The Southern Utah Museum of Art, on the campus of Southern Utah University, features the artwork of regional artists known for their landscapes, faculty and student artists from the SUU Department of Art & Design, as well as emerging and distinguished artists from around the country. Strengths of the nearly 2,000-object permanent collection include the body of work by Jimmie F. Jones that exemplifies his notable career in the region, as well as a robust collection of prints featuring well-known artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Salvador Dalí, Katsushika Hokusai, Thomas Hart Benton, and others. Part of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, which also includes the Utah Shakespeare Festival, SUMA is free and open to the public.
The world’s first and only professional theater company dedicated to honoring the works of America’s comic playwright Neil Simon. The Neil Simon Festival production season is held annually mid-July through mid-August and is housed in the beautiful Heritage Center in Cedar City’s historic downtown.
In 2002, the Neil Simon Festival made Cedar City its new home. Founder and Executive Director, Richard Bugg, explains how his brainchild came to pass: “I noticed one day that Mr. Simon had written more successful plays than Shakespeare, and was still writing. While some have dismissed his plays as fluff, I strongly disagree. His carefully crafted structure and rhythms are as indelible and distinctive as the Bard’s. While perhaps less poetic than Shakespeare, Simon’s own comic cadence speaks with loving and unerring humor to the American character. I thought it was time that there be a festival of his works. While ours is the first, I’m certain it won’t be the last. Two hundred years from now, Simon festivals will dot the land.”
Housed in the beautiful Heritage Center Theatre in Cedar City’s Historic Downtown, the growing theatre company relies on the support of theatre lovers both local and regional. With its slogan “Come Laugh With Us!” the festival certainly creates high expectations, however, the new Cedar City attraction can already boast many loyal patrons that annually make the Neil Simon Festival a destination event. Neil Simon was contacted about the festival before its first season and was both flattered and honored by the Festival’s plans. The Festival has high hopes that Mr. Simon will be able to pay a visit soon and be honored in the way that he deserves.
Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games The games bring forward the best of the best through its Olympic style athletic events to celebrate excellence in the human spirit and healthy lifestyles.
The Utah Summer Games has been held in Cedar City, Utah since 1986 hosting athletes of all ages and skill levels from across the western United States participating in more than 40 different competitive sporting events. The games continue to average a total of 9,600 participants, 50,000 spectators, and 1,000 volunteers with those numbers increasing each year.
The games continues to grow and enhance its offerings. This year athletes can experience three news events that include power tumbling, golf, and high power rifle shooting. Game participants and members of the Cedar City community are also invited to enjoy the new Summer Games Party in the Park, a fun evening event hosted at Main Street Park.
Prior to the Opening Ceremony is the free Summer Block Party, sponsored by the KSL Read Today Initiative. The block party will be in front of the SUU America First Event Center on 800 West. There will be food trucks, face painting, games and prizes.
Following the Block Party, the Opening Ceremony will start at 8:30 p.m. in the Southern Utah University Eccles Coliseum and will feature the athlete’s march, family-friendly activities and fireworks. People won’t want to miss this year’s featured performer, Steve Augeri, former lead vocalist from the hit band Journey.
To attend the Opening Ceremony, general admission is $5 and reserved seating is $8. Athletes can attend for free by wearing their official Utah Summer Games athlete t-shirt. There are no youth/child prices for this event. Tickets can be purchased at SUU’s America First Event Center Ticket Office at (435) 586-7872 or online. They are also available for purchase at the gate.
Imagine for a moment you’re a stagecoach driver steering his team across the Old Spanish Trail, a pioneer woman crossing the plains in a covered wagon, or a steam shovel operator digging ore in an iron mine; rather than imagine, why not experience all of this at Cedar City’s own Frontier Homestead State Park museum, where interactive displays and exhibits bring the early history of Cedar City and southern Utah to life.
You’re greeted at the museum entrance by a 250,000 pound steam shovel used in the early days of the iron mines. Climb into this behemoth, as well as the Union Pacific caboose next to the shovel, for the perfect picture taking opportunity. Inside the museum is a world of preserved stage coaches and wagons. Also, peruse the special art and history exhibits that change on a quarterly basis.
The back of the museum is the “Homestead”, with several preserved historic structures representing life of an early pioneer settlement. Here you can explore the Hunter House, Deseret School House, Sawmill, Blast Furnace, Sheep Shearing Shed and the Palisade. Each has a self-guided activity station for making rope, panning for gold, load a wagon, and write your name in the Deseret (Mormon)alphabet.
MUST SEE & DO
IRON MISSION DAYS
Each November, Frontier Homestead celebrates the founding of Cedar City with the Iron Mission Days festival. Pioneer crafts and treats, special programs, school presentations, and guided walks of Cedar City’s Main Street. Call 435-586-9290 to check date and times or visit www.frontierhomestead.org.
During the summer season, Frontier Homestead State Park offers several hands on activities including gold panning, U-Load It wagon, Candle dipping, Adobe bricking making and Deseret Alphabet. Ask about these activities when you arrive at the park.
OLD IRON TOWN
Old Iron Town, located about 25 miles west of Cedar City, tells the incredible story of southern Utah’s historic mining industry. While visiting the park, one can tour the ruins of the iron works and a preserved beehive shaped charcoal oven as well as stroll along the nature trail. There is also a covered picnic area available and restrooms.
Cedar City Fire Road 100K
Starting in Cedar City, Utah, you’ll climb over 7500′ to vistas overlooking Zion National Park with giant aspen groves and Kolob Reservoir. About 85% dirt and 15% pavement. 100K and 60K options.
Come challenge and reward yourself at the Cedar City Fire Road 100K!
Challenge yourself: Ride 100K, almost exclusively on dirt roads with some seriously steep climbs. You’ll reach an elevation over 9,000ft. The race is chip-timed, so come see if you can podium or just beat your buddies.
Reward yourself: Amazing bird’s eye views towards Zion National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument / Brianhead. Climb up magnificent Cedar Canyon. Circle the picturesque Kolob Reservoir. Enjoy a well marked route with superb food stops. Numerous ATVs patrolling the course. A bitchin’ tech tee and finisher award to show off your accomplishment. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in the park.
August 17, 2019
July Jamboree Street Festival, Cedar City’s Downtown Main Street comes alive 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm with a spectacular car show with over a hundred cars, delicious food, live entertainment & vendors. FREE. For information on cars call David 909-238-1923 and vendors call James 435-586-2251 or www.julyjamboree.com. July 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Iron County Fair held at the Iron County Fair Grounds in Parowan. Admission is FREE to the fair, events in the Grand Stands such as the rodeo, mud bog, demolition derby, etc…do have a small admission fee. Exhibits include horse races, equestrian events, rodeo, carnival, exhibits, car show, live entertainment & Miss Iron County Fair pageant. Contact the Iron County Fair for daily schedule at 435-477-8380 or visit www.IronCountyFair.net. The Fair is usually help in late August or early September.
Cedar Livestock & Heritage Festival held at the Cross Hollow Events Center (West of Cedar City on Hwy 56) featuring a livestock parade, historic and modern sheep camps, wagons, horses, antique tractors, concerts, entertainment, a stock dog demonstration, vendors, and Dutch oven cook-off. Click HERE for a full schedule of event locations and times.. For more information call 435-586-8132 or www.cedarlivestockfest.com. Usually held in October.
Annual Great American Stampede includes two big night of rodeo held 7:00 pm both nights at the Cross Hollows Events Center – Iron Rangers Arena (11 N Cross Hollows Rd, Cedar City), admission $10 adults, $6 children 4 yrs to 12 yrs, $30 family pass, and $8 students. World Renowned Trick Rider, Brandi Phillips will be there to wow the audience. The Rodeo will be an amazing show for the whole family and concessions will be available for purchase. For information call 435-586-2424 Using held in September.