Gone wizarding with Harry Potter’s birthday party; let Springville World Folkfest do the dancing

The World Folkfest invites performing groups from the world to Springville.

The World Folkfest invites performing groups from the world to Springville.

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:

Springville World Folkfest

Put on your casual shoes and let the international groups do the dancing. With groups from Colombia, Germany, Korea, Poland and more countries, the night offers a cultural experience. It’s a small world after at the Springville World Folkfest with “One World, One Stage.”

When: July 25–30 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Spring Acres Art Park, 620 South 1350 East in Springville
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 for children; $30 all week pass
Site: worldfolkfest.com

“The Music Man”

We’ve got trouble right here in Sundance with a capital “T” that rhymes with “P” that stands for play. Take a break from the summer heat with a cool night watching “The Music Man” in the mountains. Observe Harold Hill, a traveling salesman, swindle the innocent town of River City, Iowa into starting a band for their children. Laughter’s included in Hill’s sale of the show. Read more about the musical here.

When: July 21 – Aug. 13 at 8 p.m.
Where: Sundance Summer Theatre
Cost: $22–$36
Site: sundanceresort.com

Slide the City

Slip ‘N Slides aren’t only for children — especially when they are this long. Sliders receive a mouth guard, tube and drawstring bag. With a high of 97, a cool down session on an 1000-foot slide sounds like a perfect solution.

When: July 30 from 9 a.m–7 p.m.
Where: 800 South 750 W. in Orem
Cost: $40–$45
Site: slidethecity.com

Harry Potter Birthday Party and 5K

Celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday a day early, the Shops at the Riverwoods is hosting a party where attendees can battle cancer with dragons. Run into the wizarding world with a Harry Potter-costumed 5K. Then scape your muggle ways with storytelling, silent auction, wand-making, face painting, s’mores, fishing, ring toss and, of course, a sorting hat. Top off your night with a Harry Potter outdoor movie at 8:15 p.m. The proceeds from the night go to the Tyler Robinson Foundation, which helps families paying for pediatric cancer treatments.

When: July 30 at 6 p.m.
Where: Shops at Riverwoods in Provo
Cost: $25–$30 for 5K races
Site: utahvalley.com

“Romeo and Juliet”

“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?” Dear Juliet, try the Castle Amphitheater in Provo where you’ll find a modern adaptation of the classic love story. Playing off of the heated presidential election year, this adaptation takes a strong-willed Democrat and Republican families and faces them off against each other. Never fear, though modern, these high-class families still require fencing fights to settle some of their disputes.

When: July 28–30, Aug. 1, 4–6 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Castle Ampitheather, 1300 E. Center St. in Provo
Cost: $8 general admission; $5 for students/seniors; $20 for group of four; $25 for a family
Site: renaissancenow.com

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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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