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Nathan Jensen sets up the Tip Top for the Orem Summerfest, which runs through Saturday at Orem City Park on Center Street in Orem.
Kevin Lee, Daily Herald file photo
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Steven Stoker, of Orem, chews a hot dog while he eyes his opponents’ progress during the Wienerschnitzel Hot Dog Eating Contest as part of Orem’s Summerfest held Thursday, June 13, 2019, at City Center Park in Orem.
Isaac Hale, Daily Herald file photo
Mandy Snyder crosses the finish line for team Snyder during the Duct Tape Regatta on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The regatta event was held for the grand opening of Bartholomew Park in Springville and in correlation with the Art City Days celebration.
Sammy Jo Hester, Daily Herald file photo
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6-year-old Carly Degraw pulls her 2-year-old little brother Cooper Degraw, right, and 2-year-old friend Logan Richards in a wagon, during the Strawberry Day’s Children Parade in Pleasant Grove on Wednesday, June 19, 2002 .
Matt Smith, Daily Herald file photo
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Hot air balloons float as others take off from Fox Field during preliminary flights as part of the Freedom Festival’s Balloon Fest on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Provo.
Isaac Hale, Daily Herald file photo
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First grader Maia Baird attempts to rope the practice bull as Nick Hanks, the Fiesta Days Rodeo chairman, assists during the Fiesta Days Rodeo reading assembly at Spanish Oaks Elementary on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Spanish Fork.
Evan Cobb, Daily Herald file photo
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A group of bagpipers make final adjustments to tune and prepare their instruments before competing in the Scottish Festival in Payson on Saturday, July 13, 2019. The festival is one of the biggest celebrations of Scottish heritage and culture in the West.
Natalie Behring, Special to the Daily Herald
Like clockwork, as winter thaws into spring and spring flows into summer, the cities of Utah County begin their annual parade through high school graduations and Memorial Day remembrances toward the numerous city summer celebrations.
Every town and city in the county has its designated week or weekend to celebrate, so others in the county may come and enjoy what that city offers – often a summer stay-cation for looking for free or inexpensive entertainment.
Now is a good time to take a look and see what Utah County offers for summer fun.
Vineyard Days starts the summer celebration train the week of May 31-June 4. The majority of the events are scheduled for June 3 and 4 at Vineyard Grove Park.
Listed below are a few of the events taking place at Vineyard Days:
- Tuesday, May 31 – Better Days exhibit from 10 am to 6 pm with a speaker at 6 pm provided by Timpanogos Regional Medical Center.
- Wednesday, June 1 – 9 pm Movie in the Park.
- Thursday, June 2 from 5 pm to 9 pm play Spikeball or Pickleball at the park.
- Friday, June 3 – from 9 am to 11 am Cornhole Tournament. Throughout the day there will also be pioneer games, bounce houses, heritage petting zoo, pony rides and a corn box. The Children’s Market is scheduled from 5 pm to 8 pm and a FUNdeMentals concert from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
- Saturday, June 4 – Vineyard Race begins at 8 am with rides, bounce houses and a climbing wall from 11 am to 7 pm Food trucks will be available from 10 am until 7 pm with the Touch-A-Truck beginning at 11 am Foam ( provided by Orem Fire Department) and a comedy show will both start at 6 pm
Closing out the festivities will be a concert by Ryan Innes — a former contestant and fan favorite on NBC’s “The Voice” — from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Fireworks will follow the concert.
Now for those who like a parade, fun in a park and fireworks the summer entertainment is just beginning. In the coming weeks Utah County residents can attend the following:
Eagle Mountain Pony Express Days June 4-11; Springville’s Art City Days, June 4-11; Orem’s Summerfest, June 6-11; Cedar Hills Family Days, June 6-11; Saratoga Springs Splash Days, June 9-11; Elk Ridge city celebration June 10; Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days, June 11-19; Lehi Round-up, June 19-25; Genola City Celebration and rodeos June 18-26.
That leads to Utah County’s Granddaddy of all celebrations — America’s Freedom Festival at Provo including the Stadium of Fire concert, this year headlined by Tim McGraw. With year-round events, the Freedom Festival kicks off the majority of its festivities on Flag Day, June 14, with more of the all-day events taking place on July 1-5.
July events following the Freedom Festival include American Fork Steel days, July 5-11; Payson Scottish Festival, July 8-9; Spanish Fork Fiesta Days and Rodeo July 9-23; Goshen Days, July 14-16; Mapleton’s Pioneer Day July 24; Lindon Days July 30-Aug. 6; Santaquin Orchard Days, July 30-Aug. 6.
Highland Fling, Aug. 1-6; Utah County Fair, Aug. 4-6; Alpine Days, Aug. 6-14; Salem Days will be from Aug. 11-13; Payson Salmon Dinner on Aug. 5.
Rounding out the summer of city celebrations is the annual Payson Onion Days from Sept. 2-5.
Throughout the summer, there is other local entertainment from the Scera Shell Outdoor Theater in Orem to the Castle outdoor theater in Provo. Swimming is also an option at any number of city pools and the Splash Summit Resort in Provo.
There are also numerous biking and hiking trails throughout the county, for outdoor adventurers, including popular hikes to Stewart Falls and Timp Caves.
Those looking for indoor fun can check the calendars of their local library programs or scan city websites for more information and details.