Weekend best bets (Jan. 17-20)

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The top of the ice castle wall shows the complex process at work. The ice castle's walls are like rings of a tree, said its creator Brent Christensen, with layers upon layers of ice creating the structure. (Photo by Bethany Davis)

The top of the ice castle wall shows the complex process at work. The ice castle’s walls are like rings of a tree, said its creator Brent Christensen, with layers upon layers of ice creating the structure. (Photo by Bethany Davis)

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. Sundance Film Festival

It’s not the red carpet, but for the hundreds of independent filmmakers the Sundance Film Festival might as well be just that. Enjoy original films, documentaries and celebrity watching at the annual festival in Park City. Tickets cost vary.

2. Velour’s Eight Year Anniversary

After eight years of giving locals recognition on the stage, Velour is celebrating by doing what it does best — bringing together top local talent in one place. Some of the artists performing include The New Electric SoundWestward the TideStrange Family and more. The two shows, one Friday night and one Saturday night, begin at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $8.

3. Night Owling at Sundance

Join the hunt for owls on a guided snowshoe tour at Sundance on Mount Timpanogos. You’ll learn more about wildlife in the winter from experts and enjoy the solitude of the great frozen outdoors. Tickets cost $40, which includes the snowshoe rental and tour. The tour starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

4. Midway Ice Castle

Experience a royal venue similar (loosely used) to Elsa’s in Disney’s new popular movie “Frozen.” The castle is made entirely of ice in Midway. View pictures of the ice castle and read about how it is done here. Then go see it this weekend from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets cost $5-$7 for children and $8-$10 for adults.

5. The Uprising Paint Fight

Pull out your white clothing and get ready for a more colorful life at the Uprising’s Paint Fight. With 100 gallons of neon paint in paint guns and a 360 balcony, this paint war will be the battle of the year. Join the fight at the XSI factory in Lehi on Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets cost $10 or you can purchase a ticket with a white shirt for $17 online.

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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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