Frontier Folklife Festival


The Frontier Folklife Festival will be June 22-23, 2018 at the Frontier Homstead State Park.

There will be music, vendors and frontier fun!

Over 30 artists from Utah, Arizona and Nevada will be at the event to offer a unique and hand-crafted shopping experience for all who visit. Take a chance to browse the unique shops, stop to listen to music from the wonderful performers, and stroll through the Homestead to experience traditional crafts and activities. They hope to create a frontier atmosphere which can be enjoyed by the entire family.

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Cedar City Livestock & Heritage Festival

cedar-livestock-heritage-festivalThe Cedar Livestock Heritage Festival will be October 28-29, 2016.

There will be a Johnny Rodriguez concert, quilt show, livestock festival, antique tractor and machinery show, “top dog” sheepdog demo, junior ranch rodeo, draft horse demo, vintage car display, Dutch oven cooking contest, cowboy dirt dance and more!



Iron County’s Livestock History
By Chad Reid, USU Extension Office
Dr. Jim Bowns and Janet Seegmiller, Southern Utah University.

Mormon pioneers entered what is now Utah in 1847 and colonization soon spread throughout the area. Cedar City was settled in 1851 and livestock production, a significant part of the agrarian society, was the main source of income from meat, milk, butter, cheese, hides, and wool. By the late 1860’s the fear of Indians and wild animals had subsided, and the local residents took up homesteads in the nearby mountains. The first agriculture activity was dairying. Women and children moved to the mountains for the summer and set up dairies while the men and older boys remained in the valley and farmed. Thus, dairy cows were the first livestock to utilize these mountain ranges. Milk was used mainly for making butter and cheese which was taken to town each week or two and sold or traded for needed items. The McConnell family was one of the first to have a mountain dairy in 1869 and a granddaughter described the “top of the mountain as a sylvan paradise and everywhere grass and wild barley, waist high, browse and vivid wild flowers carpeted the meadows and hillsides. Compared to the arid valley below, such untouched beauty and bounteous feed were overwhelming.”

In approximately 1890, some prominent Cedar City cattlemen went into the sheep business by purchasing a herd of sheep from Colorado. These early sheep men built up their herds by keeping as many ewe lambs as they could and selling only the 2- or 3-year-old weathers that were driven on foot or horseback to market in Chicago or Kansas City. Livestock men soon realized that sheep were ideally suited to southern Utah ranges, especially the mountain summer ranges where Larkspur (Delphiniumbarbeyi) was common. This plant is highly toxic to cattle but is well tolerated by sheep and is considered valuable forage for them.

Even today despite the declining numbers of sheep in the West, sheep are still the dominant livestock species on Cedar Mountain. In the first decade of the 21st century, Iron County has some 160 farms involved with cattle and sheep. In 2002, the number of cattle and calves was 25,683, with sales of cattle in the year of 14,467. The number of sheep was 34,908. Neither the acreage devoted to livestock, nor the number of animals tells as much about the county’s dedication to its livestock industry as does the seasonal movement of cattle and sheep to and from the summer ranges on the mountains and the winter ranges in the valleys. The pattern of livestock and ranching continues, with families relishing the traditions being passed on to the fifth and sometimes sixth generation. This makes the celebration of our livestock heritage a natural festival for the community!

To learn more about Iron County’s Livestock Industry you can purchase “Selected Stories of the Livestock Industry in Iron County”, at the USU Extension Office, 585 N. Main, Cedar City, for $10. Each year, additional stories will be added to the book.

Adams Memorial Theatre

Adams Memorial Theatre
Adams Memorial Theatre

The Adams Memorial Theatre, dedicated in 1977, was designed by Douglas N. Cook, festival producing artistic director, along with Max Anderson of the Utah State Building Board, and is patterned after drawings and research of sixteenth century Tudor stages. Experts say it is one of a few theatres that probably comes close to the design of the Globe Theatre in which Shakespeare’s plays were originally produced. It is so authentic, in fact, that the British Broadcasting Company filmed part of its Shakespeare series there. It is named for Grace Adams Tanner, a major benefactor of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and her parents, Thomas D. and Luella R. Adams. It seats 819, plus 66 gallery-bench or standing-room seats.

Utah UFO Festival

Utah UFO Festival - Cedar City
Utah UFO Festival

The Utah UFO Festival will be held in August 2015 and was started by Nathan and Joseph Cowlishaw.

Events at the Cedar City UFO Festival include a day-long caravan and camping trip to Area 51, a UFO movie festival at the historic downtown movie theatre, vendors and entertainment at the main street park and keynote speakers at the heritage center.

Speakers will include Travis Walton, Stanton Friedman, Kathleen Marden, the Navajo Rangers, Clifford Mahooty, Chris O’brian, Alejandro Rojas, Jim Mann, Stacey Wright, Erica Lukes, Richard Dolan, Dave Rosenfeld, Derrel Sims, Yvonne Smith and Jim Allen.


Randall L. Jones Theatre

Randall L. Jones Memorial Theatre
Randall Jones Theatre

The Randall L. Jones Theatre was completed in 1989. This theatre seats 769 people and was initiated as a non-state funded building. It was named after a former professor at Southern Utah University and supporter of tourism in southern Utah whose family donated funds for the building. The theatre is the primary performance space for the Southern Utah University Department of Theatre Arts and Dance during the academic calendar. The Utah Shakespeare Festival uses the theatre during the summer and into mid-October in support of the festival’s fall season.

Utah Shakespeare Festival

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Utah Shakespeare FestivalThe Utah Shakespeare Festival was started by Fred Adams in 1961. It used to be called the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

This season’s (June 25 – Oct 31) plays include: Henry IV Part Two, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, South Pacific, Amadeus, Charley’s Aunt, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Dracula.

Venues include the Adams Shakespearean Theatre, the Randall L. Jones Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre, the Greenshow Stage and the Seminar Grove.

Unwind before the play at The Greenshow, a free thirty-minute frolic of song, dance, laughter, Elizabeth sweets, and just plain fun. Find a place to relax on the lawn or mingle in the courtyard as you prepare for that evening’s mainstage production. The Greenshow offers three different shows; Irish, English, and Italian. The Greenshow begins each Monday to Saturday at 7:10 p.m. from June 25 to September 5 on the green and the courtyard surrounding the Adams Shakespearean Theatre.


Phone: 1-800-PLAYTIX

Utah Summer Games

Utah Summer Games BannerThe Utah Summer Games is held in June of each year. The opening ceremonies will be Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 8:30 pm at the SUU Eccles Coliseum. The director is Casey McClellan. Each year athletes are inducted into the Hall of Honor. Medals are given to winners in each event. Volunteers are an essential part to the success of the Utah Summer Games.

Sports include running, archery, basketball, baseball, wrestling, gymnastics, golf, karate, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis and more.