Friday, August 31, 2012

Labor Day Weekend

Don't you dare stay home this weekend!  Do you know how much is happening around the state? Get out there and have some fun!

Festival Latinoamericano: Centro Hispano is pleased to announce the 10th annual Festival Latinoamericano, which will be held on August 31-September 3, 2012 (closed on Sunday) at the Utah County Historic Courthouse grounds (51 South University Ave.) in downtown Provo, Utah.

For three days, Provo will embody the heart of Latin America. Pulsing rhythms, vibrant dances, delicious food, and colorful costumes will transport you to a Latin getaway in the heart of downtown Provo. Even better, you will become immersed in the wonderful diversity and opportunity of your own community.

Come and celebrate community and culture. Join us at the Festival Latinoamericano!

Payson Onion Days:  Crafts, carnivals and Parades

Celebration of Cultural Diversity: In partnership with the Downtown Farmers Market, Salaam will be staging its 10th annual free family oriented festival ‘A Celebration of Cultural Diversity’ promoting multiethnic goodwill through sharing of world class performing arts – Jambo Africa Burundi Drummers, Eastern Arts with Central Asian Dances, Kenshin Taiko Japanese Drummers, Bird Show by Avian Sanctuary, Samba Fogo, Sol de Jalisco Mariachi Band, and Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers.

The festival takes place on Saturday September 1, 2012, coinciding with the Downtown Farmers Market at the Pioneer Park south side, 350 S. 300 West, in Salt Lake City from 9am till 1pm.

This year’s highlights include:

Boy Scouts partnering for children’s activities providing a climbing wall.
A Workplace Safety Booth for Utah Labor Commission.
Supporters include SLUG Magazine and Utah Film Center.
Free T-shirts for those who register as supporters at our Salaam Booth.


9am: Opening - Boy Scouts Diversity Troop Presenting Flag
9:15am: Salt Lake Saints Jazz
9:30am: Jambo Africa Burundi Drummers
10am: Eastern Arts presenting Central Asian dances
10:30am: Kenshin Taiko Japanese Drummers
11am: Bird Show by Avian Sanctuary and Protection
11:30am: Samba Fogo
12pm: Sol de Jalisco Mariachi Band
1pm: Closing

The festival is funded by Salt Lake County Zoo Arts and Parks, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and the Salt Lake Arts Council.
More information is available by visiting or by contacting Ghulam
Hasnain at 801-671-6709 or

Canyons Summer Concert Series: Canyons will once again have our amazing and free Saturday Summer Concert Series. Each Saturday, beginning July 14th and ending September 1, Canyons will have FREE live music from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. The Cabriolet and Frostwood lifts will be open Saturdays at 4:00pm.

Blankets, picnics and chairs will not be allowed in the concert venue until 4:00pm.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Toddler Time

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It is the last week of summer. Sigh.  My kids go back to school this week, all but the three year old.  So what to do with the little ones while the big kids are in school?  Don't forget about the library!  This week:

Stranger Danger, Sandy Library, 10:30 to 11:00, preschool and up
Timpanogos Storyteller Performance, Viridian Center West Jordan, 7:00 to 8:00

Stranger Danger, Sandy Library, 10:30 to 11:00, preschool and up
Creatures of the Night, Hunter Library, 7:00 to 8:30

Make and Take Crafts, Millcreek Library, 10:00 to 12:00

Storytimes resume their regular schedule next week.  You can find the full schedule for all of the libraries on their calendar.  Have fun!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

South American Festival

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Another great opptortunity to teach your kids about cultures from around the world. The South American Festival in Bountiful will be held this weekend.  Ten countries will be represented at the 7th Festival. This might be the best opportunity to enjoy the South American foods, folklore, music, dance and share friendship with people from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and Ecuador.

If You Go:
Friday August 24 4:00 to 9:30
Saturday August 25 11:00 to 9:30
Bountiful City Park
200 West 400 North, Bountiful

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Free Outdoor Concert

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If you're looking for a little end of summer celebration, check out the free concert at Deer Valley tomorrow night. Frontier Bank and Deer Valley are hosting the Detonaters at the Deer Valley Amphitheater.  If you aren't familiar with The Detonaters, they are a local Park City band who bring a highly enjoyable blend of originals, rock and roll, and rhythm & blues to the stage.The concert will begin at 6:00.  Bring your date, bring a picnic and dance the night away in the cool mountain air!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Two Free Museum Admissions

Here is a great opportunity to hit up some of the museums in Utah for Free!  Sept. 29 is Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live.  All you have to do is head over to their registration page, enter your info and they will email you two free tickets to the venue of your choice. There are a number of participating museums in Utah including:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Free Bluegrass Concert

If you are Bluegrass lover, make sure you stop by the free concert featuring Bluegrass Rising. Come enjoy the cool evening outdoors at Bountiful City Park. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Even bring a picnic dinner and make a night out of it!

If you Go:
Free Concert
August 17, 7:00 to 8:30
Bountiful CIty Park Corner of 400 N. and 200 W.

Monday, August 13, 2012

County Fair Season!

It is the best time of the year: County Fair Season!  This week alone there are two county fairs along the Wasatch Front.
Fabulously Free Utah

Davis County Fair:  From Aug 15 – 18 at the Legacy Events Center,  you can check out the Davis County Fair, complete with  FREE Pony Rides, a Creative Corner full of hands-on music, puzzles, sandboxes, and come meet Rainbow the Clown and Cojo the Clown. Stop by the K12 Science Discovery Tent and meet snakes, spiders, birds and turtles face to face!

Fabulously Free Utah

Utah County Fair: Also Aug 15 to 18 at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds, from 10:00 to 10:00. You can watch the tractor pull, check out the car show, and by all means hit the Kids Korner, daily from 10:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:00. And by all means, don't miss the Jell-O slurping contest or the Ventriloquist show.  Get the full schedule at the Utah County Fair Website

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sandy City Hot Air Balloon Festival

If there is something you cannot miss this summer, it is Sandy's Hot Air Balloon Festival. The early morning wake up Friday and Saturday, August 10-11, will be worth it when you see a sky full of hot air balloons at Storm Mountain Park, 11400 South 1000 East. The sunrise balloon launch happens both mornings between 6:30-8:00 am. Bright Eyes Coffee and Smoothies will be on hand to provide morning breakfast fuel for everyone.
On Saturday evening the balloon glow begins around 8:00 pm, at the South Towne Promenade in front of Sandy City Hall, 175 West 10000 South. Enjoy entertainment from the band Cold Creek on the festival stage. Bring the whole family to see the balloons fly and at dusk on Saturday enjoy and food and entertainment and the glow of the balloons in the night sky. The best part? Some pilots may need volunteers to help crew their hot air balloons. Come early, find a pilot that needs help and experience the thrill of helping crew a hot air balloon.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Conversations in Culture

This weekend Bountiful will offer another great opportunity to teach your children about cultures from around the world. The Bountiful/Davis Summerfest International Art and Folk Festival is abundant with quality art booths and a variety of ethnic food booths along with the international performing groups. This makes for a truly international festival that has something to offer for everyone of every age group. Come and make the different nations that your kids have been watching all week in the Olympic actually mean something.

If You Go:
August 9-11
745 South Main Street 
Bountiful. UT 84010
On the City Campus, 
next door to the Library.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Week of City Celebration

You and your children have no excuses this week: no less than 4 local cities are holding their city celebrations this week.  So, no matter what county you live in there is going to be something to do.

Midvale Harvest Days: August 6-11.  Check out the Art Show Wednesday night, stop by the Safety Fair on Thursday and you must come see the car show Friday night, followed by a movie in the park, an apropro showing of Cars.  And of course the Parade Saturday morning, a full day of fun at the park and fantastic fireworks Saturday night.

Salem Days: August 3-11. Can't miss the Salem Days Children's Parade.  Not to mention the Family Fireside, Family movie in the park or the fireworks.  There is an entire list of activities on the Salem Days website.

Lindon City Days: August 4-11. If you have any Boy Scouts, young or old!, stop by the Pinewood Derby today or tomorrow Huck Finn Days at Creekside Park.  And of course, the Grand Parade, the Lindon days fair and fireworks on Saturday.

Alpine City Days: August 4-11.  If you have small children, they will love the Evening of Storytelling tonight at the Gazebo with Marvin Payne.  They will also be thrilled by the Children's Pet Show and Parade on Wednesday. Hit the Family Picnic Friday night. Bring your own dinner and dessert will be provided.  And on Saturday morning, get up early for the flag ceremony, stick around for the parade and then check out the Classic Car Show.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Worldwide on H25

Every year, local vendors, artists and performers unite in Ogden on Historic 25th Street for the annual Worldwide Celebration. This year, the event will take place Tuesday August 7 at 5:00 pm. The cultural celebration will be filled with international dance, song and cuisine. The festivities are held in conjunction with the first stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

A Parade of Nations will kick-off Worldwide on H25 at the Ogden Amphitheater beginning at 5 p.m. The parade will immediately follow the Tour of Utah Stage One awards presentation. Folk dancers and musicians dressed in colorful, traditional costumes from Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, India, Kenya and Indonesia will entertain from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The audience will be captivated by the international ambassadors performing in 15-minute segments, giving guests a true "Worldwide on H25" experience. The parade and all performances are free.
If You Go:
Tuesday, August 7
5:00 to 8:00 pm
Historic 25th Street in the heart of downtown Ogden

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Passage to Pangaea, Clark Planetarium

If you have a dinosaur lover or two at your house, this one's for you.  This Friday, Clark Planetarium is celebrating the release of their brand new IMAX film, Passage to Pangaea, and you are invited. Every child that  arrives at the Planetarium by 10:45 with a sculpted dinosaur in hand will receive a free ticket to a showing of the film.  This is a great way to introduce your kids to the glories of claymation, and a great opportunity to watch a show for free!  One caveat: parents will need to pay for their tickets.  The movie is 30 minutes long and appropriate for all ages.

See you there!  

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