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Weekend Best Bets: 5 events to end June on a high note

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The Thanksgiving Point Fairy Tale 5K winds through the Thanksgiving Point gardens and around the waterfall amphitheater for a scenic and family-friendly race course. The 5K is apart of the Fairy Tale Festival at the Ashton Gardens. (Photo courtesy Thanksgiving Point)

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.

Fairy Tale Festival

Celebrate magic, fairies and story telling at the Fairy Tale Festival at the Ashton Gardens. Set your imagination free while learning about the science and history behind the fairy tales that have followed us for a lifetime. Participants can build a fairy house, make a wand and even run in a 5K. Join Thanksgiving Point for a magical afternoon.

When: June 24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point
Cost: FREE for Thanksgiving Point Members, included with price of admission
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org

Parade of Homes

Join thousands in Utah Valley during the last few days of exploring all the beautiful homes highlighted in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes. The self-guided tour showcases homes with different designs and styles, inspiring new home improvements for those who come (#HomeGoals). Preview the 31 homes here. If 31 is too much for one weekend, check out our story on 12 features you secretly wish you had in your home here.

When: June 14–24 from 12-9 p.m., closed Sundays and Mondays
Where: Various locations in Utah Valley
Cost: $15
Site: uvparade.com

6th Annual Utah Uke Fest

Highland is hosting its 6th annual Utah Uke Fest this weekend. An entire day  will be devoted to ukulele classes and jams, plus there will even be an open mic picnic and an evening concert. Stay up to date on other things offered at the festival by following their Facebook “Original Utah Uke Fest.”

When: June 24 from 10-9 p.m.
Where: Highland Community Center
Cost: FREE
Site: utahukefest.org

Elk Ridge City Celebration

Elk Ridge is welcoming summer, and what better way than a two-day party celebrating the city! Starting on Friday, there will be a city parade. Shortly after, the city will be revealing its new city flag for the first time. Other fun events include a family fun run, a fireman’s breakfast and a carnival in the park. Celebrate with Elk Ridge this weekend!

When: June 23–24 starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday
Where: Various locations in Elk Ridge
Cost: Various
Site: Facebook

American Fork Canyon Run Against Cancer

The AF Canyon Run Against Cancer 10K is the newest addition to the AF Canyon Run lineup. It is a great run for those who are looking for a bit of a challenge but who aren’t quite ready to commit to that half marathon. Lace up your shoes to help fight cancer or come out to support the runners.

When: June 24 at 6 a.m.
Where:  Art Dye Park, 1000 N. 550 E.
Cost: $50 for adults, $45 for 14 and younger
Site: afcanyonrun.com

BONUS: Children’s Parade

Each year, almost 2,500 participants come together for the Children’s Parade, which is a part of the Freedom Festival celebration. The parade begins at 800 E. Center Street and ends at 200 E. Center Street. Alongside the kids, the Provo and Timpview high school marching bands will providing the marching rhythm. This is a chance for children to not only participate in the parade, but learn about freedom and respect.

When: June 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: 800 E. Center Street
Cost: FREE
Site: freedomfestival.org

Do you have a Utah Valley event you want to add to the calendar? Email us at news@utahvalley360.com.

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