Cedar City, Utah

Posted On
Apr 07, 2010
Northern Utah

Cedar City, Utah has earned the distinction of being Festival City, USA due to the incredible theatrical and cultural offerings. In Cedar City you will discover a unique small city complete with world-renowned theatricals, astounding beauty, and unbelievable outdoor recreation.


With an impressive line up of year-round entertainment Cedar City is a terrific place to discover both outdoor and indoor fun.  Festivals and events with varied themes appeal to all ages and interests.  Here you will find a sampling of some of our favorites.  For a more complete listing of festivals, events and all the exciting happenings, visit: www.ScenicSouthernUtah.com/events.


Utah Summer Games and State Games of the West – June 9-27


Athletes and spectators fill the soccer fields, pools, tennis courts and every nook of town as Southern Utah University and Cedar City host the annual Utah Summer Games. Grand Opening Ceremonies include fireworks, musical performance and of course of parade of athletes (June 10).


Explore Utah's newest National Scenic Byway - June 12


Join the celebration as we explore National Scenic Byway Hwy SR 143. "Patchwork Parkway" makes its' debut as not only a beautiful drive, but a historical significant part of southern Utah history.  Celebration events take place all along Hwy SR 143 from Parowan to Panguitch.


Groovefest – June 23-27


The 8th Annual Groovefest - All American Music Festival teams up with the Cedar City Arts Festival to present live music and art in Main Street Park.  Food vendors, fine art displays and free live music make for enjoyable summer days and nights. Music and workshops and are scheduled, and music continues with after-hours entertainment. www.groovefestutah.com.


Paiute Restoration Gathering and Pow Wow – June 25-26


The 29th annual authentic Native American Pow – Wow held at the Paiute Tribal Center showcases Cedar City's' Paiute heritage with dancing and drums.




Utah Shakespearean Festival – June 28-August 28 (summer)


September 16 – October 23 (fall)


The Tony Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival helped Cedar City earn its title of Festival City USA.  Experience the Festival with music, dance, and theatre at its finest.  Backstage tours, the Greenshow, play orientations, and literary, props, costume and actors seminars. New this year, witness the magic of the twice a day scene change with Repertory Magic.  All these elements combine to make your Festival experience fantastic. www.Bard.org


Cedar Breaks Wild Flower Festival – July 2-18


The wildflowers of Cedar Breaks National Monument put on a show of color during the month of July.  Wide arrays of unique and varied natural wildflowers explode amid the back drop of red rock stone spires, columns, arches and canyons. www.nps.gov/cebr




Neil Simon Festival – July 15-Aug 14


Up close and funny, this theater festival offers performances in a setting where the audience surrounds the stage on three sides.  The Neil Simon Festival presents three plays this summer including two by its namesake: "California Suite" and "Broadway Bound" plus Robert Harling's "Steel Magnolias". www.SimonFest.org


Great American Stampede – Sept. 9-11


Featuring a horse parade up historic Main Street and professional rodeo action, the Great American Stampede takes place at the Cross Hollow Event Center (west of Cedar City on Hwy 56).


Red Rock Relay – Sept 10-11


The second annual snow to sun 180 mile team endurance runs starts at 10,000 feet in Brian Head and winds through amazing scenery including scenic highways SR 143 and SR 14. The relay ends in Ivins, Utah, just outside of St. George.


Cedar City Sky Fest – Sept 17-19


Colorful hot air balloons take to the skies each morning, launching from the soccer fields of Bicentennial Park. Remote control airplanes and live music add to the fun to make SkyFest a lively fall event.


Cedar Canyon Half Marathon – Sept 18


The first half marathon course to travel down Scenic Byway SR 14, this spectacular downhill course offers a fast pace and beautiful view.  Registration atwww.active.com


Pumpkin Festival – Oct 23


Celebrating all things autumn: Games for children, art vendors and fall fun all coalesce for a fall spectacular. This event is held on the Randall Jones Theatre lawn from 10 AM -1PM.


Cedar City Livestock and Heritage Festival – Oct 29-31


Featuring the famous sheep parade, plus historic and modern sheep camps, wagons, horses, antique tractors, concerts, entertainment, a stock dog demonstration, vendors and a Dutch oven cook-off.   Cedar Livestock Heritage Festival held at the Cross Hollow Events Center (West of Cedar City on Hwy 56).  For more information call 435-586-8132 or www.cedarlivestockfest.com



Scenic Byways, Festivals