Southern Utah is not just a place filled with natural beauty everywhere you look; it’s also a wonderful oasis filled with a diverse range of cultural events throughout the year. Here are some of my favorite events that take place right here in Southern Utah. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend you check out some of these events!
For all you theater and literary buffs, this festival is an absolute treat to attend. If you love the theater, you will love this festival. There are six different plays for you to enjoy, and they are all put on by a wonderful cast and production company. If you have ever been to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, you will might find yourself a bit disoriented of sorts if you attend any plays hosted in the outdoor Adams Shakespearean Theatre, because that theatre is actually modeled as to be a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe, which goes without saying that this particular theatre exclusively hosts Shakespeare’s works. The festival takes place at Southern Utah University, and tickets sell out fast, so I recommend you book them in advance!
If you love good art and good vibes, the Moab Arts Festival is an annual event that you definitely won’t want to miss. The festival committee works very hard to throw this spectacular event each year, and they really seem to out do themselves with each coming year. This last event featured art from over 100 different artists. This is a great event for the entire family or if you are looking to plan a great date. There are activities for the kids, and a beer and wine garden for the adults. You can enjoy the delicious festival food and live music while you browse all of the collections of great art that will all be up for sale. This event is free for admission, so there really is no excuse to not check it out, especially since their 25th annual festival is coming up in 2017, so you know it’s going to be one that you won’t want to miss!
This event is arguably one of the coolest events that you could possibly go to. If it’s on your bucket list to float away in a hot air balloon overlooking the beautiful landscape of Southern Utah, then I can’t imagine any place that would be a better fit for you to be than at the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally. This weekend-long event is packed full of fun and entertainment. For those of you who choose to stay on the ground, there’s plenty to do all weekend long. There’s a 5k race for those of you who wish to participate, or if you have kids, there are fun zones, parades, and even and after dark dance! All the while there will be live entertainment for the entire family to enjoy, and don’t forget,that spectacular view of the mass balloon ascension, which takes place every morning at 6:30 am. I promise this is an event worth waking up early for.
Each year, the folks of Kanab throw a film or television festival in which they round up the legends of Western film or television. The event spans for about three days, during which you would be able to experience the brilliant performances from legends like: Clint Walker, Roberta Shore, Lana Wood, Johnny Crawford, Don Collier, Barry Corbin and many more. If you don’t want to spend your entire experience sitting down in a theater, there are many other events that you could attend as well including educational panels exhibits, and even bus tours and tours of the Kanab Heritage Museum. This event has something for everyone, and of course there are horses for you to meet and learn about the Live Ranch Corral. There is a lot to learn from this festival, but don’t let this fool you into thinking you won’t be having fun the entire time you’re there. While the films and workshops are going on, there will also be a Western Legends Street Fair going on all day, so you’re really going to want to go all three days if you want to experience everything that this roundup has to offer. So put on those cowboy boots, roundup your friends, and go have a great time! Be sure to keep those spurs in check though. 😉
So, as you can see, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, Southern Utah has a lot of fun events to offer you all year long. We hope you enjoyed our list of favorite events, and if you have any memorable events that you have been to in Southern Utah, feel free to comment below and let us know about them so we can check them out! Maybe we’ll see you there!