Weekend best bets (Aug. 23-25)

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The BYU women's soccer team has its season opener Friday night. (Photo courtesy of BYU Photo)

The BYU women’s soccer team played Haiti in an exhibition game. The soccer team has its season opener Friday night. (Photo courtesy of BYU Photo)

It’s the weekend at last. Don’t get caught stuck on the couch when there are so many activities happening around Utah Valley. Here are five events sure to liven up your weekend.

1. BYU Women’s Soccer vs. Cal State Fullerton

It is Youth Soccer Night at the BYU women’s soccer team’s season opener on Friday night. Any child wearing a soccer jersey is admitted to the game for $1; tickets are $5-$7. The Cougars (No. 6) with take on Cal State Fullerton Titans (No. 11) at 7 p.m at the South Field.

2. Krishna’s Janmastami Transcendental Birthday Party

Celebrate the Hindu holiday comparable to Christmas Day for Christian religions at the Spanish Fork Krishna Temple. The holiday celebrates the Appearance Day of Shree Krishna, who, according to Utahkrishnas.org, “appeared on earth to protect the pious, annihilate the miscreants, and reestablish the principles of virtue.” Attendees will get a cultural experience with exposure to Indian dance, drama, musical concerts, hot meals and more. Admittance is free, and the party will last from 7 p.m. until midnight.

3. The Farley Family Reunion

At last, there is a skit for the whole extended family. You’re invited to this mythological family reunion for a night of laughter. This one-man show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Covey Center on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12-$14. Learn more about the show at coveycenter.org.

4. Marvin Goldstein with special guest Vanessa Joy

The beloved LDS pianist Marvin Goldstein is back in Utah for another performance. After spending the week teaching at BYU’s Campus Education Week, Goldstein will perform with vocalist Vanessa Joy at Brigham’s Piano Hall in Pleasant Grove on Saturday night. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10-$20.

5. Big Blue Bash

While this event won’t be taking place in Utah Valley, the BYU football team dominates water cooler talk this time of year in these parts. The Cougar Club is hosting a BYU football party on Friday at 7 p.m. with head coach Bronco Mendenhall, current and former BYU football players and Greg Wrubell (KSL’s “Voice of the Cougars”). The party will be  in the Ballroom of the Salt Lake City Downtown Marriott Hotel. Entrance into the party is $10.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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