Weekend best bets (May 22–24)

The 3-day Utah Pasifika Festival is happening in downtown Provo. (Photo courtesy Utah Pasifika Festival)

The 3-day Utah Pasifika Festival is happening in downtown Provo. (Photo courtesy Utah Pasifika Festival)

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. Utah Pasifika Festival

The fifth annual Utah Pasifika Festival is making a splash in Provo. For three days, performers share their love for Polynesian culture through modern and traditional song and dance, in addition to Po Hiva, an evening fireside on Sunday night. Audience members participate in this celebration of island culture in various locations in downtown Provo.

When: May 22–24
Where: Downtown Provo
Cost: FREE
Site: utpasifikafestival.com

2. “Big Fish”

A whale of a tale, “Big Fish” tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who has a tendency to tell elaborate stories. As Edward’s son is preparing for his first child, he is determined to find the truth to his father’s larger-than-life tales in this hilarious musical.

When: May 7–June 20
Where: Hale Center Theater Orem
Cost: $16–$22 general admission; $10–$16 for children
Site: haletheater.org

3. Baby Animal Birthday Party

Spring has sprung and summer has nearly begun, so Thanksgiving Point is celebrating their Farm Country’s new life with a Baby Animal Birthday Party. Partygoers play games, make crafts, eat cake, and play with and name dozens of animals, including baby bunnies, lambs, calves, chicks and piglets.

When: Friday (4–8 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.–4 p.m.)
Where: Thanksgiving Point
Cost: $7
Site: thanksgivingpoint.com

4. “Nunsense”

When 52 sisters are accidentally poisoned at their convent, 19 nuns team up to raise funds for the funerals with a variety show. This nun-sensical musical is updated with new jokes, additional lyrics, new arrangements and a brand new song.

When: April 30–May 23 (Performances Thursday–Saturday)
Where: Covey Center for the Arts, Provo
Cost: $14 general tickets and $12 for students/seniors/military
Site: provo.org

5. Alpine Classic Half & 5K

On your marks, get set, run! Or if you rather watch and support, that is possible with this weekend’s Utah Valley race.

When: May 23 at 7 a.m.
Where: Timberline Middle School, Alpine
Cost: $55–$69 (Half Marathon); $35–$40 (5K)
Site: alpinehalf.com

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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