Festivals and Events
Bryce Canyon Winter Festival. This event at the Best Western Ruby's Inn features cross-country ski races, snow-sculpting contests, ski archery, and ice-skating. Clinics to hone skills such as snowshoeing and photography also take place, and there's entertainment, too. 435/834–5341; www.rubysinn.com.
Quilt Walk Festival. During the bitter winter of 1864, Panguitch residents set out over the mountains to fetch provisions from the town of Parowan, 40 miles away. Legend says the men, frustrated and ready to turn back, laid a quilt on the snow and knelt to pray. Soon they realized the quilt had kept them from sinking into the snow. Spreading quilts before them as they walked, leapfrog style, the men traveled to Parowan and back. This three-day event in June commemorates the event with quilting classes, a tour of pioneer homes, tractor pull, dinner-theater, and other events. 435/676–8585; www.quiltwalk.org.
Utah Shakespeare Festival. For more than 50 years Cedar City has gone Bard-crazy, staging productions of Shakespeare's plays June through October in theaters both indoors and outdoors at Southern Utah University. The Tony award–winning regional theater offers literary seminars, backstage tours, cabarets featuring festival actors, and an outdoor preshow with Elizabethan performers. A new center for the arts, including the open-air Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, is expected to make its debut during the 2016 season. It helps to reserve in advance as many performances sell out. 435/586–7878; www.bard.org.