How to enjoy summertime in the valley

Utah Valley may not be as populated during the summer but it is full of destinations and activities to keep anyone busy, from festivals to sightseeing to concert series to natural escapes. Inside and outside activities give everyone a chance to cool off and soak up the sun, as desired. Many students enjoy the natural beauty in Provo.
“I like doing outdoor activities like hiking or going on a picnic,” said Rachel Birtcher, an open major from Taylor, Ariz. “I like to go to Mt. Timpanogos or the Y.”
From campus to surrounding cities, students find natural landscapes to occupy their free time.
“I like to go see gardens. Thanksgiving Point is beautiful. I was skeptical when I heard about it but after I visited, I realized how nice it is. I also like the newly landscaped path above the BYU tennis courts.” said David Peterson, an MBA student from Chicago.
Other students enjoy Provo Canyon at night.
“I usually go up the canyon to one of the parks to star gaze,” said Ryan Christensen, Portland native and economics major. “You don’t have to have special equipment. I have seen 12 nebulas, which can be hard to find sometimes.”
Students always know where to find good food for a good price.
“I like El Salvador Restaurant on Center Street,” said Evan Elg, a psychology major from Chattanooga, Tenn. “You can fill up for just a few dollars and it’s delicious.”
Here’s a suggested three-day summertime enjoyment calendar:
Sample Sweet Summer Day One:
morning: Enjoy a french toast breakfast at Magleby’s.
afternoon: Soak up the sun and splash around at Seven Peaks Water Park.
evening: Relax in Provo Canyon by star gazing.
Sample Sweet Summer Day Two:
morning: Pack a picnic and enjoy the Provo River ambiance.
afternoon: Refresh yourself by tubing down the Provo River.
evening: Listen to sweet jams at Muse Music Cafe.
Sample Sweet Summer Day Three:
morning: Take an art class at Sundance.
afternoon: Read a book or take a nap under a shaded tree in the natural surroundings in Sundance.
evening: Dance the night away at Salsa Chocolate to some lovely latin beats.
Inside Activities

Outside Activities

Special Events
Balloon Fest (Provo)
July 1, 2, & 4  starting at 6:30 am
Fox Field
1100 N. Freedom Blvd.
Utah County Fair
Aug. 17 – 20, 2011
Colonial Days (Provo)
July 1,2 & 4  from 10:00 am – Dusk
Crandall Historical Printing Museum
Festival Peruano en Utah (Centerville)
July 15  from 3:00 – 9:30 pm and July 16, 2011 from 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Community Park
400 W. 1350 North
Highland Games (Lehi)
June 10 – 11
Thanksgiving Point
3003 N. Thanksgiving Way
Llama Fest (Spanish Fork)
July 16 at 6:00 pm
8628 S. Main Street
Krishna’s Birthday Party (Spanish Fork)
August 20 – 21 at 8:00 pm
8628 S. Main Street
Miss Provo Scholarship Pageant (Provo)
June 11 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Covey Center for the Arts
425 W. Center Street
Springville World Folkfest (Springville)
July 25 – 30
Spring Acres Arts Park
Taste of the Valley (Provo)
July 23 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Shops at the Riverwoods
4801 N. University Ave.
Provo Farmers Market
Saturdays, June 4 – October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pioneer Park
500 W. 100 South
Movies in the Park (Provo)
Monday nights in August, 2011 at dusk (about 9:00 pm)
Rock Canyon Park
2620 N. 1200 East
Battle of the Bands (Provo)
June 13 – 18
Velour Live Music Gallery
135 N. University Ave.
Blue Bird Cafe Concert Series (Sundance)
Thursdays and Fridays in July
8841 Alpine Loop Road
Brown Bag Free Lunchtime Concerts (Provo)
Thursdays June 9, 16, 23, 30 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Covey Center for the Arts
425 W. Center Street
Concerts in the Gardens (Orem)
Select Friday evenings thoroughout the Summer 2011
Central Utah Gardens
355 W. University Parkway
Rooftop Concerts (Provo)
First Friday of each month, May – October
Provo Town Square
100 N. 100 West
Summer Band Concerts (Provo)
June 5, 12, 19, 26 at 7 p.m.
North Park
500 N. 500 West
Sundance Summer Theatre (Provo Canyon)
July 29 – August 20
Sundance Resort Outdoor Amphitheater
8841 N. Alpine Loop Road
Provo Canyon
City Festivals and Fairs
Alpine Days
August 8 – 13
America’s Freedom Festival (Provo)
June – July 4
Various locations
American Fork Steel Days
July 5 – 9
Cedar Hills Family Festival
July 17 – 25
Lindon Days
August 6 – 13
Midway Swiss Days
Sept. 2 – 3
Orem Summerfest
June 10 – 11
Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days
June 12 – 19
Provo Freedom Days
July 1, 2 & 4
Saratoga Splash
June 4 – 11
Spanish Fork Fiesta Days
July 18 – 25
Springville Art City Days
June 4 – 11
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