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Nathan Jensen sets up the Tip Top for 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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Orem’s Steven Stoker chews a hot dog as he watches the progress of his opponents in the Wienerschnitzel Hot Dog Eating Contest as part of Orem’s Summerfest held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at City Center Park in Orem.
Isaac Hale, Daily Herald file photo
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Mandy Snyder crosses the finish line for Team Snyder in the Duct Tape Regatta on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The regatta was held for the grand opening of Bartholomew Park in Springville and in conjunction with the City Days celebration of art.
Sammy Jo Hester, Daily Herald file photo
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Carly Degraw, 6, pulls her 2-year-old little brother Cooper Degraw, right, and her 2-year-old friend Logan Richards in a wagon, during the Strawberry Day children’s parade in Pleasant Grove 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 Balloon Festival Wednesday, July 3, 2019 in Provo.
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Freshman Maia Baird attempts to string up the practice bull as Fiesta Days Rodeo President Nick Hanks attends 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 pipers make final adjustments to tune and prepare their instruments before taking part in the Scottish Payson Festival on Saturday 13th July 2019. The festival is one of the biggest celebrations of Scottish heritage and culture in the UK. west.
Natalie Behring, special for the Daily Herald
Like clockwork, as winter thaws into spring and spring drags into summer, towns across Utah County begin their annual parade through high school graduations and Memorial Day commemorations to the many city summer celebrations.
Each town and city in the county has its designated week or weekend to celebrate, so others in the county can come and enjoy what that town has to offer – often a summer getaway for families looking for fun free or inexpensive.
Now is a good time to take a look and see what Utah County has to offer for summer fun.
Vineyard Days begins the summer celebration train the week of May 31 through June 4. The majority of events are scheduled for June 3 and 4 at Vineyard Grove Park.
Here are some of the events that take place during the Vineyard Days:
- Tuesday, May 31 – Better Days exhibition from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a speaker at 6 p.m. provided by the Regional Medical Center of Timpanogos.
- Wednesday, June 1 – 9 p.m. Film in the park.
- Thursday, June 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. play Spikeball or Pickleball in the park.
- Friday, June 3 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cornhole Tournament. Throughout the day there will also be pioneer games, inflatables, a heritage petting zoo, pony rides and a corn box. The Children’s Market is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a FUNdeMentals concert from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, June 4 – Vineyard Race begins at 8 a.m. with rides, bouncy houses and a rock climbing wall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food trucks will be available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the Touch-A-Truck starting at 11 a.m. provided by Orem Fire Department) and a comedy show will both begin at 6 p.m.
Closing out the festivities will be a concert by Ryan Innes — a former contestant and fan favorite on NBC’s “The Voice” — from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow the concert.
Now, for those who love parades, park fun and fireworks, the summer entertainment is just getting started. In the coming weeks, Utah County residents will be able to attend the following events:
Eagle Mountain Pony Express Days June 4-11; Springville Art City Days, June 4-11; Orem Summerfest, June 6-11; Cedar Hills Family Days, June 6-11; Saratoga Springs Splash Days, June 9-11; celebration of the town of Elk Ridge on June 10; Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days, June 11-19; Lehi Round-up, June 19-25; Genola City Celebration and rodeos June 18-26.
This leads to the grandfather of all Utah County celebrations – America’s Freedom Festival in Provo, including the Stadium of Fire concert, headlined this year by Tim McGraw. With events year-round, the Freedom Festival kicks off the majority of its festivities on Flag Day, June 14, with more all-day events July 1-5.
July events following the Freedom Festival include American Fork Steel Days, July 5-11; Payson Scottish Festival, 8-9 July; Spanish Fork Fiesta Days and Rodeo July 9-23; Goshen Days, July 14-16; Mapleton Pioneer Day July 24; Lindon Days 30 July-August. 6; Santaquin orchard days, 30 July-August. 6.
Highland Fling, August 1-6; Utah County Fair, Aug. 4-6; Alpine Days, August 6-14; Salem Days will take place from August 11 to 13; Payson Salmon dinner on August 5th.
The annual Payson Onion Days from September 2-5 round out the town’s summer of celebrations.
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 many city pools and at Splash Summit Resort in Provo.
There are also many biking and hiking trails throughout the county for outdoor adventurers, including popular hikes to Stewart Falls and Timp’s Caves.
Those looking for indoor fun can check their local library’s program schedules or browse city websites for more information and details.