Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events

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The Midway Ice castle is now open while the weather stays cool enough. (Photo by Sam Scholes)Midw

New year, new events. As you work on those New Year’s resolutions, make sure you schedule some time for these Utah Valley events.

Midway Ice Castle

Utah County just can’t “let go” of the Midway Ice Castle, which has become a winter tradition. With the consistent snow and cold weather, the Midway Ice Castle has opened with its icy slides, tunnels and caves. Plus, “the cold never bothered (us) anyway, right? (And you can warm up with fire performances.)

When: Beginning Jan. 1
Where: Homestead Crater
Cost: $6.95–$19
Site: icecastles.com

Sundance Film Festival

For a few weeks each year, Utah turns into miniature Hollywood with the annual Sundance Film Festival. With films such as “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about TV personality Mister Rogers and Imagine Dragon’s “Believer” about LGBT and the LDS Church, there is plenty of variety for the entire family.

When: Jan. 18–Jan. 28
Where: Salt Lake, Sundance and Ogden (Click here for venues)
Cost: Prices vary ($20-$25 for individual local tickets)
Site: sundance.org

Shops at Riverwoods Welcome Party

To welcome seven new shops and restaurants to the Shops at Riverwoods, the Riverwoods is hosting a welcome party and you’re invited. Come see the new shops — Seven Brothers Truck Utah, The Crepery, Ike’s Creamery, Moon’s Rare Books, Rodizio Grill and True REST Provo. There will will be hourly giveaways, soccer stunts, balloon artists, capoeira performers and more.

When: Jan. 20 from 6–8 p.m.
Where: SCERA
Cost: FREE
Site: Facebook

Grassroots Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”

“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” This weekend he’ll be at the SCERA with the Grassroots Shakespeare Company. Follow William Shakespeare’s classic tale of two star-crossed lovers and their feuding families with this performance that requires audience interaction.

When: Jan. 17–20 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Shops at Riverwoods
Cost: $12–$14
Site: scera.org

Titanoboa: Monster Snake

Slithering into Provo, Titanoboa is not your average backyard snake. The 48-feet-long, one-and-a-half ton display is a realistic replica of the world’s largest snake. Besides the replica, the display also includes two vertebrae casts made from the original fossils. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Nebraska, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. BYU is one of 15 destinations on Titanoboa’s national tour.

When: Jan. 5 – March 17
Where: Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, BYU
Cost: FREE
Site: mlbean.byu.edu

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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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