summer, McAvoy Layne — Tahoe's longtime Mark Twain impressionist — tells the story of the 1861 fire Twain set in the Tahoe Basin, while a photo of Twain's wife, Olivia, hangs in the background.
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1. Concours d’ Elegance

The 43rd annual show returns to the scenic West Shore of Lake Tahoe this weekend, featuring some of the world’s most iconic and historic wooden boats. The event includes an awards ceremony Friday night and a roar off at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Obexer’s Boat Company, Homewood

When: All day Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8

Cost: Free to attend

Online: laketahoeconcours.com

2. Music on the Beach

The annual summer outdoor concert series on the beach in Kings Beach wraps up for the 2015 season Friday with a performance from local bluegrass band The Wrinkle.

Where: Kings Beach State Recreation Area

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7

Cost: Free

Online: northtahoebusiness.org

3. Concerts at Commons Beach

The annual summer outdoor concert series continues Sunday from the shores of Lake Tahoe with a fun performance by the Honey Island Swamp Band, whose music can be best described as “Bayou Americana.”

Where: Commons Beach, Tahoe City

When: 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9

Cost: Free

Online: concertsatcommonsbeach.com

4. Sierra Crest 30K/50K

The Auburn Ski Club will present the inaugural Sierra Crest 30K/50K, a point-to-point trail run that takes advantage of some of the Truckee/Donner Summit region’s best singletrack. Volunteers welcome for all events.

Where: Start at Tahoe Donner, finish at Auburn Ski Club

When: 7 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 8

Cost: Free to watch; registration is closed

Online: truckeefunrun.com

5. Diego’s Umbrella in Crystal Bay

The casino’s Crown Room boasts amazing acoustics, offering one of the best places in the entire region to see a live show. Find our for yourself Saturday with a show from Diego’s Umbrella, San Francisco’s ambassadors of gypsy rock.

Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room

When: 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8

Cost: Free

Online: crystalbaycasino.com

6. Tahoe City’s 152nd Birthday

Join a bevy of residents at the Greatest Party On Earth — Tahoe City Day, with a focus on the town’s 152nd birthday. Fun activities include a Tahoe City historic walking tour, oral history interview videos, a golf tournament and a parade.

Where: Throughout Tahoe City

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8

Cost: Most events free

Online: visittahoecity.org

7. Twain’s Tales of Tahoe

Enjoy stories of Lake Tahoe’s honorable history at “Tales of Tahoe & Other Climes,” a performance by Mark Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne (an Incline Village resident).

Where: Casey’s Round Hill Center, Tahoe’s southeast shore, off Highway 50

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8

Cost: Tickets are $20

Online: ghostoftwain.com

8. Lake Tahoe SummerFest

Lake Tahoe SummerFest’s fourth season, “Passport to a World of Music,” continues, featuring masterpieces translated by renowned artists and a nationally acclaimed orchestra of 40 players. International guitarist Ana Vidovic is the feature musician this weekend.

Where: Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village

When: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 7-9, performance times vary

Cost: Tickets start at $85

Online: tahoesummerfest.org

9. Truckee Bike Park Dual Slalom

The first of two dual slalom mountain bike races will offer exciting action while raising money for improvements to the up-and-coming Truckee Bike Park.

Where: Truckee Bike Park, Truckee

When: 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8

Cost: $35 entry fee; free to watch

Online: tdrpd.org

10. Tahoe Symphony Orchestra

The Toccata-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra will continue its 21-concert Summer MusicFest with “Mozart in the Mountains,” opening with Mozart’s Sinfonie Concertante KV 364, performed by soloists Alex Eisenberg, violin and TianTian Lan, viola.

Where: Cornerstone Church, Incline Village

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8

Cost: $25 general admission

Online: toccatatahoe.com