Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley events for a colorful weekend


The annual Festival of Colors is at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork on March 25 and 26.

Spring has almost sprung. As the first buds of the season start to color the county, don’t let the March chill keep you inside. Utah Valley always has something going on — whether its a musical performance, sporting events or a random affair – and you shouldn’t miss it. Here are five weekend best bets for entertainment.

Festival of Colors

Spanish Fork’s Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple becomes colorful chaos during the Holi Festival of Colors each year. Interactive dances, bands and DJs are all part of this year’s event, along with the throwing of the brightly colored powders. “Color Throws” are every hour from noon, and violet, green, yellow, pink and orange color bags are all for sale in advance.

When: Saturday, March 25: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 26: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork
Cost: $5 online (use code HOLISF108) to attend. Powder costs $3 per bag or four bags for $10.
Site: festivalofcolorsusa.com

Pedal Provo Ghost Tour

No need to save the frights for October — Provo is cycling up its own kind of fear by taking to the streets on bicycles and learning the city’s horror stories. Two different routes are available, one on Friday nights and one on Saturday nights, which means double the scare. All stories are true, and riders will never look at Provo the same again. Get ready for some spooks and spokes.

When: Friday, March 24 (River Trail Edition): 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 (Cemetery & City Edition): 8:30 p.m.
Where: River Trail Edition: Exchange Park in Provo
Cemetery & City Edition: West side of Provo Cemetery
Cost: $10 – $16
Site: pedalprovo.com

“Peter and the Starcatcher”

While the story about Peter Pan is widely known, the story about how he became the boy who would never grow up is a new tale. Follow one of Peter’s first adventures which of course involves pirates, orphans and a starcatcher-in-training.

When: Feb. 11 – April 8 at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinee at 3 p.m.
Where: Hale Center Theater Orem
Cost: $22–$24 for adults; $16–$18 for children
Site: haletheater.org

Friday Night Tasting

Get ready for some happy taste buds, and go ahead and bring some buddies along, too. At checkout, you can select the size of your party or note if there’s anyone specific you’d like to sit with. Taste some artisan chocolate and become a chocolate connoisseur for the evening.

When: Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: taste
Cost: $20
Site: havetaste.com

Backyard Gardening Workshop

Want to polish up that green thumb and get going on your summer garden? USU Master Gardeners will teach Backyard Gardening Workshops at Ashton Gardens on Saturday, March 25. There are three different tracks to choose from, covering everything from strawberries and tomatoes to irrigation to rose care.

When: Saturday, March 25 at 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point
Cost: $5 – $15
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org


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