Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide
This week’s Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide features an outdoor movie, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, outdoor markets, 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 theatre 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 nonstop 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.
Often regarded as the funniest farce ever written. A manic menagerie of itinerant actors, door slamming, onstage and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. July 14–Aug. 9. Times vary. Tickets are $15–$25 and can be purchased here. For information, click here.
The Amazing Eighties
The ’80s are totally awesome, dude! The Amazing Eighties is ready to burst into the CasaBlanca Skydome to give you a totally awesome experience. 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.
Open Mic Night at Even Stevens
FitCon is the premier sports and fitness event in the state of Utah dedicated to bringing fierce competitions, life-changing seminars, and incredible celebrity guests to your back door. FitCon is packed with cutting-edge seminars, celebrity keynote speakers, exciting live fitness classes, fun cooking demonstrations, thrilling competitions, and numerous exhibitor booths. Both days will provide every opportunity to learn and to participate in many different types of training. FitCon also provides 25 competitions that attendees are able to view throughout this fitness event. Friday 2 p.m.–10 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tickets are $5–$30. For information, click here.
Summer Bon Voyage Movie Under the Stars
The Summer Bon Voyage Movie in the Park is Friday at 6 p.m. at Gubler Park. Send off the summer under the stars with “The Secret Life of Pets” at dusk. Come early and enjoy all of the games, food, prizes, and dancing! Don’t miss this free family night out. For information, click here.
Lisa Mac at Even Stevens
The Children’s Musical Theatre St. George presents “Annie” at The Electric Theater. Friday and Saturday from 6:30 to 7:30. Tickets are $5. For information, click here.
Jakey Leigh’s hosts Red Rock Live
Jakey Leigh’s Cafe will host live music every Friday night through August from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Each week features a different performer. Free and open to the public. For information, click here.
Beth Fitchet Wood & Steve Wood
Beth Fitchet Wood & Steve Wood are at Beaver Opera House Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door.
O.C. Tanner Series: Collin Raye
Enjoy a night under the stars with country artist Collin Raye who was one of the true hit makers of the 1990s. Raye still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals alone. With 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and having been a 10-time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time. Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15–$35. 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.
Nick Adams at George’s Corner
Nick Adams is at George’s Corner Friday at 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
The Comedy Machine
Three top comics from around the United States will perform live in a hilarious show at CasaBlanca. Friday 8:30 p.m. This is a 21 and older show. ID’s are required. Tickets are $15–$25 and can be purchased at StarTickets.com. For 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.
Wirelefant at Zion Canyon Brew Pub
Wirelefant 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.
Adam Dune at Even Stevens
August Gallery Opening Reception: Matthew Jacobson
Matthew Jacobson is an award-winning columnist whose work appears in The Spectrum & Daily News and Gannett publications such as USA Today. His artwork can be seen in the Harvey Milk Memorial High School in New York City, in the home of Bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopalian Church, and at the DiFiore Center in St George. Reception Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the DiFiore Center. Free. Will show Aug. 16–30. Gallery open Mondays–Saturdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. For information, click here.
Beth Fitchet Wood & Steve Wood
Beth Fitchet Wood & Steve Wood are at Off the Cuff Improv Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12–$15. For information, click here.
Josh Warburton is one of southern Utah’s best performers and combines strong, unique vocals with skillful guitar playing on great folk, blues, rock, and acoustic songs. Come listen to Josh 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.
Lights: A Premier Tribute to Journey
Known for its note for note renditions of Journey’s classic catalog, Lights invites the audience to experience the music and history of Journey. Don’t miss this free Casapoolooza poolside concert at CasaBlanca. Saturday 8 p.m. 21 and older. For information, click here.
Fiyah Rootz at George’s Corner
Fiyah Rootz plays at George’s Corner Saturday 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
Dulce at Even Stevens