Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events

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The Egyptian Theater hosts some of the films for the world-famous Sundance Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival)

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

Sundance Film Festival

For a few weeks each year, Utah turns into a 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 relations, there is plenty of variety for the entire family. Read more about “Believer” here.

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

Superhero Saturday

Dust off your cape, put on your best mask and get ready for a fun-filled day of obstacle courses, music and excitement for the entire family. Dress up as your favorite superhero, and prepare for an unforgettably fun time.

When: Jan. 27 at 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Show Barn at Thanksgiving Point
Cost: $6
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org

Frigid 5K and Penguin Plunge

Talk about cool runnings. Shake off those winter blues with the Frigid 5K and Penguin Plunge. Runners will race the 3.1 miles at Utah Lake State Park in Provo and then take a dip in a safety cage filled with a block of ice in Utah Lake.

When: Jan. 27 at 9 a.m.
Where: Utah Lake State Park
Cost: $18–$36
Site: frigid5k.com

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

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

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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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