No Bummer Summer: Event and Activity Guide for 2019

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Utah may have the greatest snow on earth, but who’s thinking about the ski slopes when the summer days of May, June, July and August are stretching out before us? (Answer: Not us.) So we’ve curated a list of 77 summer to-dos and labeled them in four categories — sports, indoor, arts and outdoor — to fit your mood or the weather for every day of the summer. Just add sunscreen and sack lunches. Oh, and bring your camera! This one’s for the Chatbooks.

By Kayla Baggerly + Ansalee Morrison 

Outdoor Activities

Hikes — such as Bridal Veil in Provo Canyon — create a summer nature getaway.

 

High and Not Dry

Man-made water slides have their place, but nature’s lazy river is the high life. Provo’s High Country Adventure puts the “venture” in adventure within the beautiful outdoors of northern Utah with options to raft, paddleboard, tube and kayak down the iconic Provo River. Adventures with a capital “A” include fly-fishing or riding ATV, RV and UTV trails. The High Country Epic Adventure Package includes a historic train ride and exhilarating zip line. highcountryadventure.com

Happily Ever After

Fairy tales come to life at the Ashton Gardens. At Thanksgiving Point’s Fairy Tale Festival, guests meet characters from their wildest fantasies and join in on wand-making, fairy-house building and storytelling. Take flight in the Fairy Tale 5K to find the fastest fae, while making mermaid and princess friends along the way. June 23, thanksgivingpoint.org

Fresh and Fun

The Provo Farmers Market is a one-stop-shop for fresh produce, delectable treats, creative boutiques and performances from local talent. Every Saturday starting June 1, those from Provo and beyond can explore local talent. As an added bonus for moms, the playground and splash pad nearby entertain young children for hours. provofarmersmarket.com

To Mount Nebo, And Beyond!

At 11,928 feet, Mount Nebo is the highest of the Wasatch peaks — so hikers can expect satisfaction and sore legs for days after completing the Mt. Nebo North Hike. With a 4.2 mile one-way distance and a 3,800 foot gain, this trail is adaptable to either an entire day or overnight trip. utah.com/hiking/mount-nebo

But First, Llama Take a Selfie

Befriending a real-life llama is not just a dream for your Peruvian travel plans. At the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, people can rent a llama for a hike, trek or camping trip to help carry supplies, or to just be a furry companion. The Krishna Temple offers tours of the llama farm for those who want to stand on the opposite side of the fence or who want to meet their new furry friend before their first adventure together. utahvalleyllamas.com

Stay Clas’y

To build teamwork in the office, you could all sit through a seminar about what’s all the rage in occupational psychology — or you could go to the CLAS Ropes Course for the Rope Course Experience, Adventure Park or Zip Tour. These adventures get the blood pumping, as well as teach essential leadership, personal development and problem-solving along the way. They offer packages for couples, work groups and church groups. clasropes.com

Fore!

Hobble Creek Canyon backdrops Springville’s Hobble Creek Golf Course  — the perfect place to refine your sport, enjoy the outdoors and most importantly, have a no bummer summer. In addition to the 18-hole course, driving range, putting and chipping greens, the golf course also has The Terrace at Hobble Creek. The menu serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, along with BYU Creamery ice cream. springville.org/golf/

Horsin’ Around

Sundance Mountain Resort provides the perfect trails for horseback riding, and the views are hard to beat. The Elk Meadows Trail goes through the awe-inducing aspen groves and alpine meadows, and the Stewart Falls Ride also offers a spectacular vista of the falls while a guide explains the history of Sundance. Other packages include combining a trail experience with yoga or a zip line. Consider it a mix ’n’ match summer adventure. sundanceresort.com

Light the Way

At Camp Floyd’s Lantern Tours, visitors see the historical park under a whole new light. After hours, attendees are guided behind the glow of a lantern light through the Commissary, the Schoolhouse and the Stagecoach Inn. Tours are limited to 40 and occur the second Friday of every month until Ghost Tours take over in October, so make your reservations ahead of time. Admission is $7 per person. stateparks.utah.gov/parks/camp-floyd/events

A Farmer’s Life for Me

At Thanksgiving Point Farm Country, young and old can meet and interact with favorite farm animals. Feed cute critters, milk a cow and see adorable chicks and bunnies. (It’s like springtime in the summertime!) There will also be a chance to see unusual creatures, like alpacas, llamas and peacocks. “Honorary farmers” end their day with a relaxing pony or wagon ride. thanksgivingpoint.org

Just a Little Bit of Pixie Dust

“As the weather gets warmer, fairies come out to play at the Gardner Village. Guests of the Woodland Fairies at Gardner Village search high and low for fairies and their magical homes. Extra activities are available on Saturdays, including fairy parades, face-painting, jewelry-making and demonstrations of how to create fairy homes. April 20-June 15, gardnervillage.com

Wild Life

Visiting Wild Wonders in Genola is worth the drive down I-15 — especially if you’re an animal lover. Wild Wonders is a non-profit animal education facility that provides a home for injured, displaced and non-releasable animals. The facility houses foxes, emus, macaws, tortoises and all sorts of exotic creatures for visitors to meet and learn about animals in this remarkable up-close and personal experience. Wild Wonders also offers private events and can travel between Fillmore and Farmington. wildwondersedu.com

Yeehaw!

Slip on your favorite cowboy hat and sharpest spurs for Camp Floyd’s Day of the Cowboy. Guests are invited to bring their own blanket or chair to listen to cowboy poetry and music. There will be also be wagon coach rides, activities for kids, vendors and food. Admission is $5 per person or $15 per family. July 26-27, stateparks.utah.gov/parks/camp-floyd/events

Take a Hike!

The Timpanogos Cave trail is a steep 1.5 mile hike that rises 1,092 feet to an elevation of 6,730 feet above sea level. Although challenging, the end of this hike holds the greatest reward — the captivating caves. The cave tours are 55 minutes long and take guests through three natural caves that have at least 42 types of cave formations. Entering the caves requires a ticket. Purchase in advance to avoid long waits or being turned away. nps.gov

Take Flight

Utah is known for its gorgeous scenery, and one of the best ways to view this would be from up in the air — on a zip line, of course. Zipline Utah provides six different courses, one of which is the longest continuous zip line in the country. Appropriately named the Screaming Falcon, the course is 3,900 feet of zip line through Wasatch Mountains and Deer Creek Lake. ziplineutah.com

The Scenic Route

The Alpine Loop offers an escape from Utah Valley’s suburban jungle. The 20-mile drive goes through the rustic alpine canyons of the Wasatch Range. The route follows Utah Highway 92 up American Fork Canyon and then continues through Unita National Forest into Provo Canyon on U.S. 189. Those who choose this road much traveled can admire the surreal views of Mount Timpanogos and Sundance and take a detour to enjoy the tranquility of Cascade Springs. utah.com/scenic-drive/alpine-loop

One Step At A Time

Families with small children should consider testing their little hikers’ stamina with the Stewart Falls hike — it’s not too steep and is shaded for a majority of the way. To reach the iconic, 200-foot waterfall, begin in Aspen Grove and follow the sign that says “Stewart Cascades.” Hikers navigate through pine and aspen trees to reach the breathtaking two-tier Stewart Falls. utah.com/hiking/stewart-falls

Finding Your “Y”

Where can you go to “rep the Y” and get an excellent calf workout? Y Mountain trail. If the zig-zag path wasn’t challenging enough, test your geography knowledge by picking out iconic Utah Valley sites from the top of the largest letter landmark in the United States at 380 feet high and 180 feet wide. The cement Y is painted regularly to maintain its splendor. utah.com /hiking/provo-trails/y-mountain

Reach the Peak

The best way to beat the summer heat is to spend a splash-packed day racing down one of the 11 water slides or relaxing in the wave pool at Seven Peaks in Provo. For a balance of indoor and outdoor options, visit Seven Peaks in Lehi where visitors get their fill of water fun in the bumper boats and other outdoor attractions and then go inside for arcade games, laser tag and mini golf. sevenpeaks.com

Zip Zip Hooray

Provo Canyon’s Adventure Zipline is a top-of-the-line tree-top canopy that comes with all the adrenaline of a zip line and unforgettable sights of Mt. Timpanogos and the Provo River. Reservations are encouraged to get a preferred timeslot. provocanyonadventures.com

Taco ‘Bout It

The food truck craze is gaining momentum, and it’s not hard to taste why. What’s not to love about portable and delicious meals? Several cities have joined in on the trend with their own summer food truck rally. Almost every night of the week there is a gathering of creative and hungry minds somewhere in Utah Valley, so we put together a guide to this summer’s food trucks.

On the Hook

To satisfy the urge to jump in waders and grab a rod, Sundance Mountain Resort provides fly fishing trips on the Provo River, Weber River and other streams and private waters. To help both the seasoned and beginning fisher and maximize individual attention. they assign one guide for every two guests on each trip. sundanceresort.com

Amusing Afternoons

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Utah’s top attraction. Reach for the skies in Lagoon’s exhilarating roller coaster rides  — the fiery Colossus, the stomach-dropping Wicked and of course the Cannibal, famous for its 116-angle drop at a scream-inducing 208 feet. There are plenty of tamer rides as well, including smaller coasters, a classic merry-go-round and the Tipsy Tea Cups. If the sun is doing its job a little too well, visitors can cool off at the Rattlesnake Rapids or Cliffhanger. Plenty of food options are available, so visitors can enjoy the amusement park for the entire day. lagoonpark.com

Fall for Bridal Veil

Bridal Veil Falls is a must-stop location in Provo Canyon with an easy 1.3 mile hike leading the way. The trail allows both dogs and strollers, so hikers can bring along their pooches and tiny humans. At the top of the hike, the rushing water of the falls creates a tranquil environment to enjoy the view. With the Provo River and benches nearby, this is a popular area for picnics. Plan a special date with your sweetheart or a fun, outdoorsy day for the family. alltrails.com/trail/us/utah   

Fun All Around

Boondocks provides indoor and outdoor fun to both enjoy and escape the hot summer sun. Family fun includes racing against each other on the go-kart tracks, getting soaked in the bumper boats, facing off in the batting cages or relaxing with a game of putt-putt on one of two miniature golf courses. For indoor excursions, head indoors for laser tag, arcade games, the DX Dark Ride and the Kiddie Cove. $12 Tuesdays are a sweet deal for unlimited indoor activities. If all that play makes you hungry, a one-topping pizza can be added for $9.99. An outdoor unlimited upgrade can be added to this deal for $8. boondocks.com

Sweet Serenity

Just a short road trip down I-15 leads to unforgettable memories. Utah’s National Parks are a summertime wonderland of hiking, biking, camping and exploring the other-worldly sights. Any of the Big Five — Arches, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands — provide breathtaking views and an escape from the urban every day. visitutah.com

This Is The Place 

The Provo Parks & Recreation’s annual Pioneer Day Extravaganza honors Utah’s founding heritage at North Park with music and friendly competition. The lively schedule includes a “pie-oneer” cook-off, bull lasso, sack races and water gun shoot off, fiddle performances and the Earthwings Bird Show. There will also be a vintage furniture display as well as a pioneer village and museum to see what life was like back in the 1800s. July 24, provocityevents.com

Smell the Lavender 

Lavender blooms in June, creating dreamy landscapes of purple and setting the scene for Lavender Day at the Young Living Lavender Farm in Mona. The celebrations begin with a 5K and a 1K. Other events including wagon rides, live entertainment, distillery tours and bull-riding competitions. June 29, youngliving.com

Sports Events and Activities

Goga is offered at the Summerhill Equestrian and Event Center in Saratoga Springs three to five times a week.

 

Goal!

Throughout the valley, Utah Elite Soccer kicks up camps that chase away summer boredom. The staff is comprised of professional coaches who focus on giving each player one-on-one attention. Utah Elite Soccer keeps prices affordable while helping children develop passion for the sport, and above all else, have fun. utahelitesoccer.org

Play Ball

Orem Owlz will be batter up starting June 14. At the UCCU Center, Utah’s rising stars race to home plate on their way to the big leagues. milb.com/orem

Race To The End

The second annual Heber Half Run for Autism includes a half marathon, a 5k and an all-abilities half mile. Proceeds from this race go toward Kids On The Move’s Autism Center. While running through the majestic Heber Valley mountains, participants are encouraged to sport blue to support Autism. After conquering the finish line, all are invited to join in on bounce houses, food trucks, and the Heber Half blue foam party. June 29, heberhalf.com

Run The Valley

For those itching to sprint to the finish line (or jog, this is a no-judgment zone) Utah Valley Marathon hosts a marathon, half marathon, 10K and free 1K for children. These races wind through the stunning vistas of Provo Canyon. June 1, utahvalleymarathon.com

No Kid-ding

Looking to add some goat to your downward dog or pigeon pose? Try Goga — goat yoga. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Presented by the GogaGuys, Goga is held in the Summerhill Equestrian and Event Center in Saratoga Springs three to five times a week in the summer. Their calendar is posted by the month, so check online to find the best day to go-go. Goat yogis can enjoy the beautiful views of the valley while sharing a mat with farmyard friends. Weekday classes are $15 per person and weekend classes are $18 per person. utahgogaguys.com

Run For Your Life

When you run the AF Canyon Run Against Cancer, fellow racers won’t know if you’re crying out of pain, happiness or being touched by the cancer-related signage on people’s backs and along the race route. June 22, afcanyonrun.com

Arts Events and Activities

2019 marks the last year of the Summer Rooftop Concert Series in Provo. This year’s lineup includes The National Parks and Mindy Gledhill.

 

Around the World in One Day

From Spring Acres Arts Park, patrons go across the globe in a single show. The Springville World Folkfest celebrates diversity and unity, where traditional folk dance, music and food are proudly showcased right here in Utah. The event is the largest folk dance and music festival in the United States. July 29-Aug. 3, worldfolkfest.org

Yin and Yang

The Woodbury Museum of Art’s 2019 Art of Our Century exhibition focuses on comparing and contrasting shadow and light. This bright (and dark) exhibit will spotlight Brazilian artist Josie Bell, known for using complex textural paint and for highlighting the themes of nature within her paintings. May 14-June 22, uvu.edu/museum

My Country ‘Tis of Thee

Keith Urban, four-time Grammy award winner and 2018 CMA Entertainer of the Year, is headlining the stage at LaVell Edwards Stadium for this year’s Stadium of Fire. Other appearances include action-star Chuck Norris and Flippenout, an extreme trampoline stunt team. Guests also enjoy other patriotic tributes, like a military flyover, skydivers and a performance by the Stadium of Fire dancers. Oh, and the largest stadium firework show in the United States. Boom! July 4, freedomfestival.org/event/stadium-of-fire

No Way Like Broadway

Improv Broadway shows combine musical theater, improvisation and comedy into one hilarious mix. The performances give plenty of opportunities for the audience to contribute, making everyone a part of the show. (P.S. This improv group was voted number one in Best Stage Performance in our 2016 Best of Utah Valley contest.) improvbroadway.com

Music in the Park

Every Sunday in June, the sounds of Utah’s only British brass band drift through the North Park in Provo. Utah Premiere Brass revives a once-popular style of music and connects the community through a breadth of genres from concertos to jazz to Broadway. The group has attracted professionals from Utah and beyond to join them. Enjoy the rich sounds of a tenor horn, the loud blares of a trumpet and more all in the UPB Summer Concert Series. Added bonus: all concerts are free. upb.org

Talk About Drama

Hale Centre Theater is notorious for putting on amazing shows, and this summer season has the same creative script. This year’s productions include “Tuck Everlasting,” “Million Dollar Quartet” and “Charley’s Aunt,” all featuring local talent on the cozy and iconic round stage. haletheater.org

Here We Go Again!

Take a Chance on Sundance Summer Theatre as they deliver their lively performance of the crowd-pleasing hit, “Mamma Mia!” Surrounded by the enchanting mountains of Sundance, audience members will be transported to the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi to the tune of ABBA hits in this adored Broadway show. July 18-Aug. 10, sundanceresort.com

A Regal Bash

Time machines might be a contraction of fantasy, but Thanksgiving Point is creating the next best thing with Utah’s family-friendly Renaissance Faire. Their tools of time travel include music, dances, performances, feasts, medieval reenactments of full-armored fights, jousting and close encounters with whimsical characters such as royalty, Vikings and mermaids. The teeny lords and ladies are invited to enjoy storytelling, foam-weapon battles and puppet shows. Aug. 23-24, utahrenfaire.org

Picture This

The Utah Arts Festival — which had around 80,000 attendees last year — has vendors of artists for every type of medium; woodworking, culinary, film, dance, pottery, painting, photography. Name it, and this Salt Lake City must-do has got it. Not only does the festival showcase high-quality and unique art to admire and bring home, but performances and food act as the artsy cherry on top. June 20-23, uaf.org

The Perfect Mix

The 16th annual Deer Valley Music Festival brings many famous faces to the Wasatch Mountains. The seven-week festival pairs performances of Utah Symphony with well-known artists, including Utah-native Marie Osmond, folk-rock duo Indigo Girls, trumpeter Chris Botti and Broadway stars Kristin Chenoweth and Renée Elise Goldsberry. June 28-Aug. 10, usuo.org

Noteworthy

The Utah Symphony — one of America’s major symphony orchestra’s with 85 full-time professional musicians — performs over 175 concerts each season, and the Waterfall Amphitheater at Thanksgiving Point will be one of their stops this summer. A firework show will finish the night off in a sweeping crescendo. Admission is $25 in advance, $30 day of and $55 for reserved seating. June 6, thanksgivingpoint.org

Draw a Crowd 

Since 1922, the Springville Museum of Art has been highlighting creative abilities of Utah artists in their Spring Salon. The exhibit is a juried competition. In previous years, 800 works of art have been submitted, so come see which make it to the museum in this year’s showcase. April 24-July 6, smofa.org/95th-annual-spring-salon

Stand-Up Experience

Every weekend, professional comedians perform family-friendly humor at Dry Bar Comedy in Provo. To complement the laughter-filled evening, there’s a bar serving non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. It’s a combo of two Provo favorites: innocent humor and innocent food. drybarcomedy.com

Nights to Remember

Utah’s music scene is filled with incredible talent, so the Rooftop Concert Series sets the stage for performers and audiences to connect. The first Friday of every month from July to September, the rock-fests combine Provo’s winning qualities — local music, outdoor views and people coming together for a good time. The concerts have become so popular that they are no longer played on rooftops, though the catchy name has stuck. To make more room, bands now play along 100 West and Center Street in Provo. Admission is free, so there are limited excuses to not experience what makes these concerts all the rage. rooftopconcertseries.com 

A Midsummer Road Trip

One of the largest and oldest Shakespeare festivals in the U.S. is in Cedar City. The Utah Shakespeare Festival presents classic and contemporary plays with Shakespeare productions as the main focus. Every year, the Tony award-winning festival produces multiple plays in three theaters. In addition to their live productions, the festival also hosts Greenshow seminars, classes and backstage tours. This year’s nine-play repertoire includes “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as well as Shakespearean classics “Macbeth”, “Hamlet” and “Twelfth Night.” Starting dates vary. June 27-Oct. 13, bard.org

Scotland the Brave

No need to cross the Atlantic this summer to visit Scotland — the Payson Scottish Festival celebrates the culture of Scotland in a variety of forms from traditional Scottish games to live music and dance. Bring your favorite kilt and enjoy traditional Celtic dances, bagpipe concerts, athletic competitions and performances by Scottish band The Fire at this annual two-day festival. July 12-13, paysonscottishfestival.org

Indoor Activities 

Funtopia — a ropes course in Lehi for children — offers summer camps and birthday parties.

 

Climb On

Momentum is a world-class rock climbing facility that hosted the Olympic qualifiers for USA Climbing. The Lehi facility is for bouldering, so no ropes or harnesses are needed. Momentum also has a fitness area and offers yoga classes. dev.momentumclimbing.com/lehi

Get Your Geek On

Pop Con brings the Salt Lake Fan-X experience to Utah Valley — which means the time to start planning and designing your perfect cosplay is now (or right after you’re done reading the magazine). Hosted at the Utah Valley Convention Center, Pop Con brings together a variety of different vendors and panels celebrating favorite fandoms. June 1,  popcultureconvention.com

Explore the World

The Bean Museum at BYU showcases the intricacies and wonders of nature through exhibits that focus animals, insects and plants, as well as live animal shows. Admission is free. mlbean.byu.edu

Discover Your Inner Gardner

At The Secret Garden book club — named after the small garden at Thanksgiving Point — visitors read and discuss four gardening books from March to September. Here participants cultivate their green thumb, meet others who want to do the same and hone new skills and apply them by observing new plants and doing a take-home planting in the greenhouse. thanksgivingpoint.org

Happy (and Thankful) Camper

To fight out-of-school boredom, Thanksgiving Point offers summer camps. Children learn how to program a Lego robot, cook or explore the world of space. thanksgivingpoint.org

Imagination Station

The Heber Valley Railroad is the closest thing Utah Valley has to Platform 9 3/4. The classic train company hosts themed events like the Wizard’s Train and Star Wars Fan Train when staff dress as popular characters and have trivia and games for passengers, making for an enchanting experience. The Provo Canyon Limited or Deer Creek Express also offer spectacular views with every ticket option. hebervalleyrr.org

Coconut Cove

This indoor playground of Coconut Cove is every child’s dream. Filled with trampolines, ball pits, slides and plenty to climb, children will easily be entertained for hours. (You’re welcome, mom.) Coconut Cove also hosts birthday parties because nothing says happy birthday quite like a ball pit. coconutcoveplay.com

Saturday Night Fever

Saturday night at Classic Fun Center in Orem is a blast to the past — Disco Night style. Break out the bell bottoms, and be prepared to bring your best hustle to the skating rink. Admission is $12, with $4 off for college students or anyone who dresses in their best era clothing. classicfuncenterorem.com

Code to Success

The MTECH Summer Code Camp is where kids make sense of the world of HTML and javascript and put that tech obsession to good use. Over the course of four days, camp participants (ages 8-18) build a website, program a remote controlled car and design a video game. July 30-Aug. 2, codechangers.com/locations/mtech.html

Surf’s Up

Utah Valley locals can get the beach experience without the travel expenses at Provo Beach Resort. The FlowRider pumps 30,000 gallons of water a minute to create a realistic surfing experience. Activities that do not require a beach towel include laser tag, more than 75 arcade games, croquet, bowling and ropes course. Packages are available for party events. provobeach.com

Quarry with Confidence

The Quarry in Provo has 40 lead routes, 110 top rope routes and 160 boulder paths to accommodate climbers of a range of styles. First time climbers can set their worries aside — the Quarry has routes for individuals of all levels and offers classes to help develop climbing confidence. quarryclimbing.com

The Inside Scoop

Rain or shine, it’s always the right weather for ice cream. Utah Valley offers several refreshing and creamy options, including homemade ice cream and sundaes at Rockwell Ice Cream Co., frozen custard at Culver’s, the famous Blue & White at BYU Creamery or artisan delights at Mora. rockwellicecream.com, culvers.com, dining.byu.edu/creamery, moraicecream.com

Tropical Paradise

The Butterfly Biosphere is Thanksgiving Point’s newest venue with both enjoyable and educational experiences for the entire family. At the Butterfly Biosphere, explore the Costa Rica Climber playground, travel through the insect-filled museum and visit its highlight — a habitat that houses thousands of butterflies from around the world where both children and adults can wonder at the delicate creatures. Get an up-close look at the butterflies and let them gently perch on your fingertips. thanksgivingpoint.org

Fish AND Friends

Home to over 4,000 animals, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is a famous Utah spot for impeccable views of the creatures of the ocean. Walk under the 40-foot glass tunnel to get a breathtaking view of sea turtles, stingrays and sharks, and check out the stingray touch pool. The aquarium also hosts non-aquatic animals in five different habitats — like clouded leopards, penguins, exotic frogs, playful otters and sloths. Moms will especially appreciate the penguin encounter and animal feedings, where they can park the stroller and relax while toddlers explore. Look for extended discounted hours on Monday evenings. thelivingplanet.com

Fun at Funtopia

Right behind Lehi’s Momentum is Funtopia, a climbing gym developed for kids. Paths of different themes and vibrant colors, including an old-school Tetris wall, allows children a unique experience while learning to climb. There are also other activities for children to enjoy, such as a giant slide, rope courses and a cave to explore. For little ones who love this imagination-filled fun center, Funtopia also offers summer camps and birthday parties. funtopiaworld.com/lehi

Doc’s Orders

Doc Brundy’s in Spanish Fork is home to 50 arcade games, most of which are retro pinball machines, and Duckpin Bowling. At this unique restaurant and game room all in one, diners and gamers unite for a night of food and fun. And their homemade menu is oh so accommodating — any food items can be made gluten free for no extra charge. docbrundys.com

Race The Clock

For those who enjoy mind games, puzzles or paying money to be trapped inside a room, challenge yourself at EnKryption, escape rooms with a twist. EnKryption combines classic ciphers and locks as well as tech and science elements. Those who venture into the real-life puzzles can find the cure for a quickly spreading disease in the “Outbreak” room or solve a mystery in the “Inheritance” room before time runs out. This activity is ideal for 2-8 people and is customizable for levels of difficulty. enkryption.com

Fun-Filled Days: City Festivals

When summer comes to Utah, cities all over the county have their own way of celebrating. Check out these festivals that provide hours of entertainment — and stickiness — for the entire family.

Eagle Mountain Pony Express Days

  • May 24-June 1
  • Highlights: rodeo and demolition derby
  • eaglemountaincity.com

Springville Art City Days

  • June 1-8
  • Highlights: hot air balloon rides and motorcycle show
  • springville.org

Cedar Hills Family Festival

  • June 3-8
  • Highlights: local version of the “Amazing Race” and car parade
  • cedarhills.org

Saratoga Springs Splash Days

  • June 10-15
  • Highlights: chalk walk and water fights
  • saratogaspringscity.com

Orem Summerfest

  • June 10-15
  • Highlights:: Orem’s Got Talent and family carnival
  • summerfest.orem.org

Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days

  • June 15-22
  • Highlights:: fresh strawberries and cream and Strawberry Days rodeo
  • strawberrydays.org

Provo Freedom Festival

  • July 3-6
  • Highlights:: Stadium of Fire, Fourth of July Parade and Freedom Run
  • freedomfestival.org

American Fork Steel Days

  • July 12-20
  • Highlights:: Steel Days Run 5K/10K
  • steeldaysaf.com

Spanish Fork Fiesta Days

  • July 12-31
  • Highlights:: Pyromusical and Fiesta Days Rodeo
  • spanishfork.org

Lindon City Days

  • August 6-11
  • Highlights:: car show, cardboard boat regatta and mini rodeo
  • lindoncity.org/lindon-days

Payson Golden Onion Days

  • August 29-September 2
  • Highlights:: Payson’s biggest onion and cookoffs
  • paysonutah.org

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