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Annual Events

Here in southern Utah we have many annual events throughout the year. Take a look at these great events to help you better plan your trip to the Grand Canyons region. Take a look at our events calendar as well with up to date event information. Annual events are listed February-December. We hope you will join us for one of our unique annual events.

 

 

February:

  • Balloons & Tunes Roundup- Taking place over 3 days, pilots take flight each morning (weather permitting) and bands compete for title of Battle of the Bands. Check out our vendors on Main Street throughout the weekend for one of a kind crafts, food and much more! Saturday night there will be a balloon glow down Center Street with a wishing lantern launch to follow! Sunday, you can find one final Balloon Launch to end the weekend. You won't want to miss out on all this fun! For more information about this event please visit balloonsandtunesroundup.com or visit us on Facebook.

March:

  • Little Hollywood Shootout: The Little Hollywood Shoot Out features two competitive divisions appealing to a broad range of filmmakers. Competitors have two days to complete their film entries. Films must be shot, edited, exported and submitted during that time period. Festivities of the Little Hollywood Shootout conclude with film premiers and awards ceremony taking place at Kanab’s Crescent Moon Theater, showcasing all submitted films. Community members and participants are strongly encouraged and invited to attend.

           For more information about the Little Hollywood Shootout visit their website.

April:

  • Spring Concert- Symphony of the Canyons - Twenty-five years ago, a pharmacist named Kortney Stirland decided to put together a group of musicians to perform in the town of Kanab, Utah. Some 200 concerts later, and under the same leadership, Symphony of the Canyons is sharing the joy of music with residents of and visitors to our beautiful region of the United States. Often perfoming at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and many other local events, Symphony of the Canyons is one show not to miss. 

            For more information about the Symphony of the Canyons and their events, please visit their website.

  • Earth Day- Local groups present activites and special events throughout the community celebrating our earth. Celebrate the annual Earth Day hosted by BLM Kanab Field Office.

May:

  • Kanab's Red Rock ATV Jamboree- A 3-day OHV extravaganza where OHV enthusiast from all over the country join up to ride the scenic trail systems of southern Utah. Visit our website for more information.

  • The Amazing Earthfest- Amazing Earthfest is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Kanab, Utah, established in 2007 to produce an annual public festival celebrating National and State Parks, National Forests, Monuments and Public Lands of the Colorado Plateau. The educational festival brings enjoyment and learning opportunities to residents and visitors while enhancing community and economic development in Kane County, Utah. Thousands attend from across the nation and internationally. Events appeal to adults, youth and children interested in learning more about the natural world, Earth’s natural systems on the Colorado Plateau, plus Native as well as historical Pioneer cultures.

           For more information about The Amazing Earthfest visit their website.

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  • Kanab 10K- Utah's most scenic 10K run, found right here in southern Utah! Takes place every Mothers Day weekend.
  • For more information please visit kanab10k.com.

  • Zion Ragnar Trail Relay- Teams of 8 (or 4) cycle through a series of three challenging trail loops that start and finish back at Ragnar Village. You’ll run through sweet summer sage, under towering ancient pines and across red dirt trails that take you up (and up!) to some expansive overlooks including Dixie National Forest, Cedar Breaks, and Zion National Park’s famous “Checkerboard Mesa.” When the sun sets and the moon comes out the party keeps going as runners head to the trails in the dark for a spirit-quest, soul-searching, star-fueled night of running is where the real memories are made.The race wraps up Saturday where you can finish together under the Ragnar arch and celebrate with the best medal ever. Don’t miss the experience that just might change you.

           For more information about Zion Ragnar Trail Relay visit their website.

  • Opening of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon- Each May the 15th, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon re-opens for the summer season. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon sits at nearly 8,000 feet elevation. During the fall and into the spring the National Park Service will close access to the North Rim due to low visitor attendance and road maintinence during the winter. This is the best time of year to visit the North Rim! Seeing only 10% of the annual visitors that visit the Grand Canyon, the North Rim is cooler than its sister to the south and less crowed! Take advantage of the solitude you can find at the North Rim and drive 90 mins south from Kanab.

June:

  • Top of Zion Relay- Are you up for the challenge of running the Top of Zion Relay – one of the toughest yet most beautiful relays around? The Top of Zion Relay is not just any relay! With a team of 12, 6 or 3 runners you will take turns running the distance of approximately 200/100/60 miles over the course of 6 - 36 hours. The Top of Zion Relay is unique from all other relays because it features some of the most breathtaking, diverse, awe-inspiring scenery in the world – views which runners will literally have to work for!  Just imagine yourself running through red towering cliffs, steep forests, majestic vistas, white mountain rock, open plains, country roads, quiet lakes, serene aspen-covered valleys, small rural towns and much more. Do you have what it takes? Are you a Top of Zion Warrior??!? Come run it for yourself and find out just how tough you really are!! There is nothing better than to be in the company of your family and friends as you enjoy a natural high of conquering your run through such God-given wonders.

            For more information about Top of Zion Relay visit their website.

  • Jacob Hamblin Days- A 2-day festival clebrating the Pioneer and Western Heritage of Kanab and southern Utah. Rodeo events will have you cheering! Parade with mule wagons, pushcarts, horses and pioneer period clothing. Learn more about our local heritage by visiting the Heritage House located at 115 South Main Street in Kanab or the Heritage Museum found within the old historic town library at 100 East 100 South in Kanab.

  • Maynard Dixon Country Campout- A 5-day gathering of artists and art lovers insterested in the history of Western Art and current Western painting. Workshops, discussions, demonstrations, display and sale of new "wet paintings" by attending artistis. 

July:

  • Independance Day in Kanab- Join us for the best small town Independence Day celebration in the country! Even visitors feel at home and full of patriotism when they celebrate the 4th of July in Southern Utah! Listen bright and early at 6:00 AM for the cannons as they Blast Off! awakening the whole town for the days festivities! At 10:00 AM join the town on Center Street for a parade you'll have the chance to see twice, as the parade turns around at the end of the street, only to end just where it began! After the parade find yourself at Jacob Hamblin Park for vendors, entertainment and many more festivities throughout the day and into the evening. Once the sun sets at 9:30 prepare yourself for one of the most unique firework shows you have ever seen! Fireworks shoot off overhead at Jacob Hamblin park, illuminating the red cliffs while sending echos all throughout the town! Celebrate Independence day in small town USA and we're sure you'll return again and again!

Visit our website kanabfourth.com for more information.

  • Duck Creek Days Arts & Crafts Show and Chili Cook-Off- Held in the alpine village of Duck Ceek, a cool family event with live bands every night, lots of activites and the scorching fun chili cook-off.

           For more information about Duck Creek Days visit the Duck Creek Village website.

  • Pioneer Day Celebration- Games, Dutch oven dinner at the park and a great costume parade celebrating our pioneer heritage.

August:

  • Symphony at the Grand Canyon- Symphony of the Canyons performs on the patio at the North Rim Lodge. Bring a picnic dinner and listen as the sun sets over the Grand Canyon. For more information please visit their website at symphonyofthecanyons.org.

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  • Kane County Fair- 70 year-old fair with all the classic elements of a great country fair. Livestock and Rodeo, baking and canning, pet show and the Miss Kane County contest!
  • Western Legends Roundup- Kanab holds a unique place in Utah’s history because Hollywood fell in love with the dramatic landscape and people of the region. Over the years many films were produced in the area. It was through these films that the entire world was introduced to the American West. To honor that heritage during the Round-up, there will be a film festival showing western movies filmed in Kanab. There are also bus tours to classic western movie sets and film lectures. The Street Fair provides an excellent opportunity for you to learn about the arts and culture of the region. There will be items for purchase so you can take a little of the West home with you. There will be stages providing continuous cultural music, dancing, entertainment and cowboy poetry. Other exciting activities include Dr. Buck’s Wild West Comedy & Stunt Show, a pie eating contest, covered wagon rides, classic tractor pull, antique farm equipment working displays, celebrity panels and much more!

            For more information about Western Legends Roundup please visit their website.

September:

  • Grand 2 Grand Ultra Marathon- 273 km in 6 stages, over 7 days. Make no mistake, it’s tough. Running through the Utah and Arizona desert, you will need to dig deep to uncover your untapped strength and determination. But you will not be alone. Everyone on the Grand to Grand Ultra is on a quest to become more than they ever conceived. Discovering new strengths on this life changing experience creates some of the strongest bonds and friendships imaginable. Together you will support and encourage each other past the limits of endurance. The Grand to Grand Ultra is the first self-supported stage footrace ever to take place in America, on a world class course that has been experienced by few brave adventurers. It is the only stage race to start from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the awe-inspiring north rim of the Grand Canyon, and finish on the summit of the Grand Staircase, one of the world's most iconic geological formations. The course takes you through a high desert landscape of sand dunes, red rock slot canyons, buttes, mesas and hoodoos. You will experience the remotest part of continental America as did the earliest settlers, Navajo and Paiute Indian tribes. This is where Montezuma's gold is reputed to be buried. You will be immersed in an environment rich in flora and wildlife – from unusual and threatened cacti to big horn sheep to America’s largest bird, the endangered California Condor. Reliant on yourself and without the distractions of phones, laptops and social media you will experience an empowering and inspiring journey that is simply life changing.

  • Demolition Derby- Car, truck and "figure 8" with up to 18 cars demolition derby with events for the entire family, including the Power Wheels Derby for kids and the Wife-Carrying contest! Located in Orderville, Utah, 22 miles north of Kanab.

  • Carmel Mountain Music and Art Festival and Car Show- Check out fancy cars and enjoy liv entertainment, vendors, food and kid friendly activites.

  • Glendale Heritage and Apple Festival-Glendale has always been known for their wonderful apples. The Glendale Heritage Apple Festival was started to celebrate our Pioneer Heritage and the many talents that are in this small town. Through the years it has evolved and become a celebration not just for the people of Glendale but the many talented people of the community and tourists in surrounding areas. Located in the town of Glendale, Utah, located 26 miles north of Kanab.
  • Duck Creek End of Summer Bash- End Of Summer Bash held 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Duck on In Saloon (Duck Creek Village). Come spend your Labor Day Weekend in Duck Creek enjoying live music. For information visit the Duck Creek Village website.

October:

  • Red Rocktoberfest- Red Rocktoberfest is an Arts Festival featuring art, food, music & poetry, dancing, wagon rides, photography, games & activities for the kids and merchate mile specials. Vendors celebrate German food and activities. Live music, dancing and art. Vibrant local arts community event.

  • Grand Circle Trailfest- The Grand Circle Trailfest is a 3 day trail-running festival which takes place in the heart of North America's most scenic national parks:Bryce Canyon, Zion, & Grand Canyon. Trailfest is a social celebration. A meeting of friends who share a love of trail running, a passion for the outdoors, and an appreciation for our shared experience. Each morning, participants run a gorgeous timed race on one of the world's most uniquely beautiful trail courses. Runners earn a finisher award for each daily race and overall winners will receive an additional placement award!  After the race, spend the day exploring the parks, hiking local trails, and discovering other nearby beaches, restaurants, and sights. Absorb Southern Utah. After a day on the trails, sit back, and enjoy deserved rest, delicious food, expert presenters and motivational speakers, live bands, bonfires, a trail running film festival, yoga clinics, gear demonstrations, and more!

           For more information about Grand Circle Trailfest visit their website.

 

  • Radio Controlled Fly-In- Watch over 100 radio-controlled aircraft fly in the skies against the scenic red rocks of Kanab.
  • Closing of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon- Winter is coming quickly and the North Rim closes for the season. Limited access is available until snow sets in, please check with our Visitor Center (435-644-5033) for up to date information. 

November:

  • Ktown Turkey Trot 5K-  Ktown Turkey Trot 5K is the best way to gear up for Thanksgiving! Taking place on Thanksgiving morning, bring the whole family for this early morning fun run/walk to make room for that delicious turkey dinner later in the day!

For more info please visit kanabholidaykickoff.com.

 

  • Christmas Light Parade and Festival- An annual light parade on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Gourmet s'mores school held on Main Street followed by music, caroling, hot cocoa and a wishing lantern launch.

For more info please visit kanabholidaykickoff.com.

December:

  • Windsor Castle by Night- Held at historic Pipe Springs National Monument, the Castle by Night is an opportunity to enjoy a historic recreation of an 1860's early settlement by candlelight and music.
  • Symphony of the Canyons- Our own local Symphony presents seasonal favorites at a local Christmas Festival. 

For more info please visit their website at symphonyofthecanyons.org.

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