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Plethora of upcoming Utah County festivals to attend this summer

By Sarah Hunt - | May 27, 2023
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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.
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Kevin Hopkinson, of Orem, eyes a hot dog before eating it during the Wienerschnitzel Hot Dog Eating Contest as part of Orem's Summerfest held Thursday, June 13, 2019, at City Center Park in Orem.
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Children fire water guns at each other during the Swamping Competition at the Lindon Days Cardboard Boat Regatta held at the Lindon Aquatics Center on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.
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Children wait to compete in the mutton bustin' competition during the annual Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo in Spanish Fork on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
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Pipers make their way down Main Street during the Payson Onion Days Grand Parade on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.
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People wait for Vineyard Days performers at Vineyard Grove Park on Saturday, June 4, 2022.
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Hailey Bollar, of Santaquin, scoops up three tart cherries to be spat during the annual Orchard Days Cherry Pit Spit held Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at Rowley’s Red Barn in Santaquin. Each spitter paid $1 to eat three cherries and spit the pits as far as they could.

With the weather heating up, it’s almost time for Utah County’s annual summer festivals. With celebrations from Highland to Santaquin, there’s bound to be one near you to enjoy with family and friends.


Provo’s famous Freedom Festival has events running from May through July, the biggest being the city’s annual Stadium of Fire concert, featuring Journey as the main entertainment this year. The Freedom Festival’s next upcoming event will be a Memorial Day service at the Provo City Cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday. The festival collaborates with the Provo City Veterans Council to create an event that will honor soldiers who died protecting our country.

Vineyard Days runs from Tuesday through Saturday, June 3. Festivities include a movie in the park, nonmotorized parade, concert, drone show and pickleball tournaments. Competitions, games and rides will take place most of the day on Friday and Saturday at Vineyard Grove Park.

Eagle Mountain Pony Express Days begins Wednesday and goes through June 3. A demolition derby takes place at 7 p.m. June 3 and, later on, the Pony Express PRCA Rodeo runs from June 8-10 at the Pony Express Memorial Park Arena.


Springville’s Art City Days runs from June 3-10. The festivities kick off with the annual rodeo, held this year on June 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Art City Hometown Rodeo Arena. Rodeo events include bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback riding, mutton busting, barrel racing, Bert Davis: The Coppertown Clown and his trained dogs, and more. Attendees are advised to bring folding chairs as bleacher space is limited. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

OremFest goes from June 5-10 with events like Orem’s Got Talent, Orem Summer Night’s Dream, OremFest Rev Road Rally and more running throughout the week, ending with a parade and fireworks show.

Cedar Hills’ 2023 Family Festival will run from June 5-10.

Splash Days in Saratoga Springs goes from June 7-10 and includes a carnival, parade, car show, boutique and more.

The complete schedule for Pleasant Grove’s Strawberry Days 2023, taking place from June 10-18, is soon to be released, with the Mammoth Parade happening on June 17. According to the event website, this celebration has been occurring for 102 years, making it the longest-running festival in the state of Utah.

Lehi Round-Up takes place from June 18-24, with a rodeo run by rodeo royalty, a miniature parade as well as a grand parade. More details to come as the event gets closer.


Provo will be hosting the annual Freedom Days on Center Street from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 3 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 4. Food and craft vendors will be lining the streets for patrons to browse and shop while live music plays. Other highlighted events include the Balloon Fest, Military History Days, Colonial Fest, Grand Parade, Freedom Run and more.

Payson’s Scottish Festival, July 7-8, will include a bagpipe and band competition, highland dancing, strong man athletic events, vendors and more.

American Fork’s Steel Days runs from July 17-22 and include sports tournaments, art shows, tea time, a carnival, pool parties, a car show, a parade and more.

Mapleton’s Pioneer Day celebration will take place just before the statewide holiday, July 17-22.

Spanish Fork’s Fiesta Days run from July 18-24 and will include a baby costume contest, multiple rodeos, a carnival, parades and more.

Santaquin’s Orchard Days takes place July 29 through Aug. 5. A schedule of events will be posted on the festival’s website soon.

Lindon Days is July 29 through Aug. 5, featuring horse trail rides, a pickleball tournament, a 5K and fun run, a concert in the park, Chalk the Block and more.

Highland Fling is from July 31 through Aug. 5. There will be backyard tours, a tractor show, an art show and more.


Alpine Days runs from Aug. 8-12 and will feature a mountain bike race, quilt show, barbecue fundraiser for the local fire station, rodeo, fireworks show and more.

Payson’s Golden Onion Days is Aug. 31-Sept. 4 and includes “concerts, carnival, baby contest, car show, 5K and 10K races, parade, fireworks, food, and merchandise vendors,” according to the festival’s website.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct dates for Mapleton’s Pioneer Day celebration, which will be held July 17-22.


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