It’s late July, and it’s going to be another beautiful week in North Lake Tahoe with clear and sunny skies with highs predicted to reach 83 degrees by Friday. Here are some highlights for the coming week:

Lake Tahoe continues to boast environmentally friendly transportation with the launch of the North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle August 3. The vessel carries 12 passengers, crew and up to eight bikes and is ideal for those taking public transit from one side of the region to the other. The program employs a paperless reservation system, with tickets booked ahead of time. Participating docks are West Shore Café, Tahoe City Marina, Gar Woods Grill & Pier and the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. One-way rates start at $10/adult and $7/child up to 12 years.

Lake Tahoe was recently ranked the “Best Lake in America” in a survey by USA Today having garnered 5,000 votes via Facebook and Twitter.

North Lake Tahoe Summerlong Music Series

North Lake Tahoe takes its music outdoors with a variety of live concerts, festivals and headliner events. The lake’s live music campaign also has a designated website that covers all the free events and ticketed performances.

Lake Tahoe’s newest event, SummerFest, is sure to be a huge hit, offering world-class music, fine arts, theatre and education. The event is running now through Sunday, August 19 and welcomes instrumentalists from the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony, as well as other exceptional orchestras throughout the country.

The 6th Annual Music on the Beach continues with the McCoy Tyler Band (folks, acoustic and country) Friday, August 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. This event is free and part of a nine-week concert series.

Squaw Valley hosts its popular 11th Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest the weekend of August 11-12, 2-8 p.m., to support the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Festivalgoers can listen to continuous live jazz and funk music on two stages while sampling beers from more than 20 breweries. A $5/person entry to the festival is requested. Beers are $4 each. Dogs on leash are welcome.