Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events


One hundred competitors participate in the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo. However, only the Top 10 perform at night in front of the sold-out crowd. Competitors earn the nighttime slot by qualifying earlier in the day.

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:

Spanish Fork Fiesta Days 

Hold onto your horses, cowgirls and cowboys, Spanish Fork Fiesta Days are in full swing. With a daily carnival, Saturday fish rodeo, Saturday street dance and more, there is something to tickle everyone’s fancy. If you want to go to the Spanish Fork Fiesta Day Rodeo, there are only select seats left, so you better order them fast.

When: July 20, 21, 23, 24 at 7 p.m.
Where: Spanish Fork Fairgrounds
Cost: $7–$17.50
Site: spanishfork.org

Harry Potter Yule Ball

If you have a teen in your family, they have as good as received their Hogwarts letter. This magical evening escapes the muggle world with sweets from Honeydukes, dancing, photobooths, a Brawl tournament and more Harry Potter adventures. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in costume or formal attire.

When: July 20 from 8–10 p.m.
Where: Springville Public Library
Cost: FREE
Site: Facebook


Ashton Gardens is ready to get their jiggle on. Well, at least the Jell-O will be jiggling. Grab your swimsuit and goggles and join Thanksgiving Point for Utah’s largest food fight. There will be Jell-O throwing, sprinkler running and bounce house jumping.

When: July 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point
Cost: $7–$10
Site: thanksgivingpoint.com

Family Film Festival

It’s hot outside, so cool down in the air conditioned theater with the Family Film Festival. This free two-day summer event shows clean films appropriate for the family. The staff selected 39 of 261 submissions for the film festival, which includes short, feature, animated and documentary films.

When: July 20–21 at 1 p.m.
Where: Covey Center for the Arts
Cost: FREE
Site: provo.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 River. Read a play preview here.

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