Lake Tahoe is a popular destination for people near and far, and in the middle of summer when the valley is hot and the days are long, the cool blue waters and refreshing breezes of Tahoe provide the perfect escape. If you have the chance to visit the lake for a weekend, or even if you’re just in the area for the day, check out the schedule for the annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, which takes place right on the beach. The festival runs from now through Aug. 27, and includes multiple performances of one of William Shakespeare’s famous works, Love’s Labour’s Lost as well as the Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles. You can also catch performances by the Reno Philharmonic, the Reno Jazz Orchestra, the Sierra Nevada Ballet and more as part of the connected musical Showcase Series. The festival and related events are suitable for all ages, and there’s also a free Young Shakespeare Program, specifically for children, happening in various locations around Tahoe between July 24 and Aug. 4, 2017. The majority of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival will take place on the beach at Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. Tickets and the full schedule are available online at Laketahoeshakespeare.com.