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Utah Shakespearean Festival

Utah Shakespearean Festival, Theatre, Southern Utah, Cedar CityThe Utah Shakespeare Festival presents life-affirming classic and contemporary plays in repertory, with Shakespeare as our cornerstone. These plays are enhanced by interactive experiences which entertain, enrich, and educate.

The Summer Festival offers free nightly Greenshows featuring music, song, and tales on two outdoor stages; the New American Playwrights Project, showcasing work of new playwrights; free literary seminars, Tuesday–Sunday, discussing the season’s plays; bi-weekly props, actor, and costume seminars; backstage tours; and play orientations before all shows.

The Fall Festival offers free literary seminars, Wednesday–Sunday, discussing the season’s shows; free actor seminars every Wednesday and Friday; free props seminars every Thursday and Saturday; intimate and detailed backstage tours Thursdays and Saturdays; and play orientations before all shows.

The Utah Shakespearean Festival was founded in 1961 and presented its first season in 1962. It was started in response to two influences: summer tourists desiring more evening activities after visiting the area’s six national parks, and a young actor’s desire to produce great theatre. Festival Founder Fred C. Adams, having just come to Cedar City after trying out the New York theatre scene for a few years, was new to the College of Southern Utah (now Southern Utah University) in 1959. However, seeing 150,000 annual summer tourists to the area, he knew he had a great potential audience for a theatre festival. Excited by the idea, he packed up his notes and ideas and visited Ashland, Oregon, the site of the granddaddy of all Shakespeare festivals, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. While there, he closely observed operations and was befriended by Angus Bowmer, the OSF founder, whom Adams interviewed extensively. On the long ride back to Cedar City, the Utah Shakespearean Festival was born.

June – October Season with plays and activities Monday – Saturday.

Groovefest American Music Festival

groovefest-american-music-festival-banner-250xGroovefest American Music Festival is Cedar City, Utah’s premiere all music festival and has gotten bigger and better since it’s beginning in 2002! The family-oriented event runs annually the third weekend of June at the Cedar City Main Street Park and other venues in the historic downtown.

Since 2002, Groovefest has grown from its humble beginnings as a small handful of music lovers gathered for a few hours to hear music in a back parking lot, to a major four-day festival event with over 30,000 in attendance. Festival-goers come to Cedar City from all over the United States to hear and see performers from all over the world.

The Groovefest crew and volunteers transform the park into a full-fledged celebration of outdoor music and fun. Vendor booths selling food, art and gifts set-up and as well as a kid’s corner with inflatable rides. Two stages host over fourteen national touring acts and several local musicians for two days of music beginning at noon and continuing until 11:00 PM both Friday and Saturday.

The Groovefest American Music Festival is a five day festival that is dedicated to American music, whether it is Blues & Folk, Bluegrass & Country Western, Americana, Jazz, Jam… well, the list goes on.

Contact Tim and Lisa Cretsinger, 173 N 100 W, Cedar City, UT 84720
Email [email protected] or call (435) 867-9800

Groovefest American Music Festival