Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide
This week’s Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide features Swiss Days, film festivals, art festivals, car shows, a revival, retreats, 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.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie”
Millie Dillmount, sets out in search of a job and a wealthy potential husband. Things seem wonderful when she lands a job working for a rich boss she’d love to marry, but not everything is as it seems. Showing Thursdays–Saturdays through Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17–$23. No children under 5 permitted. For information, click here.
Escalante Canyons Art Festival
Love Utah’s canyon country and supporting working artists and artisans? Attend the premier art event of the Colorado Plateau, the 14th Annual Escalante Canyons Art Festival/Everett Ruess Days in Escalante Sept. 22–Oct. 1. Escalante is off the beaten path along Scenic Byway 12 between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks in the heart of Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. 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.
Swiss Days 2017 will include a 5k run/walk and pancake breakfast followed by the Swiss Days Parade, heading east on Santa Clara Drive from the Jacob Hamblin home to the City Hall. The parade will showcase the Santa Clara Princess Royalty, antique cars, the Grand Marshal, local businesses and schools, live animals, homemade floats, and everything in between. The three-day festival at Town Hall will also include food and merchandise vendors, continuous entertainment including a free Friday night concert, town and family heritage displays, pioneer craft demonstrations (at Heritage Square), children’s activities, and more. In addition, a Red Rock Car Show will be at Canyon View Park. For information, click here.
The Lawn Darts
The Lawn Darts is an Americana rock band from southern Utah that has opened for Styx and Kansas. They will play at Swiss Days in Santa Clara Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. For information, click here.
Muzička from Prague
Ten Prague-based musicians deliver an incredible classic folk concert. Internationally Acclaimed Czech cimbálovka ensemble brings a wide variety of instrumental and vocal repertoire from the polka to farm and pub songs depicting every aspect of Czech peasant life. Muzička is a colorful cast of characters, most of whom have been singing, dancing, and playing folk music together since they were 6 years old. These 10 performers are funny and full of mischief. Their performances reflect their core belief in the power of music to bridge boundaries and bring a room of strangers together with Czech culture in the spotlight. Appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $20. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. For information, click here.
Live Music Showcase 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.
Guitars and Cadillacs
Fabulous ’50s and classic country 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.
Sharon & the Chevelles
A tribute to the ’50s and ’60s with more fun than you’ve had since they put the bop in the bop-shoo-bop! 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.
Mesquite Motor Mania Super Run Classic Car Show
Vintage vehicles, custom automobiles, and events. Friday–Sunday. More than $15,000 in cash prizes for winners and fan favorite contests available for car show participants, free car shows for all ages. Register a vehicle at superrun.com. For information, click here.
Anasazi Dreams Exhibit
Colorado artist Sheri Graf-Kopp’s exhibit features works inspired by ancient rock writings. Starts Friday, Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. and will show through Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. For information, click here.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument photographer in residence exhibit
Stop by the Red Canyon Visitor Center to view some of the photographs captured by Jared Warren, the 2017 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument photographer in residence, earlier this year. Warren is a professor, researcher, psychologist, and photographer. He enjoys many genres of this art but finds landscape photography to be his own best therapy. When not outside capturing the stunning landscapes of the western U.S., Warren is a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses and conducts research on mindfulness. Starts Friday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. and will show through Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. For information, click here.
Spark Women’s Leadership Retreat
Spark Women’s Leadership Retreat is powered by Leadership Excursion Co. Created for women by women, Spark supports the betterment of women both personally and professionally with a weekend full of outdoor activities, personal and professional workshops, meals, and housing included in a beautiful environment. Grab your bestie and sign up today! Friday 1 p.m.–Sunday 2 p.m. Tickets are $299–$1,199. Multiple package options available. For information, click here.
Three Peaks Revival
The camp will start with games and socializing Friday evening including slow races, a fat tire criterium, and a beer garden. Saturday will be the main event with an 8:17 race. Race it solo or duo. Dinner will be served to the camp during the awards ceremony. More socializing and games will give way to a final night. The adjourning meeting will be Sunday’s group ride on some inspiring local trails. Registration is $45–$90. For information, click here.
Family fun by Cedar Professionals
Cedar Professionals (a local business networking group) is giving back to the community with a free family fun event. Free hot dogs, games, a bounce house for the kids, and prizes. The event is free for the community. Bring non-perishable food donations for the pantry if you choose. Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For information, click here.
Glendale Heritage Apple Festival
The 19th annual Heritage Apple Festival will be held Friday and Saturday. Dinner is Friday night at 6 p.m. The festival is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with street vendors, an archery contest, a quilt show and raffle of a quilt handmade by Clara Maxwell, and lots of food. The Apple Bake-off is Friday. Entries need to be dropped off at 4:30p.m. at the Glendale Town Office. Don’t miss out on good prizes. Apple pie contest leftovers will be at the dinner Friday evening. For information, click here.
Nick Adams at Sand Hollow Resort
Nick Adams is a singer/songwriter from based out of St. George. Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Dinner can be purchased from 5 to 9 p.m. Alcohol is available to purchase for those over 21. For information, click here.
Jakey Leigh’s Cafe presents Tom Bennett
Jakey Leigh’s Cafe will host Tom Bennett Friday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For information, click here.
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival
The Film Fest at Escalante Canyons Art Festival will feature films on a variety of subjects from rivers and adventure to wildlife in addition to two films featuring residents of communities within the Escalante Canyons region. The event is family-friendly. Friday from 7–11 p.m. Seating is not provided, so feel free to bring chairs, blankets, etc. For information, click here.
Many Miles Concert
Many Miles will perform a free concert at the Canyon Community Center Friday at 7 p.m. Donations to benefit the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance will be accepted. La Havana Cabana will offer authentic Cuban food. For information, click here.
Amanda McBroom and George Ball
Amanda McBroom and George Ball will play at The Electric Theater Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For information, click here.
Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband
Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband, a rock/bluegrass band from Ogden, will perform at Swiss Days in Santa Clara Friday at 8 p.m. For information, click here.
Jerry Allen at Even Stevens
Dixie State Symphony Orchestra concert
Get out and enjoy the Dixie State Symphony Orchestra Concert in Town Square. Free. Friday at 7:30 p.m. For information, click here.
Dulcie at George’s Corner
Dulcie plays at George’s Corner Friday at 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
Albumpalooza, a tribute to The Eagles
Albumpalooza will play at the CasaBlanca Showroom Friday at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15–$35. 21 and older. ID’s required. 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.
Car Show Film Festival
Film series includes “Legendary Muscle Cars” series, “Great Cars – American Classics Series,” “LeMans” starring Steve McQueen, and more. Friday and Saturday in the Skydome Lounge inside the CasaBlanca Resort. Free admission. Two days of great films including feature films and documentaries, all centered around cars. All ages. Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by adult and sit in lower section of lounge only. For information, click here.
St. George Energy Healing Conference
This conference is a gathering of people in who are looking to learn more about alternative health options including energy medicine, how to feel energy, and more about the science of the energy systems, herbal remedies, color therapy, overcoming addictions, strengthening families, light therapy, crystals and stones, creation boards, the alleged laws that affect prosperity and abundance, hypnotherapy, iridology, the law of vibration, and more. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $49. For information, tickets, and registration, 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.
Oktoberfest Duck Creek Village
Duck Creek Village Association presents Oktoberfest Duck Creek Village Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be German food, live music, and games. Located at the Duck On In Saloon next to Loose Wheels. Outdoor venue where families are welcome. For information, click here.
Corn Maize Opening Day
Staheli Family Farm announces Opening Day Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. Farmland and Corn Maize opens at noon. $5 admission at the gate Saturday only. Enjoy the new trails and fresh, green cornstalks. For information, click here.
Nathan Spenser Revue at Zion Canyon Brew Pub
Nathan Spenser Revue 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.
Vinyl Fusion at Sand Hollow Resort
Vinyl Fusion plays Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. 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.
Yesouisi and Amber Eye
Yesouisi and Amber Eye play at Jazzy’s Saturday. Tickets are $7. Doors open at 7 p.m. For information, click here.
Chance Steglich at Even Stevens
Utah cellists Jessika Soli and Daniel Gaisford, known as the Rosin Duo, are impressing audiences with their charismatic, energetic performances and wonderfully varied programs. They feature a wide variety of music from Telemann and Klengel to Coldplay and Michael Jackson. Rosin Duo appears in major concert halls and a variety of music series all over the country, creating great excitement wherever they play. Get out and enjoy something extraordinarily unique and you will see why audiences are demanding encore after encore. You will too! Appropriate for all ages! Tickets are $30 in advance. 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.
Jerry i at George’s Corner
Jerry i plays at George’s Corner Saturday at 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
Good Vibrations, a Beach Boys tribute
Good Vibrations will play at the CasaBlanca Showroom Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15–$35. 21 and older. ID’s required. For information, click here.
Nick Adams at Even Stevens