From the beaches of Lake Tahoe to large amphitheaters, enjoy the area’s outdoor music scene.

By Ashley Polan

When it comes to live tunes in the great outdoors, Reno/Tahoe is your place! With venues tucked away in the mountains and dotting the vast desert, we’re rocking the music scene.


Let’s kick things off with a spot locals have counted down the days for … The Nugget Hotel and Casino’s Sparks Amphitheater in downtown Sparks. Construction of this outdoor music venue was completed as this issue hits the stands and just in time for some epic summer concerts! Be sure to check out Hank Williams Jr. scheduled August 3. nuggetcasinoresort.com

In addition to the new amphitheater, we have plenty of other rad venues bringing great tunes to the area! There’s a stellar lineup at Cargo Concert Hall inside Whitney Peak Hotel. Or, if you’re looking for a spot where you can grab a seat and enjoy craft cocktails or a bite, stop by Wild River Grille during their summer music series. And Pops on the River is a music lover’s must! cargoreno.com; wildrivergrille.com; renophil.com

Moving on up the road, our next venue is TJ’s Corral at Carson Valley Inn. Are you a country music fan? What about 80s rock? If you said yes to either, this is the place for you! With acts like Easton Corbin, Martina McBride, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Loverboy, get ready for an unforgettable summer lineup rocking the night sky. carsonvalleyinn.com

Not a fan of the bright lights and big crowds? How does an outdoor porch party sound to you? We love ourselves a nice, intimate porch party here in northern Nevada! If you want to kick back, sip your favorite drink and enjoy some live music, Genoa Outdoor Porch Parties are where you should hang your hat every first and third Sunday of the month. genoabarandsaloon.com


Now that we’ve visited a few desert places, let’s get to the lake. Delicious cocktails, epic views, sand between your toes, vacay vibes… you guessed it, Tahoe’s got it! We don’t mess around when it comes to beach concerts.

Kick it off on the north side for Concerts at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. From bluegrass and southern rock to afro-samba-funk and alternative rock, prepare yourself for a summer concert with incredible views! concertsatcommonsbeach.com

Live at Lakeview
Live at Lakeview

Let’s take it to South Lake for sunset and free live music at Live at Lakeview. But that shouldn’t be your last stop while touring the music scene here. Dance the night away during the concert series at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe with local favorites and tribute bands. And make your way to the Valhalla Tahoe Music Series to catch some incredible guitarists, jazz and more. liveatlakeview.com; hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com; valhallatahoe.com

We’re going BIG with big shows and big names at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys Lake Tahoe.

Last up, we’re going BIG with big shows and big names at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys Lake Tahoe. From country greats like Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton, to all-time favorites such as Lionel Richie and Steve Miller Band, it’s like no other venue you’ve ever been to. Surrounded by pines trees, fresh air and lake views, this outdoor amphitheater makes for a truly unforgettable show. ceasars.com

Now that I’ve spilled all the hot spots for live outdoor music, what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy the show!