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2016 & 2017 Events

Ongoing Events 2016
September 1 - February 1 "Melodic Lines" Art Exhibit by the Moab Pastel Guild - The Moab Pastel Guild will return to the Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park with a new show entitled “Melodic Lines.” The Guild members invite you to join them for an opening reception at the Bighorn Gallery on Saturday, September 10 from noon to 3 p.m. For more info visit stateparks.utah.gov/parks/dead-horse or call 435-259-2614.
Usually 3rd Saturday
of the Month
Community Contra Dances - The Moab Community Dance Band holds monthly contra dances at the Moab Arts & Rec. Center, 111 E, 100 N. No partner or experience needed. $7 suggested donation to benefit Grand County School music programs. Check Moab Community Dance Band facebook page for the the next dance date. For more info visit facebook.com/MoabCommunityDanceBand/ or call 516-376-8003.

2016 Events

November 2016 2016
Sun-Fri 10/30-11/4 Moab Folk Camp - Continued ( see above)
Fri-Sun 4-6 Moab Folk Festival - The Moab Folk Festival is a 3-day music event with 12 performers, workshops, local educational outreach, and art vendors. For more info visit moabfolkfestival.com or call 435-259-3198.
Fri-Sun 4-6 Moab Celtic Festival "Scots on the Rocks" - The Moab Celtic Festival brings to life the rich heritage and colorful history of Scottish and Celtic cultures through education, crafts, music, highland dance/competition and athletic competition. Patrons can listen to the crowds cheering for the athletes competing, while watching the swirling skirts and dancing feet of the highland dancers. Many clans will be in attendance to share their history and information about their clan. We strive to bring Celtic Heritage to Moab while sharing the beauty of Moab with the world! For more info visit scotsontherocksmoab.com or call 435-210-0080.
Sat-Sun 5-6 Moab Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon and Adventure 5K - A Trail Runner Magazine top 10 "Bucket List" Race! Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and Adventure 5k. An unforgettable voyage through some of the worlds most scenic and unique lands. Saturday races will include the USATF Trail Marathon National Championship as well as the 1/2 marathon and 5k. Sunday will offer the 1/2 marathon distance only (same course as Sat, 'overflow' 2nd-day.) For more info visit moabtrailmarathon.com or call 970-389-4838.
Wed-Sat 9-12 Moab Senior Games - The Moab Senior Games is dedicated to bringing and promoting fitness activities for adults ages 50 to 100 to Moab for physical competition. This event is held throughout Moab and has 8 games that are played in a four day span. For more info visit moabseniorgames.com or call 435-260-0161.
Thu 10 Utah Opera's "The Elixir of Love" - On Thursday, November 10, at 7 PM at Star Hall in Moab, the Utah Opera Resident Artists will perform an hour-long updated Western version of Donizetti’s famous The Elixir of Love. Sung in English, the opera presents sassy cowgirl Adina, who can’t seem to get shy ranch hand Nemorino to declare his love for her. When a rival appears on the scene, Nemorino uses a magic love potion to give him courage. Ticket prices are $5 for individuals or $10 for families (up to 6 people) and are available at the door. For more info visit usuoeducation.org/utah-opera-resident-artists-concerts or call 801-869-9091.
Fri 11 Veterans Day - Holiday
Fri 11 National Park Fee Free Days -The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and they want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in '16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. For more information visit nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
Fri-Sun 11-13 Moab Salsa Bachata Festival: Bailando With A View - 3 days, 3 nights, 3 rooms of dancing at the Moab Valley Inn Veterans Day Weekend November 11-13! Over 40 hours of workshops in salsa, bachata, kizomba, and zouk for all levels. 3 nights of performances from world recognized dancers. Dancing each night until 3am. Veterans are free! Contact Hurricane Rita with any questions dancemoab@gmail.com. For more info visit bailandowithaview.com or call 831-917-8639.
Sat 12 Art Walk - You can enjoy Art Walk on the second Saturdays of April, May, June, September, October and November, from 6-9pm. Visit up to eight different venues, see/ appreciate many different art displays and enjoy refreshments. For more info visit moabartwalk.com or call 435-259-6272.
Sat 19 Dead Horse Ultra - Dead Horse was created to feature the Magnificent Seven Trails off of Gemini Bridges. The course will challenge you with technical slickrock and sandy washes and has great views of Arches National Park, the La Sal Mountains and the Moab Valley. For more info visit madmooseevents.com or call 719-429-9501.
Sat 19 Turkey Trot - Attention runners, walkers & trotters! Moab City’s Annual Turkey Trot happens Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ the Moab Recreation and Aquatics Center. Kids’ Fun Run (1 lap around Swanny) starts @ 9am, $3. 5k run starts @ 9:15am, $10 (day-of registration is $15). Pre-register at moabrecreation.org or at the Recreation Office at the Center St. Gym. Proceeds benefit youth sports programs. Turkeys and prizes for age group winners! Dogs and strollers welcome. For more info call the Moab City Recreation Department at 435-259-2255.
Thu 24 Thanksgiving Day - Holiday
December 2016 2016
Fri 2 City Tree Lighting - Live Music by Valley Voices and GCHS Band. Meet Santa, enjoy Cookies and hot chocolate at Swanny City Park (400 N 100 W) from 5-6pm.
Fri-Sat 2-3 Holiday Craft Fair at the Grand Center - Shop for crafts at the Grand Center, 182 N 500 W. Hours are Friday, December 2nd, from 4pm-8pm, and Saturday, December 3rd, from 9am - 3pm. Food vendors too. Bring cash.
Fri-Sat 2-3 MARC Holiday Craft Fair - Get some great Christmas gifts and come see Santa Clause. All items are hand crafted and quality made! Up to 50 different vendors. Friday, from 4pm to 8pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. For more info visit moabmarc.com or call 435-259-6272.
Fri-Sun 2-4 Second Annual Nativity Walk - Free! The Nativity walk will display unique and beautiful Nativity scenes from around the world. Refreshments will be served and live music will be performed. Come to one or all three days. Friday from 4pm to 8pm; Saturday from 12pm to an hour after the Electric Light Parade; Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. Held at The Broken Oar Restaurant (53 West 400 North). For more info call 435-259-3127.
Fri-Sat 3 Winter Sun 10K - A fast course, great raffle prizes and delicious finish food make the 34rd annual Winter Sun 10K a good reason to visit Moab when the air is crisp and the skies are blue and sunny. For more info visit moabhalfmarathon.com/wintersun/index.cfm or call 435-259-4525.
Sat 3 Electric Light Parade - Moab's Electric Light Parade is one of Utah's best light parades. It is an event that brings the Moab community and businesses together for a delightful evening. The parade starts at 6:00pm on Main Street. For more info visit Moabchamber.com or call 435-259-7814.
Fri 9 Craig Childs ~ An Intimate Night of Auspicious and Eerie Storytelling - Author and explorer Craig Childs weaves wonderful tales of his adventures around local musical talent, images and performances. Tickets available at the door or Back of Beyond Books. $15. Held at Star Hall from 7pm-9pm. For more info call 435-259-0798 or 435-210-0788.
Sat 10 Contra Dance - Contra dance at the MARC (111 E.100 N) 8pm, with a lesson for beginning dancers at 7:30. No partner or experience needed! Live music by the Moab Community Dance Band with Peg Harty, dance caller. $7 suggested donation to benefit Grand County school music programs. For more info visit facebook.com/MoabCommunityDanceBand/ or call 516-376-8003.
Thu 15 Free Film: THE LOBSTER - In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. Winner of 14 awards. Rated R. Presented by the Grand County Library and the Utah Film Center 7 pm @ Star Hall 159 E. Center St. For more info visit moablibrary.org/639/Utah-Film-Circuit-Moab or call 435-259-1111.
Sun 25 Christmas - Holiday

 

2017 Events

January 2017 2017
Sun 1 New Year's Day - Holiday
Mon 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday - Holiday
February 2017 2017
Mon-Fri 6-10 Winterlude 2017 - The Moab Music Festival presents a week of community concerts and education outreach events in partnership with the University of Utah School of Music. The week concludes with a concert at Star Hall on Friday, February 10 @ 7pm. For more info visit moabmusicfest.org or call 435-259-7003.
Sat 18 Moab Red Hot 55k/33k - The Moab Red Hot was voted Most Beautiful Trail Race In America by Running Times Magazine! Come see for yourself! For more info visit GrassRootsEvents.net or call 435-260-0886.
Mon 20 Presidents Day - Holiday
Fri-Sun 24-26 DOCNA Dog Agility Competition - Competition of agility handlers with their dogs running a timed obstacle course. Spectators are welcome, although they need to leave pets at home, since this is a pre-registered qualifying competition. For more info call 970-261-2148.
Sat-Sun 25-26 The Trashion Show - Winter's funnest party! Design and dress up in your best upcycled outfit for this raging runway and dance party. All proceeds go towards education programs and events helping to create a culture of conscious consumption and wise use of resources in our community. For more info call 435-260-8931.
March 2017 2017
Sat-Sun 4-5 Quilting in the Red Rocks Quilt Show - The 9th Biennial Quilting in the Red Rocks will showcase approximately 200 quilted items, including antique, traditional and art quilts as well as wearable art and quilted home decor. Tickets for an opportunity quilt will also be available. The Grand Center, 182 North 500 West, is the location for the show. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is Free! For more info visit www.moabquilts.blogspot.com or call 435-259-6447.
Sat-Mon 4-6 Moab International Film Festival - Moab International Film Festival showcases films which inspire change for the better in our world. $5 tickets and $30 passes are available at Canyonlands Copy Center, The T-Shirt Shop, Back of Beyond Books, or online at moabfilmfestival.org. For more info visit moabfilmfestival.org or call 801-309-6887.
Sat-Tue 11-14 Moab Skinny Tire Festival - Road cycling tour in iconic Moab, Utah. Festival features cycling celebrities, Banff Mountain Film Festival, Western Adventure Dinner, music, beer, food, and the most awe-inspiring landscape imaginable. Choose to ride two or all four days through Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and the Colorado River Corridor. Event benefits cancer research and survivorship programs. Ask how your favorite beneficiary can be included. For more info visit skinnytireevents.com or call 435-260-8889.
Sat 18 Canyonlands Half Marathon & 5 Mile Run - Join us for the 42nd annual Canyonlands Half Marathon and Five Mile run! The scenic USATF sanctioned and certified course follows the Colorado River through a dramatic redrock canyon. Food, beer, awards and live music await you at the finish in downtown Moab. For more info visit www.moabhalfmarathon.com or call 435-259-4525.
Sat 25 Behind the Rocks Ultra - BTR was created to highlight Moab's last hidden gem, the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Area. The course was designed to highlight the technical slickrock trails of Moab, the views of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness area, and the snow capped La Sal mountains. For more info visit madmooseevents.com or call 719-429-9501.
Sat-Mon 25-27 Moab Rocks Mountain Bike Stage Race - Moab Rocks takes some of the regions best classic and new routes including Klondike, Porcupine Rim and Mag 7 and combines them into a 3-day masterpiece of xc and timed descents in a fully supported format. All this wrapped up in a fun and friendly atmosphere combining camaraderie and competition. TransRockies Events pioneered Mountain Bike Stage Racing in North America with the TransRockies Challenge in 2002, and the 3-day race format with the TR3 starting in 2009. For more info visit transrockies.com/moab-rocks/ or call 877-373-3376.
April 2017 2017
Sat 8 Art Walk - You can enjoy Art Walk on the second Saturdays of April, May, June, September, October and November, from 6-9pm. Visit up to nine different venues, see many different art displays and enjoy refreshments. For more info visit moabartwalk.com or call 435-259-6272.
Sat-Sun* 8-16 Easter Jeep Safari - Gathering of full size 4x4 vehicles to run back country trails with guides. Also a trade show by major industry suppliers presenting products for 4x4 vehicles. For more info visit rr4w.com or call 435-259-7625.
Wed 19 50th Anniversary Jeepster Commando - Jeepster Commando anniversary car and vendor show at the Old Spanish Trail Arena. Wednesday 4/19/2017 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Over 100 old Jeepsters and 30 vendors. Free, open to the public. For more info visit jeepster50.com or call 209-274-2312.
Fri-Sun 4/28-4/30 Moab April Action Car Show - Friday is a Rod Run, Saturday is the Car Show and Sunday a Rod Run to Dead Horse Point State Park. Trophies in 30 classes. Free admission for spectators. For more info visit moabaprilaction.org or call 435-260-1948.
May 2017 2017
Fri-Sat 5-6 Gran Fondo Moab - A timed road cycling event over the beautiful La Sal Loop road. For more info visit granfondomoab.com or call 435-259-6294.
Sat 13 Art Walk - You can enjoy Art Walk on the second Saturdays of April, May, June, September, October and November, from 6-9pm. Visit up to nine different venues, see many different art displays and enjoy refreshments. For more info visit moabartwalk.com or call 435-259-6272.
Sat 13 Back of Beyond Paddle Race - The Back of Beyond Paddle Race follows 7-miles of the Colorado River through the spectacular red rock canyons of Southeastern Utah and past some of the world's most breathtaking scenery - through Moab's 'Postcard Alley' and into Utah's own 'back of beyond'. For more info visit backofbeyondsup.com or call 435-210-4665.
Fri-Sun 19-21 8th Annual Willys Overland Rally - Join Willys Owners from all over the country to explore the beautiful riches that the Moab area has to offer in your Willys Overland Station Wagon or Truck. New venue this year! BBQ, Car Show, Raffle, Trail ride and a great time with friends and family. For more info visit willysrally.com or call 702-622-5688.
Sat-Sun 27-28 Moab Arts Festival - 25th Annual Moab Arts Festival with Beer and Wine Garden- free admission, live music, Wine & Beer Garden, Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm. This free event hosts local & national artists welcoming residents & visitors from all parts of the world. Please join us for this special Arts Festival to celebrate our 25th year. For more info visit moabartsfestival.org, email info@moabartsfestival.org, or call 435-259-2742.
Mon 29 Memorial Day - Holiday
June 2017 2017
Thu-Sat 1-3 Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo - Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo - Join us for three exciting days of cowboys and cowgirls, exciting entertainment, food, live music and much more! For more info visit www.moabcanyonlandsrodeo.com or call (435) 259-4852.
Sat 3 Thelma & Louise Half Marathon and Relay - The Thelma & Louise Half Marathon is a fun, fast course full of surprises. Well-stocked aid stations, and characters from the movie are on course during this scenic 13.1 mile run. You can enter this event as an individual or as part of a dynamic duo relay team! For more info visit www.moabhalfmarathon.com or call 435-259-4525.
Sat 10 Dawg Days of Summer BBQ - Join us Saturday June 10th from 5:00-8:00pm at Old City Park for our annual Dawg Days of Summer BBQ and Silent Auction Benefit for Humane Society of Moab Valley. Relax and enjoy live music while treating your taste buds to a delicious backyard BBQ catered by Blu Pig. You won't want to resist bidding on the many luxury gift items at our silent auction! For more info visit moabpets.org or call 435-259-4862.
Sat 10 Art Walk - You can enjoy Art Walk on the second Saturdays of April, May, June, September, October and November, from 6-9pm. Visit up to nine different venues, see many different art displays and enjoy refreshments. For more info visit moabartwalk.com or call 435-259-6272.
July 2017 2017
Tue 4 Independence Day - Holiday
August 2017 2017
Thu-Mon* 8/31-9/11 25th Moab Music Festival - Every September, the award-winning Moab Music Festival brings world-class musicians to stunning red rock venues around Moab, Utah for a feast of chamber music, jazz, Latin and traditional music concerts. This year we celebrate our 25th anniversary of making "music in concert with the landscape." For more info visit moabmusicfest.org or call 435-259-7003.
September 2017 2017
Fri-Sun 8-10 Blazer Bash - 3 days of guided trail runs on the 4x4/Jeep Safari routes in the Moab area. Most attendees drive full-size GM trucks, but all makes are welcome. Friday night catered BBQ dinner in Old City Park. Event registration is required thru website. For more info visit blazerbash.com or call 9708342884.
Sat 9 Art Walk - You can enjoy Art Walk on the second Saturdays of April, May, June, September, October and November, from 6-9pm. Visit up to nine different venues, see many different art displays and enjoy refreshments. For more info visit moabartwalk.com or call 435-259-6272.
Sat 23 Moab Century Tour - Landscape Worth Training for! 40,60, 100 mile route options. Ride in the wild, wild west through Dead Horse Point State Park and the Colorado River Corridor. Ride alongside towering redrock walls outlining the Colorado River; enjoy lunch at the earth’s edge overlooking Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River two thousand feet below. Music, beer, cycling icons and great food await you at the Post-ride party. For more info visit skinnytireevents.com or call 4352608889.
October 2017 2017
Mon 9 Columbus Day - Holiday
Sat 14 Art Walk - You can enjoy Art Walk on the second Saturdays of April, May, June, September, October and November, from 6-9pm. Visit up to nine different venues, see many different art displays and enjoy refreshments. For more info visit moabartwalk.com or call 435-259-6272.
Wed-Sat 18-21 Moab Senior Games - Moab Senior Games - The Moab Senior Games is dedicated to bringing and promoting fitness activities for adults ages 50 to 100 to Moab for physical competition. This event is held throughout Moab and typically has 8 games that are played in a four day span. For more info visit moabseniorgames.com or call 435-260-0161.
Sun 22 The Other Half - Stunning redrock and mountain views accompany you along the Colorado River at the 14th annual The Other Half 13.1 mile run in Moab. Fun aid stations and Taiko drummers are along the course and finisher medals, food and microbrews await you at the finish at Sorrel River Ranch Resort. For more info visit moabhalfmarathon.com or call 435-259-4525.
Thu-Sun 26-29 Moab Ho Down Mountain Bike Festival - There is no better way to round out your mountain biking year than at this mountain biking fundraiser! Festivities include Enduro Race, Jump Jam, Movie Night, Group Rides, Skills Camps, Townie Tour, and Huge Costume Party with live music. The mountain biking in Moab at the end of October is second to none! Join us at this low key super fun festival! For more info visit moabhodown.com or call 435-259-4688.
Sun-Fri 10/29-11/3 Moab Folk Camp - Experience a community of music and song in the spectacular red rock country of southeastern Utah. We offer a supportive environment where adults can experience the joy of making music and learning new skills in a caring environment. Classes in guitar, banjo, song writing, voice, hand drum, mandolin, painting and photography. For more info visit moabfolkcamp.com or call 603-731-3240.
November 2017 2017
Fri-Sun 3-5 Moab Folk Festival - The Moab Folk Festival is a 3-day music event with 12 performers, workshops, local educational outreach, beer and wine garden and art vendors. For more info visit moabfolkfestival.com or call 435-259-3198.
Sat-Sun 4-5 Moab Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and Adventure 5k. Plus Kids K. - Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 5k or Kids K. An unforgettable voyage through some of the world's most scenic and unique lands. Entry includes t-shirt, goodie bag, food and drink, as well as a scenic and well-marked course. Try it! For more info visit moabtrailmarathon.com or call 970-389-4838.
Sat 11 Veterans Day - Holiday
Sat 11 Art Walk - You can enjoy Art Walk on the second Saturdays of April, May, June, September, October and November, from 6-9pm. Visit up to nine different venues, see many different art displays and enjoy refreshments. For more info visit moabartwalk.com or call 435-259-6272.
Sat 18 Dead Horse Ultra - Dead Horse was created to feature the Magnificent Seven Trails off of Gemini Bridges. The course will challenge you with technical slickrock and sandy washes and has great views of Arches National Park, the La Sal Mountains and the Moab Valley. For more info visit madmooseevents.com or call 719-429-9501.
Thu 23 Thanksgiving Day - Holiday
December 2017 2017
Sat 2 Winter Sun 10K - A fast downhill course, great raffle prizes and delicious finish food make the 35th annual Winter Sun 10K a good reason to visit Moab when the air is crisp and the skies are blue and sunny. For more info visit www.moabhalfmarathon.com or call 435-259-4525.
Mon 25 Christmas - Holiday

Note: All event dates and times are subject to change. Check with event organizers for final date and time verification. This calendar is provided as a courtesy to area visitors. No warranty , express or implied, is made as to the safety or ongoing validity of information listed herein. The Moab Area Travel Council or its agents are not responsible for any liability arising from the use of the information herein.

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