Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events


The Tiny Homes Showcase will show Utah County residents options for living an affordable, smaller lifestyle. (Photo courtesy of Tiny Homes Showcase)

Back-to-school blues won’t get you down, especially with the weekend right around the corner. Scroll through these five local events and make plans for a weekend to remember.

Tiny Home Showcase

Small is the new big. And the small is making its way to The Orchard at University Place to show Utah County some smaller, attractive and affordable living options. The Tiny Home Showcase features tiny homes on wheels, speakers, designing workshops, music, farmers market, fitness workshops and concert bash.

When: Aug. 23–25
Where: The Orchard at University Place
Cost: FREE
Site: freshstartventures.org

Utah Renaissance Faire

Calling all mi faire ladies and knights in shining armor! Relive history by joining the king’s royal court for jousting matches, medieval events, petting zoos, armored combat and more at Thanksgiving Point.

When: Aug. 24–25 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Electric Park atThanksgiving Point
Cost: $15 for adults; $12 for students; $8 for children; $30 for family pass
Site: utahrenfaire.org

13th Annual Dancing Under the Stars

The SCERA is bringing out Utah Valley’s dancing stars underneath the stars for its annual event. With their recent success on NBC’s “World of Dance,” three standout performers are joining the lineup for the “13th Annual Dancing Under the Stars.” Charity Anderson and Andres Penate, who earned the first perfect score on the show, as well as contemporary dancer Jaxon Willard, who has made the judges cry with his performances, will take to the stage. Plus, professional dancer Martha Nicols and the Martha Nichols Dance Company from New York City will perform. And to mix up the dance performances, soulful singer Ryan Innes, who competed on NBC’s “The Voice,” will be part of the program.

When: Aug. 24-25 at 8 p.m.
Where: SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre
Cost: $15–$35
Site: scera.org

Barks, Bites and Brews

Doggone it, this event is going to the dogs. Bring man’s best friend to celebrate National Dog Day a day early. There will be a lot of free entertainment like a photo booth, face painting, live entertainment, Doggy Hair Paint by Petsmart, and games for you and your dog. Plus, 100 percent of donations goes to Rescue Rovers Dog Adoptions.

When: Aug. 25 from 3–7 p.m.
Where: Outlets at Traverse Mountain
Cost: FREE
Site: Facebook

“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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