Wednesday, May 25, 2011

2011 Utah Memorial Weekend Events

Wondering what to do on Memorial Day this year? Here is a list of ideas of things you can do:
Check back, as we will be adding more activities as we hear about them! If you know of an event or activity, email us at .

View the weather report HERE.

Visiting a cemetery isn't just for Halloween time! Buy a few extra flowers, and seek out the grave of your loved ones, as well as famous graves in Utah. There are also many graves that never get decorated with flowers, and could use a decoration! Here are a few of our favorite cemeteries:

Day Out With Thomas on the Heber Valley Railroad
Join Sir Topham Hat and Thomas The Train aboard the Heber Valley Railroad!

Moab Friendship Cruise
This is so cool, it makes me want to drive down to Moab just for this event!

Wings Of Love 
May 27th and June 10th
Wings of Love is a Celebration of life where grieving families can release a LIVE butterfly in memory of a loved one.  First Choice Hospice of Utah believes that walking through grief can be a difficult journey that families don't have to take alone.  First Choice Hospice of Utah provides an opportunity for families to participate in a ceremony that encourages healing. Native American Legend States "Whisper a thought to a butterfly and she will carry that message to the heavens."   Come join us and remember your loved one.  Questions?  Call Melanie Menlove, Bereavement Coordinator 801-637-5878

Antelope Island Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival
This looks like a BLAST! Going on all weekend long. 

Take A Vacation!
Visit our Family Vacation Series page for ideas of where to camp and vacation!

Syracuse Half Marathon
At STRIDERS, we think what they're doing at NO MORE VICTIMS is a pretty big deal and we wanted to help.  ALL the proceeds from the Memorial Day Classic event in Syracuse will directly benefit kids who are victims of sexual abuse.  Thanks for the help and your support. 

Fremont Indian State Park Guided Hike: Parade of Rock Art Trail
Visitors will be led on a short, easy hike on the Parade Of Rock Art Trail. Meet at the visitors center on Monday May 30th at 1pm.

Camp Floyd Civil War Encampment
Camp Floyd in Utah County is holding a Civil War re-enactment with many other activities all weekend.

Golden Spike National Monument
Step back in time to join Leland Stanford, Thomas Durant, and others to relive one of our nation's proudest moments. Reenactments of the "Golden Spike" ceremony are held on Saturdays and holidays between May and Labor Day at 11:00 and 1:00, at trackside in front of the locomotives, the same location where the 
original ceremony was held over 130 years ago on May 10, 1869.

Raging Waters (Now Seven Peaks)
Opening weekend this year is Memorial Weekend! Throw on your bathing suits and enjoy the weekend in the sun! (Let's cross our fingers for warm weather!)

Spring City Heritage Day Celebration
The Heritage Day Celebration includes a tour of many of the town’s charming pioneer-era homes and buildings, built along Main Street and throughout the town. Tickets for the home tours cost $10 for adults and $5 for children, and are sold at the Old Spring City School and the Old Firehouse, and funds benefit preservation and restoration efforts in Spring City.

Movies at the Theaters
There are many good movies out, and Memorial Weekend marks the beginning of the summer movie season. Catch a movie at a theater near you!

Drive In Movies
This is one of our favorite pastimes! There are only a few drive in movie theaters still in operation in Utah: (If you know of more, please email me at
Redwood Drive In Theaters
Erda Drive In
Coleman's Motor Vu Theater

Big M Weekend at Miller Motorsports Park
Lots of events and activities planned. Tooele.
    FREE Admission! Memorial Weekend in Moab.

    View a list of local community events, thanks to Marsha Maxwell with About SLC
    View the list HERE.

    Park City Film Music Festival
    The 8th Annual Park City Film Music Festival begins Friday, May 20 and runs through May 30 (Memorial Day). The Film Music Festival screens independent films at three major venues - the Library and Education Center, the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street and the Propector Theatre.

    Memorial Day Bash Benefit
    Start this summer season with an old fashioned pig roast and poolside party benefiting the People's Health Clinic. Enjoy all the fixin's of a traditional barbeque including our award winning Spruce burgers and delectable desserts. Also, enjoy the sounds of the 6 member Mister Pickens Band with their "classic country twist of honky-tonk and blues." 

    Iosepa Ghost Town in Tooele County usually has a big Memorial Day celebration, but I cannot find any information on it this year! If you know info about it, please email me at Thanks! I will keep looking and post when I find it!

    Here are some events listed by our calendar contributor Tonya from Tooele's Island Of Misfit Moms, a FREE online mom community:

    Memorial Day service
    A VFW program will be held at the Tooele City Cemetery by the gazebo and flagpole at 10 a.m

    VFW Buddy Poppy Drive
    ...The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Harris Carter Chapter of Tooele will hold their annual Buddy Poppy Drive for donations during Memorial Day weekend from May 27-30. We shall be primarily located at Wal-Mart on May 27 and 28 passing out Buddy Poppies for donations. If any local merchants would like for the Ladies of the Auxiliary to pass our Buddy Poppies for donations at their storefront location please contact us in advance by May 26. Point of contact is Josephine Garcia at 882-0169 or Yvonne Edwards at 830-5923.

    Benson Mill 5K
    Celebrate the morning of Memorial Day, May 30 at 9 a.m. and the start of the summer season with a fast, flat and fun 5K. There will be great prizes, awards and all participants will receive a technical race shirt. There will have a drawing for all registered runners at the end of the race. Awards to top three overall male and female runners (will be excluded from age group categories if in overall top three). The race starts at the Benson Grist Mill, 325 State Road 138, Stansbury Park. Cost: $15 per person, $50 for family of up to 5, and $10 for additional family members (Immediate family only). Online registrants will be charged a $1 processing fee. Race day registration: 8-8:30 a.m. Pre-registration online at or at Premier Athletics, 14 North Main Street Tooele (435) 882-0664.

    Memorial Day service
    Tooele Elks Lodge #1673 will be hosting a Memorial Day service at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. Commander King from Dugway Proving Ground will be our guest speaker.

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