Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events

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Whether delivering jokes deadpan, or giving the cheesiest smile ever seen, there is never a dull moment with Rachel Bigler as Ado Annie and Thayne Caldwell as Will Parker in “Oklahoma” at Sundance Resort. (Photo by Matt Bennett/UV360)

Don’t mourn the back-to-school countdown. Instead, live everyone moment this weekend with these five local events.

“Oklahoma”

If you head up to Sundance where there is “plen’y of air and plen’y of room,” there is a stage that will transport you to another state. Partnering with Utah Valley University, Sundance brings the classic American musical “Oklahoma!” to the stage. “Oh, what a beautiful (evening)” you’ll have listening to the songs and watching a few love triangles unravel. See 15 pictures that will get you excited about this outdoor theater production here.

When: July 19 – Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.
Where: Sundance Resort
Cost: $26–$38
Site: sundanceresort.com

Rock Kindness Back To School Festival

This event rocks. The anti-bullying event invites people to participate in the Kindness Rocks Project (#kindnessrocks), which encourages people to leave rocks painted with inspiring messages along the path of life, or in this case, throughout the shopping center. There will also be a graffiti artist painting a barricade with a supportive message. Plus, there will be a variety of student-friendly activities, including airbrush tattoos, Stunt Masters BMX athletes performing on portable ramps at 1 p.m., The BBoy Federation will perform breakdance and hip-hop dance routines at 3 p.m. and more.

When: Aug. 11 from 12–4 p.m.
Where: Outlets at Traverse Mountain
Cost: FREE
Site: Facebook

“Bye Bye Birdie” 

It’s time to “put on a happy face.” When Conrad Birdie, a popular singer, is drafted into the U.S. Army, his team creates one last publicity stunt for the teen heartthrob to travel to a small Midwest town, sing a song and bestow one last kiss on a lucky girl. As the town prepares for his arrival, the residents slip into silly mayhem. Read a preview of the show here.

When: Aug. 3–18 at 8 p.m.
Where: SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre
Cost: $10–$16
Site: scera.org

City Festivals

Utah County cities know how to party. There are three city festivals happening this weekend in Alpine, Salem and Lindon. Each city has a variety of events — from parades to carnivals and beyond — for families to enjoy the last days of summer. Click on the city festival below to see specific events:

“The Nerd”

Willum Cubbert is indebted to Rick Steadman, a man who saved Willum’s life in Vietnam. However, Willum didn’t meet Rick because he was unconscious at the time of the rescue. Through correspondence, Willum promises to welcome Rick with open arms should he ever visit his home in Indiana. When Rick shows up the night of Willum’s birthday party, Rick becomes the comedic unwanted guest who won’t leave.

When: Aug. 2–25 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Covey Center for the Arts
Cost: $16 for adults; $14 for students, military and seniors
Site: provo.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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