Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events


The 3-day Utah Pasifika Festival is happening in downtown Provo. (Photo courtesy Utah Pasifika Festival)

Sun or snow — we never know what we’ll get in Utah Valley — here are five weekend events taking place in Utah Valley’s backyard.

Utah Pasifika Festival 

Aloha, Utah Valley! Want to learn more about Polynesian culture? The Utah Pasifika Festival organization is here to share, cultivate and foster their Polynesian heritage for all to experience. All visitors will be able to experience rich culture by indulging in food, vendors and entertainment. Plus, the festival holds a musical fireside, called Po Hiva, on Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

When: May 24 –27
Where: Downtown Provo
Cost: FREE
Site: utahpasifikafestival.com

Pony Express Day Rodeo

Eagle Mountain is kicking off Utah County’s summer festivals with Pony Express Days — and the city is starting the celebrations off with a rodeo. Watch barrel racers, bronc riders, mutton busters and more as Utah County prepares for summer.

When: May 25, 26, 28 from 7 p.m.
Where: Eagle Mountain
Cost: $12 for adults; $10 for military, $6 for children, $8 for student
Site: ponyexpressevents.com

Bikes & Trikes Festival

Whether you’ve got a bike or a trike, pedal on down to Memorial Park this Saturday. The final Provo event for National Bike Month includes face painting, balloon art, bouncy houses, bike decorating station, bicycle safety checks and more.

When: May 26 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park, Provo
Cost: FREE
Site: Facebook

Water Festival

Ahoy, matees! Central Utah Gardens is inviting Utah County residents to come dressed as pirates to explore the high seas (or actually just have fun with water). There will be pirate games, crafts, caricature artists, birdhouse displays and prizes for kids. Plus, enjoy the “Fun With Water” presentations starting at 10:30 a.m. and the last show starting at 1:30 p.m. with shows showing hourly.

When: April 27 – June 2 at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinee at 3 p.m.
Where: Central Utah Gardens
Cost: FREE
Site: centralutahgardens.org

Rodney Atkins

We’re using the extended weekend to play that country music. Country artist Rodney Atkins will kick off the SCERA’s outdoor season on Memorial Day evening. Atkins is known for his songs such as “Take a Back Road,” “If You’re Going Through Hell,” “Farmer’s Daughter,” “Watching You” and more.

When: May 28 at 8 p.m.
Where: SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre
Cost: $20–$35
Site: scera.org

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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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