An Insider’s Guide to the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

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Donald Davison, one of the storytellers, shares a story at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. (Photo courtesy Timpanogos Storytelling Festival)

Donald Davison, one of the storytellers, shares a story at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. (Photo courtesy Timpanogos Storytelling Festival)

If You Go

When: Sept. 2–5
Where: Mt. Timpanogos Park
Cost: $8 per event; $45 for adult weekend pass; $30 for child weekend pass; $20 for single day pass
Site: timpfest.org

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Thousands of people from around the United States will come together at Mt. Timpanogos Park this week for the 26th Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

The Festival, which runs from Thursday night through Saturday night (Sept. 3–5), features Grammy- and Emmy-winning performers and storytellers. In between the stories, audience members enjoy puppet shows, amazing music, fresh food and jugglers. Try these tips to make the most of your festival experience.

1. Know when to ticket

Not all of the events require a ticket. Catch a no-ticket-required event with Grammy winner Bill Harley and BYU Radio Host Sam Payne. These two will kick off the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival at The Shops at Riverwoods on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.

2. Get a sneak peek

Come on Thursday night to “Look Who’s Talking” to hear every storyteller who will be performing over the weekend. It is a great way to figure out who you want to hear perform over the next two days.

3. Don’t miss out on the music!

If it weren’t for the stories, we would be called a music festival. If you love jazz, bluegrass, Celtic, polka, folk, classic country or rock ’n’ roll, you will find it here.

4. Don’t forget park festivities

Come to the park during the day with the kids for special activities. Children can enjoy puppet shows and throw their own bowls with professional potters during the day at Mt. Timpanogos Park.

5. Use the shuttle

Make sure to plan time to take the shuttle up to the park. Parking is limited at Mt. Timpanogos Park, so use one of the designated church parking lots. The shuttle service is fast and efficient and you get dropped off right at the entrance.

6. Don’t be shy!

Performers feed off the energy of an audience, so relax and feel free to laugh out loud, sigh, gasp, cry, clap and participate. After all — this is not a golf match.

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