Weekend best bets: 5 can’t-miss Utah Valley events



Jamesthemormon (Photo courtesy YouTube)

Jamesthemormon (Photo courtesy YouTube)

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:

Jamesthemormon at The Orchard

Utah County’s “not rapper” is helping University Place celebrate the grand opening of The Orchard, a new indoor and outdoor park at the former University Mall. Join Jamesthemormon for a performance at night along with the Motion Coaster. Come earlier in the day ( from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) for a hip-hop competition and splatter paint.

When: Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Orchard at University Place
Cost: FREE
Site: universityplaceorem.com

Hee Haw Farms Pumpkin Weigh-Off

The 2nd Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off allows everyone to show off their hefty harvest. Learn more about the fall festivities — including hayrides, pumpkin patch and more — at Hee Haw Farms here.

When: Sept. 30 – Nov. 5
Where: Hee Haw Farms, 150 S. 2000 West, Pleasant Grove
Cost: $6 for general admission $5 for the Haunted Hayride, $3 for Corn Maze
Number: (801) 368-4335
Site: heehawfarms.com

Hope and Healing Festival

The Hope and Healing Festival, formerly known as the Dollhouse Festival, is taking over The Manor this weekend with a “very unhappy birthday” celebration for kids, intricate dollhouse exhibit and boutique. Read more about the Hope and Healing Festival here.

Mad Hatter Tea Party: Oct. 8 at 2 p.m.
Boutique: Oct. 7 from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and Oct. 8 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: The Manor at the Shops at Riverwoods
Cost: $100 for dinner; $10 for tea party; FREE to shop at boutique
Site: cjcfriends.com


Let the fall festivities begin! This year Cornbelly’s corn maze has taken shape in the form of a beloved cartoon, “Peanuts.” Cornbelly’s won the USA Today Readers’ Choice Award for Best Corn Maze in 2016.

When: Sept. 26–Oct. 2
Mon.-Thurs: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri.-Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Thanksgiving Point
Cost: $12–$15
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org


In 2015, a group of BYU students befriended refugees while on a study abroad in Jordan. After returning home, these students knew they wanted to help their refugee friends. On your marks, get set, run for refugees. The Run4Refuge 5K and 10K walk/run route follow the Provo River Trail. All race entry fees are donated to the Doctors Without Borders’ Syrian Crisis Response Team. But the group doesn’t just want to raise money — they also want to inform people with a cultural event following the race.

When: Oct. 8 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Provo River Trail
Cost: $15 for the 5K; $20 for the 10K
Site: run4refugee.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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