Outerbike, Banff film fest, plein air – there’s plenty to do this week

The weeklong Red Rocks Art Festival Plein Air competition kicks off Friday. Courtesy photo

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. 5-6, Saturday-Sunday: At 7 p.m. the 16th annual Banff Festival World Tour in Moab begins at Grand County High School. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Different movies each night.

Oct. 5-12: the Red Rocks Art Festival Plein Air competition celebrates open air painting in the Moab area. The event ends with a flourish Saturday, Oct. 12, with a Street Fest Celebration featuring hundreds of open air painters, street artisans and a beer garden.

Oct. 5, Friday: Mill Creek Tumbleweed Rumble. 9 a.m. to noon, for an autumn morning of plant identification, ecological cleanup, watershed restoration and snacks. Organizers need help to restore a healthy ecosystem in Mill Creek. Meet in the Powerdam parking lot. Gloves, close-toed shoes, and water bottles are recommended. Sponsored by Grand County and Moab Solutions.

Oct. 5, Friday, 7 p.m. Free screening of “Paris to Pittsburgh” at the Youth Garden Project, 530 S. 400 East.

Oct. 7, Monday: League of Women Voters candidate forum at Star Hall, 159 E. Center St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 9, Wednesday: Bluegrass Night with Quicksand Soup, 7 p.m.. Come for a night of old-time standards and originals. The price is free, but donations are accepted. Outside food and drink welcome at the Moab Backyard Theater behind Zax at 56 West 100 South.

Oct. 9, Wednesday: Daughters of the Utah Pioneers meet from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic building between City Hall and the Center Street Gym.

Oct. 10, Thursday: The Heart of the World, by Dead Horse Point Ranger Spencer Stokes. The Colorado Plateau is one of the most striking regions in the world and has the highest concentration of national parks in the United States. What makes this area so unique? Stokes discusses how unique geological processes produced such a varied region of unparalleled beauty. Six p.m. at the Moab Information Center. Sponsored by the Museum of Moab and Canyonlands Natural History Association.

Oct. 10, Thursday: Story Slam starts at 6 p.m. at the Moab Arts & Recreation Center, 111 E. 100 North. Up to 10 participants will be drawn from a hat to tell a five-minute true personal story, without notes, based on the theme for the night. Share your own story or come hear stories from fellow community members.

Oct. 12, Saturday: “The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight,” a film about “a local environmentalist legend” by Chris Simon and Susette Weisheit. The show starts off with a special performance by local musician Sand Sheff, a former wrangler for the Sleights. There will also be a reception in the Sun Court beside Star Hall starting at 6 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10.