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Category: Annual Events

What Women Want Expo

Finally …. a definitive answer to the question of what women really want!  The Annual What Women Want Expo – the largest consumer show in Southern Utah and the ultimate girls-night-out – is a guaranteed enjoyable shopping experience. Featuring two days of fun, shopping, inspiration, and a chance to break from the routine with friends, sisters, daughters, or your own mom.

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The Hurricane Easter Car show – on the weekend of April 14-15 in the city by the same name – has become a sure sign of springtime here in color country, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil says on February 2.  Sponsored in its 33rd year by the 20-year-old non-profit Rotary Club of Hurricane Valley, at the heart of this amazing family-friendly event is a display of hundreds of hot rods, street rods, classic and restored cars of every size, shape, model and paint job!  Collectors from every corner of the Beehive State as well as from neighboring Western states join with Rotarians and local business people to welcome as many as 10,000 nearby residents and visitors to the 2-day event held at the at the Hurricane Community Center, 100 W. 100 South in downtown Hurricane City

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The Jubilee of Trees

The Jubilee of Trees, held annually on the 3rd Thursday of November, kicks off the holiday season here in Southern Utah.  This incredibly beautiful, eagerly anticipated, festive, fun-filled and family friendly holiday tradition, supports patient care and programs at Dixie Regional Medical Center.  In its 35th year, the theme of “Growing Up Together” reflects the amazing and life-changing advances in medical care and treatment available, both locally and regionally, right here at home in Southern Utah.

The Jubilee of Trees offers something for everyone!

The Bar J Wranglers, from Jackson Hole, WY, will deliver pure harmony, musicianship and hilariously funny ranch humor on Wednesday, November 16.  Tickets are $25 per person.  Doors open at 6 p.m.

On Friday, November 18 the Jubilee’s Gala Dinner and Auction will give attendees the opportunity to be first-in-line to purchase one of more than 25 one-of-a-kind, uniquely exquisite or holiday inspired fully decorated Christmas trees.  Tickets vary in price based on seating.

On Saturday at noon, children of all ages are invited to enjoy the Teddy Bear Picnic.  This popular event features timeless holiday fun at a cost of only $15 per person.   In the evening, Jubilee patrons will enjoy a “Night of Utah Stars,” featuring popular local entertainer Eric Dodge and friends.  This evening is free with your general admission ticket with on stage entertainment from 6 – 8 p.m.

The Jubilee fashion show luncheon will begin at noon on Monday, November 21 with fashions and models selected from the local community.

After a day – or evening – viewing spectacular Christmas trees, wreaths and ginger bread houses, enjoying continuous entertainment and whispering in Santa’s ear, you will also want to know you have a beautifully decorated home-away-from-home waiting where you can “nestle, all snug in your bed” on a winter vacation in southwestern Utah.  So register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We’ll be waiting for you!

Lucky 13 is the St. George Marathon

Kudos for the 39-year old St. George Marathon, held annually on the first Saturday in October (this year held on October 1), include Runner’s World magazine’s designation among the 10 Most Scenic Marathons, Fastest Marathons and the Top 20 Marathons in the USA.  The St. George Marathon is also called one of four “marathons to build a vacation around.” Based on surveys of runners, Runner’s World magazine also named the St. George Marathon, the Most Organized Marathon, in part due to its tremendous volunteer support.

The 13th largest marathon in the United States accommodates up to 7,400 runners – men and women from around the state, the nation and the world – selected by random lottery from among the many thousands who register to run the race within the six hour limit.

The St. George Marathon, hosted by the City of St. George, begins in the beautiful Pine Valley mountains at an altitude of 5,240 feet, then drops nearly 2600 feet as you run along State Highway 18 through spectacular scenic southwest Utah, ending at Vernon Worthen Park (at an altitude of 2680 feet) in the center of St. George.  What makes this USA Track and Field Certified and Sanctioned races one of the 10 Most Scenic Marathons is certainly running past the majestic Snow Canyon State Park with its picturesque formations of spectacular white, pink, and red sandstone and black basalt, a favorite backdrop in a few major motion pictures and TV commercials.

There’s no question how the St. George Marathon earned its reputation.  We’ve also earned a reputation for comfortable, affordable vacation resort living at the 5 Seasons Vacation condominiums and St. George Resort Rentals.  Register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.

DOCUtah, a Southern Utah International Film Festival in its 7th year on and near the campus of Dixie State University, is an independent film-lovers dream!  To select this year’s menu of outstanding festival films, screeners spent several months viewing more than 400 submissions before selecting 62 to run from September 6 – 10, including everything from top-notch educational and entertaining short films to full-length independent movies, each focusing on a wide range of subjects relating to the human experience.  

Playing at a variety of locations around town, films selected for DOCUtah look deeply at current world events, explore quirky habits of interesting men and women; or, look at the resiliency of the human spirit in overcoming hardship as well as life’s social, emotional, or physical difficulties.

This year, according to event organizers, “the festival also includes five additional special screenings of films from the award-winning Independent Film Channel’s series Documentary Now!, hosted by the legendary Helen Mirren.”

According to former football great Phil Tuckett, now DOCUTAH’s Artistic Director and Director of the DSU Film Program, “A small group of individuals went to work to create the inaugural event in September of 2010. Since then we’ve had more than 1,100 films submitted from 70 plus countries and enjoyed meeting many wonderful filmmakers and protagonists. DOCUTAH welcomes the world and at the same time captures the community of Southern Utah and Southern Nevada. DOCUTAH isn’t just a film festival…it’s a five day party with every event not to be missed.”

If you enjoy “a night at the movies” this is certain to be a pleasurable experience to add to your Southern Utah vacation “to do” list.  If a comfortable, affordable vacation home-away-from-home is also on your list, then register today online at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or at laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!

The 26th Annual Enterprise Corn Fest is certain to be the best example of small town fun and entertainment.  On Saturday, August 27 at Enterprise Park, the Corn Fest will feature all kinds of exciting events including the Mayor’s walk, music and dancing, booths, live entertainment, a car show; softball, volleyball and soccer tournament, corn eating contest and a Dutch oven dinner – all from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  – during which approximately 4,000 people enjoy cooler weather and great food!

No question, corn grown and harvested in Enterprise, noted for productive farms and tidy homes and gardens, is some of the sweetest and best tasting crop found here in the desert.  Amazing corn is grown both commercially and privately and everyone takes pride in their crop.  When its time to harvest, they celebrate together and with anyone who wants to join them in this provided the coolest spot in Washington County.  Admission to the Enterprise Cornfest is free.

The  Corn Fest is small town living at its best, but after you’ve had your fill of sweet delicious corn, toe-tapping music, and everything else the Enterprise community has to offer, you’ll find your comfortable, affordable home-away-from-home vacation condominium waiting for you where you can rest and relax until the next Southern Utah adventure calls you! Register today online at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or at laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We can’t wait to help you enjoy your vacation adventure in Southern Utah!

In Utah, there are two major July holidays … two days to leave the stresses of the workplace behind to play in the sunshine; enjoy friends and family; or take a long nap in the hammock!  The Fourth of July, as everyone knows is the day the final wording was approved for the Declaration of Independence and the official celebration of America’s birthday.

But, for those who live outside of the Beehive State, the 24th of July is officially called Pioneer Day … which celebrates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.  Pioneer Day is generally a day of parades, fireworks, rodeos, and other festivities in most of Utah and in parts of neighboring states with strong LDS populations, which help commemorate the event. And, be aware most government offices and many business are closed.  Although the holiday has strong links to the LDS Church, it is officially a celebration of everyone, regardless of faith and nationality, who are or consider themselves to be pioneers.

If you are vacationing in Southern Utah in July, you are invited to take part in our celebration of America’s independence or of our pioneer heritage.  Register today online for a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation resort rental at St. George Resort Rentals at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or at www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!

The Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, on the campus of Southern Utah University, will kick off its 54th season of “entertaining, enriching and educating audiences” in the all-new $36 million Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 7, 2016.

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts (to be known simply as The Beverley) will incorporate visual arts, live theatre, and dynamic arts education to dramatically enrich the cultural life of Cedar City, the region and beyond. The Beverly, located at the corner of University Street and 300 West in Cedar City, will be a year-round destination for thousands of patrons of the arts, including those attending any or all of the eight summer shows.

The Beverley will include USF’s new outdoor theatre, The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, which will feel very similar to the now retired Adams Theatre but with updated amenities and modern accessibilities, including an elevator and increased ADA seating. 

The Festival’s other new Eileen & Allen Anes Studio Theatre is a flexible, black box space, with seating capacity to about 200 people. The Festival’s indoor Randall L. Jones Theatre is still immediately next to the new Southern Utah Museum of Art. 

A large covered plaza welcomes patrons and includes a state-of-the art museum which features 5,300 square feet of exhibition space composed of four galleries. The Beverley offers many large public gathering spaces, which will be used for receptions and special events. The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre has a covered terrace on the lower level of the theatre and a rooftop garden on the back deck of the second level. Landscaping for the Center includes a sculpture grove, tree-lined walkway, a Greenshow stage and enhanced seminar grove.

Named for the long-time arts and education champion, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts is made possible of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation which had given millions of dollars to this project and other programs at Southern Utah University. In addition to the Sorensons’ contributions, the over $36 million center is being made possible thanks to the generosity of hundreds of benefactors. A gift of $5 million for the New Shakespeare Theatre and Festival outreach programs was received from the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Famiy Foundation of Las Vegas, Nev. The George S. and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Foundation also committed $4 million toward the project. Additionally, the State of Utah, Iron Country and Cedar City have all energetically supported this effort to create this newest center for the arts in Southern Utah. 

In 1962 the Festival attracted 3,276 visitors. Today the audience is over 100,000 and expected to increase during the 2016 season with the impressive new facilities and the nationally acclaimed professional productions.  Enthusiastic patrons come from around the globe to attend the Festival’s professional performances, including drama, comedy, Shakespeare, contemporary theatre and more. It is interactive free green shows each evening, backstage tours, give-and-take seminars in a beautiful outdoor grove with experts, artists and actors … and its all within an easy drive to the beauty of three national parks and breath taking scenery. No wonder it is called a festival!

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is a definite “must see” on your list of “things to see and do” in southern Utah, so now’s the time to reserve a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation home-away-from-home.  Register online for a week or a month at St. George Resort Rentals at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or  www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We look forward to seeing you.

Kite flying brings families together, welcomes spring, and, in the case of the 17th Annual Dixie Power Kite Festival, held again this year at SunRiver in St. George, gives children an exciting reward for their efforts to develop reading as a habit for learning and fun. 

Held this year on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at SunRiver St. George, the Kite Festival has a long history as a family-oriented event with a goal of having “everyone participate regardless of experience, training, financial means or physical ability.”  Toward that goal – and a secondary goal of “promoting reading as a fundamental basis of education for every elementary age child” – the Dixie Power Kite Festival will provide a high-quality kite or age appropriate book to children who qualify through their reading efforts.  If you have your own favorite kite, there will be plenty of blue sky in which to fly it!

This family-friendly one-day event has no fees for parking, admission, entertainment or fireworks – and there is no cost to ride the shuttle.  In addition to kite flying, other activities include free games and fees of $1-$2 for such goings-on as bouncy toys, small trains and other rides.  And, there will also be plenty of reasonably-priced but yummy food available from an assortment of local vendors. 

One of many highlights throughout a day of continuous entertainment will be performances by the recent winners of “Dixie’s Got Talent” from 6 – 7 p.m.

There’s lots to see and do at the Kite Festival and other springtime events here in Southern Utah. For more information about the Dixie Power Kite Festival, see dixiepowerkitefestival.com.  To reserve your beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation rental under our crystal clear blue sky and overlooking the spectacular red hills of Dixie, find us online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.  We’ll be waiting for you!

Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet laureate of Great Britain and Ireland said,  “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”  But, in the spring, the heart of a young man (or woman) also turns to gardening.  That’s why, since 2006 here in Southern Utah, thousands of lovers of the soil can be found at the 15th Annual Spring Home and Garden Expo, Southern Utah’s largest and most complete showcase of  all-things-garden and landscape.  On the weekend of March 18-19 at the Dixie Center in St. George, you’ll find more than 100 vendors with amazing ideas, information, inspiration and home, gardening and landscape experts who can help you create the backyard of your dreams. 

You’ll find everything from landscape rock designs, gorgeous tile outlays, the latest faucet heads for your kitchen sink, hot tubs, and even vibrating pillows … in short, ideas and products available to make the interior and the exterior of your home beautiful.  Learn to prune your trees, mulch your soil, create magnificent flower beds or find out more about low maintenance synthetic grass.

But, if you’re thinking about taking a break from yard work back home to enjoy a week or a month vacationing in Southern Utah, you’ll want to check out our beautiful, affordable and comfortable vacation resort rentals.  Find St. George Resort Rentals online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or  laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.

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