Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide
This week’s Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide features an orchestra at the Grand Canyon, a car show, theater productions, live music, and more. Check out the complete guide to find out what is going on this weekend near you. For a full list of events, visit The Independent’s Events Calendar.
“Shakespeare in Love”
Adapted for the stage from the Academy Award-winning film, “Shakespeare in Love” tells of a young Shakespeare who is facing writer’s block and is short on cash and inspiration. To his rescue comes Viola, with whom he quickly falls in love and who inspires him to write his most famous love story, “Romeo and Juliet.” Showing June 30–Sept. 8 times vary. Tickets are $20–$77. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“Romeo and Juliet”
A classic tale of star-crossed lovers and forbidden love, “Romeo and Juliet” is the perfect complement to “Shakespeare in Love.” The two will share cast and scenery, and this added synergy will provide a new dimension to what may be the most famous love story in the world. Showing July 1–Sept. 9 times vary. Tickets are $20–$75. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“As You Like It”
Rosalind has a problem. Disguised as a boy, she goes to Arden to find her father. But her disguise has also fooled her beloved Orlando, who now asks this “boy” to help him woo the woman of his dreams—none other than Rosalind herself! What’s a girl (or boy) to do? Find out in this rollicking frolic of confused courtship, beautiful poetry, and unsurpassed wit. Showing June 29–Sept. 7 times vary. Tickets are $20–$75. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)”
Brought to you by the same guys who starred in the PBS film version of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” this highly-imaginative, vaudeville-infused comedy tells the not-quite factual (well, not at all factual) story of an ancient manuscript purported to be the first play by William Shakespeare. Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, a trio of comic actors will throw themselves into a fast, funny, and frenzied festival of pure hilarity. Showing July 28–Oct. 21 times vary. Tickets are $20–$75. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“Guys and Dolls”
Take a high-rolling gambler and pair him with a puritanical missionary. Then throw in a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a craps game manager who is anything but straight or narrow. Mix it up with the brassy music of Frank Loesser, including “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Luck Be a Lady,” and you have what many consider the perfect musical comedy. Showing July 3–Sept.1 times vary. Tickets are $36–$79. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Shakespeare’s luxurious tale of fairies, dreams, and moonlight, this popular comedy gets a new and exciting look when set in the art deco world of the Jazz Age. It is still true that “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and when the feuding king and queen of the fairies interfere in the couplings of mortals, the result is pure pandemonium and magical mayhem. Showing July 4–Oct. 21 times vary. Tickets are $32–$75. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
This epic tale with music will thrill the entire family with stories of buried treasure, cutthroat pirates, the larger-than-life Long John Silver, and the courageous young cabin boy Jim Hawkins. The Festival is the first theater after a joint premiere at Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago and Berkeley Rep in Berkeley, California, to produce this critically-acclaimed adaptation, filled with adventure and song. Showing July 5–Sept. 2 times vary. Tickets are $32–$75. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“Shrek The Musical”
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek.” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand, and his name is Shrek. May 26–Oct. 20. at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $29–$89 and can be purchased at tuacahn.org. For information, call (800) 746-9882 or (435) 652-3300.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, “Newsies” is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy, and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. June 2–Oct. 18. at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $29–$89 and can be purchased at tuacahn.org. For information, call (800) 746-9882 or (435) 652-3300.
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. A trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, creating an unforgettable show with a large cast and non-stop laughs. Mamma Mia! July 14–Oct. 21. Showtime varies. Tickets are $29–$89 and can be purchased at tuacahn.org. For information, call (800) 746-9882 or (435) 652-3300.
“Under Construction: The Blue Collar Musical”
When an audience unexpectedly shows up at the theater on an unscheduled performance day, an unlikely group of working-class fold must trade in their hard hats for top hats and put on a show. A big-hearted musical comedy full of surprises for the whole family. July 15– August 12. Times vary. Tickets are $15. For information, click here.
The final part of Neil Simon’s acclaimed autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with family drama. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs. July 13–Aug. 12. Times vary. Tickets are $15–$25 and can be purchased here. For information, click here.
“The Dinner Party”
Neil Simon’s wildly successful Broadway hit seasoned with hilarity and chaos that only the master chef of comedy could create. July 12–Aug. 11. Times vary. Tickets are $15–$25 and can be purchased here. For information, click here.
Washington County Fair
You don’t want to miss this year’s “Wizard of Oz” themed county fair. Tigers, bears, a tornado money cube, a chainsaw carver, a professional midget wrestling show, a hypnotist show, Friday and Saturday 6:30 shows. Go early and get a good seat! Contests every day, all day, come play! Great prizes and gift certificates! Munchkinland Pie Face Showdown, I’m Melting Splash Drink Guzzle, Wizard of Oz Bingo, Toto Hot Dog Eating, Somewhere Over the Rainbow Guessing Jar, Wicked Witch of the West Pizza Eating, Ding Dong the Witch is dead pork slider eating, carnival, demolition derby, parade, Follow the Yellow Brick Road Fun Run, commercial booths, fair food, small animal shows, boxing, photo booth, exhibits and community displays, balloon sculpture, and a fair express train to take you to your car and bring you into the fair. Thursday–Saturday. Contest schedule is located in the fair magazine and on their website. For information, click here.
Kane County Fair
There will be many wonderful events for the whole family. Most of the events are free so don’t miss out. There will be exhibits that showcase the many talents of Kane County locals. The livestock show and sale provides an opportunity for our outstanding youth in the county to receive recognition for their hard work in learning how to raise and care for a wide variety of animals. Bring your children to the “Fun Zone” where they can let their imaginations run wild putting on a puppet show, building graham cracker and Lego structures, and much more. The Long Valley Lions Club sponsors the Jr. Rodeo where you can pit your skills against the toughest in the country. Go watch or try your hand in breakaway, calf roping, peewee steer ride, sheep ride, jr. steer ride, goat tying, chicken chase, sr. steer ride, team roping, barrel racing, sweetheart race and hide ride. There are also many more events to enjoy. Thursday–Saturday. For information, click here.
Cover band plays motown, classic rock, pop, and dance music. Thursday and Sunday 7 p.m–12 a.m., Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Free. 21 and older. For information, click here.
Kane County’s Got Talent
There will be awards and cash prizes for winners. Thursday at 7 p.m. For information, call (435) 644-3696.
Chance Steglich at Even Stevens
Many Miles will play at the Washington County Fair Thursday 8 p.m. For information, click here.
Author signing with Valerie Gardner
Join Barnes and Noble as they welcome Valerie Gardner, author of “Dracona’s Rebirth,” “Blood of Ancient Kings,” and “Servant Queen.” Valerie will be available to sign copies of her novels from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For information, click here.
“Duck Tales” afternoon
Relive the happy memories of the original show and share them with your own family. Join them Friday for 3 hours of the top 10 classic episodes, all of your favorites. They will play from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the media room on the 14-foot jumbo screen at Comics Plus. For information, click here.
Sunset on the Square: “Jungle Book”
Sunset on the Square will show “Jungle Book” Friday at 6 p.m. The free family-based community event features movies under the stars in the heart of St. George at Town Square Park. Every event features booths, food, face painting, lots of prizes, and dancing before the movie starts. The movie starts at dusk. For information, click here, or call (435) 627-4000.
Jakey Leigh’s Cafe presents The Naturals
Jakey Leigh’s Cafe will host The Naturals Friday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For information, click here.
Josh Larsen at Even Stevens
O.C. Tanner Summer Series: Nathan Pacheco & Lyceum Orchestra
Lyceum Music Festival is moving to Zion National Park and the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater and will feature Nathan Pacheco, a classically trained tenor who has a passion for reaching out and uplifting people through music. His repertoire will include the music of Aaron Copland, Ennio Morricone, Rossini, Puccini, and favorites from Nathan’s award-winning albums and will be accompanied by the Lyceum Orchestra. Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20–$25. For information, click here.
The Randy Anderson Band
The Randy Anderson Band is a country variety band and has been a staple in Las Vegas for many years. RAB plays the best of new and traditional country music, as well as oldies and classic rock. This award-winning 5 piece band was voted “Best of Las Vegas” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal reader’s poll. Virgin River Casino’s River Lounge, Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. 21 and older. For information, click here.
The Mason Cottam Trio at George’s Corner
The Mason Cottam Trio plays at George’s Corner Friday at 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
DJ Spinz at The One and Only
DJ Spinz will be at the One and Only Friday night at 9 p.m. Dance the night away, have a few drinks, play pool, and have a great time! Click here for more information.
Game Night at Toadz
Get your game face on! Game night is coming to Toadz every Friday featuring beer pong tournaments ($100 cash prize), trash can beer pong, corn hole, darts, and pool tables upstairs with many more games to choose from every week. Sign ups for beer pong start at 9 p.m. with the first game at 10 p.m. (You don’t have to drink to play.) Drink specials are $2 domestic beer bottles ads $3 wells. There is not a cover charge. Must be 21 and older. For information, click here.
Zion Canyon Farmers Market
The 2017 season is Saturdays May 6–Oct. 14, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to noon on the lawn of the Bit and Spur Restaurant and across from the Switchback Grille and Holiday Inn Express. The market was developed to provide a place for local farmers, backyard growers, and producers to sell their goods directly to consumers, to educate the consumers about local farming and seasonal eating, to encourage and promote the use of locally grown farm products, and to enhance quality of life in southern Utah by providing a community activity that fosters social gathering and interaction. For information, visit zionharvest.org, or call (435) 772-0435.
Year-Round Farmer’s Market in Cedar City
Visit the only year-round farmer’s market in Utah, a real farmers market that sells only locally produced and grown fruit, vegetables, jam, bread, and other farm products. The event happens on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the IFA parking lot. For information, contact Symbria Patterson at email@example.com or call her at (435) 865-6792.
Tuacahn Saturday Market
Stroll among local artists and artisans while enjoying live local entertainment Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more shopping fun, step inside the beautiful new Tuacahn Gift Gallery where you will find Tuacahn Amphitheater souvenirs, home decor items, gifts, and much more.
Nick Adams at Zion Canyon Brew Pub
Nick Adams plays at Zion Canyon Brew Pub Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (435) 772-0404.
Run to the Red Rocks Show & Shine Car Show
There will be all types of vehicles at the show so bring your ride and show it off. There will be all types of vehicles from tractors to cars just bring your ride. Live band. Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For information, click here.
Jacob Barrett at Even Stevens
Symphony of the Canyons concert at the North Rim
The Symphony of the Canyons will perform at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim on the patio of the Grand Canyon Lodge overlooking the Grand Canyon. Saturday 7:30 p.m. (Mountain Time). Free. For information, click here.
Multi-instrumentalist Jon Stone from Lafayette, Louisiana, plays acoustic folk on violin, mandolin, and other strings. Come listen to Jon and enjoy some of southern Utah’s largest selections of beer and a very unique wine list, along with some really memorable food at Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Kitchen. Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. For information, call (435) 689-1959.
Josh Larsen at George’s Corner
Josh Larsen plays at George’s Corner Saturday 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
Jack Le Duc presents George Strait Tribute
Jack DeLuc and band will present the best of George Strait in the CasaBlanca showroom. Saturday 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15–$35 and can be purchased here. Must be 21 or older to attend. For information click here.
Nick Adams at Even Stevens