Big Weekend

Celebrate Fourth of July; annual Moab free concert series begins July 5

Ace guitarist Tasjan and his fabulous band make timeless music on the fringes of Americana at the initial Free Concert July 5. Courtesy photo

Swanny Park will be the place to be Thursday and Friday. Come celebrate Independence Day during daylong festivities at the park at 400 North and 100 West on Thursday, July 4. The fireworks show begins at about 10 p.m. and the display will be viewable from the park. Sponsored by Grand County, the City of Moab and the Grand County Recreation District the show will be choreographed to a playlist on KCYN, 97.1.

The next day, Moab’s free concert series kicks off 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the park with Aaron Lee Tasjan. Here’s what event organizer Cassie Paup said about him: “Ace guitarist Tasjan and his fabulous band make timeless music on the fringes of Americana. A former member of the glam band New York Dolls, Tasjan’s music is anchored in rock and roll finding inspiration from Tom Petty, The Kinks and The Beatles and motivated by the desire to spread good vibes.”

The stage will be set up adjacent to the pavilion. Tasjan takes the stage at 6 p.m. with local artists kicking off the concert at 5 p.m.

In other upcoming events:

July 6-7: Dash for Canyon Cash Xtreme Barrel Race at the Old Spanish Trail Arena, 3641 S. Highway 191.

July 8-12: Arty Farty Kids Summer Camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Moab Arts & Recreation Center, 111 E. 100 North. Each week has a different theme.

July 8-12: La Sal Mountains Explorer Base Camp Session 1, for students in fifth through eighth grade. The folks from Canyonlands Field Institute will spend time outdoors with the kids learning about wildlife, enjoying fun activities, and fishing. To enroll either email [email protected], call 435-259-7750, or go online at

July 11: Randall Irmis: Moab Before the Dinosaurs: Life on a Coastal Desert 300 Million Years Ago, 6 p.m. at the Moab Information Center at the corner of Main and Center streets. Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Moab Museum sponsor the event.