Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide
This week’s Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide features the Harvest Moon Event, a fundraiser for local Las Vegas shooting victims, comedy show, 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.
“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 through Oct. 21, times vary. Tickets are $20–$75. 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 through Oct. 21, 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. Showing through 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. Showing through 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! Showing through Oct. 21. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $29–$89 and can be purchased at tuacahn.org. For information, call (800) 746-9882 or (435) 652-3300.
“Jekyll & Hyde The Musical”
An evocative tale of two men — one a passionate and romantic doctor, the other a terrifying madman — and two women — one, beautiful and trusting, the other beautiful and trusting only herself. Both women in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret. A devoted man of science, Dr. Henry Jekyll is driven to find a chemical breakthrough that can solve some of mankind’s most challenging medical dilemmas. Rebuffed by the powers that be, he decides to make himself the subject of his own experimental treatments, accidentally unleashing his inner demons along with the man that the world would come to know as Mr. Hyde. Tickets are $18–$21. For information, click here.
Ever wonder what really happens backstage? Watch as a group of actors try to put together a show where nothing seems to go right! Filled with slapstick, miscues, slamming doors, and personal drama, “Noises Off!” is the most award-winning comedy in Broadway history! Showing October 5–November 4. Tickets are $17–$21. For information, click here.
High Desert Fiber Artists
This group of quilters is a friendship group associated with the Dixie Quilt Guild. This is the second gallery show that they have done at the center. Please stop by and see some remarkable quilts made by local artists. The gallery show will run Oct. 2–30, 2017. For information, click here.
“Artists with a Camera” fall photography exhibition
The St. George Fine Art Photographers Guild hosts its Fall Photography Exhibition Sept. 15–Oct. 14. It features southwest artists from international award winners to emerging talent. For information, click here.
In August 2016, writer and photographer Brian Passey and his wife, Cammie, embarked on a cross-country road trip to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. The trip had two primary goals: seeing interesting places and visiting loved ones. For 12 of the 16 nights they stayed with friends and family members across the country. That 6,000-mile, 17-day trip is documented through photography and words in the exhibit “Connecting Paths.” Short essays accompany 39 of the 54 photos in the exhibit. The majority of the photos are mounted on six maps of the United States. “Connecting Paths” will be on display in the Eccles Grand Foyer from Sept. 29 through Dec. 8. “Mapping: The Poetics of Utah Expression” will be on display inside the adjacent Sears Art Museum Gallery. Free. For information, click here.
Ghouls Night Out
Join for a wicked good time Thursday at 7 p.m. at Red Rock Bicycle Co. Building on the popular Girl’s Night Out they do in the spring, they are hosting a “Ghouls Night Out” for the fall. They will delight you with a clinic on healthy eating and meal ideas followed by their Fall Fashion Show, themed “How to ride through the winter in style.” You will then be treated to your choice of a yoga session or a bike maintenance clinic. all topped off with refreshments, drawings, and gifts. This event is just for females. Free. For information, click here.
The Shady Eighties!
The Shady Eighties Band is ready to burst into the Skydome to give you a “totally awesome” experience! Free. Skydome Lounge. Thursday and Sunday 7 p.m–12 a.m., Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.–1:30 a.m. 21 and older. For information, click here.
Crossroad Station has been developing their brand of against-the-grain, boot-to-the-mouth country music for fans since 2010. These Ohio boys have blended many deep-rooted country, rock, and blues influences to craft their own unique guitar-driven sound that can instantly be recognized. The five-piece band has shared the stage with Tracy Lawrence, Colt for, Little Texas, Aaron Tippin, Marty Stuart, Kentucky Headhunters, Bo Bice, Chris Cagle, and many others at Virgin River Casino’s River Lounge Thursday 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday and Monday at 7 p.m. 21 and older. For information, click here.
Field of Screams
Catch a hayride to southern Utah’s Field of Screams as you walk the trails of this creepy field corn maze with many new scenes and experiences. No more long lines! New “Tractor Time” is included with every Field of Screams admission and season pass. Similar to a Disney FastPass, you’ll receive a time to wait for the tractor hayride to the attraction. You’re now free to enjoy all the farm has to offer. Warning! This attraction may not be suitable for all ages. All ages are welcome, but only the brave will come. Recommend for 12 and older. Tickets are $13–$23. Thursday through Saturday from 8:30 to 11 p.m. For information, click here.
Spooky Trick-or-Treat Trail
Looking for a not-too-scary Halloween fright for the kids? This spooky family-friendly attraction is great for toddlers on up. Don’t be afraid to step inside Staheli Family Farm’s tiny, slightly-haunted shack. No horrific scenes. No live characters will be moving about (only dead ones. Just kidding!). This attraction is super-chill and all good. It’s the perfect way for your kids to enjoy the fun of a haunted house while still being able to sleep in their own beds at night. Scaredycats have the option of not entering the haunted shack (Hey, it happens!). Last season, there were only a few tots too afraid to enter; even so, they perked right up when it was time to knock on the next door for a trick-or-treat! Tickets are $7–$10 (three tokens per child/round trip with paid admission). For information, click here.
Staheli Family Farm Corn Maize. Tickets are $7–$10. Thursday 5–9 p.m. Friday and Saturday noon–11 p.m. Enjoy the new trails and fresh, green cornstalks. For information, click here.
Open Mic Night at Even Stevens
Line Dancing with Eric Dodge
Join Eric Dodge for another country line dancing night! Bring your friends or come alone and make new ones. Refreshments, dancing, music, lights, and fun! $10 cash at the door. Thursday 7:30–9:30 p.m. For information, click here.
Support local survivors of the Vegas shooting
The tragic shooting at Las Vegas last Sunday night has impacted many including some local families here in southern Utah. DJ Vexify and Firehouse Bar are hosting a two-night Karaoke event to raise funds to help support our local survivors. All donations will go to local survivors of the shooting. Contact DJ Vexify to request a dedication song, donate to this event, sponsor this event, or nominate a survivor or victim. For information, click here.
18th Annual Art in Kayenta Festival
Nestled in the Kayenta Art Village, more than 60 juried artists will once again be joining the Art in Kayenta Festival, now in its 18th year! Showcasing varied artistic disciplines including painting, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, fine woodworking, and photography, the festival is certain to entice and inspire the expected 6,000 visitors throughout the three-day event. With magnificent Red Mountain as the backdrop, visitors wandering through the village can’t help being stirred by the vista, music, delectable fare, and amazing artistry that surround the festival at every turn. And, as always, the beautiful October weather is sure to put a smile on the faces of every attendee. Friday–Sunday. Free. For information, click here.
W.E. Rock Events Rock Crawl at Trail Hero
Trail Hero brings W.E. Rock Events to Sand Hollow and Sand Mountain with an exhibition rock crawl! We have brought in top competitors from across the country to show off their skills on crazy rock-crawling courses in custom built 4-wheel drive buggies. Competitors have 10 minutes per course to get through a set of cone gates. Hit one of the cones and you get points. The object is to get the least amount of points possible per course, with a max point-out of 40 points. This is man and machine vs the rocks. Who will make it through with the lowest score to win? Come watch in person to see. Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free. For information, click here.
Jakey Leigh’s Cafe presents Josh Warburton
Jakey Leigh’s Cafe will host Josh Warburton Friday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Josh Warburton covers folk, blues, and rock with unique vocals and acoustic guitar. The show is free and open to the public. For information, click here.
Mason Cottam at Sand Hollow Resort
Mason Cottam play Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Mason Cottam is a singer/songwriter from Cedar City. Dinner can be purchased from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. Alcohol is available to purchase for those over 21. For information, click here.
Shine Bright EP Release at Jazzy’s
Shine Bright’s “More Wild Than The Wind” EP release show and tour kick-off with special guests Sorry, No Sympathy, Sleep Dealer, and Wirelefant. Friday from 7 p.m to 11 p.m. For information, click here.
Adam Dune at Even Stevens
Adam Dune will play at Even Stevens Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Adam Dune is the frontman of St. George-based rock band The Dune Lunes. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here or call (435) 251-6636.
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.
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.
Harvest Moon event at Kayenta Art Village
Get out to Kayenta in Ivins for this two-day mini-festival. Both days, galleries and artist studios will host guest artists exhibiting their collections. Special events include food tasting and demonstration by executive chef Victoria Topham of Petite Feast who will demonstrate and prepare a tasting of recipes you can make at home. Members of the Desert Arboretum will present fall planting tips. Live music in the outdoor theater. Get out and enjoy the great weather. It’s free and open to everyone! The evening show is Coyote Tales at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15. For information, click here.
Rocktoberfest at Zion Canyon Brew Pub
Roctoberfest at Zion Canyon Brew Pub Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m. Featuring Valley Tan, 3 Hat Trio, and the George Staheli Umpah Ensemble plus a beer garden, German BBQ, bounce houses, and more. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (435) 772-0404.
Octoberfest at Sand Hollow Resort
Octoberfest at Sand Hollow Resort Saturday from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Free. Featuring the Nisson Brother Band, Crossroads, and fireworks. Dinner can be purchased from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. Alcohol is available to purchase for those over 21. For information, click here.
Back to the ’80s (adults only) dance party
DJ Spinz, DJ Clown, and DJ Versace will be taking turns mixing up the best of the ’80s hip hop, pop, disco, and of course all your favorite hits. There will be an ’80s-style photo booth, an amazing sound system, awesome lighting, great people, and unforgettable costumes. $10 at the door if you are in your best ’80s outfit or $15 if in your regular clothes. Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight. For information, click here.
Josh Larsen at Even Stevens
Josh Larsen plays at Even Stevens Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Josh Larsen is a singer/songwriter from St. George. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here or call (435) 251-6636.
Nick Whitesides at Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Kitchen
Nick Whitesides plays at Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Kitchen Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nick Whitesides is a singer/songwriter from Ogden. Come listen to Whitesides and enjoy some of southern Utah’s largest selections of beer and a very unique wine list along with some really memorable food. For information, call (435) 689-1959.
Dulce at Even Stevens