Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events


“Annie” is showing at the Hale Center Theater Orem through Aug. 11. (Photo by Suzy Oliveria)

Summer lovin’ happened so fast in Utah County. With the first month of summer vacation already a thing of the past, the valley is overflowing with fun-in-the-sun activities. Here are five weekend events to have you a blast:

Rooftop Concert Series: The National Parks, Brother., The Solarist

While the Rooftop Concert Series no longer takes place on a literal rooftop, the packed streets testify of the talent and community love for this nine-year tradition. To open the season, The National Parks, Brother. and The Solarist will perform on Center Street. With the shortened concert series this summer — there are shows in July, August and September — concert-goers can’t afford to miss this opening concert.

When: July 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: 100 West Center St. in Provo
Cost: FREE
Site: rooftopconcertseries.org

“Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

“Big River” shares the tale based on Mark Twain’s novel. Set in pre-Civil War Missouri, “Big River” follows the story of Huck Finn, a young man adopted by Widow Douglas and her spinster sister Miss Watson. When his caretakers want him to learn to read and write, Huck finds solace in Jim, Miss Watson’s slave who doesn’t pressure Huck like the rest of the town. Later in the story as Huck is escaping his drunken father, Huck encounters Jim, who is attempting to escape life as a slave. The play continues with their adventures along the Mississippi. Read a play preview here.

When: July 6–21 at 8 p.m.
Where: SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre
Cost: $10–$16
Site: scera.org

Orem Owlz vs. Idaho Falls

Take me out to the ball game. It doesn’t matter which night you are feeling the seventh inning stretch — the Orem Owlz play against Idaho Falls every night this weekend.

When: July 7 at 7:05 p.m. and July 8 at 4:05 p.m.
Where: Brent Brown Ballpark in Orem
Cost: $6–$11
Site: milb.com

Joshua Creek

Patriotism isn’t just for the Fourth of July. Joshua Creek, a Utah country-rock band, continues the Independence Day celebration with their concert on Saturday. The July concert is a tribute to patriots and pioneers.

When: July 7 at 7 p.m.
Where: Covey Center for the Arts
Cost: $15
Site: Facebook


It’s a hard-knock life getting tickets to the Hale Center Theater Orem’s production of “Annie.” Move in with Daddy Warbucks, adopt Sandy and the gang, and help find Annie’s parents. And while tomorrow might only be a day away, these tickets sell out fast.

When: June 11 – Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinee at 3 p.m.
Where: Hale Center Theater Orem
Cost: $18–$24 for adults; $16–$18 for children
Site: haletheater.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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