The weekend starts early thanks to Pioneer Day on Wednesday. The Salt Lake Tribune’s entertainment staff is here to help you plan your weekend with our best picks in art, music, theatre and TV. Click here for more event listings, and find sports listings here.
Pioneer Day • Cities all across Utah will celebrate July 24 with pancake breakfasts, parades, live music and, of course, fireworks. Here’s a list of where to go for Pioneer Day festivities.
Rodeo • The Days of ‘47 Rodeo finishes in Salt Lake City Wednesday, as does the Ogden Pioneer Day Rodeo and the Fiesta Days Rodeo in Spanish Fork. Bluffdale’s rodeo is Friday and Saturday nights.
WHERE » Salt Lake City and Bluffdale, see the respective websites for more
WHEN » See the websites
TICKETS » See the websites
Price City International Days • The town where so many Greek, Italian and Latino immigrants settled will celebrate its heritage with events Thursday through Saturday. There are pool parties, a children’s parade, live music and more. Go to www.castlecountry.com/Price-City-International-Days for more information.
WHERE » Locations throughout Price
WHEN » Thursday, July 25, through Saturday, July 27; see link for more
TICKETS » Most events are free
Bryce Canyon Geology Festival • Even if they slept through the subject in school, anyone who has ever looked at the pillars of red rock at Bryce Canyon National Park has been intrigued at what shaped the area. The National Park Service will teach you more at Fourth Annual GeoFest. Go to www.nps.gov/brca/geofest.htm for more information.
WHERE » Bryce Canyon National Park
WHEN » Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27
TICKETS » Park admission fees apply
Paddleboard racing • It’s like the Indianapolis 500, except it’s on water, there are no motors, and they don’t go 500 miles. And it’s in Utah. But it’s still a lot of fun to watch paddlesboards race across Jordanelle Reservoir in the H2O Overdrive Summer Series. There’s categories for different ages and experience groups. Go to www.h2ooverdrivesummerseries.com/summer_series for more information.
WHERE » Jordanelle Reservoir, 515 W. State Road 319, Heber City
WHEN » Friday, July 26, through Sunday, July 28; see link for more
TICKETS » State park admission fees may apply
Memorial Run • Honor the memory of the nine men killed in the 2007 Crandall Canyon Mine disaster with 5K, 10K and half-marathon runs on Saturday. The course goes over the scenic byway near the mine. Go to http://mammothmarathons.org/crandall-canyon-memorial-run for more information.
WHERE » Meet at Huntington City Park, corner of Center and Main streets in Huntington
WHEN » 5:15 a.m. Saturday, July 27
TICKETS » Prices vary, see website
Peruvian Festival • Enjoy a taste of the country that’s been making contributions since the Inca Empire. There will be music, food and crafts. Go to www.facebook.com/Mega.Peruvian.Utah for more information.
WHERE » 600 S. Main St. in Salt Lake City
WHEN » 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27
TICKETS » Free
Music • Aaron Lewis is most famous for being the frontman of metal band Staind, which has sold more than 15 million records in nearly 20 years of its existence. But if you show up in Wendover to see a version of Staind, prepare to be shocked. Lewis is touring in support of his passionate love affair with traditional country, illustrated on his first full-length solo record, “The Road.” He said he inherited a love for the country of George Jones from his grandfather, and is finally able to show how much he appreciates the blood lines of his heroes. “There’s not much country left in the country world,” Lewis said.
When • Friday, July 26, at 9 p.m.
Where • Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover, Nevada
Tickets • $20 to $70 at https://wendoverfun.com/shows/
This the San Diego-based genre-bending band Slighty Stoopid’s seventh summer-long tour, with this year’s edition called the Kickin’ Up Dust Tour featuring Atmosphere, The Grouch and Eligh, as well. (Past tours have been dubbed names such as the Summer Haze Tour, Blazed and Confused Tour, and Legalize It Tour, giving you a hint about the collective’s subtle views on marijuana usage.) “The whole purpose of summer is to create a vibe for the fans,” said Miles Doughty, guitarist, bassist and singer for the band that dabbles in reggae, dub, blues, folk in its own unique blender.
When • Saturday, July 27, at 8 p.m.
Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna
Tickets • $35 in advance, $40 day of, at SmithsTix
Movies • “The Wolverine” • The latest comic book sequel hits theaters on Friday. Find showtimes for “The Wolverine” and other films at http://entertainment.sltrib.com/movies
Television • Jim continues to struggle to get anyone in the Mitt Romney campaign to answer questions in “The Newsroom” (Sunday, 11 p.m., HBO). And the folks who work for the Romney campaign are not helpful. They’re also kind of jerks,
But then so are most of the “journalists” trying to cover the campaign. They’re so cowed by the thought of getting thrown off the campaign bus they just regurgitate whatever they’re fed. It’s a horrible (and, sadly, pretty true) indictment of the media.
Local sports: It’s Real Salt Lake at New York Red Bulls in MLS action (Saturday, 5 p.m., Ch. 4); the Utah Blaze host the Cleveland Gladiators in Arena Football League action (Saturday, 7 p.m., Ch. 14); and there will be RSL players on the field when Team USA takes on Panama in the Gold Cup final (Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Ch. 13).
For more weekend TV highlights • Go to www.sltrib.com/blogs/tv