Summer is finally here and there is no turning back. We’ve tackled spring’s rain (and snow) showers, but now we are ready for nothing but fun in the sun. Utah Valley pulls out all the stops to create a fun summer full of events — whether its a musical performance, sporting event or a random affair — and you shouldn’t miss it. Here are five weekend best bets to fill your summer nights.
Special Olympics Utah Block Party
Come celebrate the Special Olympics Utah Summer Games with University Place. Around 1,300 athletes will be competing in the games this year, so come kick off the games with the arrival of the Flame of Hope presented by athletes, representatives from Orem city and other law enforcement agencies. After the arrival of the Flame of Hope there will be the lighting of the cauldron, Knights of Columbus Color Guard and a presentation of awards. Attendees can then continue celebrating with games, music and a “Victory Dance” after the ceremony.
When: June 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Orchard at University Place
Rooftop Concert Series
Rooftop Concert series is ready for round two with their second concert of the season. The concert is kicking back up this weekend with its headliner Joshua James. Bands Brumby and MMend will also be performing. The event starts at 7:30 p.m., but attendees can get there early for the Downtown Provo Art Stroll and maybe even a good spot in the crowd. Read more here.
When: June 2 at 7:30 p.m. (Open to the public at 6 p.m.)
Where: 100 W. Center Street
Utah Lake Festival
It’s summer, which means it’s time to get out of the house and explore the great outdoors. What better way to take in Utah’s beautiful scenery than at the 12th annual Utah Lake Festival. Attendees will get to participate in recreational activities, including fishing, hay rides and paddle boarding demonstrations, and they will learn about the lake’s ecosystem, native species and boat and water safety. This event is sure to be a splash.
When: June 3 from 10-2 p.m.
Where: Utah Lake State Park, 4400 West Center Street
Chalk It Up On Main
Spanish Fork City, Local Cheddar and Serve Daily would like to welcome all to their 3rd Annual Chalk It Up On Main. This two-day event will be filled with a lot more than just chalk. Dozens of chalk artists will be joined by food and business venders, a chalk area for spectators and even a coloring book contest. There will be tons of people, awards and fun that it is not worth missing out.
When: June 2-3
Where: 49 S. Main St.
Springville Art City Days
On the first Saturday in June each year, Springville’s Art City Days kicks off an entire week of fun. This year’s Art City Days theme is “Color Outside the Lines.” Attendees can find themselves entering contests, catching candy at parades and waking up early to watch hot air balloons, but it doesn’t stop there. The entire week is full of events. Get the full event list here.
When: June 3-10
Where: Springville City (varies on event)
Cost: Most are free to the public (varies by event)