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FOOD & DRINK
Wednesday, July 2
Cooking Gourmet Brats & Dogs

Put your barbecue buddies to shame when you slap a tube-shaped flavor explosion onto the grill next to their value-pack hot dogs. At this hands-on class taught by Harmons’ Chef Tina, you’ll make (and eat) burgers and brats that have extra flavorings and spices. Harmons Station Park, 200 N. Station Park, Farmington, 801-928-2600, $40, HarmonsGrocery.com

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ARTS
Thursday-Saturday, July 3-5
FantasyCon

After the gangbusters success of two comic-book conventions, the summer gets an unaffiliated fantasy-themed convention event hoping to continue the momentum. Scheduled guests at press time include Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Rose McGowan (Once Upon a Time), Simon Pegg (Sean of the Dead) and Summer Glau (Firefly). Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-309-6294, 10 a.m., $20-$40, FantasyCon.com

FOOD & DRINK
Thursday, July 3
Thirst Fursday Historic Pub Crawl

The Local First movement began with some of Utah’s early immigrants, who brewed their own beer rather than importing it. This pub crawl will take you on a guided walking tour to three different Utah establishments in downtown Salt Lake City and includes your own pint glass (drinks and food must be purchased separately). Meeting location revealed upon registration, 6 p.m., Salt Lake City, 801-533-0858, ext. 107, also Aug. 7 & Sept. 4, $20, UtahHeritageFoundation.com

MUSIC
Friday, July 4
Rooftop Concert Series: Bat Manors

There’s no better way to spend summer’s balmy evenings than experiencing the high-caliber talent to come out of the Provo music scene. At tonight’s installment of the Rooftop Concert Series, folk-core band Bat Manors will play songs from their new EP, followed by a group of noteworthy musicians from various local bands performing a Woodstock-themed show. Other acts on the season’s lineup will include The Moth & the Flame, Coral Bones, House of Lewis, Fictionist, The Blue Aces and more. Provo Town Square Parking Terrace, 100 North & 100 West, Provo, first Friday of the month through October, 7:30 p.m., free, RooftopConcertSeries.com

FAMILY
Monday-Friday, July 7-11
Choose Your Own Adventure Writing Workshop

“The witch beckons with a long, gnarled finger. If you follow her to the attic, turn to p. 60. If you go to the basement to see what happened to Jimmy, turn to p. 18.” After your kids have explored every avenue in the battered copies of your beloved Choose Your Own Adventure books, enroll them in a five-part workshop at the SLCC Community Writing Center, where they’ll learn to write their own interactive fiction. 210 E. 400 South, Suite 8, Salt Lake City, 801-957-2192, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $100, SLCC.edu/CWC

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FREE
Tuesday, July 8
20 Feet From Stardom

Pack a picnic and a blanket and get some culture at a screening of the 2013 Sundance (and eventual Oscar-winning) documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, about some of the most recognizable voices but least-known names in music. Red Butte Amphitheatre, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, 801-585-0556, 9 p.m., free, RedButteGarden.org

CULTURE
Wednesday-Saturday, July 9-12
Utah Midsummer Renaissance Faire

Head down to Cedar City this week, and you can step into the past without catching the plague and rub shoulders with pirates without getting a sword to the stomach. The faire offers free entertainment for the whole family—comedy troupes, historical impersonators, musical acts and more—plus vendors hawking knives, leatherwork, chainmail, old-timey toys and food and drink. More mead! Main Street Park, 200 N. Main, Cedar City, free

FOOD & DRINK
Wednesday-Sunday, July 9-13
Park City Food & Wine Classic

Food adventurers and wine enthusiasts will have a hard time resisting this five-day opportunity to wine & dine in the beautiful outdoors. Utah’s biggest wine festival features more than 100 local food artisans, breweries and winemakers. The best part may be the tasting, but there are also cooking demonstrations and food & wine-influenced outdoor recreation activities to explore. Multiple locations, Park City, prices vary, ParkCityFoodAndWineClassic.com

FAMILY
Friday, July 11
Utah Symphony: The Music of John Williams

Symphonic music never feels inaccessible when it comes in the form of John Williams’ stirring themes for some of history’s most beloved movies. Bring the family to sit under the stars and enjoy music from E.T., Star Wars, Superman and more. Deer Valley Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, Park City, 7:30 p.m., $32-$85, DeerValleyMusicFestival.org

ACTIVE
Friday, July 11
Red Butte Garden Campout

The perfect step between backyard camping and oh-my-god-is-that-a-bear wilderness camping, this overnight campout in the beautiful Red Butte Garden allows you to practice setting up your tent, tell ghost stories and sleep under the stars in the great outdoors. Bring your own picnic dinner and gear, but s’mores, games, garden tours and a late-night movie Friday night, as well as a catered Saturday-morning breakfast, will be provided. 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, 801-585-0556, gates open 5 p.m., events begin 7 p.m., $35 per person, kids under 3 free, RedButteGarden.org

MUSIC
Saturday & Sunday, July 12 & 13
Reggae Rise Up Festival

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy at this outdoor reggae-centric festival at Liberty Park. A mix of national and local acts, the lineup will be Matisyahu, The Expendables, Through the Roots, Thrive, Natural Roots, Know Ur Roots, Funk & Gonzo and Afro Omega on Day 1, and Slightly Stoopid, Stephen Marley, Fortunate Youth, Stranger, Tribe of I, Makisi, Bludgeon Muffin and Codi Jordan on Day 2. Liberty Park, 600 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 2 p.m., $25-$35 single-day pass, $40-$60 two-day pass, Facebook.com/ReggaeRiseUp

CULTURE
Sunday, July 13
Bastille Day Celebration

Keep the revolutionary spirit flowing all month long by celebrating France’s Bastille Day, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. With the help of L’Alliance Française de Salt Lake City, the downtown library will transform into Paris, with French music, a screening of the award-winning film Les Triplettes de Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville), frivolous French craft projects, delicious treats from Les Madeleines bakery and even a presentation on cultural differences. Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-524-8200, 1-5 p.m., free, SLCPL.org

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ARTS
Wednesday, July 16
Julianne & Derek Hough: Move Live

Utah natives Julianne & Derek Hough rose to national celebrity as performers on the competition show Dancing With the Stars. Now they’ve put together a joint production showcasing their own talents—and those of their castmates—in spectacular performances ranging from ballroom to tap to hip-hop. Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, 801-988-8800, 8 p.m., $26.50-$62, MaverikCenter.com

MUSIC
Thursday, July 17
Journey, Steve Miller Band

Even the best Pandora station can’t live up to the glory of hearing mega hits like “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Open Arms” performed live. Journey is fronted by Steve Perry sound-alike Arnel Pineda, who was discovered singing Journey covers on YouTube by lead guitarist Neal Schon, but Steve Miller is still at the helm of his namesake band. Usana Amphitheatre, 5125 S. 6400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-355-5522, 6:30 p.m., $44-$135, Usana-Amp.com/Events

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FREE
Saturday, July 19
Intro to Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms

The Biocentric Brothers will be at the Anderson Foothill Library to impart their extensive knowledge of edible fungi. You can learn about the medicinal benefits of mushrooms and get tips on how to cultivate your own. Anderson-Foothill Library, 1135 S. 2100 East, Salt Lake City, 801-594-8611, 4-5:45 p.m., SLCPL.org

CULTURE
Thursday-Saturday, July 17-19
Mega Peruvian Festival

This festival allows you to expand your mind—and your stomach, as attendees of the Mega Peruvian Festival will band together Saturday to eat the world’s largest papa a la Huancaína, a favorite Peruvian dish of boiled potatoes bathed in a spicy cream sauce, topped with black olives and hard-boiled eggs and served over a bed of lettuce. The downtown gathering will also be the setting of exhibitions, games, traditional dances and music, and more. 299 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-707-1623, free, Facebook.com/Mega.Peruvian.Utah

FAMILY
Saturday, July 19
Hogle Zoo Ice Block Day

Once a year, during the peak of summer, animals at Hogle Zoo get special enrichment experiences in the form of everything from blocks of ice to “bloodcicles” for big cats. Kids can enjoy watching the animals’ fun, or have their own fun digging for prizes through crushed ice, or creating ice paintings. 2600 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City, 801-584-1700, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $10.94-$14.95, HogleZoo.org

FAMILY
Sunday, July 20
Seven Peaks or Cowabunga Bay

When the mercury rises, it’s time to plunge down a wild waterslide, or tube along a lazy river. The colorful towers of Draper’s Cowabunga Bay promise a variety of sliding experiences, while Seven Peaks includes an impressive wave pool. Splash pads keep the littler ones happy. Cowabunga Bay, 12047 S. State, Draper, 801-553-1000, open daily through Labor Day, $4.95-$23.95, CowabungaBay.com. Seven Peaks, 1200 W. 1700 South, Salt Lake City, 801-972-3300; 1330 E. 300 North, Provo, 801-373-8777, open daily through Labor Day, $7.99-$24.99, SevenPeaks.com

ARTS
Monday, July 21
Welcome to Night Vale Live Show

At first blush, the podcast Welcome to Night Vale sounds like a fairly run-of-the-mill old-time community radio station—but it’s got a bizarre twist, with updates from the sheriff’s secret police and weather reports that include details on a glowing cloud that rains animal corpses. Hitting No. 1 on iTunes in 2013, the twice-monthly podcast has now taken to the road for wildly popular live shows, with Cecil Baldwin onstage as narrator/librarian Cecil Gershwin Palmer. Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-355-2787, 7 p.m., $30, ArtTix.org

ARTS
Wednesday, July 23
Saturday’s Voyeur 2014

It wouldn’t be a Salt Lake City summer without a chance to let off some of our culture-clash steam in this annual musical-theater cabaret constructed around the unique foibles of our state. Bring a picnic and leave your delicate sensibilities at home to enjoy the raucous, ribald satire. Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North, Salt Lake City, 801-363-7522, June 25-Aug. 31, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 6 p.m., $45-$55. SaltLakeActingCompany.org

ARTS
Friday, July 25
Park City Gallery Stroll

Thanks to the Park City Gallery Association, you can take your sweet time walking down Park City’s Historic Main Street and get lost in shops featuring professional artwork, exhibits and occasional refreshments. Main Street, Park City, 435-649-8882, also June 27 & Aug. 29, 6-9 p.m., free, KimballArtCenter.org/Gallery-Stroll

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FREE
Friday, July 25
Three Amigos

This 1986 Steve Martin/Chevy Chase/Martin Short gem is the textbook definition of “so bad it’s good.” Grab the kids, blankets, low-backed chairs and a plethora of piñatas to enjoy the culmination of Salt Lake City’s Friday Night Flicks series, held in a different city park each week. Popcorn is free while it lasts. Wasatch Hollow Park, 1650 E. 1700 South, Salt Lake City, 8 p.m.; other films June 13, 20 & 27 and July 11 & 18, various locations, free, SLCGov.com

ACTIVE
Saturday, July 26
Clas Ropes Course Couples Retreat

Is your relationship in a rut? Take your bickering to new heights by dangling from ropes and harnesses high above the ground. Clas Ropes Course is offering a unique couples retreat that involves a four-hour ropes-course experience, a picnic lunch with a guest speaker, and even a boat ride on the Provo River. 3606 W. Center Street, Provo, 801-373-8897, also Aug. 30, 9 a.m., $269 per couple, ClasRopes.com

FOOD & DRINK
Sunday, July 27
Learn How to Brew Beer

Sure, you can buy a homebrewing kit and watch YouTube instructional videos, but a hands-on tutorial from a beer-making professional will ensure that your future ales and lagers are better-tasting and less explosion-prone. This three-hour class, through the University of Utah’s Lifelong Learning program, will set you up with the basic info you need to start your own micro-microbrewery and troubleshoot any problems that might arise. Advanced registration is required, and participants must be 21 or over and bring I.D. Salt City Brew Supply, 750 E. Fort Union Blvd., Salt Lake City, 801-587-5433, 4:30-7 p.m., $50, Continue.Utah.edu

CULTURE
Monday-Saturday, July 28-Aug. 2
Springville World Folkfest

This weeklong festival is a smorgasbord of cultures, with international dance troupes presenting a different performance each night. Food and crafts kick things off nightly at 6 p.m., with a preshow beginning at 7:15. Spring Acres Arts Park, 620 S. 1350 East, Springville, 8 p.m., $30 for all-week pass; $8 nightly for adults; kid, senior-citizen and group discounts available, WorldFolkfest.com

MUSIC
Thursday, July 31
Twilight Concert Series: Wu Tang Clan

Every Thursday during the summer, hundreds of people flock to Pioneer Park for the opportunity to catch some of the biggest names in music, for the sweet price of $5. Tonight’s concert is a must-see for hip-hop fans, as influential New York rap crew Wu Tang Clan bring their classic ‘90s-born sound to Utah. The rest of the 2014 lineup is also stellar, with acts including Lauryn Hill, Charles Bradley, Beck, De La Soul and The Head & the Heart. Pioneer Park, 300 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, Thursdays, July 10-Aug. 28, 7 p.m., $5 per night, $35 season pass, TwilightConcertSeries.com

FOOD & DRINK
Thursday-Saturday, July 31-Aug. 2
Garden City Raspberry Days

Celebrate the harvest of the world-famous Bear Lake raspberries with a 5K run, parade, pancake breakfast, rodeo and fireworks on the beach. Don’t forget to grab a raspberry shake while you’re in town. Various locations, times and prices; Garden City, GardenCityUt.us

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