Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide

This week’s Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide features the Utah Shakespeare Festival, a teen writers camp, art exhibits, 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.

Write Out teen writing campsouthern utah weekend events write out

Write Out aims to bring writing outreach, cultural experiences, and outdoor exploration to teens in rural areas. The inaugural writing camp for students 13–18 will be held June 28–30 at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. With author/student workshops, student trips to national parks for hiking and writing outdoors, plays at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, a costume ball, and evening events open to the public, WriteOut is the wildest writing camp in the West. The $250 registration fee includes all workshops, activities, excursions, admission to a park, a play ticket, keynotes, panels, and meals. Lodging is not included. Additional purchases are available at check out, including limited one-on-one manuscript critiques with the authors and additional tickets to the dinner and reading on the final night of camp. For registration, click here.

“Shakespeare in Love”southern utah weekend events Shakespeare+in+Love+new+Square

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”southern utah weekend events Romeo+new+Square

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”southern utah weekend events AsYouLikeIt+new+Square

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)”southern utah weekend events Long+Lost+new+Square

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

“Shrek The Musical”southern utah weekend events SHREK_TITLE

“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. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, “Shrek The Musical” is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure directed by Scott S. Anderson May 26–Oct. 20. at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $29–$89 and can be purchased at For information, call (800) 746-9882 or (435) 652-3300.

“Newsies”southern utah weekend events Newsies

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 For information, call (800) 746-9882 or (435) 652-3300.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”southern utah weekend events charlie brown

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts Gang are coming to Brigham’s Playhouse! Baseball, kites, Valentine’s Day, and a World War I flying ace all come together in the moments that make up life. This fun and energetic musical delights audiences of all ages. It is an average day for our average hero as he shows us the extraordinary in the ordinary. He is a good man, that Charlie Brown! June 8–July 15. Thurs.–Sat. 7 p.m. and a matinee Saturdays at 2 p.m. Infants and children under 5 years of age are not permitted. Tickets are $17–$23 and can be purchased online. For information, call Brigham’s Playhouse at (435) 251-8000.

Art Works Gallery presents Shushana Ruckersouthern utah weekend events Rucker

Art Works Gallery will exhibit work by Idaho artist Shushana Rucker’s paintings, prints, and artist books. The opening reception takes place on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Art Works Gallery in Cedar City. In addition, this will be the first Final Friday Art Walk of the season. Rucker’s exhibit shows through July 22. For information, email, or call (503) 810-0958.

DiFiore June Gallery Show: Jennifer Gublersouthern utah weekend events susan gubler

Jennifer is a freelance author and illustrato. She loves pursuing her passion for children’s books by capturing colorful and lively characters through her art, inspiring people of all ages to want to read. June 23–30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public but donations are appreciated. For information, click here.

Open Mic Night at Even Stevenssouthern utah weekend events even stevens Round-Logo

Open Mic Night is at Even Stevens Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here or call (435) 251-6636.


Gallery opening reception: Rob Wilsonsouthern utah weekend events Rob Wilson

Wilson’s award-winning work is exhibited nationally and collected internationally. His work deals strongly with themes of identity and perception as he pushes boundaries to draw attention to themes of social justice. He currently teaches art and design at Utah State University and is creating a new body of work which is a culmination of his talents, dedication, and artistic vision. The opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. For information, click here

Ceneca Red at Even Stevenssouthern utah weekend events even stevens Round-Logo

Ceneca Red plays at Even Steven Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here or call (435) 251-6636.


DJ Spinz at The One and Onlysouthern utah weekend events: dj

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 Toadzsouthern utah weekend events 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 Marketsouthern utah weekend events zion 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, or call (435) 772-0435.

Year-Round Farmer’s Market in Cedar CitySouthern Utah Weekend Events Guide features the Year-Round Cedar City Farmers Market

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 or call her at (435) 865-6792.