Plan a trip to Heber Valley this month and experience some amazing small-town charm with a vibrant 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. The summer and fall months are filled with plays, musicals, live entertainment, outdoor concerts, art shows, markets, festivals and much more. Read the highlights below and plan your next trip to Heber Valley.
- Pioneer Day Celebration:
The annual Charleston Pioneer Day Celebration kicks off Saturday, July 23rd at Charleston Park with fun and festivities going all day.
6:45am: Flag raising ceremony
7:00am: 5K and Fun Run (register in advance)
9:00am-3:00pm: Car show
11:00am-9:00pm: Craft and vendor booths, bounce houses, food trucks, live entertainment
6:30pm: Charleston parade
10:00pm: Fireworks show
- Fiddlers & Fireworks at Heber Valley Railroad:
Celebrate Utah's Pioneer Day the evening of Saturday, July 23rd with dinner outside at the train depot. Live entertainment is provided by the Utah County Old Time Fiddlers during dinner, followed by a family-friendly old time gunfighter show. The evening train is a two-hour round trip ride. Tickets sell out every year!
7:15pm: Dinner & live entertainment at the depot
8:15pm: Family-friendly old time gunfighter show
8:30pm: Train departs
10:00pm: Charleston fireworks show over the lake
- Theatre Performances:
This summer, Timpanogos Valley Theatre is performing William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Twelfth Night” from August 12th through August 20th. Then, the cast and crew return for a run of “The Importance of Being Earnest” – a trivial comedy by Oscar Wilde - from September 21st through October 1st. And you can also catch the Improv Comedy Show by The Belvederes on July 23rd, August 27th, or September 24th. Then, High Valley Arts will present “The Lion King Jr.” from October 26th through 29th.
- Weekly Live Music in the Valley:
Tuesday through Saturday nights and Sunday mornings include live entertainment on the cool patio at Café Galleria in Midway. Thursdays feature live music for the weekly summer Heber Market on Main at the Heber Main Street Park, also including local booth vendors and food trucks. Friday nights lend themselves well to grabbing drinks and dinner at Melvin’s Public House with live music on the patio. Black Rock Mountain Resort has brought back its Friday and Saturday night entertainment inside On The Rocks bar with stunning views overlooking Jordanelle Reservoir. And the beloved Back 40 Ranch House Grill serves up some local tunes on Saturday and Sunday evenings, along with local cuisine and breathtaking views of the North 40 fields and Mount Timpanogos.
- 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 Café Concert Series is already sold out for this summer season, the resort has brought back its complimentary Low Key Vibes Wednesday afternoon music series as well as its Sounds of Summer Sunday evening concert series. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the stunning outdoor setting and delightful musical sounds at Sundance Resort.
- Legends of Rock Free Concert at Heber Valley Railroad:
Plan for an evening of fun and rock out with the sounds of Legends of Rock at this FREE concert starting at 8:00pm. Enjoy hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s at the train depot and under a blanket of stars.
- 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 handmade wares. And the Charley Jenkins concert is scheduled for August 4th at the fairgrounds and following the rodeo. 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.
- Annual Hangar Dance & Live Band:
Come dressed in vintage attire (not required, but highly encouraged) and be transported back in time as you dance the night away to hit from the ‘40s and ‘50s, with such popular performers as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, and more, all to a live jazz band! Plan to join us in this commemoration of a timeless piece of history.
- 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. In addition to the gallery, several of the artists’ works can also be seen at the “Small Town Celebrations” Art Around the Square event on July 21st through 23rd.
- Local Artist Murals throughout Heber Valley:
Starting with the full side building mural at the Heber Valley Visitor Center at the north entrance of town (475 North Main Street, Heber), many local business owners have made the conscious decision to support the local arts community and invest in area 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 at 32 S Main Street in 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 along Heber City Main Street, as well as on the south side of the Body & Soul building on Heber Main Street. Many homes and businesses through Midway also feature large-scale murals on the sides of residences, buildings, and shops.
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 fundraising for a new Wasatch Community Arts Center, which will have a large, positive impact on the community. And High Valley Arts is progressing on its efforts to construct a new Midway Arts Center on historic Midway Main Street. 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.
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