Begun in 1972 at Sugar Pine Point on the west shore, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival moved to Sand Harbor in 1976 and has remained a standard there ever since. It ranks as one of the top Shakespeare Festivals in the country — not just for the quality of the performances but for the entirety of the experience, from the gourmet food to the environment of being outside in the cool night air, the waves of Lake Tahoe lapping at the shore and the alpenglow fading as a full moon rises over the stage. The venue is a sandy hillside sloping down to the $2 million, state-of-the-art stage facility. Various seating options are available, from premium Adirondacks and cafe tables down in front (with wait service delivering food and beverages) to assigned seating in sling-fabric chairs in the upper galleries. Staying true to the festival’s roots, you can still bring your own picnic and bottle(s) of wine (with no corkage fee) and spread a blanket out on designated areas of open sand. An adjacent concession area hosts Shakespeare’s Kitchen serving tacos, salads, sandwiches and desserts; a bar serving beer, wine and cocktails; a merchandise and gift stand; and picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy a pre-show or intermission snack. The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents two alternating productions each summer, from mid-July through mid-August.
2005 Nevada State Highway 28, Incline Village, NV