Music, landscapes and stars

The Moab Music Festival concludes Sept. 12 after a four-day, three-night musical rafting trip through majestic Cataract Canyon. There are plenty more concerts to be held between now and then. Courtesy photo

The Moab Music Festival wraps up this week with some incredible concerts held at iconic venues. Here’s the schedule:

Sept. 5, Thursday, noon, Grotto Concert II: All Bach Concert at the Colorado River Wilderness Grotto; 8 p.m. Hotel Cabaret: Kim Hawkey and the Elvanelle Band, at the HooDoo Moab on 100 West.

Sept. 6, Friday, A Paris Revue, 7 p.m. at Star Hall.

Sept. 7, Saturday, 8 a.m., Music Hike III: Music for Wind Instruments, Moab Wilderness; 1 p.m. open rehearsal at Star Hall, free; 6 p.m., Bix and Friends: A Celebration of Jazz-Age Genius, Sorrel River Ranch.

Sept. 8, Sunday, 8 a.m., Music Hike IV: Brahms in the Desert, Moab wilderness; 7 p.m., The Soldier’s Tale, Grand County High School Auditorium.

Sept. 9, Monday, noon, Grotto Contert III, Colorado River Wilderness Grotto.

Sept. 9-12, Monday-Thursday, Cataract Musical Raft Trip, kicks off at 7 a.m. for a four-day, three-night musical raft trip.

Here’s a glance at what else is on tap for the weeks ahead:

Sept. 6, Friday: Free Movie Moab features “Monsters University.” Celebrate back to school with this Pixar classic. Free popcorn and water – but bring your own cup or water bottle, and chairs and a blanket for an evening under the stars. Cosponsored by the City of Moab Recreation Department and the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission.

Sept. 10, Tuesday: Tuesday’s at the Museum, 7 p.m. 9 p.m. at the Museum of Moab, 118 E. Center St. Join Rory Tyler for The Snake: Seasons of the Sacred Sky.

Sept. 12, Thursday: Spencer Stokes: Icon of the West, How the Desert Landscape Inspired Generations. Dead Horse Point’s park ranger explores the lure of Moab, which has brought untold artists, adventurers and seekers into an extraordinary landscape beyond their wildest dreams, 6 p.m. at the Moab Information Center, Main and Center streets. Sponsored by Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Museum of Moab.

Sept. 13, Friday: Dancing with the Moab Stars is an action-packed dance competition based on the hit TV series “Dancing with the Stars.” Tickets available at Moab Valley Multicultural Center, 156 North 100 West.

Sept. 14, Saturday, the Sand Flats Recreation Area will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Slickrock Bike Trail with a full schedule of fun events that are all free and open to the public.

Sept. 15-17: Saturday-Tuesday: The Peace Run Team will be visiting Moab and has the following events planned:

Sept. 15: Peace Run Team at Arches – 9:30 a.m. presentation at the Visitor Center and 11 a.m. run/hike to Delicate Arch. Both events are open to the public and will offer community members an opportunity to hold the torch and make a wish for peace.

Sept. 16: Free movie screening of “3100: Run and Become,” at 6 p.m. at Star Hall. This movie documents the most elusive, elite multi-day race in the world, the self-transcendence 3100 Mile Race. It’s held around one square sidewalk block (0.56 miles) and requires at least 59 miles a day for 52 straight days to complete the event. Post screening Q & A with the only 2019 female participant and two-time finisher, Harita Davies. For more information, 505-412-3132.

Sept 17: Free Meditation Class offered by the Sri Chinmoy Centre. Experience the peace of meditation, music, visualization and mantra, 5:30 p.m. at the Moab Recreation and Aquatics Center. Reservations are appreciated although not required. For more information call 505-412-3132.

Sept. 18-22: The Moab Festival of Science “aims to connect and inspire the citizens of southeastern Utah with the wonders of science and the thrill of scientific discovery,” according to the Grand County Library, which is partnering with the festival. For more information, visit

Sept. 18, Wednesday: Moab Poets & Writers open mic, 6 p.m. at the Grand County Library.

Sept. 19, Thursday: Biologist, author, and birdwatcher Eli Knapp on behalf of the Grand County Library will discuss his book “The Delightful Horror of Family Birding: Sharing Nature with the Next Generation,” part of the Moab Science Festival.

Sept. 19, Thursday: The Mesa County Historical Society and the Museums of Western Colorado’s final evening program of the year features “Fortifying Roubidoux: Fort Uncompahgre and the Old Spanish Trail,” 6 p.m. at the Whitman Educational Center at 4th Street and Ute Avenue in Grand Junction, Colorado. From the late 1820s until the 1840s Fort Uncompahgre was the only outpost in all of what was then northern Mexico. The popular fur trading post served fur trappers and Ute families. The northern branch of The Old Spanish Trail, a trade route that connected Santa Fe with the Southern California Mexican missions, later passed by the fort. The trail crossed the old Grand – now Colorado – River near today’s Orchard Mesa Middle School. For more information contact MCHS President Priscilla Mangnall at 970-260-5226 or at [email protected] or contact the Loyd Files Research Library at 970-242-0971, ext. 209.

Sept. 21, Saturday: The Youth Garden Project hosts the Harvest Festival, a cornucopia of fun, food and celebration. As fall starts to slowly creep in, YGP wants to share in the joy of the garden’s bounty and harvest season with the community during this first-time festival, taking place on the Youth Garden Project site. Biking to the event is encouraged. Parking available at the high school. The event is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Oct. 19, Saturday: Join Hope of the Grand Valley at 10 a.m. for the 5k/10k River Trail Walk or run. This is a fundraiser for Hope of the Grand Valley, which is “a hand up not a hand out,” by fostering and encouraging independence and self-sufficiency for low-income families. Registration is open for all ages until Oct. 18. Early registration is $25, and it’s $35 the day of the event. Register online at “” awards. Visit for more information.