The week ahead: Pride Festival, garden dinner and bluegrass music

The annual Outerbike event gets underway Oct. 4-6. Photo courtesy of outerbike.com

Sept. 26, Thursday: Anna Arsic presents Exploring the Impacts of Student Participation in Canyon Country Outdoor education, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Moab Information Center on the corner of Main and Center streets. Sponsored by Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Museum of Moab.

Sept. 27, Friday: The Youth Garden Project will host a fundraising garden dinner at Sorrel River Ranch at 7 p.m.; $100 per person, all proceeds benefit YGP. Reservations are required. Sign up online or call 435-259-2326.

Sept. 27, Friday, 11 a.m.: Castle Valley Book Group, Castle Valley Library. This month’s selection is “News of the World,” by Paulette Jiles.

Sept. 26-28, Thursday-Saturday: Moab Pride Festival.

Sept. 26, Thursday: Alaska is a Drag- 6:30 p.m. at Star Hall, 159 E. Center. This free screening is sponsored by Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission.

Sept. 27, Friday: National Public Lands Day, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Moab Information Center on the corner of Center and Main streets. Live music, treats and partner appreciation, including the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.

Sept. 27, Friday: Pop Up Roller Rink, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Old Spanish Trail Pavilion, 3641 S. Highway 191.

Sept. 27 Friday, 7 p.m.: Garden Dinner at Sorrel River Ranch. The Youth Garden Project is hosting a garden dinner $100 per person, all proceeds benefit Youth Garden Project youth and community programs.

Sept. 27-28, Saturday and Sunday: Barrels For Bucks. Watch top riders compete in barrel racing. Free. 11 a.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun. at the Old Spanish Trail Arena, 3641 S. Hwy 191.

Sept. 28, Saturday: National Park Service Fee Free Day

Oct. 2, Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Local Bluegrass group Quicksand Soup will be celebrating the release of their fourth and final CD released in recent weeks, all at the Backyard Theater, downtown Moab.

Oct. 4-6, Friday-Sunday: Outerbike, test ride all of the latest and greatest bikes and gear on the world-class trails of Moab, Crested Butte, Colorado; and Bentonville, Arkansas.

Oct. 19, Saturday: Rim to Rim Restoration will host its annual open house at the Mayberry Native Plant Propagation Center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at milepost 15.5, Highway 128. Light refreshments will be served, biocrust information will be available and guests are invited to take a self-guided walking tour. This event is free and open to the public of all ages – bring the children for the scavenger hunt scheduled for any time after 3 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 “itsyourrace.com” awards.

Nov. 1-3: Moab Celtic Festival, Scots on the Rocks, Old Spanish Trail Arena.