Modern-day Homers (the Greek epic poet, not the cartoon) are walking the streets of Utah these days. And you can see many of these storytellers take the stage at the Timpanogos Story Telling Festival, Aug. 27–30, celebrating its 25th anniversary.

What sort of storytelling? Timp has it all: cowboy stories, ghost stories, family histories. Pay $45 for the whole weekend, or opt for one of our favorite storytelling events:

Laughin’ Night: Word around the neighborhood is that this is the event to attend. Catch a show on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. These comedians' cousins won’t just crack jokes, but tell you those rolling-on-the-floor-laughing stories perfect for any social gatherings. 

Bedtime Stories: These events are aimed at pleasing the little ones, but audiences of all ages will enjoy good bedtime stories—the kind that aren’t too creepy or funny, but just right for a night full of good dreams. See Bedtime Stories at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29. Donuts will be served.

Shivers in the Night: If Stephen King or Edgar Allan Poe are on your reading list, imagine hearing ghost stories as night falls in Provo Canyon. Things get spooky at 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30. 

For a full schedule of events, check out the Timpanogos Storytelling website.

All photos by Tom Thurston