Our Wine Country Heats Up With Red-Hot Summer Events
June 2, 2016
A very eventful summer is in the works in Lake County
In the distinct northern region of wine country where the weather stays sensational well into autumn and throughout the harvest season, Lake County is packing the summer schedule full of outdoor events, parties and celebrations set to make the season sizzle. This means more months of terrific outdoor festivals with something to offer everyone who loves sunshine, good times and, of course, the great outdoors.
Here are just a few of this wine country mountain region’s high-altitude event highlights.
The adventure kicks off Friday night, May 20, with a Casino Royale-themed affair at the Twin Pine Casino and Hotel, and continues the rest of the weekend as the wineries all roll out the red carpets for an unforgettable wine tour.
International Glamping Weekend
June 3 and 4
The boutique travel trend of glamping (glamorous camping in creative and luxurious outdoor accommodations) gets its annual celebration in the form of International Glamping Weekend each June. The wine country glamper gathering is held at Shady Acres Campground in Clearlake, where the glamping scene sparkles with a weekend of glamp get-togethers and free kayak rentals and mini-golf included with your registration.
Fourth of July Celebrations
July 2 to 4
The celebrated and spectacular Clear Lake fireworks display has been a northern California Independence Day staple for more than 40 years, but the fireworks are a nightcap for a full day of Fourth of July festivities. The patriotic party kicks off with the hilarious Cardboard & Duct Tape Regatta Race at 10 a.m. in Lakeport’s Library Park, featuring homemade boats and the all-American ingenuity of our nation’s favorite low-budget fixer-upper materials.
The day continues with the music, food and street fair fun of the Fourth of July Arts and Crafts Faire, and of course ends with a bang when the fireworks go off at dusk.
Lake County Rodeo
July 8 and 9
Fans of riding and roping will want to giddyup to the Lake County Fairgrounds for the 2016 Lake County Rodeo, a wild weekend of bull riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing. Plus, kids’ rounds of mutton busting, Cow Chip Bingo and a Saturday rodeo dance are all in the works. Make sure to round up the kids, because ages 12 and under are admitted for free.
Lakeside Car & Boat Show
Aug. 12 to 14
Lakeport revs up another high-powered, hot-weather festival of vintage cars, hot boats, free concerts, a loudest-boat competition and a pinup girl contest at this year’s Lakeside Car & Boat Show. The whole shebang is a benefit for a great cause, raising proceeds for Operation Tango Mike to send care packages to U.S. troops stationed around the world.
A Taste of Lakeport
There’s literally dancing in the streets when Lake County’s finest wineries, restaurants and musicians team up for the annual outdoor street fair A Taste of Lakeport. Downtown Lakeport’s streets turn into a tasting room and dance floor for this legendary local celebration, and the price of admission gets you your own wine glass and unlimited tastings.
Clear Lake Splash In
Sept. 16 to 18
The splashiest event on the wine country calendar is the largest and longest-running seaplane fly-in west of the Mississippi! The Clear Lake Splash In hosts dozens of the vintage WWII-era amphibious planes from all around the world to perform acrobatic tricks, with a fleet of amphibious cars also on hand and an aviation flea market that will have you flying high.
Kelseyville Pear Festival
When pear season comes to fruition, there’s no place better to be than the “Pear Capital of the World” of Kelseyville, California. The 23rd annual Kelseyville Pear Festival is a one-day extravaganza of all things pear, kicking off with a pear parade and continuing with an outdoor festival that features a pear pavilion, concerts, cooking demonstrations, an antique tractor exhibit and a whole lot more.
The wildest, craziest cycling event ever to ride the California roads, the Konocti Challenge has been voted the best metric century bike ride by Cycle California magazine and offers 20-, 40-, 65- and 100-mile courses for both casual and competitive cyclists. The incomparable scenery of Clear Lake and the wine country mountains are a magnificent backdrop, but it’s the famed and zany rest stop competition featuring themes and costumes that really pedals the popularity of this one-of-a-kind bicycling event.
There’s much more to Lake County’s wine country than just wine. It is a hot destination during the summer months when the hot boats, vintage cars, seaplanes and horses come out to play. And with the plethora of festivals coming alive in the coming months, take some time off to enjoy wine country as it rolls out a barrel of good times.