Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide
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.
DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival
Dixie State University and the City of St. George present the eighth annual DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival. This year’s festival boasts 64 films from 22 countries, five special events and DOCtalk sessions with the filmmakers themselves Thursday–Saturday. For information, 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 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.
“Summer of Love” exhibit
A poster exhibition is on display at SUMA until Sept. 16. You’ll enjoy tunes from the late 1960s to the early 1970s by the bands featured in the exhibition. For information, click here.
Open Mic Night at Even Stevens
James Presley Band
A variety of new country, classic rock, dance and more 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.
Tyriq & Jamestown
Jamestown is an exciting R&B, funk, and dance band based out of Las Vegas. Jamestown was created by Mr. Tyriq Johnson who has been performing live in Las Vegas for the past 8 years. 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.
The CasaBlanca BBQ Fest will fire up the streets of Mesquite Sept. 8–10 with award-winning barbecue competition teams, including Chicago BBQ Company, Texas Outlaw BBQ and Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ. Vendors will also serve up mouthwatering ribs and other savory barbecue classics, alongside a beer garden serving craft beers and specialty liquor. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment, kid-friendly activities and other surprises to guarantee a flavorful weekend. Friday 1–7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Southern Utah Art Guild Artist Reception
Arrowhead Gallery ETC’s September featured artists are Robert Ford and Deann Rex. Please join them for an artists’ reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. For information, click here.
Carolyn Murset at Sand Hollow Resort
Carolyn Murset will play at Sand Hollow Resort 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 Sand and Stone
Jakey Leigh’s Cafe will host Sand and Stone Friday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For information, click here.
Utah Poet Laureate
Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal will give a literary lecture at the Canyon Community Center Friday at 7 p.m. Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, an NEA Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize, and various state arts council awards. She is an english professor at the University of Utah. For information, click here.
Josh Larsen at Even Stevens
Josh Larsen plays at Even Stevens Friday 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.
Free Fridays with DJ Grid at Firehouse
The party starts Friday at 8 p.m. with the best music and coldest drinks. Free pool from 9 to 11 p.m. No cover charge. Must be 21 and show ID. For information, click here.
Issac Erickson at George’s Corner
Issac Erickson plays at George’s Corner Friday at 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
“Turn the Page”
The live “Turn The Page ” show brings that same energy and excitement to the stage as they faithfully reproduce all the Bob Seger classics that have made him a legend. The only way to get a more authentic Bob Seger experience is to see Seger himself. Friday 8:30 p.m. at the Casablanca Showroom. Tickets are $15–$35. 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.
Josh Warburton at Zion Canyon Farmers Market
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. Saturday 9:30 a.m. Free. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Magic, comedy, illusion as seen on America’s Got Talent. Two shows Saturday at noon and again at 2 p.m. Free in the Casablanca Showroom. For information, click here.
Lyndy Butler Trio at Zion Canyon Brew Pub
Lyndy Butler Trio 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.
Sand and Stone at Sand Hollow Resort
Sand and Stone plays indie folk music. Free. Dinner can be purchased from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. Alcohol is available to purchase for those over 21. For information, click here.
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.
Adam Dune at Even Stevens
Adam Dune plays at Even Stevens Saturday 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 third annual Zion Matrix live concert, “Love is the Answer,” with guest artist Akyanna will light up the night at the stunning outdoor O.C. Tanner Amphitheater. Aykanna is a world-renowned dynamic husband-and-wife duo. Their powerful synergy captivates and inspires the listener with a soulful, rhythmic blend of inspirational wisdom, funky beats, and sacred music. This will be an evening of music magic not to be missed. This live benefit concerts supports Girls on the Run. Saturday 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 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.
Soul What?! at George’s Corner
Soul What?! plays at George’s Corner Saturday at 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
Formed in 2011, Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers are the Bay Area’s own ultimate ZZ Top tribute. Paying homage to America’s best rock and roll band in history, the band dedicated itself to not only playing ZZ Top’s music down to every detail but having the real beards and stage getups as well! A must-see, and they will blow your mind! Saturday 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15–$35. For information, click here.
Mike & Elaine at Even Stevens