Summer lovin’ had me a blast, summer lovin’ happened so fast. Are you serious? You don’t need to wear a watch to know that school just started, heck, the traffic since last week in SLC has been ridiculous. And, that long weekend which marks the end of summer—Labor Day Weekend in Utah—is here as well. Maybe you don’t want to stay home and clean out your garage? Taking it up and out of the valley is the most sensible (and 10 degrees cooler) way to spend it.
2019 Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic Festival Aug 30 – Sept. 2, 2019
“Yer aff yer heid!” Men in kilts throwing stones and cabers, sheepdogs herding sheep, western arts & crafts, loads of food vendors and the all-new bohemian beer garden. Nothing else says Labor Day Weekend in Utah like the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic. Starting on August 30, get in on this four-day party in Midway for the fun at the McSoldier Hollow Nordic Center. In addition, a Navajo Rug Show is sponsored by Adopt-a-Native Elder, which features finely woven traditional Navajo textiles and demonstrations by Navajo artisans. Visit the site for days and times of events.
This year, Oktoberfest will feature scenic helicopter tours of Little Cottonwood Canyon from Powderbird. Make reservations 801-933-2222. Tickets are $250 per person and available for all ages. The flights will run on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Oktoberfest runs from August 17-October 20, 2019 at the Snowbird Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and will be open this coming Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day. Get up to Snowbird for family-friendly face-painting, live music & entertainment, biergartens, food venues and did we mention beer? While it’s free to enter, there is a $10 fee to park and they encourage carpooling. To keep our downstream watershed pure, no doggies are allowed up LCC, the lodge, or good gracious no people, in your vehicle. Park and ride at one of the lots at the base of Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon.
While this isn’t technically a festival, it’s good to note that the Snowbasin Resort will be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd and it’s the last day to lock in the early-bird discount rate for the 2019-2020 Winter Season Pass. If you come and print off your season pass you can enjoy a day on the mountain too. Snowbasin’s Needles Gondola will be open for lift-served mountain biking, hiking, and scenic gondola rides from 10 am-6 pm. In addition, they are offering their Saturday Special for Labor Day, buy online at least a day prior and you’ll get 2 burgers, 2 drinks, and 2 adult scenic gondola tickets for $45.
Miner’s Day in Park City
Closing out Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2, 2019, the Park City Rotary Club will host the town’s 123rd annual Miner’s Day. Starting with St. Mary’s $5 pancake breakfast in the City Park and the Miner’s Day Funky 5K (Athlete 360). At the top of Main Street witness the Running of the Balls, as 1000s of numbered golf balls will be released into the street to win prizes including season ski passes and hotel vacations. The Miner’s Day Parade ends with a BBQ lunch, including drinks, games and live music. To learn more, visit parkcityminersday.org.
Flying Ace All-Stars at Olympic Park
On Sat. August 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, witness skiers and snowboarders flying 60 feet in the air and performing acrobatic stunts before landing in the Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool during the Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle Show at Utah’s Olympic Park. Following the show, you can explore the museum or test your own balancing skills on the three obstacle courses above the park. On both days the show begins at 1 pm, $10 for kids, $15 for adults and can be purchased online.
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