SALT LAKE CITY — Easter and Earth Day are coming up. And Utah hasn’t let us down. There are plenty of fun, family-friendly events this weekend to help you spend time with those who matter most. And it’s not all standard stuff, either — between Gardner Village’s Fairy Festival, the interesting musical performances going on and the various Earth Day and Easter events, there’s sure to be something that will satisfy everyone.
Earth Day celebrations
Love the planet — it’s our only one! There are more than a few Earth Day events to choose from. Join experts from the American Chemical Society, Westminster College and Tracy Aviary at the City Library for hands-on educational activities. Learn about microplastics, “LEAP” into water science and study composting — and, make edible “dirt” cups (with chocolate, oreos and other tasty treats) to finish off the experience. Earth Day Celebration, April 20, 1-3 p.m., Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, free (801-524-8200 or events.slcpl.org/events).
For those looking to get educated in a fancy setting (i.e., dinner and conversation), perhaps Logan Nature’s “Earth Day Soiree” is for you. April 20, 6-9 p.m., Herm’s Inn, 1435 E. Canyon Road, Logan, $45 (435-755-3239 or logannature.org/soiree).
Finally, Ogden Nature Center is hosting an Earth Day celebration with “earth-friendly exhibitors, demonstrations, entertainment, food, nature crafts and fun activities.” April 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St., Ogden, $4 (801-621-7595 or ogdennaturecenter.org).
Easter egg hunts
Easter is here and there are plenty of eggcellent options to help your family celebrate. Thanksgiving Point is hosting an Easter Eggstreme with face painting, a meeting with the Easter Bunny and of course an egg hunt with prizes. April 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Electric Park 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, $6 for adults and $10 for children (thanksgivingpoint.org).
Or you can hop over to Wheeler Historic Farm for their Children’s Easter Egg Hunt. Along with egg hunts, goodies and meeting the Easter Bunny, guests are invited on a wagon ride to explore the farm. April 20, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 6351 S. 900 East, Murray, $15, (385-468-1755 or nowplayingutah.com).
Woodland Fairy Festival
Gardner Village’s Fairy Festival is back! Stroll through the idyllic town — there’s something “enchanting to discover at every turn,” the festival’s press release wrote. Tiny houses, tiny scenes and other fairy-sized surprises are located all over the court. There will be an A-Z Fairy Quest, Wishing Bridge, Find your Fairy Name-Game, Fairy Tea Parties and many charming activities hosted by the local shops at Gardner Village. April 20-June 15, Gardner Village, 1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan, free (gardnervillage.com).
‘The Way North’
The Pioneer Theatre Company is finishing its sixth season of Play-by-Play's New Play Reading Series with “The Way North” written by Tira Palmquist. The play is about a young, pregnant Sudanese refugee and a former Minnesota sheriff who has to decide if he’ll take her in. The Play-by-Play series is an excellent way to support playwrights and new productions. April 19 at 7:30 p.m.; April 20 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Pioneer Theatre Company, 300 S. 1400 East, $5-$10, children under age 5 not admitted (801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org).
'Cirque Dances' with Troupe Vertigo and Utah Symphony
Troupe Vertigo, a group of acrobatic contemporary dancers, has teamed up with the Utah Symphony to create an exhilarating live experience. In short, the dancers will dance and the orchestra will play — these two masterful groups combining to create a sensational visual and auditory experience. The symphony will perform orchestral favorites including Ravel’s "Boléro," Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from "West Side Story" and Gershwin’s "Cuban Overture." April 19-20, 7:30 p.m., Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, $15-$95 (801-355-2787 or utahsymphony.org).
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Join the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Bells on Temple Square and the Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble as they celebrate the resurrection of Christ in their annual Easter concert. They will perform hymns like "Tree of Life," "Let Us All Press On" and a selection from Handel’s “Messiah.” The concert will also be available for streaming through ChurchofJesusChrist.org, thetabernaclechoir.org, the choir's YouTube channel and its Facebook page. April 19-20, 7:30 p.m., Salt Lake Tabernacle, Temple Square, tickets have been distributed, a standby line will form at the flagpole, other viewing locations include the Legacy Theater and the Conference Center Theater.