Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events

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The annual Payson Scottish Festival has bag pipes and Highland games beginning Friday night.

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:

Payson Scottish Festival

With bag pipes, a dancing competition and athletic feats, the Payson Scottish Festival transports Utahns to a land where kilts are the norm. Accent your weekend with a little piece of Scotland, but be sure to check the schedule so you don’t miss your favorite events.

When: July 13 from 6–9:30 p.m.
July 14 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Payson Memorial Park
Cost: FREE
Site: paysonscottishfestival.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

American Fork Steel Days

American Fork is kicking of Steel Days in a classy way with its garden tour, which is taking place at a variety of locations. On Saturday, the cars take over the event with a car show and car cruise. Then Saturday night goes to the youth with a youth street dance from 8–10:30 p.m. at 20 N Church St.

When: July 13–21
Where: American Fork
Cost: Varies
Site: steeldaysaf.com

Big Summer Bash

It’s the summer of ’18 and Provo is partying. Residents of all ages are invited to Provo Towne Center’s “Big Summer Bash.” Throughout the evening, local bands will perform. And there will be activities galore including inflatables, trampolines, frozen T-shirt contest, face paint, Social Axe Throwing and more. The night will close out with a massive firework show and late-night dance party. Check out the schedule here.

When: July 14 from 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Where: Provo Towne Center
Cost: FREE
Site: Facebook

“Annie”

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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