At the heart of the art scene are opportunities to fuel one’s passion for their love of the performing arts.  In the summer months, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival takes the stage on the edge of Lake Tahoe at Sand Harbor State Park.  The performance schedule always includes one or two of your favorite plays counterbalanced (during the troupes days off) with music from the Reno Jazz Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic, Sierra Nevada Ballet, and guest performances from GRAMMY award-winning vocalists and musicians. Tahoe Symphony Orchestra,  Tahoe TOCCATA, performs year-round at various venues in the surrounding area. Classical Tahoe is a seasonal festival held each year in late July and August under the tent on the Sierra Nevada University campus.

Most of the organizations listed above also offer educational programs for students and adults throughout the year.

For those who want to enhance their own artistic skills, Incline Village Crystal Bay offers an excellent selection of studios that offer private and semi-private fine-arts workshops through the Holman Arts Center, Incline Village Music, Easel and Wine, and other private lessons.

Within our quaint mountain town is a budding community of artists who excel at a variety of mediums. You can find an exceptional selection of this local art for sale at our boutique galleries and family-run shops.

History buffs always find time to head to the east shore of Incline Village to visit and tour the Thunderbird Lodge National Historic Site and home of the eclectic George Whittell, Jr.  The Thunderbird Lodge is one of the last and best examples of a great residential estate on Lake Tahoe from the period in which prominent San Francisco society built homes on the lake.  

Speaking of times gone by, those who enjoyed the famous BONANZA western series on television can relive the stories of the Cartwright family who spent their years on the Ponderosa Ranch, right here in Incline Village.  A complete historical display about the series and fascinating history of Incline Village can be viewed at the D.G. Menchetti Visitors Center in Incline Village, NV.

You can find more information about the arts and culture activities, art galleries, and historic tours available throughout the year at the Visitors Center