The Shops at the Riverwoods lights up this weekend at their annual Lighting of Riverwoods event. (Photo by Matt Bennett)
The Shops at the Riverwoods lights up this weekend at its annual Lighting of Riverwoods event. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

From the Point of the Mountain all the way down to Santaquin, Utah Valley has a lot to offer — especially in weekend activities. There are no excuses for staying in all weekend when there are these quality events happening around Utah Valley. Here are five of our picks for the upcoming weekend:

1. Lighting of Riverwoods

With a visit from Santa Claus and a flick of a switch, the Shops at Riverwoods will officially light up for the holiday season Friday night. Musical guests The Strike, Madilyn Paige, Utah Regional Ballet, Hannah Harkness, Timpview High School and many more will fill the Gazebo with music. Plus, there will be family activities: free carriage rides, s’mores for United Way of Utah County, fireworks, giveaways and more. Read more about the Lighting of Riverwoods here.

When: Nov. 21, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Shops at Riverwoods
Cost: FREE
Site: shopsatriverwoods.com

2. PINOCCHIO: Awake My Soul

Featuring music from Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, Devotchka and more, this 80-dancer cast from Ballet West Academy shares the classic tale of a carpenter, Geppetto, and his wooden puppet, Pinocchio.

When: Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 22 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Covey Center for the Arts in Provo
Cost: $15
Site: coveycenter.org

3. Octapella

Forgot the instruments, Octapella is an a capella group who has recorded four critically-praised CD’s, won two International Contemporary A Cappella Society awards, Utah Best of State Vocal Group award and Utah Best of State A Cappella Group award.

When: Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.
Where: Brigham Larson Pianos
Cost: $8 for adults, $30 per family
Site:  brighampianoservice.com

4. Eat Like a Pilgrim

Step back in time with Thanksgiving Point’s annual “Eat Like a Pilgrim” event. Tickets include farm animal visits, calligraphy, wooden stockade photo ops, 17th century music and more. Learn more about the food being served here.

When: Nov. 22-24, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Thanksgiving Point
Cost: Prices Vary
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org

5. BYU Football

A season of very high highs and very low lows is coming to a close at LaVell Edwards Stadium Saturday afternoon. For the senior game, the Cougars take on Savannah State. Find out why you should go to the game here.

When: Nov. 22 at 1 p.m.
Where: LaVell Edwards Stadium
Cost: Prices Vary
Site: byucougars.com

BONUS: “Paint My Eyes”

In this student-written play, the audience follows Elder Garn and his companion on their missions in Germany. On the anniversary of Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass), these elders remember the past and look towards the future. BYU student Jamie Erekson took three years to write the book, lyrics and the music to “Paint My Eyes.”

When: Nov. 19-22 at 8 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
Where: B-192B JFSB on BYU’s campus
Cost: $6
Site: arts.byu.edu

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