Plan a trip to Heber Valley this month and experience some lovely small town charm with a big arts and culture scene. This mountain town is focused on bringing quality events and performances to the valley to enrich the cultural experiences for residents and visitors. This month is filled with plays, musicals, live entertainment, outdoor concerts, art shows, and much more. Check out the highlights below and learn more about the arts and culture in Heber Valley here.
- Fiddlers & Fireworks at Heber Valley Railroad: Celebrate Utah's Pioneer Day on this annual train on July 24th. The evening begins with dinner outside at the train depot from 7:15 to 8:15 pm. Live entertainment is provided by the Utah County Old Time Fiddlers during dinner. The family-friendly gunfighter show begins at 8:15 pm with the evening train departing at 8:30 for a two-hour round trip train ride. On the way back to the depot, the train stops along the Deer Creek shoreline directly across the lake from the Charleston fireworks show. When the fireworks conclude, the train will return to the depot around 10:40 pm. This is a fun activity featuring some of the finest musical fiddlers around. More information.
- 7 Brides For 7 Brothers by High Valley Arts: Running now through July 17th, this fantastic live outdoor theater performance has already received rave reviews for its opening performances. Featuring a cast full of lively entertainers, this performance is fun for all ages. The outdoor setting is a great experience to watch live theater under the stars. More information.
- Youth Performances by Timpanogos Valley Theatre: This summer, Timpanogos Valley Theatre has announced it is bringing back its famous youth theatre bootcamp offerings. Each bootcamp consists of acting, singing, blocking, dancing, costume work, lighting, production work, and so much more… all culminating in a final, full musical performance. With “Seussical Jr.” and Disney’s “Moana Jr.” already completed, the theatre group still has “Could You Hug A Cactus?” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” remaining this summer season. More information.
- Wasatch Mountain Music Festival in Wallsburg: Happening this coming weekend, July 9th through 11th, is the annual Wasatch Mountain Music Festival. This event offers a fun mix of contemporary and traditional roots-based music and brings together the best of bluegrass, Celtic, folk, singer-songwriter, and roots-rock music. There will be food vendors, onsite camping, and amazing musical artists featured at the festival main stage. There will also be an instrument competition, singer-songwriter competition, and a workshop stage. Additionally, $10 tours will be available for the Richard W. Erickson Antique Power Museum on Saturday, July 10th and there is a free pancake breakfast and Morning Gospel Jam on Sunday. Any festival ticket purchase includes Sunday access. More information.
- Weekly Live Music in the Valley: Wednesday nights offers live entertainment on the patio at Afterword Restaurant on Heber Main Street. Thursdays features live entertainment for the duration of the weekly summer Heber Market on Main at the Heber Main Street Park, including local booth vendors and food trucks. Thursday through Sunday nights find live music on the delightful patio at Cafe Galleria in Midway. Friday nights lend themselves well to grabbing drinks and dinner at Melvin’s Public House with live music on the patio. Zermatt Resort has brought back its complimentary Saturday outdoor concerts on the back lawn through September with onsite food and beverage available for purchase. More information.
- Outdoor Concert Series at Sundance Resort: Drive up the scenic route to Sundance Resort this summer and enjoy local and national musical talents. While the annual Bluebird Cafe Concert Series is already sold out for this summer season, the resort has added a complimentary summer Low Key Vibes Wednesday music series as well as their annual summer Sounds of Summer Sunday concert series. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy the lovely drive up, stunning outdoor setting, and delightful musical sounds at Sundance Resort. More information.
- Heber Valley Jazz Ensemble, Choir & Orchestra: Heber Valley Music is a local, non-profit community choir, orchestra, and jazz ensemble that was started in 2014 by Newell Bullen. In 2015, the name was changed to Heber Valley Choir and Orchestra. In 2018, Timpanogos Valley Orchestra was also incorporated into the group. And in 2019, the group changed its name to Heber Valley Music and added the Jazz Ensemble. The group performs at various events and special occasions throughout the valley all year long. Upcoming performances include July 24th festivities in Charleston, the Wasatch County Library amphitheatre on July 26th, and at the Heber Market on Main on August 12th. More information.
- Charley Jenkins Concert during Wasatch County Fair Days: This year’s Wasatch County Fair features a full week of fun, family-friendly festivities each day. Artist booths will be set up to showcase, share, and sell their handmade wares. And the Charley Jenkins concert is scheduled for August 3rd at the fairgrounds. Get your tickets in advance as this show is highly likely to sell out. The demolition derby and rodeo are also ticketed events that will likely sell out, so be sure to get your tickets for those activities in advance as well. More information.
- Midway Art Gallery at Midway Town Square: Stop in and meet a local artist at the Midway Art Gallery. With over 30 area artists featured, this quaint art gallery and live studio is located on Main Street in the heart of Midway. More information.
- Small Town Celebrations Art Fest in Charleston: In addition to the Midway Art Gallery, several of the artists’ works will be on display and available for purchase at the upcoming “Small Town Celebrations” Art Around the Square event on July 24th in Charleston. More information.
- Local Artist Murals throughout Heber Valley: Starting with the full side building mural at the Heber Valley Visitor’s Center on the north entrance of town (475 N Main Street, Heber City), many local business owners have made the conscious decision to support the arts in our community and invest in local artists for stunning murals that help further beautify our valley. If you are interested in seeing the latest mural in progress, stop by Old Town Square (32 S Main Street, Heber City) to see the dark chalk drawing prior to the artist beginning the painting process. Local artwork is also featured inside Slim & Knobby’s bike shop and Fish Heads Fly Shop - both located on Heber City Main Street.
With the ongoing support of the cities, county, local business community, and area residents, the arts and culture scene continues to grow and thrive in Heber Valley. The Wasatch County Arts Council continues to focus on and support the efforts of all art organizations committed to making Wasatch County a premier destination for visual and performing arts. The Council is currently working on the feasibility of a new Wasatch Community Arts Center, which will have a large, positive impact on the community. The opportunity to be part of the arts and culture of Heber Valley is ever-growing and has a very bright future for visitors and locals alike.