"What's to-day, my fine fellow?" said Scrooge.
"To-day!" replied the boy. “Why, Christmas Day."
In these famous lines from A Christmas Carol, Scrooge might've been asking the wrong question. He should've asked, "What's this weekend?" And the boy's reply: "Why, 1893 all over again."
For three days in December, the Dickens Christmas Festival brings to life the sights, sounds, and experiences of 19th-century London. Visitors are free to stroll up and down the festival's narrow village streets while browsing the unique gifts and keepsakes of participating vendors. Actors in period costumes will enliven the festival even further, with fortune tellers, orphans, and royalty mixing in amongst the crowd and olde English shops. Of course, the festival's namesake is well represented, too. Fagin, Scrooge, and other characters from Dickens stories roam the streets, and mini productions of tales such as Oliver Twist unfold on multiple stages. Father Christmas also spends the entire day listening to children wish for presents such as the electric hoop-and-sticks that are all the rage right now.
There's a whole culture of beauty, wonder, and imagination waiting for you at International Sportsmen's Exposition Salt Lake in Sandy.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So if you're looking for a great place to go with the whole family, enjoy a weekend filled with culture here.
Music and camping have one big thing in common: you don't have to be a certain age to enjoy them. Keetley Music Festival is a celebration of both, and the community event is open to all ages. With performances by local, regional, and national musicians, there are ample opportunities for festival-goers to discover a new favorite band or artist. The festival is also a celebration of future artists, thanks to live performances by kids at MusicGarage.org's Youth Rock Band Program.
Here's a quick look of what to expect at the three-day festival:
Location: River's Edge Campground, right below the Jordanelle dam
Amenities: Cabins, RV spots with hookups, and tent sites
Music: Genres include rock, reggae, soul, pop, and hip hop (click here for this year's lineup)
When it comes to high fantasy, few fairs have Utah Renaissance Faire beat. No matter what event festival-goers choose to attend, they'll be met with live music, talented artisans, and family-friendly activities. Throughout the 2016 season, the festival will feature champion jouster Charlie Andrews along with the popular Eastern European group Stary Olsa, known for their medieval music and covers of popular music. "The Silk Road" area will highlight the influence of the Middle East and Asia during the Renaissance Era, and is replete with performing stages, vendors, and camel rides. The Egyptian band Kairo by Night, meanwhile, will entertain guests with live music and belly dancers, while a petting zoo will keep younger visitors entertained.
Elsewhere on the grounds, vocal and instrumental groups will perform Renaissance music, a royal court along with its retinue of entertainers like archers and combat actors will wow the crowds, and a nightly five-course medieval feast will be accompanied by a jousting contest and authentic medieval music. To round off their visit, guests can also see Grassroots Shakespeare company conducting workshops and putting on a production of Anthony and Cleopatra in the evenings, which will be free to the public.
Each year, more than 3,500 people descend on Soldier Hollow in Midway to celebrate the arts and cultures of various Native American nations. For three days, crafters sell handmade jewelry, paintings, and museum-worthy pottery. Fry bread, roast mutton, and Navajo tacos abound, fueling shoppers as they browse or cartwheel over to watch dancers and drummers face off against each other in colorful, handcrafted regalia. The dancers don flowing garb for grass dances that recall prairie grass rustling in the breeze, while jingle dresses inlaid with hundreds of tiny tin cones reverberate in time with fleet footwork.
The Mystery Theater at the Castle of Chaos puts a different spin on the typical murder-mystery show. When guests arrive, instead of filing into assigned seats, they step directly onto the set. And they're not passive observers either; they're encouraged to jump into the investigation, questioning the characters they meet and searching the room for clues. These clues might prompt a character to share more information, helping them to determine whodunit. In the final scene, the cast reveals whether the audience has correctly identified the perp or allowed someone to get away with murder.