Plan a trip to Heber Valley this month (or this summer) and experience some amazing small-town charm with a vibrant arts and culture scene. This mountain town brings 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.
4th of July Celebration: Join us for the inaugural Red, White & Blue Festival happening Tuesday, July 4th. Festivities kick off early Tuesday morning with a 10k and a 5k run/walk, followed immediately by a patriotic walk, breakfast, and flag ceremony. 7:00am: Main-to-Main 10K and 5K races 8:00am: Flag raising ceremony 8:00-10:00am: Chuckwagon pancake breakfast 10:00am: Cornhole tournament at the park 1:00-3:00pm: Games and entertainment at the park 4:00-9:00pm: Market on Main at the park 4:00-9:00pm: Live performances & entertainment at the park 10:00pm: Fireworks show
Pioneer Day Celebration: The annual Charleston Pioneer Day Celebration kicks off Monday, July 24th at Charleston Park with fun and festivities going all day. 6:45am: Flag raising ceremony 7:00am: 5K and Fun Run (register in advance) 7:00-9:00am: Breakfast 9:00am-3:00pm: Car show 11:00am-9:00pm: Craft and vendor booths, kids activities, food trucks, live entertainment, live auction 6:30pm: Charleston parade 10:00pm: Fireworks show
Fiddlers & Fireworks at Heber Valley Railroad: Celebrate Utah's Pioneer Day 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
Concerts at Heber Valley Railroad: Plan for an evening of fun and rock out at the train depot and under a blanket of stars. This summer, concerts will happen on May 26, June 2, 23, 30, and July 21. Board the train then stay for the concert performance. And if you're looking for a music-themed train ride, you won't want to miss the next "Rock & Roll Train" at Heber Valley Railroad on July 21st. Get your tickets in advance!
Live 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 3rd 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 (highly encouraged) and be transported back in time as you dance the night away to hits 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 local artists 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. This local gallery hosts an open gallery stroll every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer months. In addition to the gallery, several of the artists’ works can also be seen at the Art Around the Square event on July 1st through 4th. And plan for the return of the well-known and loved Plein Air Painting event happening June 30th through July 4th.
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 and south side of the Napa building on Heber Main Street. Many homes and businesses through Midway also feature large-scale murals on the sides of residences, buildings, and shops.
Paint Nights: Test your inner artist with teacher-led paint nights happening each month at Inspiration Haven Art Studio. These themed painting experiences are a great way to spend time together making fun memories and a new piece of artwork!
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.