Thursday, June 23, 2011

possibilities: a sampling of summer events 2011

Summer makes me want to live like a stranger in my own town, to wander timeless & nameless, unrestrained & nomadic. I think about cold water & hot ground, of blankets in the shade, long lazy afternoons reading, the glory of the garden, the smell of the trail through a pine forest.  With so many amazing things to do maybe the best of all is to do nothing.       

Our summer list of possibilities 2011

Hiking & Camping:

Around Town-ish:

  • Red Butte Gardens, hiking, & Shore Line trails
  • Liberty Park fountain & Tracey Aviary
  • Main Library
  • Riverside Day Library
  • Jordan River Park Nature Preserves
  • International Peace Gardens
  • Redwood Drive In
  • People’s Market (every Sunday)
  • This Is the Place Heritage State Park
  • Hogle Zoo
  • Living Planet Aquarium
  • Thanks Giving Point Museum & Farm Land
  • Ogden Tree House Museum

Festivals & Events:

  • Birds, Dinosaurs, and (The Lack of) Human Nature, Salt Lake City, Jul 07 Paleontologists have successfully made the case that birds are dinosaurs. This comes as a result of both numerous new fossil discoveries and ideas about the nature of species and classifying life. NMHU paleontologist Randall Irmis and philosopher Matt Haber will explore paleontology and new theories about the tree of life. Learn how discoveries in Utah shed light on these theories, what an evolutionary perspective says about the nature of species, and how this informs us about what it means to be human. 1-Kid-Free coupon to Hogle Zoo for all who attend. Phone: 801-581-6927. Event Hours: 7:00 -.m. - 8:00 p.m. Admission: FREE. Location: Salt Lake City Main Library. Address: 210 W 400 S, Salt Lake City.
  • When The Cows Come Home, Manti Jul 02, 3rd Annual (Meet at the Temple View Lodge, 400 North 300 East in Manti for this celebration of the old tradition of moving cows from winter to summer pasture along a well established stock trail that goes right through town. Parking available on the dirt road east of the Pioneer Dugout.
  • Movie at the Fort OgdenFree movies at the Fort will start at dusk. Food vendors will be on site. Come enjoy a canoe ride ($3/canoe for 1/2 hour) and the great outdoors while you watch a family friendly flick. Bring along a blanket to spread on the lawn or lawn chairs. Movies still to be determined. Phone: 801-399-8491. Event Hours: Movie starts at Dusk. Admission: Free, Location: Fort Buenaventura Address: 2450 A Avenue, Ogden Web Site:
  • Payson Scottish Festival Jul 08 - Jul 09.  Dance a Highland Jig to the bagpipes and enjoy athletic competitions, activities for children, a parade and traditional ethnic food. Phone: 801-891-6796. Event Hours: Varies. Admission: Free. Location: Memorial Park. Address: 250 S. Main Street. Payson Web Site:
  • Mondays in the Park Concert Series, Salt Lake City Jul 11 - Aug 22 Since 1987 the Folk Arts Program has hosted free, outdoor concerts of folk music and ethnic dance by Utah artists at the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts in the center of Salt Lake's Liberty Park. Bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket. Event Hours: Monday evenings, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Admission: free Location: Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts Address: middle of Liberty Park, SLC; 1100 S 600 E, Salt Lake City Web Site:
  • Duck Creek Chili Cook-off Duck Creek Village Jul 16 - Jul 17.  Duck Creek Chili Cook-off held in Duck Creek Village (Hwy U-14). Come enjoy lots of food, craft booths, vendors and a live band both nights. For more information about the activities call 435-682-3330. Admission: FREE Address: Duck Creek, Duck Creek Village
  • Bear Lake Raspberry Festival Garden City Aug 04 - Aug 06.  The Raspberry Days Festival is an incredible event held to celebrate the harvest of the world famous Bear Lake Raspberries. The Raspberry harvest usually starts around the 3rd week of July and lasts 3-4 weeks. The Raspberry Days Festival is an annual event, which begins two days prior to the first Saturday in August. The festival is a fun filled 3 days with the Little Miss Berry Pageant, the craft fair with continuous entertainment, the Parade on the Boulevard, the Rodeo and 5K run in Laketown, the Pancake Breakfast at the Garden City Park, and ending with the fireworks on the Beach.  Location: Garden City Park. Address: Main Street, Garden City.  Web Site:
  • Family Art Saturday: Flying High Salt Lake City. Aug 13 - Aug 13.  Come and choose from a variety of kite designs from bugs to birds and embellish your kite with designs that are sure to dazzle the sky. Event Hours: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Admission: free. Location: Salt Lake Art Center 20 South West Temple, Salt Lake City.  Web Site:
  • Moonlight Madness Beach Party at Gardner Village, West Jordan Aug 13 - Aug 13. A-lo-ha! Yank out your Hawaiian t-shirts and leis and don them to our version of a beach party and a huge savings event. Relish in the spirit of the islands through music, island dance shows, a delicious barbecue and shop activities. Enjoy valuable discounts, coupons and win prizes in each of our shops. The party goes from 6 pm to midnight!Island dance shows will be held throughout the evening. Times to be announced. Event Hours: 6:00 p.m. – midnight Admission: Free. Location: Gardner Village 1100 West 7800 South, West Jordan Web Site:
  • Cardboard Boat Race, Moab, Aug 22 - Aug 22. Make a boat out of cardboard and race it on Ken's Lake during the 2nd annual Cardboard boat race. Rules and Registration forms may be picked up at the library 257 E Center St, Mon-Fri from 9:00a-8:00p and Sat from 9:00a-5:00p. What Floats Your Boat? For more info call 435-259-1111. Location: Ken's Lake Spanish Valley Road, Moab.
  • Payson's Onion Days Sep 02 - Sep 05. Come enjoy a craft fair, carnival, live entertainment, and a parade on Labor Day. Event Hours: Varies Admission: Free. Location: Memorial Park 250 South Main Street, Payson. Web Site: 
  • Peach Days in Brigham City, Brigham City Sep 07 - Sep 10. Among the many assets of Brigham City is the history and heritage that exists. Started in 1904 as a day-off from the harvest and time to celebrate "an abundance of the best peaches in Utah", this city-wide event is the longest continually celebrated harvest festival in Utah, and is reported to be the second oldest in the country. Peach Days is an honored tradition that brings approximately 75,000 spectators a fun-filled weekend that the Top of Utah and Southern Idaho residents look forward to every year. The event takes place in September, the weekend following Labor Day. Address: Down Town (see website for specific locations), Brigham City. Web Site:
  • Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City Sep 08 - Sep 18th. The largest single annual event in Utah, the Utah State Fair, returns September 08-18, 2011 and It's All Here! Entertainment, food, events, and fun. The Dish Network Grandstand will feature FREE concerts included with gate admission . The fair offers more fun with livestock shows, a carnival, local entertainment, art exhibits, and more! Event Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10am-10pm and Friday & Saturday 10am- 11pm. Location: Utah State Fairpark 155 N 1000 W, Salt Lake City. Web Site:
  • Bear Lake Outdoor Heritage Days, Garden City Sep 09 - Sep 10.  Parade, Heritage Games, Kids Fishing Pond, Kids Petting Zoo, Pancake Breakfast, Friday and Sat. Concerts, Antique and modern gun display, Western art and exhibits. Admission: FREE.  Location: Garden City Town Center 69 N. Paradise Parkway, Garden CityWeb Site:
  • Cornbelly's. Price is $10.95 for regular admission and $15.95 for the haunted combo. For the general public, Cornbellys will be open 4-10 pm Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. -11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and all UEA Fall Break days. It is closed Sundays.  Event Hours: 4-10pm Mon-Thur., Fri-Sat. 10am-11pm. Admission: Bargain Pass: $10.95/adult & child. Thanksgiving Point 3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi.  Web Site:

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