From local city celebration festivities to live comedy at the Hive, Kolache Fest to a Dive-In Movie, there are plenty of ways to enjoy all that the area has to offer this weekend. Here are our five tips!
— By Kari Kenner, Daily Herald
Head to a city celebration
Is it really summer in Utah without copious amounts of city celebrations, bringing carnivals, rodeos, vendor booths and all sorts of tasty treats to your community? Probably not. The fun continues this weekend with the conclusion of the Lehi Roundup in Lehi and some preliminary events for the Freedom Festival in Provo.
Plan on Lehi fun including a Lehi Idol competition, the Miniature Float Parade, PRCA Rodeo, Chuck Wagon Breakfast and Grand Parade, while Provo’s events will include the Bluegrassroots Timpanogos Folk Festival, Children’s Parade, Patriotic Service and Freedom Awards Gala, with even more consolidated fun set for next week.
Laugh it up
Head to the Hive Collaborative, 591 S. 300 West in Provo, this Friday for a comedy special: “Hive Comedy Presents: Joke Wars.” The show is revving up to celebrate “all that’s wonderful about nerd culture” with an “evening of stand-up comedy from a galaxy near, near, nearby.”
Joke Wars is appropriate for all ages but limited to ages 5 and up with recommended audience age teen and up.
Tickets to the 7 p.m. event are just $5 in advance or $6 at the door with more details at thehivecollaborative.com.
Explore Timpanogos Cave
Though construction left Timpanogos Cave inaccessible for the start of the hiking season this year, the national monument is now open to the public, with regular cave tours available up to 30 days in advance online at https://www.nps.gov/tica. Tickets to the tours start at $2 and range to $12 depending on age, with a pretty epic hike from start to finish to enjoy the beautiful landmarks.
If hiking isn’t your forte, there’s also fun to be had driving the Alpine Loop where the cave is located, or stopping by the Timpanogos Cave National Monument office for a Smokey the Bear and Fire Prevention Junior Ranger Program, a free, family-friendly event set for 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Cave tours run 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. through Sept. 2 at the Timpanogos Cave National Monument, 2038 Alpine Loop Road in American Fork.
There’s no better way to spend the weekend than with all-you-can-eat kolaches at the new Hruska’s Kolaches location at 11 W. Main St. in American Fork for Kolache Fest. If you’ve never had a kolache before, this is a great chance to discover what you like by tasting a variety of tiny kolaches – either delicious bready pockets packed with savory deliciousness like eggs and bacon or sweet breads topped with fruits and more. The Fest, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, is just $5 per person who can walk, and you can top off a great morning with shopping or adventures at any of the great businesses nearby.
Head to the Dive-In
You’ve probably heard of drive-in movies, where you can catch great flicks from the comfort of your own car. But Provo city is continuing to offer up its own unique take on the trend with their Dive-In Movie series, kicking off this Saturday at 8 p.m. with a screening of “Zootopia.”
The film will be shown on a 40-foot screen at the outdoor wave pool at the Provo Recreation Center, 320 W. 500 North in Provo, with live animal entertainment provided by the Bean Life Science Museum prior to showtime. The event is free for Provo Recreation Center members and $5 for adults, $4 for children who are non-members. Wristbands for members and non-members can be picked up or purchased at the rec center front desk starting at opening on Saturday. For more details, follow this link.