North Lake Tahoe celebrates Labor Day weekend with drone shows

Drones at a previous show organize a jet with Top Gun music playing in the background.
Screenshot of video provided by Great Lakes Drones

TAHOE CITY, Calif. – Bespoke drone light shows are planned over Lake Tahoe to celebrate Labor Day weekend and the end of summer in Kings Beach and Tahoe City this year. The shows, which were postponed from Independence Day due to the weather, are scheduled to take place after the summer’s final concerts at both venues.

“After having to postpone the drone light shows originally scheduled for July 4th, we look forward to hosting them for our community and visitors over Labor Day weekend,” said Tony Karwowski, president and CEO of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association . “Using community polls, we can determine how to proceed with improvements or other options around this eco-friendly celebration in the future.”

On Friday, September 2, the final Music on the Beach concert of the North Tahoe Business Association season will feature Achilles Wheel from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the drone light show scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Both events take place at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area.



“We look forward to closing out the summer season and our Music on the Beach concert series with a custom designed drone light show over Lake Tahoe,” said Alyssa Reilly, executive director of the North Tahoe Business Association. “We hope that both residents and visitors enjoy the show and see what could be possible for future Independence Day celebrations.”

On Sunday, September 4th, the Tahoe City Downtown Association will be hosting the closing concerts of the summer on Commons Beach with a performance by The Blues Monsters from 4pm to 7pm. The drone light show starts at 8:30 p.m



“We look forward to hosting a spectacular drone light show over Labor Day weekend and thanking our community for a great summer season that saw the return of popular events in Tahoe City,” said Katie Biggers, executive director of the Tahoe City Downtown Association.

Coordinated by the Great Lakes Drone Company, the light shows will feature individual performances, up to 15 minutes in length, choreographed to music. Both take place over Lake Tahoe, with over 100 drones taking off and returning to shore at the end of the shows. In addition, backup locations have been identified in the event that weather conditions require it.

The shows are made possible through a combination of a temporary occupancy tax and TBID fund and are made possible through presentation sponsorship by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and produced by the two local trade associations.

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