The Beehive State has breathtaking scenery — from green-mountain peaks to red-rock deserts. But it also has a wide range of events, many of which give you a glimpse of the state's history. If you visit Spring City for its Heritage Day on May 26, for example, you will be able to tour homes built by pioneer settlers, many of whom came from Scandinavia.

On the far end of the summer season is Midway's Swiss Days, which has become a Labor Day weekend tradition for many Utahns. And then there are the many arts festivals and rodeos.

One event that caught our attention for small-town ambience is Boulder Heritage Days, July 12-14. The tiny community puts on a heartfelt celebration that includes a tribute to a founding family that had the courage to live year-round in one of Utah's most beautiful but isolated regions.

Here, in chronological order, are some of the many events that will take place in our state this summer:

Scandinavian Heritage Festival

Description: Storytelling, Scandinavian supper, entertainment and sports are among events that pay homage to Scandinavian pioneers who settled Sanpete County.

Where: Snow College, 150 E. College Ave., Ephraim

When: May 24-26

Cost: Varies, although many events are free

Information: scandinavianheritagefestival.com

Spring City Heritage Day

Description: A tour of restored homes and buildings highlights this celebration in what is possibly the best preserved 19th century Mormon town in Utah, now a budding artists colony. Art and antiques sales, as well.

Where: Spring City, 12 miles northeast of Ephraim

When: May 26

Cost: $10 adults, $5 children under 12

Information: www.historicspringcity.org

Moab Arts Festival

Description: Arts and crafts including jewelry, pottery, wood, sculpture, fine art, photography, music, kids' area, food court.

Where: Swanny City Park, Moab

When: May 26 and 27

Cost: Free admission

Information: www.moabartsfestival.org

Deseret Peak Stampede and Days

Description: A potpourri of events including a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, craft show, pony rides, entertainment.

Where: Deseret Peak Complex, 2930 W. Highway 112, Tooele

When: June 1 and 2

Cost: $5-$10 adults, $3-$5 children

Information: www.deseretpeakcomplex.com

American Indian Art Show

Description: Paintings, beadwork, leatherwork, wood carvings and more by Amerian Indian artists.

Where: Western Heritage Museum, 328 E. 200 South, Vernal

When: June 4-23

Cost: Free, donations accepted

Information: www.co.uintah.ut.us/museum/whMuseum.php

Quilt Walk Festival

Description: An homage to Panguitch's pioneer heritage with a quilt show in the high school gymnasium, quilting demonstrations, cowboy action shoot, Lions Club breakfast, Dutch oven cooking classes, craft fair, parade and races.

Where: Panguitch

When: June 6-9

Cost: Many events are free

Information: www.quiltwalk.com

Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Description: Traditional Scottish games, kids games, piping and drumming, Highland dancing, Tattoo, etc.

Where: Thanksgiving Point, Lehi

When: June 8 and 9

Cost: $8 adults, $5 children

Information: www.utahscots.org

Utah Arts Festival

Description: Celebration of a multitude of art forms, including visual, performing and literary; activities for children.

Where: Library Square, Salt Lake City

When: June 21-24

Cost: $8 adults, $5 seniors, children under 12 free

Information: www.uaf.org

Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally and Hot Air Balloon Festival

Description: Thirty balloons will take to the air every morning at 6:30; balloon glow on Main Street at dusk Saturday; mass ascension Sunday morning. Other activities include parades and children's events.

Where: Panguitch

When: June 22-24

Cost: $8 adults, $5 seniors, children under 12 free

Information: www.panguitchballoons.com

Tooele Arts Festival

Description: Visual arts from paintings to photographs, children's art yard, performing arts.

Where: Tooele City Park

When: June 22-24

Cost: Free

Information: www.tooeleartsfestival.org

Lehi Round-Up

Description: A variety of western-themed events including a craft fair, a horse parade and a PRCA rodeo.

Where: Various locations in Lehi

When: June 25-30

Cost: Many events are free; others charge admission

Information: www.lehicity.com

Blast From the Past Car Show

Description: Cruise/parade, burnout contest, firemen's barbecue, car show and cruise to Maple Grove for a steak dinner.

Where: Salina

When: July 27-29

Cost: $20 to enter your car in the car show; charge for the barbecue

Information: 877-473-8368

Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride

Description: Ride your bike from the marina to the Fielding Garr Ranch.

Where: Antelope Island State Park

When: June 29

Cost: Preregistration fee is $20 for people 14 and older; $15 for children under 14

Information: www.daviscountyutah.gov

Outlaw Trail Theater

Description: "The Sound of Music" will be presented in an outdoor amphitheater.

Where: Vernal's Western Park

When: June 19-July 7 (Tuesday-Saturday, except July 4)

Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors, $7 children

Information: www.myartscouncil.org

Boulder Heritage Days

Description: Dutch oven cook-off, saddle display, silent auction, family focus on the Lymans. This year's theme is "Remembering the Boulder Rodeos."

Where: Anasazi State Park, Boulder

When: July 12-14

Cost: Free; paid admission into the museum is separate

Information: www.boulderutah.com

America's Freedom Festival

Description: One of the best patriotic celebrations in the country. Grand parade, Stadium of Fire, patriotic program, art shows, entertainment, carnival, etc.

Where: Provo

When: June 30-July 4

Cost: $25-$120 for Stadium of Fire (home.byu.edu/webapp/buytickets/index.jsp

Information: www.utah.com/freedomfestival

Lavender Days

Description: A tribute to the aromatic arts with crafts, entertainment and tours of a lavender farm and distillery.

Where: Young Living Lavender Farm, 3700 N. Highway 91, Mona

When: July 6 and 7

Cost: $7 adults, $4 children

Information: www.younglivingfarms.com

Spirit of '47 Pioneer Jubilee

Description: Old-time celebration with pioneer games, teamster challenges, pioneer sports, a handcart progressive dinner and more.

Where: American West Heritage Center, Wellsville

When: July 21

Cost: Regular admission applies

Information: www.awhc.org

Raspberry Days

Description: Parade, crafts fair, rodeo, fireworks.

Where: Garden City

When: Aug. 2-4

Cost: Many of the events are free

Information: www.gardencityut.us

Park City Art Festival

Description: 220 artists, from potters to painters to jewelry designers, will display and sell their wares. Entertainment and kids' activities.

Where: Park City's Main Street

When: Aug. 4 and 5

Cost: $5 adults, children under 10 admitted free

Information: www.kimball-art.org

Sevier County Fair

Description: 100th anniversary of the fair, which means this year will be bigger and better than ever with a lumberjack show, fireworks after the rodeo, a concert by Western Underground and more.

Where: Fairgrounds in Richfield

When: Aug. 6-11

Cost: Free admission to fair; charge for the rodeo and Western Underground concert

Information: www.sevierutah.net

Swiss Days

Description: Craft and food booths, entertainment, 10K run, chuck-wagon breakfast, parade, barbecue dinner are among the many activities.

Where: Midway

When: Aug. 31-Sept. 1

Cost: Many activities are free

Information: www.midwayswissdays.com

Brigham City Peach Days

Description: Parade, art and essay contest, food and craft booths, fruit display, hot rod and custom car show.

Where: Brigham City

When: Sept. 5-8

Cost: Many events are free

Information: www.bcareachamber.com

Rocky Mountain ATV Jamboree

Description: Guided rides on the Paiute and Great Western trail systems. Four days of guided riding, with a choice each day of up to 30 different rides. Elevations range from 5,000 feet to 11,000 feet. Riders come from as far away as Germany and Costa Rica. This is a good way to acquaint yourself with the trails of central Utah.

Where: Sevier Valley Center, Richfield

When: Sept. 17-22

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Cost: $140 per rider (includes some meals)

Information: www.atvjam.com


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