The third of this month’s free concert series sponsored by the Moab Folk Festival, Moab Arts and Recreation, KZMU and Moab Gear trader features the 23rd Army Band of the Utah National Guard, 6 p.m., Friday, July 19. A local act will open the show at 5 p.m.
The second installment of July’s free concert series at Swanny Park kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, July 12 with Les Poules Colin from Quebec, Canada. The band will bring a unique, modern perspective on traditional Québécois culture. “Their sound is a blend of their strong folk upbringing and North American influences with originals and traditional pieces in both French and English. Songs boast gorgeous vocals and fiddle, lapsteel, banjo, mandolin, piano bass and foot percussion,” said Cassie Paup of the Moab Folk Festival, an event co-sponsor along with the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, KZMU, and Moab Gear Trader.
Events on tap for the week ahead:
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.
It’s a question newcomers have asked old-timers for years: How did Dead Horse Point get its name? Spencer Stokes has the answers – or at least the ability to separate myth from reality – and will do so at 6 p.m. June 27 at the Moab Information Center during another installment in the free lecture series sponsored by the Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Moab Museum.
The next installment of the Canyonlands Natural History Association’s Lecture Series features Brian Davis, Ph.D., a paleontologist and associate professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Davis will present Tiny Fossils and the Big Picture, Mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs, at 6 p.m. June 13 at the Moab Information Center at Main and Center Streets. Here’s what CNHA wrote about this event: Every kid knows that dinosaurs are the biggest, fiercest and most inspiring creatures to ever have walked the Earth, but they are only part of the story. The ancient world was a diverse and vibrant place and dinosaurs lived alongside a cast that included the earliest mammals. Learn what our ancestors were like and what their tiny fossils reveal about their lives.
Known as the most challenging cycling race in Utah, the Kokopelli Relay begins Thursday, June 6 in Moab and ends in St. George on Saturday. Featuring men, women and co-ed teams of four to eight cyclists to ride or race, nonstop. For more information, visit kokopellirelay.com.
The Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo gallops into town Friday through Sunday, May 31-June2, at the Old Spanish Trail Arena, 3641 South Highway 191. This event features bull riders, saddle bronc riders, barrel racers, calf ropers and, for the younger cowboys and cowgirls, mutton busters.
Swanny Park is the venue for the 27th Annual Moab Arts Festival – with a beer and wine garden – getting under way from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Former National Park Superintendent Walt Dabney will discuss public lands issues, such as why so much land in the West is public compared to other states, what the Constitution says about public lands, the effect of the Homestead and Railroad acts, and how the national parks and forests came to be. This latest free guest lecture sponsored by the Canyonlands Natural History Association and Museum of Moab gets underway at 6 p.m. May 16 at the Moab Information Center at Main and Center streets.
A small exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of John Wesley Powell’s famed expedition of 1869 is on display at the Grand County Public Library. The exhibit includes rare and historic items on loan from Utah State University’s Special Collection and Archives. The display will remain until June 15.
Crystal White: Embracing the Darkness of Night and Understanding Our Relationship with Light. This event sponsored by Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Museum of Moab and hosted by the Moab Information Center will study the human relationship with light and how it might have a dark side “for all life on earth.”