Festivals and events in Utah Valley offer jam packed fun for families, couples, anyone! Come enjoy some of the largest festivals in the West. Nestled in and around the mountains our festivals provide amazing vistas, weather, and first class entertainment.
Visit during winter, spring, summer or fall to find a wide array of fun-filled festivals and events in Utah Valley. In the winter, ski on the best snow on earth at Robert Redford's Sundance Resort and then screen films at the internationally acclaimed Sundance Film Festival. Then spring into Utah Valley with the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point, showcasing over 250,000 tulips in 100 varieties. Summer in Utah Valley explodes with excitement as we celebrate the 4th of July at America's Freedom Festival Stadium of Fire, one of the biggest Fourth of July firework productions in the country, featuring Brad Paisley and David Archuleta. In the fall, get lost and find your way out of a giant corn maze, cheer on pig races, and then shoot corn cannons and pumpkin blasters at the Cornbelly's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest at Thanksgiving Point.
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The Annual LDS Film Fest…
The LDS Film Festival enjoys strong support from thousands of visitors each year and from the LDS and local filmmaking community. Each year, the festival highlights a wide variety of different films and filmmakers. Besides the high quality of the programming, attendees also enjoy the vibrant festival atmosphere with dozens of filmmakers sharing their experience in a casual and friendly setting. In its first ten years, the LDS Film Festival has screened approximately 200 feature films and special screenings, 300 short films, and 400 24-hour marathon films, with a total attendance of close to 43,000 visitors. "We couldn't be happier with the lineup of films this year," says festival director Christian Vuissa, who started the LDS Film Festival in 2001, while still a film student at Brigham Young University. "With Freetown and The Cokeville Miracle we have the perfect bookends for the most exciting year in our history." Both films will be released theatrically later this year and have their premiere at the LDS Film Festival. African Missionary Story of Survival Freetown tells the true story of a group of Liberian missionaries who attempt to flee the widespread violence in their country and escape to Freetown in Sierra Leone. "When I first announced Freetown last year at the LDS Film Festival, I had no idea of the powerful experiences that this film would provide. I'm thrilled to now have audiences share in this significant journey," says director Garrett Batty. Freetown was produced by Adam Abel (Saints and Soldiers, Forever Strong) and entirely filmed on location in Africa. The film will be released in theaters on April 8, 2015, and is distributed by Purdie Distribution, who also distributed The Saratov Approach and Meet the Mormons. "Freetown is an important and brave film. The type of film that should be seen by everyone," says Brandon Purdie, head of Purdie Distribution. Miracle of Wyoming Elementary School Bombing The Cokeville Miracle also retells a gritty true story, set in 1986 Cokeville, Wyoming, where a mad man and his wife took over the elementary school and held everyone hostage with guns and a bomb. Two hours later, the bomb went off with over one hundred children and teachers within feet of the explosion, but only two deaths associated with the incident occurred: the two intruders. The Cokeville Miracle was picked up for distribution by Excel Entertainment and will be released in theaters in June. "The film is a testament to the power of prayer and God's awareness of our lives. Fans of 17 Miracles and Ephraim's Rescue will find the same inspiration and emotional connection to this movie, while being able to share it beyond their circle of LDS friends due to its modern sensibilities," says Arthur VanWagenen, director of Excel Entertainment. After two successful pioneer movies, T.C. Christensen is excited to delve into a more contemporary story. "If you are sick to death of my pioneer films, here's something you can come to and I promise, you will not see one handcart or one ugly cow," he jokes. LDS Film Festival Perfect Venue for Premieres Both Batty and Christensen have shown their previous films at the LDS Film Festival. "I am excited and honored to have the LDS Film Festival be our first screening and to show it on closing night," says Christensen. "As both a filmmaker and an audience member, I look forward to the variety of stories showcased at the LDS Film Festival each year," adds Batty. Festival director Vuissa holds both filmmakers in high regard. "T.C. and Garrett have emerged as two of the finest filmmakers around. They are currently defining the LDS film genre and produce deeply inspiring films for our audience." Tickets for both Freetown and The Cokeville Miracle can be purchased directly at the Scera Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah, on their website www.scera.org or by phone at 801-225-ARTS. Orson Scott Card, Studio C, and Other Highlights Other highlights of the LDS Film Festival include a series of presentations titled From Book to Screen with presentations by Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game), Jerusha Hess (Austenland) and other writers and filmmakers on Friday, March 6. The cast of BYUtv's comedy show Studio C talks exclusively about their new season of sketches on Saturday, March 7. Several short film programs showcase films by young LDS Filmmakers, including the Academy Award nominated short documentary White Earth by J. Christian Jensen. Another staple event of the LDS Film Festival is the 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon, which takes place a week prior to the festival. Small groups receive a theme and dialogue line and then write, shoot, and edit a film within 24 hours. All films will be shown during the festival, and the winning films receive cash awards. The 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon has launched several careers. Previous winners include Jared and Jerusha Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and this year's opening night film director Garrett Batty, who now is one of the most prominent flag bearers of LDS filmmaking. Kick off this year is on Friday, February 20, at 10AM at the Scera Center for the Arts in Orem. Everyone is welcome to participate. For more information on the 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon, click below: http://ldsfilmfestival.org/index.php?page=15_cfe_marathon The entire festival program will be revealed by February 18 on the festival's website. The LDS Film Festival is independently organized and not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Microburst Theatre Festival
Winner of three national awards at the 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, this jubilee of new plays by aspiring playwrights returns for another round to explore love, loss, and life.
The Annual Spring Parade…
The Timpanogos Gem & Mineral Society will be hosting this year's annual rock show. Come see what can be made with rocks and gems. The show includes displays, jewelry, door prizes, a rock sale, and demonstrations as well as Mr. Bones, the life-size walking T-Rex skeleton (Friday and Saturday only). For more information, contact: Keith Fackrell 801-489-7525 Vickie Hathaway 801-798-2758
Utah Stem Fest
STEM Fest is about innovation and how to harness it. It’s about imagination and how to fuel it. Come and be a part of the most unique gathering ever assembled in Utah as you and your family enjoy exciting hands-on experiences with science and technology that will spark your children’s imaginations and give them a peek into their future career opportunities right here in Utah. Your kids will have so much fun, they may not even realize that they’re learning! 7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to come as a field trip Wednesday or Thursday, or Friday morning.
Festival of Colors
In India Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. It is a festival that breathes an atmosphere of social merriment. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Every nook and corner presents a typically colorful sight. Young and old alike are covered with colors (red, green, yellow, blue, black and silver). People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colors on each other. Colors are thrown every 2 hours. There will be musical interludes, the lighting of a bonfire, burning of an effigy, and the throwing of dry colors on friends and foe alike. The dry powders supplied by the temple are non stain, but still guests are cautioned not to wear their "Saturday Best." Take Spanish Fork exit 257 and look for parking signs. Shuttles buses will run from parking areas at Spanish Fork Fair Grounds, SF Sport Complex, and Salem Hills High School. There is a $2 fee to ride the shuttle. Photos by Paul Nash.