SALT LAKE CITY – This summer Utah is inviting visitors of all ages to take advantage of special events and offerings throughout the state. Whether indulging in the best of Utah’s culinary delights, attending spectacular theatrical and musical performances, or relaxing amidst the breathtaking landscapes at various lodges throughout the state, Utah promises to deliver excitement and value on every level. Beyond the following sampling, a comprehensive list of statewide summer offerings can be found at www.visitutah.com
Events and Festivals
Utah Shakespeare Festival – June 21 – October 20, 2012
Theater lovers all over the world will travel to southern Utah’s Cedar City this year for the 51st annual Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival with performances scheduled for June 21 – October 20, 2012.
The Festival is one of the oldest and largest in North America and features plays from the around the world, but the works of William Shakespeare, long admired by the people of southern Utah, remain its cornerstone.
The plays are enhanced by interactive experiences which entertain, enrich, and educate festival attendees. This season promises to be one to remember as the Festival has added Les Miserables to the line-up, one of the world’s most popular shows and Broadway’s third longest running musical.
With eight plays in total, other exciting productions will include To Kill a Mockingbird, Scapin, Titus Andronicus and Hamlet, among others. For more information, visit www.bard.org
5th Annual Savor the Summit – Park City, UT – June 23, 2012
Kicking off the summer season, the 5th annual Savor the Summit will showcase the culinary talents of Park City’s best restaurants. This unique dinner party, which brings together the region’s diverse dining options, is served at The Grande Table in the middle of Park City’s Historic Main Street, creating an incredible culinary experience for diners. Accompanied by live music throughout, this event celebrates Utah’s love of music and food.
The event is open and free to the general public who want to witness the Grande Table, listen to the musical sounds and visit the business of Main Street. Dining guests can make a reservation directly with any participating restaurant, each offering their choice of menu, pricing and bar service. Menu prices range from $40-$150. For more information, visit www.savorthesummit.com.
Deer Valley Music Festival – Park City, UT – June 29 – August 11, 2012
Held at Deer Valley Resort’s beautiful Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, this month-long celebration of music features a full repertoire of musical performances from the Utah Symphony.
Locals and visitors of all ages will enjoy classical and pop music, chamber orchestra performances and salon events in exquisite Deer Valley area homes, where guests will hear and meet artists.
The musical performances line-up includes The Music of the Eagles, Von Trapp children, Chris Botti, Summer Pops with Keith Lockhart, Time for Three, Holst’s The Planet, “Broadway Rocks”, The Music of Queen and a Utah Symphony performance of “Patriotic Celebration.” For show times and ticket information, visit www.deervalleymusicfestival.org
Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre (UFOMT) – Logan, UT – July 12 – August 11, 2012
Utah Festival Opera celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, inviting opera lovers to partake in creative musical performances, set against the backdrop of Cache Valley’s spectacular mountain scenery. With over 130 events, the five-week festival includes productions of grand opera, operetta, light opera and seldom-seen Broadway-style musical theatre, in addition to a variety of orchestral and vocal concerts.
In honor of the exciting 20-year milestone, the festival will introduce new productions of the most oft-performed grand operas of the 20th Century including the immortal “Faust” and timeless “Tosca.” UFOMT will bring to life blockbuster Broadway musicals “Kiss Me Kate” and “My Fair Lady” and will also host a “Tribute to Judy Garland” concert, backstage tours and adult education courses through the Utah Festival Academy.
World-renowned in the operatic industry, the festival’s founder Michael Ballam recruits the incredible talent that makes this a destination opera for thousands of enthusiasts.
Prices range from $10-$76.
For additional information on UFOMT, visit www.ufoc.org.
Escalante Canyons Working Arts Festival: Everett Ruess Days – Escalante, UT – Sept. 28-29, 2012
The 9th annual Escalante Canyons Art Festival will celebrate the life and work of enigmatic artist Everett Ruess who disappeared from the rugged canyon country near Escalante, UT in 1934 and was never seen again.
Organized by local businesses, caring citizens and artists and top Ruess aficionados, the Working Arts Festival is a premiere art and literary gathering with the aim of welcoming visitors to the stunning landscapes and intense beauty surrounding the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and educating them on the region’s rich history.
Festival events include fine arts and crafts exhibition and sale, lectures, films, exhibits, workshops, gallery open hoes, walking tours of nearby historic buildings and performances by poets, dance groups and musicians. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.everettruessdays.org.
Western Legends Roundup – Kanab, UT – August 16-18, 2012
A signature Kanab event, the Western Legends Roundup was created to honor the richness of Western movie history and to celebrate the 100-plus classic Western movies and television series filmed in the area over the years.
Visitors will get a taste of the old West during this classic weekend featuring Western vendors, exhibits, art shows and workshops, Western entertainment and concerts, cowboy poetry and cuisine, child-friendly activities and autograph sessions with well-known Western movie stars. For more information, visit www.westernlegendsroundup.com
One of only two theatres in the country to present Disney’s “Aladdin,” just minutes from St. George and the perfect addition to a trip to Zion National Park, the Tuacahn Amphitheatre at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Southern Utah, is a world class family entertainment venue, perfect for family fun. Surrounded by the majestic Snow Canyon State Park, Tuacahn will turn out more than 230,000 visitors to see Disney’s “Aladdin,” “Hairspray,” and “The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee” this summer. Guests will enjoy new some new special effects, including the use of 3D technology and may also enjoy a scenic dinner before the show on the outdoor plaza under Tuacahn’s towering red cliffs.
Tuacahn’s concert series is year-round and this summer includes Huey Lewis and the News. For more information, visit www.tuacahn.org.
Crystal Inn – Logan, UT – July 12 – August 11, 2012
Rates start at $179 per night and include accommodations and two opera tickets, with shuttle service available upon request.
For more information, call 1-800-280-0707 or visit www.crystalinnlogan.com.
Favorite Summer Weekends
Deer Valley – Park City, UT – June 8 – August 26, 2012
Adventure seekers will enjoy this action-packed Park City package.
With rates starting at $295, this three-day/two-night program includes accommodations and recreational offerings ranging from mountain biking and fly fishing to swimming, archery, basketball and soccer. Each weekend, guests will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best experts in their field. For more information, call 435-604-1300 or visit www.montagedeervalley.com
Home to five national parks, 43 state parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and “The Greatest Snow on Earth®,” Utah represents the best of both the Rocky Mountains and the Desert Southwest.
Whether it’s heart-thumping downhill skiing, picturesque fly fishing, life-defying rock climbing, serene bird watching, thrill-seeking white water rafting or just communing with nature, Utah has it all – holding true to the state’s Life Elevated® brand. To contact the Utah Office of Tourism, an agency of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, or to view the Utah Travel Guide online, please visit www.visitutah.com or call (800) 200-1160 or (801) 538-1900.