Autumn St. George activities Mayor Pike
Mayor Pike speaks at the Electric Theater grand opening (Photo by George Scott)

Written by St. George Mayor Jon Pike

If you’ve spent the summer hibernating from the heat, it’s time to escape the Climate Control Zone and enjoy autumn in Dixie.

Tuacahn is presenting three wonderful shows: “Sister Act,” “When You Wish,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” St. George Musical Theater began their second season after “rebooting” at the St. George Opera House, this time opening with “West Side Story.” The Electric Theater Complex opened at the end of August with a variety show featuring local talent and an open house showcasing the restored theater and adjoining new spaces for visual, performing, and literary arts.

George Streetfest continues to be a big hit on the first Friday evening of each month with people of all ages and interests. Organizers have brought together music, dancing, games, food vendors, and Main Street businesses for a monthly evening of fun in the heart of historic St. George!

Dixie State University’s DocUtah hosts another incredible documentary film festival this year after receiving hundreds of entries from around the world. The St. George Lion’s Club will host another Dixie Roundup Rodeo. This year, Roundup Week will include additional events in Vernon Worthen Park and the new Hela Seegmiller Historic Park.

In October, we’ll host the 39th running of the St. George Marathon. The Huntsman World Senior Games will again welcome around 10,000 athletes from numerous states and countries. As part of the games, 12 new pickleball courts will be ready for play at the Little Valley sports complex, the first completed project built with RAP Tax funds.

On top of these large, highly visible events will be countless other smaller races, sports league play, tournaments, art shows and walks, and the St. George Book Festival! Work continues on the all-abilities park and several important transportation projects.

Finally, this autumn, we have the opportunity to learn about our new BLUCAN curbside recycling program, which will begin operating around Feb. 1, 2016!

As a city (and county) and as citizens, we are clearly focused on activity! This not only is good for our bodies and minds; it’s good for us economically. What we enjoy every day here we also welcome the world to come and see and experience. I appreciate the opportunity to work together with other local government leaders and with citizen volunteers to plan and staff many of these projects and events.

Thanks to everyone who makes all of this possible, and may we all enjoy as many activities in Utah’s Dixie as we can during this beautiful fall season!