Looking for something to take your mind off the heat this summer? There’s plenty to do throughout the great state of Nevada, in our major cities and further afield. Here’s a brief sampling:
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is already in progress, but will last throughout the summer. You’ll be able to take in performances of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, as well as a comedic version of Sherlock Holmes’ The Hound of the Baskervilles. Several performances are scheduled each week through late August. Visitors can enjoy the plays in a scenic outdoor setting at Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. You can find additional information and purchase tickets at LakeTahoeShakespeare.com.1
White Pine County Fair and Horse Races.2
This event runs August 18-20 at the White Pine County Fairgrounds in Ely. In addition to the county fair, 4-H livestock show and auction, and bull riding, visitors will enjoy two days of thoroughbred and quarter horse racing, and of course plenty of food, including barbeque. The horse races have been an annual tradition in Ely since 1934.
Night in the Country Music Festival
The Night in the Country Music Festival, described as “the cowboy version of Burning Man,” is “out in the middle of nowhere” on the outskirts of Yerington. It has hosted such artists as Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Old Dominion, LOCASH, and many more. The event, which takes place July 27-29 this year, hosts roughly 30,000 country music fans annually. You can find more info, including this year’s lineup, at NightInTheCountry.org.3
Take in a Ballgame
Like baseball? Why not take in a minor league baseball game? The Las Vegas 51s, a Triple-A Affiliate of the New York Mets, will be playing all through the summer and into September at Cashman Field in downtown Vegas.4 In Reno, take the family out to a Reno Aces ball game at Greater Nevada Field.5 The Aces are the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Check Out Great Basin National Park
There are many great parks throughout the state, but one of the best to visit during the summer is Great Basin National Park. Because of its elevation, it’s nice and cool, especially in the extensive underground galleries in the Lehman Caves. The park is located in Baker, not far from Ely. It has beautiful alpine lakes and even a small glacier, and somehow attracts a surprisingly low number of visitors, so you might find that it’s not too crowded. More info at NPS.gov.6
Head to the Beach
A summer would hardly be complete without a trip to the beach, and Sand Harbor Beach at Lake Tahoe is a great one to enjoy. The water is crystal clear and you’ll be able to view some interesting rock formations while swimming, kayaking, boating, water-skiing, and/or scuba diving. More info at parks.nv.gov.7
Go for a Hike
There are a lot of great places to hike in the state as well, but three of the best are the Tahoe Rim Trail, Mount Charleston, and the Ruby Mountains. Tahoe Rim is a 165-mile hiking trail that forms a loop around the Lake Tahoe Basin.8 Mount Charleston has a number of hiking trails of varying difficulty, in a cool setting not far from the summer heat of the Las Vegas Valley.9 The Ruby Mountains in northeast Nevada feature rugged terrain that includes some hikes in the four-hour range.10
Take a Cruise
When people think of things to do in Nevada, taking a cruise isn’t typically something that comes to mind, but you can do just that on Lake Mead. The Desert Princess is a three-level Mississippi-style paddle-wheeler offering cruises around the lake, including a trip to Hoover Dam. You can choose a brunch tour, midday tour, or evening dinner tour. The temperature may be hot outside, but the enclosed decks are climate-controlled so you can enjoy the scenery in comfort.
Hot August Nights
Hot August Nights, the largest classic car and nostalgic event in the country, takes place throughout the Reno/Sparks area from August 8 to 13. More than 6,000 classic cars will be showcased in numerous events throughout Reno and Sparks, accompanied by classic tunes from the 50s, 60s, and early 70s. A free entertainment lineup includes Rick Springfield, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Journey/Stevie Wonder tribute bands. More information is available at VisitRenoTahoe.com.12
As you can see, the state has plenty to offer in summer activities. It’s just a matter of figuring out which best suits your interests and schedule.
The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank, a division of ZB, N.A.
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