Weekend Express: Fourth of July fun, FantasyCon
Published: July 3, 2014 02:35PM
Updated: July 3, 2014 02:03PM
Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo Thousands line the streets of downtown Provo to watch the 2012 Freedom Festival Parade in Provo. This year's parade is on Friday, the Fourth of July.

Plan your Fourth of July holiday weekend with picks from our entertainment reporters, critics and bloggers. For more event listings, visit www.sltrib.com/entertainment. Sports listings can be found here.

Fourth of July highlights:

• America’s Freedom Festival, Balloon Fest and Stadium of Fire (www.freedomfestival.org/)

• Sugar House fireworks (sugarhousefireworks.com/)

• Sugar House Arts Festival (sugarhousechamber.org/4th-of-July-Arts-Fest)

• Park City July Fourth Parade and Celebration (www.visitparkcity.com/events/annual-special-events/july-fourth-july-events/)

For a listing of other Fourth of July celebrations, please click here.

FantasyCon 2014 • FantasyCon celebrates pop fantasy culture with more than 200 exhibitor booths, cosplay, live entertainment and more. Information, www.fantasycon.com.

When: Daily through Saturday

Where: Salt Palace Convention Center, (5-10 p.m. Friday is a street festival and fireworks at The Gateway Mall, 400 W. 100 South)

Admission: $60 three-day adult (16 and older) pass, $40 Friday only, $40 Saturday only; $30 three-day youth (ages 11-15), Friday only $15, Saturday only $20; discounts for college students, military and teachers

Cedar Breaks 9th Annual Wildflower Festival • Guided hikes are offered twice daily from the visitor center at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or you can go on self-guided walks with a handout. Information, www.nps.gov/cebr/wildflower-festival.htm.

When: Saturday through July 20

Where: Cedar Breaks National Monument, Brian Head

Admission: Included with park admission of $4 per person age 16 or older

Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band Concert • The band’s annual patriotic concert is open to all ages. No tickets are needed.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Tabernacle on Temple Square, 50 W. North Temple

Admission: Free

Star Party • Check out the rings of Saturn as the Salt Lake Astronomical Society opens up one of the biggest telescopes in the state.

When: 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Stansbury Park Observatory Complex

Admission: Free