Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events


A Border Collie herds sheep into a pen during the Vita Bone Sheepdog Competition. (Photo courtesy Vita Bone Sheepdog Competition)

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.

Sheepdog Championship and Festival

Doggone it these sheepdogs are more than cute — they’re talented. Whether you watch the sheepdog competition or witness the Splash Dogs leap from the high-dive, these dogs will color you impressed. Besides the dog-run events, the festival includes international foods,Wild Wonders Wild and Exotic Animal Show, bird show and more.

When: Aug. 31 – Sept. 3
Where: Soldier Hollow
Cost: Varies per day
Site: soldierhollowclassic.com

Bijou Market

Say bijou to local shopping this weekend. With over 60 local vendors and food trucks, the Bijou Market will have some new handmade item that will tickle your fancy. Plus, there will also be children’s artisan booths along “Kid Row” and other family-friendly activities.

When: Aug. 31 – Sept. 1
Where: The Orchard at University Place
Cost: FREE
Site: universityplaceorem.com

Puppy Paddle Pool Party

As the dog days of summer come to a close, Provo Recreation Center and Pool opens its doors to our puppy pals before closing its gates permanently to the outdoor pool for the winter. Although humans can’t swim in the pool with the dogs, it will be a blast watching man’s best friend take a dip in the pool. Plus, the canines can compete in the fastest swimmer, best trick or cutest swimsuit contests. For a glimpse into the event, scroll through these photos from the first Puppy Paddle Pool Party.

When: Sept. 1
10–11:15 a.m. – Small dogs less than 30lbs.
11:30 am – 12:45 p.m. – Mixed dogs, no size limitations
1-2:15 p.m. – Big dogs more than 30 lbs.
Where: Provo Rec Center Outdoor Pool
Cost: $7 per dog; FREE for humans
Site: Facebook

Payson Onion Days

Closing out the summer of city festivals, Payson is honoring its city with the 89th Golden Onions Days. Come to the carnival, compete in the Golden Onion and Dutch Oven Cook-offs, attend the firework show and more.

When: Aug. 30 – Sept. 3
Where: Payson, Utah
Cost: Varies
Site: paysonutah.org

Megan Hilty with the Utah Valley Symphony

How can she keep from singing? Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty has made the trek to join her voice with Utah County’s own musical sensation, the Utah Valley Symphony. Best known for her role as Glinda in “Wicked” on Broadway and NBC’s musical drama “Smash,” Hilty’s vocals will carry the crowd through a pleasant night.

When: Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
Where: SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre
Cost: $20–$40
Site: scera.org

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